We came to Rio for 'Carnaval' not really knowing what to expect but were very happy with our choice of accommodation (thanks Tammy at Flight Centre, Perth!).
Ok - so hotels are outrageously expensive during Carnaval, about four times the price they are for the rest of the year if you want to stay on Copacabana or Ipanema. But this is everywhere and can probably be managed by booking a little more in advance or some of the package tours.
The location was absolutely brilliant, being right on the beach front with superb views from the roof top pool in both directions up and down Copacabana beach.
The rooms were clean and of a decent size with a very comfy bed. They do charge extra for Internet (R47/day or about US$27) which is pricy, especially given the 4-5 day room price premium during the festivities!
The buffet breakfast was massive and included in our price. So much fresh fruit and lots of pastries and other goodies to try. At least two of the hot sections were different every day to allow some variety.
Service staff were really helpful especially given the pressure they would have been under as the hotel was at full capacity for the entire 11 days we stayed there.
We had no noise from the streets / beach to speak of and the hotel was on the approved pickup list for all of the tours and activities we had planned. There are three Windsor hotels in Copacabana so be sure to tell the taxi drivers "Excelsior" so you get the right one (they are all within a few blocks of each other).
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Windsor Excelsior
- Windsor Excelsior Hotel Rio De Janeiro, Brazil