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Arcos Rio Palace Hotel
Ranked #135 of 283 Hotels in Rio de Janeiro
Reviewed 4 November 2013

I stayed here in august 2013 for 2 nights.

The rooms are nice and clean, with a television and plenty of space. The showers are amazing!! Hot and powerful, brilliant!

Breakfast was good, lots to choose from and all tasty.

The reason i marked as average is the hotel is right in the middle of the Lapa district so it can be very noisy at night if you have a lower floor. Bring ear plugs! The hotel staff were OK, not the friendliest bunch but seem to know what they are doing.

Room Tip: Higher floor, but Lapa gets pretty noisy on a Friday night and keeps going until around 6am...
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 March 2013

First we have to remember that Rio de Janeiro downtown is a old place, unkempt, noisily and, sometimes, stinky.
So is quite normal find Hotel in downtown with these characteristic.

Arcos Rios is a old Hotel recently renovated, is clean and the room has a good size, good bathroom and well maintained,
but the air conditional system is noisily and spreads a weird smell on begin. I'm not sure if I had become accustomed with it or it has gone!

This Hotel is located at Mem Sá Avenue, this avenue is a route of several bus of Rio de Janeiro downtown and you can hear from the room every single one bus that pass through.
It is not fun when you are trying to sleep cause you need wake up next morning!

The breakfast is good, some good options and a gentle service. The lunch and dinner are good as well.
The internet access isn't so fast, but for Rio de Janeiro average is fast enough.

This is a good option in downtown if you have no option in "Zona Sul" (south of Rio). Rio de Janeiro is a touristic city and sometimes is really hard to book a good hotel in a good place. If you are going there for business and these business are located in downtown, Arcos Rio is a good option. The good restaurant will save some time when you get back tired from a hard work day. But for vacation, this Hotel wont help you to get a remarkable stay.

Remember, Rio de Janeiro is a city that has a splendid natural beauty, but the quality of service in general id too amateur. So, don't hope so much.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 28 October 2012

My stay here was booked through a tour, so unsure about the cost, but wouldn't recommend the place. Room was small and needed updating. There was a safe in the room, and despite asking the staff to unlock it, I was unable to actually gain access for storage of my passport. Breakfast was OK - good range of fresh fruit. The friendliness of staff at reception was extremely variable - some were very helpful, whilst others were just rude.

Stayed: October 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 28 July 2012

Rooms, internet, service, price, etc are ok. Their strongest points are the good breakfast and the great dinner with many options of tasty homemade food!

Excellent location thinking of proximity to places to go working. Getting out when night falls you find many many options to have a good time.

Room Tip: Rooms near the elevator looking at the internal party of the hotel are the smallest
  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 12 July 2012

Nice hotel in good central location. Bathrooms were spotless, quiet place to sleep even though it is situated on an incredibly busy, noisy road (bed and pillows were a little hard), adequate breakfast provided. The area is considered rough and dangerous, but as a single female traveller I walked around the area day and night without feeling threatened

Stayed: July 2012, travelled solo
3  Thank Jules_of_oz
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Reviewed 24 June 2012

Stayed here as part of a Toucan Tours (booked through On the Go Tours) trip. On walking into the reception it was plain to see that renovation work was being undertaken, as it didn't have a ceiling and all the light fittings were dangling down. The bar was also closed for renovation - but there wasn't any sign of workmen or it being completed any time soon.

We were given a room on floor 8 which appears to have been renovated recently. The room was actually ok (everything seemed fairly new) but the drains didn't smell too good and when it rained at night we were kept awak with the noise of rain hitting the air con unit.

Breakfast was the usual Brazilian affair with coffee and cakes and some scrambled eggs.

The hotel is located in Lapa and is in a very rough area. Stepping out into the street on a Sunday morning was like a scene from a war movie. Having said that there are a few bars and restaurants nearby that looked inviting.

All in all, I wouldn't actively choose to stay here. I suspect the renovation works are a semi-permanent feature of the hotel.

Room Tip: The rooms on the 8th floor seem to be renovated. A visit to the other floors revealed that they wer...
  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 April 2012

As I was on a tour this is where they had choosen for us to spend our last night. Originally it was the Hotel Regina, but this was deemed to expensive so was changed to here. I was staying extra nights so just extended my stay through the tour company and when the hotel changed I did not check what the new one was like as I expected it to be of similar standard to the original. My mistake, and how wrong could I be. If you are a single female traveller, this area is not deemed to be safe at night and many tour agents advise other locations. One girl on our trip got scolded as the shower broke and she couldn't turn it off as the temperature kept increasing. If you had a shower the TV was fuzzy. The corridors had no ceilings and wires were hanging down. The receptionists do not speak good english (or did not want to) so hard to communicate. I cancelled my extra nights but was refused a refund and moved to a much nicer, safer location to end my trip. There are plenty of hostels that are much nicer, friendlier in better locations that aren't doing renovation work that don't charge £100 a night for the discomfort of staying there. Go to one of these. There is supposedly free wifi here, this only worked in the foyer. If there was a spa this was closed due to the renovation work. An awful way to end the tour

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled solo
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Address: Avenida Mem de Sa 117 | Lapa, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20230-150, Brazil
Region: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #135 of 283 Hotels in Rio de Janeiro
Price Range: £32 - £82 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Arcos Rio Palace Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 130
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