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Rio Hotel Question

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Rio Hotel Question

Greetings

My wife & I are planning to visit Rio for one week. We will arrive on April 29, 2015. We are in our late forties and early fifties. I have made a reservation at Olinda Rio Hotel in Copacabana. We will be taking daily sightseeing tours through www.viator.com.

Our first and most concern is safety. Is the hotel in a good part of Copacabana? Do you have any other recommendations? Our max budget is $350 a day including tax. I would greatly appreciate your inputs.

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1. Re: Rio Hotel Question

The Olinda Rio Hotel is a good hotel in a good location, but paying anything over $220 per night during the off season is not a good choice.

http://bit.ly/1mDIzC1

A nicer hotel not far from the Olinda is the Arena Copacabana Hotel. It’s a four-star hotel and slightly more expensive, but gets better reviews.

http://bit.ly/13SbHIX

Copacabana Pictorial:

http://bit.ly/1c0UWnr

Copacabana—Princess of the Sea:

http://bit.ly/1nmP7oC

Ipanema Pictorial:

http://bit.ly/13dN6Og

Ipanema: Rio’s Iconic Beach Neighborhood:

http://bit.ly/1fQlGci

Leblon Pictorial:

http://bit.ly/1b5zSbG

Leblon: Living the Rio High-Life:

http://bit.ly/GEzUO1

Leblon Restaurants: Rua Dias Ferreira is Rio’s top restaurant destination.

http://bit.ly/1xizcuz

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Thank you for your reply. The standard room in Olinda Rio Hotel is $256, and the oceanview room with balcony (the one that I chose) is $336 per night in www.booking.com. Arena Copacabana Hotel is sold out for my dates. Should I stick with Olinda Rio, or do you have another suggestion?

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I usually love viator when i travel abroad. However for the main attractions i dont think its necessary to pay a lot more than necessary to visit corcovado and sugar loaf. Also going by yourself you dont need to wait pick-ups and can visit the attractions in your rithym.

If you go to corcovado by yourself you will spend 50 reais (around 25 USD) + 40 reais for taxi return (20 USD), resulting in 35 USD per person comparing to 75 USD charged by viator.

http://www.corcovado.com.br/ingles/index.html

If you get the guide, which wont bring you many information as the landscape speaks by itself. And if you want to know about the history you can reserach on internet.

The Sugarloaf is the same, ticket price is 62 reais (31 USD) + 20 USD for taxi return, resulting in an average of 41 USD per person compared to 80 USD charged by viator.

http://www.bondinho.com.br/site/en/

ABout the other places you might want to go, i think there is a value added by the guide.

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Thank you Philip for the tip.

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If you're pleased with the price of your ocean view room, I would recommend that you stay with the Olinda Rio Hotel.

Safety tips for first-timers in Rio:

http://bit.ly/113p9Yf

Staying safe in Brazil:

http://bit.ly/1axXqHJ

The most common forms of crime in Rio affecting tourists are pickpockets and street muggings.

In the past, the security risk was higher than it is today and police protection has improved significantly in the Zona Sul (Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, Lagoa, Jardim Botanico) and Barra da Tijuca in the last two years. Today, although the likelihood of experiencing crime in Rio has diminished, it still exists. It has to be said that much of the crime that occurs is opportunistic crime. Meaning that criminals focus more on those they think are easy or high-value targets. For example, the elderly, someone walking alone at night, or someone wearing lots of jewelry.

While Rio does have a certain security risk involved, visitors can greatly minimize their risk by following a few common sense rules.

Try to travel in a group preferably with local friends. At night, avoid walking on the streets alone.

Be careful about public transportation at night. Take a taxi and not a bus at night. Late at night, consider booking a radio taxi or calling for a regular taxi, especially when travelling to less secure or unfamiliar locations. Many people prefer calling a taxi company rather than picking one randomly in the street. The line 1 of the underground (especially, Centro-Copacabana) is perceived as being safer that buses, but at night the entrances to the subway stations are a focal point for the homeless.

Be aware of your surroundings and others when walking on the street. Especially at night. If you see a group of young kids that look suspicious walking towards you, cross the street. Avoid dark/enclosed areas.

Do not walk around wearing flashy jewelry or expensive looking items. A basic watch or wedding band is okay (prospective criminals won't be able to distinguish between a fake Rolex or costume jewelry and the real thing).

Do not carry a lot of cash around. Carry around only enough for your expected purchases and a credit card (none if you don't expect to use it). Leave the passport and other credit cards in the safe at the hotel.

Make a copy of the biographic page of your passport and carry this with you.

Do not keep all of your money in one pocket. Distribute it in different pockets.

Take extra care when taking out money from an automatic teller machine. Beware of suspicious characters lurking near by. It is best to use the machines located inside banks, buildings and shopping centers.

Keep digital cameras in your pocket or in non-descript paper or plastic bags.

Don't leave belongings unattended.

The city centre (Centro) should be visited during work hours (but be aware of pickpocketing there); it is generally considered an empty and dangerous place during the weekend and at night—although some parts of it have been renovated, particularly the Lapa district, where many world-class samba clubs are located. Always take a taxi when visiting Lapa and make a reservation at the club you intend to visit in advance.

Rio's beaches are beautiful and seemingly tranquil, and as such may lull you into a relaxed sense of safety. It has been reported, however, that thieves are on the lookout for people who appear to be alone and have cell phones, watches, jewelry, cameras, or anything that can be quickly stolen.

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Dadras, as there is too much time before you arrive, maybe some hotels are charging higher prices. I think you can book a refundable hotel right now. But if you wait like from 2 or 3 months from the trip, you will be doing better deals.

I dought that the hotel is already sold out. Some hotels start to offer accomodation only some months before the trip (sometimes 6 months).

Another good hotel is Windor:

tripadvisor.com.br/Hotel_Review-g303506-d325…

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Any tourist is a target for theft not just the elderly. Avoid large crowds. Rio, especially, has a higher than normal issue with pickpockets and theft. I was told to keep money in my shoe or front pocket with my hands in my pockets.

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My wife is Brazilian and I've spent a lot of time here. Even when I worked in Rio 20 years ago, I avoided carrying more money, etc. than I could afford to lose, and I've continued that practice when visiting with my wife. I felt safer in Ipanema than in Copacabana (try prices at Hotel Praia Ipanema), but that is likely because it's slightly quieter than Copa. Hotels along the beach road in Copa should be fine. Use discretion when walking on side streets, especially at night. Note that the beaches of Copa and Ipanema, while popular with bathers, are often "improprio"(unclean). Still great for the scenery, both human and otherwise.

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