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Windsor Excelsior Hotel
Ranked #35 of 281 Hotels in Rio de Janeiro
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Houston, TX
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52 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Great location & breakfast; not a bad stay”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2013

Stayed here twice for work in July. The location couldn't be better if you plan to spend a lot of time at Copacabana beach, it's directly across the street. I wasn't lucky enough to have a room with a beach view, which was a bummer. So my view was of the building next door (boo). The breakfast buffet was also great... something for everyone. Hot, cold, local items as well as familiar American items. Nice mix.

The room itself was small but functional. I had two twin beds. Bed was hard as a brick but when you've been traveling all day, or up half the night dining and socializing, it sleeps fine. The shower was nice size and all the regular amenities are available in the bath. I had trouble regulating the AC in the room both times but it wasn't uncomfortable (it was either cold or off, and even though it was the middle of the winter, temps were still pleasant at approx. 80 F). Internet available at add'l cost ($$) but free in the lobby. Didn't use the pool, gym, or other spaces so no comment there.

So, overall, not bad, but can't say it was anything to write home about.

Room Tip: Ask for a beach view room!
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled on business
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EmilianoLusoli, Gerente geral at Windsor Excelsior Hotel, responded to this review, 20 October 2013
Dear Guest:

Thank you for your important comments.

We feel sorry about the inconveniences you experienced during your stays with us. However, we believe that we could have helped you if one of our managers had been informed about your complaints. For instance, it might have been possible to move you to a room with a better view, with another type of bed and one of our employees could have explained you how to deal with the air conditioner.

We hope to have a chance to host you in Rio again and hopefully you will have a much better experience with us.

Sincerely,
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2013

Fabulous location on the beach next to the Copacabana Palace. The hotel has its own area on the beach, or enjoy the views day or night from the rooftop terrace.

Fantastic selection at breakfast including scrambled egg and smoked salmon, fresh fruit, yoghurts etc. Help yourself buffet but also many waiters providing attentive service, clearing away etc.

Room was clean and comfortable and a good size with a seating area. Only downside was wifi was very expensive charging by the minute, with 24 hours as the only alternative charging basis.

Would stay there again.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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EmilianoLusoli, Gerente geral at Windsor Excelsior Hotel, responded to this review, 20 October 2013
Dear guest,

We are very glad with your comments. They will certainly make our staff very happy.

We pool forward to host you in Rio again during your next visit.

Sincerely,
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Seattle
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2013 via mobile

The best thing I can say about this hotel is its location. Copacabana beach is across the street and this hotel is in the middle of the whole stretch. Hotel is no more than 3 1/2- 4 due to the fact that the room we got (classic) was a little dated but clean. If you can a room here between $300-400 a night, it's a deal in Rio especially where this hotel is at. The hotel has a small pool on the rooftop but it has a spectacular view of Copacabana Beach and you can also see Corvovado ( Christ the Redeemer Statue). There's also a gym, sauna and a bar on the rooftop. 
Added bonus is the breakfast buffet included in the room rate. It has abundance of everything continental breakfast, hot food items and fresh fruits and at least 5 types of fresh juices. I always looked forward to breakfast and i usually don't at home. The staff are nice but beware of the front desk people, my check in and check out was nothing but pleasant. Another added bonus with this hotel is that they have beach attendant everyday with lounge chairs, towel and umbrellas. It was free to hotel guests and all we had to was tip them and they took care of us everyday. Love all the small dining places on the beach. Overall a great experience and I will recommend this hotel if 4 star or lower is what you are searching for. We will be back! 

  • Stayed August 2013
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EmilianoLusoli, Gerente geral at Windsor Excelsior Hotel, responded to this review, 20 October 2013
Dear Guest:

Thank you for your comments. We are glad to know that you enjoyed our stay with us.

We look forward to host you again during your next visit to Rio.

Sincerely,
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2013

great location
pleasant staff
good internet connection (although paid)
No blackout at the window and there are not soundproof
Great breakfast
Clean but decoration is a little bit demode according to current hotel styles

Room Tip: Ask for front sea!! and high floor (because the avenue is noisy)
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
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1 Thank Marcelo_M312741
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EmilianoLusoli, Gerente geral at Windsor Excelsior Hotel, responded to this review, 20 October 2013
Dear Guest:

Thank you for your comments.

