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Transamerica Prime Barra
Ranked #125 of 282 Hotels in Rio de Janeiro
Halifax, Canada
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22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Nice rooms, food not so nice..”
Reviewed 19 March 2014

rooms are nice, Hotel is close to the beach via a small boat across the green river.. then a short walk. Breakfast is basic. Lunch is buffet and the same at evening diner where the same food from lunch was served. Sauce on the meat was dried up. The fish that was left over at lunch time was still there at 7.30pm... I was told the food for room service was ok but I never tried it. Nice pool outside. The hotel bar is pretty basic and is lifeless. Better staying on the beach and watch the world go by.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
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Transamérica G, Gerente at Transamerica Prime Barra, responded to this review, 24 March 2014
Dear Mr. Jim,
We appreciate your comments, and we're happy to welcome you and to know that you appreciate our location. We will forward your comments to those responsible for the restaurant, so they can improve and serve you with the quality we always cherish.
We would love to have the opportunity to welcome you again and we hope to return soon!

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Clermont-Ferrand, France
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Reviewed 17 March 2014

Spent 6 nights here in March. First time in Rio so can't compare with other hotels but I was completely satisfied with my stay. I was working in Barra so the Transamerica was perfectly situated, just a 15' taxi ride away from the office. The recently reconditioned room was spacious, light and comfortable, with an excellent shower. Air con was excellent. The pool area is pretty nice - two pools in a little oasis between high rise hotels and apartments. The area around the hotel is very safe, and you can walk down to the beach in 10'.

The staff at reception, in the bar and restaurant were all very friendly and helpful. I particularly appreciated the free late check-out at 8pm after my flight was delayed by 6 hours.

I would not hesitate to stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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Transamérica G, Gerente at Transamerica Prime Barra, responded to this review, 19 March 2014
Dear Mr. Scot,
We are very thankful and pleased to welcome you on your first time in Rio de Janeiro. It is very gratifying for us to meet your expectations and to offer a pleasant stay through the quality of our services, infrastructure and location. Thank you for all the compliments, especially regarding the friendliness of our staff.
Always count on us, be welcome in future opportunities and come back soon!

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Florianopolis, SC
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Reviewed 10 March 2014

I stayed in this hotel a several times for business. It was the hotel that the company had some agreements so I was not too bad.
Sometimes I had some good rooms sometimes bad ones. But there was one time that the room had some mold and the smell was terrible and for the price this is unacceptable.
I went straight to the manager to complain about it, the room should be closed for cleaning and proper maintenance. He apologized and gave me a better room.
If I would pay by myself I would look for a better hotel for the price.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled on business
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Transamérica G, Gerente at Transamerica Prime Barra, responded to this review, 13 March 2014
Dear Mr. Alberto,
We thank you for sharing with us and other travelers your experience and we regret not to have met your expectations.
We are in the process of renewal for the common areas and apartments and we will retrain our staff regarding all necessary procedures.
We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you again and that you return soon. Feel free to always count on us!

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Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Reviewed 19 February 2014

Tive 2 experiências nesse hotel, uma nos quartos maiores dos andares mais altos e outra no quarto comum do sexto andar com vista para as lixeiras. Em ambas, móveis, pinturas e áreas comuns já passam ideia de cansaço com o pesar do tempo; limpeza e esmero na arrumação do quarto e da área do restaurante e café entre as piores que já vi. Em relação ao serviço, um hábito do hotel para dar um exemplo: vão te cobrar uma taxa prévia no cartão de crédito com MEDO de que você consuma algo do frigobar e não pague no checkout (como assim??!). Patético. Absolutamente não vale em nada os 700 reais de diária (tarifa balcão). Há hotéis muito melhores na região até por menos. Fuja. ~.~.~.~.~.~. I had different 2 experiences in this hotel, the first in the larger rooms on the higher floors and another in the common room at the sixth floor (with a privileged view to the dumpsters). In both, furniture, paintings and common areas are already tired urgently needing an improvement, cleaning and care in Housekeeping and restaurant and coffee among the worst I've ever seen. Regarding the service, a habit from the hotel to give you an example: will charge you a fee in advance with credit FEARING that you consume something from the fridge and maybe doesn't pay for it at checkout (really?!). Pathetic. Absolutely not worth anything in the $700 daily (rack rate). There are much better hotels in the region up for less.

