This was literally the only hotel we could find during the US v. Portugal World Cup match, so we were stuck staying here. One of our rooms was on the first floor and was air conditioned, had warm water, strong wifi and housekeeping service. I would give that room 3 stars. The other two rooms were single beds on the 2nd and 3rd floors (no elevator), with rooms barely larger than the single beds; ugly bathrooms with no warm water; fans; no housekeeping; and spotty/non-existent wifi. All of the windows from these rooms had bars on them and opened only to the interior hallway. I described my room on the 2nd floor as my prison cell. Had to ask for towels.
But the rooms were clean and safe. And the key was one of the coolest keys I've ever seen. Breakfast was decent (eggs, fruit, rolls, coffee). The area was safe to walk in during the day, esp. during the week (emptier on the weekends). It's only about 5 blocks from a good craft market and about 10-15 minutes from the Teatro area. But at night we took a taxi directly to the door. I would not have felt safe walking around at night.
Given a choice of places to stay in Manaus when it's not packed with World Cup fans, I would not choose to stay at Hotel Ideal again (it is not, in fact, ideal). If I were to ever come back and it was literally the only hotel available, I would stay there again since ultimately it was safe and clean.
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