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“... can't complain” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Arena Copacabana Hotel

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Arena Copacabana Hotel
Ranked #14 of 280 Hotels in Rio de Janeiro
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Sydney, Australia
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“... can't complain”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2013

..Our first trip to Brazil and we stayed 3 nights and unfortunately it was during a football match between Spain and Brazil...so the room I got has no view and with unpleasant odor...'had a problem with plumbing and a repairman has to come to the room twice to fix it....
But I am pleased with the staffs' efficiency and eagerness to help....

Room Tip: choose a room with a view and on a higher floor.....
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Wilma Q
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2013

Picked up this room with a last-minute deal, saving a fair amount and upping the value aspect. The hotel room and common areas were very clean, the service staff very helpful and almost always courteous, and the location (across the road from Copacabana beach) was fantastic. It was an easy walk to many great restaurants, to Ipanema, and a very short cab ride to Sugarloaf. Make sure to take advantage of the rooftop pool/bar and the delicious breakfast buffet.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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london
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78 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2013

Stayed for a couple of nights. Location is pretty good, right opposite copocabana beach. Roof top pool is small but the roof bar is pleasant with good views. Staff service levels were good, although could be a little more friendly. Our room was pretty average and wasn't the cleanest I have stayed in....nothing to write home about though. Breakfast buffet was of a decent standard, but again nothing special. Wifi was good quality although costs extra, which is a general hotel irritation for me. As with the general impression I get, Arena isn't great value, certainly not compared to other stays on our 10 week trip in central and south America, but this seems to be the case for much of Rio hotels.....its all a bit average unless you are willing to spend top dollar.

Room Tip: We had the cheaper non sea view which really has no view at all.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank DelfromLondon
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Krakow, Poland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2013

The hotel perhaps features the best views in the world. The room we had has an amazing view and perfectly located. The staff are super friendly and very nice. The rooms are very clean and modern. Loved everything!!!

Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Englewood, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2013

We stayed 4 nights in this nicely-located hotel in mid-June. Our 10th floor ocean-front suite was comfortable, quiet, and had beautiful views of the beachfront. Breakfast was delicious, with dozens of items to choose from, especially fresh fruit. But what impressed us even more favorably was the staff: helpful, friendly, professional, and able to communicate with us very well in our own language (English -- we only knew a little Spanish and even less Portuguese). We are glad we chose this hotel!

Room Tip: Ocean view, at least a few floors up from the street, for the views and the quiet.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2013

We stayed at the Arena Copacabana for 3 nights in mid June. We had switched hotels shortly before our visit based on the reviews for this hotel and we are pleased we did so.

The hotel is expensive, yes, but that seems to be the norm for hotels in South America, Rio in particular. We were upgraded to a sea view room and the view was absolutely incredible - if you can, opt for a view of the beach as it took our breath away. If not, the view from the roof top bar is equally as amazing, and the caipirinha's are excellent - a great way to spend a few hours.

The rooms, whilst nothing special - were spacious, clean and comfortable. The aircon was efficient and the shower good.

The location, in the middle of Copacabana Beach was great for us - when we walked anywhere we didnt take any belongings other than a credit card - and we always felt safe for this reason. In the evenings we got taxi's with ease. The reception staff were always friendly and helpful - even providing us with numerous adaptors to switch our British plugs to Brazillian.

The breakfast was plentiful and varied - it was nice to have decent porridge on offer, I rarely find that in hotels and my husband loved the chocolate cake! They even offered champagne on some of the mornings which was a nice touch.

Whilst I would be tempted to try Impanema for hotels if I visited again, I do think that staying on Copacabana Beach is special - and the view is worth every penny.

Room Tip: If you can opt for a sea view - simply incredible.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank The2explorers28
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Aroldo S, Gerente de recepção at Arena Copacabana Hotel, responded to this review, 22 July 2013
Dear guest.
We appreciated very much your comments on TripAdvisor.
The guest satisfaction is our permanent goal. We will share with our staff your comments and we are sure they will be proud of your impressions.
Best Regards.
Aroldo Salles
Front Office Manager
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2013

The day I checked in a tourist showed up in the reception asking for help cause a thieve just took his IPhone and Money, the guy at the desk said that he will report it and keep a record in the "Black Book" and that the tourist can complain to the tourist office... 2 days later after talking to a lot of people I realized the beach wasn't full... And they told me that IPANEMA is the new & safest location, copacabana is old and unsafe...
Also, if you bring any visit to the hotel, they charge $ 200 R which is around $100USD and the visit can just stay from 11pm to 7am....

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank AArtigas
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Aroldo S, Gerente de recepção at Arena Copacabana Hotel, responded to this review, 12 July 2013
Dear guest thank you for your impressions of Copacabana and our Hotel.

Copacabana is part of a big city as many in the world and where the same
situations may happen.
The guest you notice reporting a robbery had his belongs stolen in the street not
Inside the Hotel. The clerk on duty took the proper manner to help the guest, reporting to management and guiding the guest to Tourist Police Office.
The Arena Hotel is proud of his service and location as well the tradition of Copacabana.

Sincerely yours
Aroldo Salles
FO Manager.
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Additional Information about Arena Copacabana Hotel

Property: Arena Copacabana Hotel
Address: Av. Atlantica 2064, 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 Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#5 Family Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#13 Luxury Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#15 Business Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Arena Copacabana Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 135
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Opened in 2009, the Arena is the newest hotel in Copacabana Beach. Contemporary design with WiFi, King Size Beds, Accoustic Windows, Central Air Cond, among other features place this property as a top choice in Rio de Janeiro. ... more   less 
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