Room Tip: Run away. Corram. Há hotéis melhores na região. Sexto andar tem vista privilegiada para as lixeiras.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
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Transamérica G, Gerente at Transamerica Prime Barra, responded to this review, 26 February 2014
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Prezado Sr. Heverton,
Agradecemos seu comentário, com observações que certamente contribuem para o nosso desenvolvimento.
Estamos passando por processo de retrofit, a fim de melhorias nos ambientes comuns e apartamentos, para oferecer mais comodidade a nossos clientes. Ressaltamos que reorientaremos nossa equipe de atendimento referente a qualidade prezada por nossa marca e a necessidade do cumprimento de todos os procedimentos de arrumação e limpeza dos apartamentos.
Esclarecemos que as tarifas praticadas são condizentes com hotéis de mesma categoria da região e que o procedimento citado quanto ao cartão é padrão, não só em toda a rede Transamérica, mas em diversos empreendimentos no país.
Gostaríamos de ter correspondido as expectativas de sua estada e esperamos ter a oportunidade de recebê-lo novamente, pois pretendemos recuperar sua impressão.

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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 18 December 2013

I stayed here for a week during a conference. it's about a 15 minute taxi ride to the city centre. The staff was nice, lunch and dinner were decent, the complimentary breakfast left a lot to be desired. The rooms were clean a little dated in some areas. The bathroom is tiny tiny tiny. It's not near the night life or "fun stuff" to do, but there is a mall near by and a quick taxi ride to other popular areas. I wouldn't stay here again just because the location is in a neighborhood not a lot of stuff to do, the staff will tell you the beach is right down the street but in reality it's across the canal and a 15 minute walk and a fairy ride away.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
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Transamérica G, Gerente at Transamerica Prime Barra, responded to this review, 20 December 2013
Dear Sir,

It is a pleasure to have had you with us and we appreciate your comments. Our apartments are being renovated, aiming at the quality of our facilities. We emphasize that we do offer the convenience of easy access to the busiest parts of the city and would love to welcome you again when you return to Rio de Janeiro.

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Ronchi dei Legionari, Italy
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Reviewed 15 November 2013 via mobile

I've been in Transamerica several times during different periods of the year.Hotel is located in the best area of entire RJ,Barra da Tijuca a very classy, clean and safe zone.
Personnel in hotel is really nice,and fully available to fulfill your needs,rooms are kept tidy and clean and restaurant serves really good stuff.Actually is a business hotel rather than a hotel where to spend vacation with your family,anyhow I really reccomend it!

Stayed November 2013, travelled on business
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Transamérica G, Gerente at Transamerica Prime Barra, responded to this review, 18 November 2013
Dear Mr. Corrado,
Thank you for your comments. It is very good to know you have been with us several times and that you recommend our hotel in Rio de Janeiro.
We are happy for your compliments, especially for the quality of our service and infrastructure. We hope to see you on future opportunities and come back soon!

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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 13 November 2013

Rooms are not clean and they are incredibly noisy. When you give feedback you are told that the reason the converter was not working was because you dropped the converter. If all you want is a place to put your stuff this is a place for you. If you are looking for cleanliness and comfort go elsewhere. Also the food in restaurant is expensive and not good. There are many good restaurants in Barra. This is not one of them. Customer service is extremely lacking. They let other guests bud in front of you. Brazilians do not care about others and will not think twice about cutting the cue and the front desk allows it. After not be able to sleep for several days I checked out and went elsewhere. Last time I stayed I had a room with a carpet. The rooms with the carpets smell very very bad.

Room Tip: If you must stay....stay away from the fourth floor and avoid any room without a carpet.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled on business
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Transamérica G, Gerente at Transamerica Prime Barra, responded to this review, 19 November 2013
Dear Ms. Marina
Thank you for your comments, which contribute to our development and improvements.
Sorry we have not met your expectations during the time time you were with us and we emphasize that we will evaluate each issue mentioned, to review processes and improve your opinion.
We're undergoing a retrofit process so as to improve our infrastructure and upgrade.
We would like to have the opportunity to receive you again and surprise you positively.

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Property: Transamerica Prime Barra
Address: Avenida Gastao Senges 395 | Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22631-280, Brazil
Region: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#52 Business Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Transamerica Prime Barra 3.5*
Number of rooms: 310
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