On arrival in Rio, my taxi driver expressed surprise that my business had booked me the Arcos Rio Palace, mainly because of the area it's located in, Lapa. I read many reviews on here that described it as "bohemian". I'm sure it's interesting, but the advice was not to walk around alone after dark.
Anyway, on to the hotel itself. Reception staff i encountered were fine, and had a decent enough grasp of English to communicate.The hotel has 12 floors, and i would advise asking for a room towards the top definitely. Also, ask for an inward facing room, as the street parties at weekends went on past 7am!
The double room I stayed in - 1105 - was small, but was fine. It was clean, relatively quiet, and was serviced each day. Even though you can't drink tap water there, don't assume the water in the fridge isn't free! There's no tea/coffee/kettle in the rooms.(There is a supermarket fairly close by though to top up your own supplies).
The hotel restaurant served breakfast, which was a buffet, and had a good selection of fruit and cakes/pastries. The hot selection was only scrambled egg and sausage. There were also juices/coffee, but a poor selection of cereals. The hotel also has a bar, but it didn't seem to be operating? Wifi is free, and is decent enough.
The gym is very basic, just five cardio machines, and no weights. But the little swimming pool on the roof is pleasant enough. Very small though - more for a cooling dip than swimming, and in the morning the sun is on it so the water is warm.
All in all, the hotel is fine at a basic level, but certainly 3-star at the maximum.
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