Rio is just an expensive place. We paid 2X of a similar place in Buenos Aires, although that was over 3X less than the price posted on the door. However, we loved the location.
This place is just a few steps from Ipanema Beach and 15 minute walk to Copacabana Beach without the beach front pricing.The immediate surrounding is quite active with lots of nice restaurants shops, banks etc. We particularly liked the restaurant 'Girl from Ipanema' where the song was born. They have really good steaks served over a hot skillet. Another good place is a Brazilian barbecue with great sashimi called Carretao which is a 5 minute walk. Downtown and the Lapa district with the bustling night life is a R$30 cab ride away. They have a nice swimming pool on the roof with adjoining sauna, steam room, gym and cafe with a view of the Christ statue and a partial view of the beach. Hotel staff were quite friendly and helpful. Breakfast was good and has outside seating next to the street. At night, the place is a Sushi Restaurant.
On the down side, the bathroom fixtures need a little upgrading. The shower always drip behind the curtain and get the floor all wet. I had to always put a hand towel behind the curtain to stop the water from leaking onto the floor. The worst thing here is the WiFi. First of all, it is not free. Moreover, it is pathetically slow. I ran a speed test and here is what I got the first time... Ping=1764ms, download=0.97Mbps, upload=0.05Mbps. On my second try, the ping timed out althgether. The speed test graph shows zero activity for half of the download test. So, forget getting any of your photos uploaded. Even getting email is a struggle. I am knocking the hotel service to 2 stars because of this. Well, I used the WiFi for 2 days and they only charged me for one. So I can't complain too much. I was told all hotels in Brazil charges for Internet. For the price it ought to be free and working properly. I got better connection in small Thai islands. The free WiFi in the nearby restaurants are much better.
Overall, I would still recommend this hotel due to its location and price.
On a higher floor facing west, you might get a little beach view.
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