If you are looking for a nice new business hotel with high-speed Internet and a business center on Copacabana Beach, then this is definitely NOT the place for you.
Despite the advertisements all over the Internet, all over Tripadvisor, on the hotels own website, and on the walls of the hotel, this hotel does not deliver what it promises. NOT EVEN CLOSE.
First, they advertise "Free High-Speed Internet (WiFi)". Unfortunately, the WiFi in the rooms is NOT free (it costs R$30 day) and it is EXTREMELY SLOW. At the best times, when nobody is using in it clocks in at just over 1 Mbps download (that megaBITS per second), far short of the advertised 1.5 MB/s (megaBYTES per second) and a horrific 0.2 Mbps (megaBITS) upload. These are 20-year-old speeds!
So, in short the internet is neither free NOR high-speed.
Next, if you follow the signs in the elevators and hallways to the advertised "Business Center" you arrive at an empty floor. When you go to the front desk to ask about it, there is no apology, it's just more bold-faced bait-and-switch nonsense.
And the Manager is never around.
The restaurant is another story, but suffice it to say that the Caesar Salad doesn't even vaguely resemble a Caesar Salad and the "filet mignon" is served as an over-cooked stir-fry with french fries on the side! Don't even think about wasting your money there for dinner.
To be fair, the hotel is reasonable new, the air conditioning works, although it is very noisy and doesn't really reduce the humidity in the rooms. There is a nice sun-deck/bar on the roof. But the pool up there is VERY small. The photos on Tripadvisor are very deceptive in that regard.
It is well situated in the center of the beach, and it is reasonably clean. Staying here off-season in mid-August, the prices were reasonable.
HOWEVER, I never would have stayed here if I had known that it has TERRIBLE Internet and NO BUSINESS CENTER.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Arena Copacabana Hotel Rio De Janeiro, Brazil