The apartments are a stones throw from Copacabana Beach - in fact you can see the beach from the rooftop pool. The apartment was far bigger than we expected, and was serviced daily and to a good standard. The pool is small, but it's really not a problem when the beach is so close! Both the staff and security (as with most places in Rio - there were always doormen) were polite. Some good bars & restaurants nearby and a 10min walk from the underground station. We had a lovely week here and would definitely go back!
We rented two rooms and each room has its own bed room with a double bed but one has a sofa bed that can sleep two people and the other has a sofa bed that can sleep one person. One room has WiFi but the other does not. The hotel is a block away from banks (Citibank and Santander) and a supermarket (Zona Sul). There are restaurants around it and plenty of people on the street, which made us feel safe when we were there (but we returned to our hotel by 10 pm every evening) The receptionists were friendly with limited English but we had no major problem. For the price we paid and the distance from the beach, I think this is a good budget hotel for families with children,
It’s rare that I give a negative review, but on arriving here I can only be honest and encourage guests to put their money elsewhere. I have stayed in many places on my travels, hostels, guest houses, b and bs and hotels and this one makes some of the guest houses I’ve stayed at in Africa and Central America look like 5* hotels. I arrived late on Saturday (which I’d informed the apartment of in advance, owing to arriving from Ilha Grande). I was greeted by two very grumpy receptionists, who were sat behind the desk playing video games. Others had alluded to not speaking English, and whilst I haven’t really struggled so far in Brazil, the fact that they didn’t speak a word of English in the centre of Rio was not really an excuse. My Portuguese is far from great, but on this occasion it was better than their English. Then came the humiliation. My passport was packed (for safety reasons) in the very bottom of my suitcase. I pointed to my suitcase and enquired if I could check in and provide the passport afterwards. They kept saying no, so I had to underdo my entire bag in the hotel lobby to get it out. Neither helped me put things back in OR carry my three bags up the stairs to the lift. The halls are dingey with strobe type lighting making the place feel very uncomfortable. The corridor was filthy and really needs a renovation. I then got to my room and found the lock very lose (a lock and key) and in the centre of Copacabana very easy to break into if someone tried. I immediately felt very unsafe. My apartment was slightly better than outside in terms of cleanliness, and I can see they have tried with the bright furniture, although it does nothing to cover up everything else, the TV didn’t work and the WIFI and telephone didn’t work. #firstworldproblems, but for me it was essential as I was here on research and deliberately booked this place because it advertised good WIFI in each room. I went to make myself a drink to calm my nerves and the coffee machine hadn’t even been cleaned out. Nearly all the plug sockets were loose / falling off, with wires accessible in some areas. And if I pull down the blinds onto the courtyard I can see a pool of litter. Oh and just a small thing, not included I know, but when you arrive to a hot country to arrive in any place, self-catering or not and find absolutely no water in the fridge when you can’t drink tap water is not great. I have also noted that other travellers point to AC. My room did not have AC. What an idyllic picture for 7 days in Rio…I stayed one night and booked in elsewhere. Needless to say, don’t book in this place, the photos and promotional video must have been taken several years ago, they are definitely false advertising.…
Very good location for Copacabana, one block from the beach and close to restaurants, shops etc. As other reviews mention, staff does not speak English or Spanish, rooms are dated and in need of updating. But if you are looking for a basic room with a bit of extra space, this is a good deal. Free wifi, AC that worked great, and separate sleeping/living areas were nice to have. Kitchen was very basic but had a large fridge- also a plus. I would stay here again.
I was in this hotel with my friend for 8 nights. Everything was so great. Brilliant location brilliant price and the staff were lovely. The staff does not speak English. But otherwise everything was brilliant. When I come to Rio de Janeiro again I'll be back as I just really enjoyed to stay here.