A group of friends booked this hotel based purely on its great location in Ipanema. It's near Posto 9 and that's about all the good I can say for it. The mind boggles how this can be rated a 3*, it is barely better than a hostel with a shiny reception. The rooms are spartan and delapidated, but clean, however somewhere along the line they must have run out of space because the toilet was IN the shower - this was not a wet room, it was in the ACTUAL shower cubicle! The lights didn't work on our floor, and the lift numbers are incorrectly labelled in the elevator, so you end up getting out at the wrong floor..?? Pretty amusing after a few Caiprinhas...
The staff are pretty nice but I was livid when I handed in my posessions (wallet/passport) to be put in their safe, only to find them left out on the counter the next morning!!!??? All I received was a bemused look rather than any kind of apology.
Having said that the breakfast was a standard Brazillian breakfast with breads, fruit and eggs, and was of a good quality (for Brazil). We've also been dining out on these tales for a few weeks now, and isn't that what makes a memorable trip?
It is outrageously overpriced for the standard of the room and facilities though, you are only paying for the location and nothing further. I actually only stayed one night and moved out to a local girl's apartment which rang rings around this supposed 3*.
For the money I reckon there are much better options although Rio is so expensive.
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- Hotel San Marco Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
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