Right in front of lifeguard tower 5 I arrived to be greeted by the friendliest bell captain, Manoel spritely handled my bags and after a refreshing champagne drenched check in, he led me to my room which had a small view of the beach and proceeded to show me the amenities. In Rio I'd expected any bell hop to hang back for a tip but as soon as my last question was answered, he bounded out, and shut the door. (he didn't expect a tip, my first surprise)
The room had everything a 5 star chain would have, except that tissue box, the one I'd always bring out of the bathroom into the bedside counter. The bar on 16th was unimpressive, but the infinity pool and overlooking view of the beach was exhilarating!
There wasn't any global hotel chains, here so I took Visa's Luxury Hotel Collection as a guide and cross checked TripAdvisor before making this booking. At the high end, I never expected to find a card with a message to practice safe sex and that condoms were available from the front desk :) but then again it's prolly Rio!
When I went out for a stroll along the beach (temp 20C), Manoel gave me safety tips before I left.
I badly needed a massage without happy endings, after 8hrs in cramped economy from MIA-GIG but it was 11pm, so I called for the concierge, as a 5 star would have one and Marlon answered (I later found out he hadn't his cles d'or yet), quickly he located a shiatsu pro who arrived in 20mins and efficiently elbowed all the knots out, then politely left the room!
I told Marlon to send my delayed baggage up to my room once it arrived and the next day I got it before he started his shift.
The next day I again asked for the concierge as I wanted to book lunch at a 2 Michelin star equivalent Italian restaurant, Fasano Al Mare (saw it in the MY Rio coffee table book in the room) and arrange for an English speaking private driver for a split shift trip, both were done in 20 mins by Claudio who answered the call (I later found out he was the front desk manager). When I went down to meet the driver, Claudio gave him directions on where I wanted to go and return & restart my trip again, great since I could not describe why I'd a break between trips!
I came back at 3pm because I needed Marlon to arrange for a special shopping trip out to the night markets to customize a local handicraft to my specifications which took almost till 11pm to complete & I'd wanted to go out instead of waiting for it to get done.
I'd highly recommend this hotel for its service and peace of mind it gave me.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Miramar Hotel by WindsorA new concept in hospitality in Rio de JaneiroLocated right in front of Copacabana Beach the Miramar Hotel is surrounded by attractions and in the middle of the electrifying atmosphere of Copacabana. Fast and easy access to the main tourist spots in Rio and to airports. Ipanema beach is only a few minutes’ walk awayThe new Miramar is for demanding guests. The hotel is decorated with noble materials and fixtures, like ecological wood (ecowood), Venetian cristal and fine marbles from different countries.The Miramar Hotel – offers 200 modern, stylish, luxurious rooms and suites.All rooms are equipped with Butler Service, Trussardi bed and bath linen and Nespresso Coffee Maker.Restaurant Sa, under direction of Chef Paulo Goes, contemporary cuisine and elegant decor. Panoramic terrace with beautiful view of Copacabana and complete fitness room with state of the art equipment Infinity edge pool, heated in winter.Pet Friendly, the Miramar Hotel welcomes small pets of up to 5kg and offers special VIP Pet Guest services. ... more less
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