We are in the process of renovating the hotel and the decoration will be lighter and more modern. We are surprised to hear about the lack of blackout and soundproof window in your room,
inasmuch as these items are present in all of our rooms.

We look forward to host you again during your next visit to Rio.

Sincerely,
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2013

We stayed at this hotel in August 2013. Booked online and were pleased with location, Its central and opposite Copacabana beach. Good breakfast buffet, and clean comfortable rooms (although at the price of Rio hotels one should expect that!)

The pool was adequate, but in reality we didn't use it as we were sightseeing. its good to have a dip to keep cool if you want to catch up on your tan, but too small for real swimming. The roof terrace (where the pool is based) is a good area to chill in the evening.

Location wise its on the Avenida Atlantica, right opposite the beach, so we found it great as Rio was our first stop in Brazil. There are some nice hotels a few blocks further in, and there are some not so nice ones! Basically all the hotels are high rise with a pool terrace at the top. Being on the beachfront is good for catching taxis, buses, and the mainstream (pricier) restaurants. But you do need to go a few blocks in to get to the shops, and a greater choice of food places, and the subway too.

The one thing that I found cheeky was the habit of all hotels to charge for WiFi- just another way of adding to the extras. Most restaurants have it for free so you can always use it when you are eating out, if you don't want to spend at the hotel. Also its restricted to the room, so that's another pain if you are wandering the hotel!

Room Tip: We asked for sea view, but they only have 4 windows overlooking direct sea view. The side gives a sl...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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EmilianoLusoli, Gerente geral at Windsor Excelsior Hotel, responded to this review, 20 October 2013
Dear Guest:

Thank you for your important comments which we believe will help future guests chose our hotel.

We hope to have another opportunity to host you during your next visit to Rio.

Sincerely,
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2013

We spent 2 nights at the hotel at the start of a tour of South America. No complaints at all. It is right on Copacabana beach, so we began our day with a walk along the beach before breakfast. Service and food were fine, and our room had a partial view of the beach. Wifi not cheap.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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EmilianoLusoli, Gerente geral at Windsor Excelsior Hotel, responded to this review, 20 October 2013
Dear Guest:

Thank you for your comments.

We are glad that you have enjoyed your stay with us and hope to host you again during your next visit to Rio.

Sincerely,
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2013

I had nothing but highly positive experiences with the Windsor Excelsior Hotel during my week of residence there. The property, people, and services were all first class.
In some respects, this reflects the quality of the Windsor hotel chain in Copacabana. I had originally booked at one of their other properties. When, on my arrival, they were unable to accommodate me, they arranged to transfer my reservation to the Excelsior without any change in the cost and conditions (including free wifi!). They took care of me seamlessly.
The Excelsior is right at the Copacabana beach, in a prime location next to the Copacabana Palace. The plentiful personnel are multilingual, pleasant, and extraordinarily helpful. While not on the cutting edge of design, my room was amply large, well furnished with chairs, working space, electronics, and a fridge. The bed was very comfortable. The bathroom large, with a huge shower area and plentiful hot water. The housekeeping kept it sparkling clean, leaving chocolates every night in their wake. The mechanicals were all excellent.
The complimentary breakfast buffet was outstanding, with hot and cold, cooked and fresh, foods of wide assortment, which, while rotating in minor ways from day to day, was a dependably impressive start to every day.
Though located across the street from Copacabana Beach, the Excelsior is also proximate to a Metro station and good access to Rio's many attractions. The surrounding area is interesting and benign.
The way things turned out, I could not have expected more of any hotel.

Room Tip: I had requested a quiet room. Rooms facing away from the beach look into a large courtyard, with wi...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled on business
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EmilianoLusoli, Gerente geral at Windsor Excelsior Hotel, responded to this review, 20 October 2013
Dear Guest:

Thank you for your comments, which are important not only to future guests who are looking for a hotel in Rio, but also to our staff who will be very happy about your notes.

We are glad that you have enjoyed your stay with us and hope to host you again during your next visit to Rio.

Sincerely,
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Property: Windsor Excelsior Hotel
Address: Avenida Atlantica 1800 | Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22021-001, Brazil
Region: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro > Copacabana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#20 On the Beach Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#22 Romantic Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#23 Luxury Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#23 Family Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#30 Business Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Windsor Excelsior Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 233
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