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“Wonderful Honeymoon Experience!!”

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Porto Bay Rio Internacional Hotel
Ranked #15 of 281 Hotels in Rio de Janeiro
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Chicago
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“Wonderful Honeymoon Experience!!”
Reviewed 24 October 2012

My husband and I stayed at Porto Bay Rio Internacional Hotel last month for part of our Honeymoon to Brazil. It was a wonderful experience. The room was good size, clean, modern, and beautiful. And the view... wow the view!! We looked out over Rio and could see Christ the Redeemer way high up on the mountain top from our room :) They even surprised us with beautiful roses and rose petals throughout our room for a romantic setting - it was wonderful! The front desk staff, pool staff, restaurant staff, and cleaning staff were all so friendly and helpful. The location was excellent, just across the street from Copacabana Beach. We are very pleased with our stay here. We have great memories of our Honeymoon in Brazil, thank you Porto Bay Hotel and Staff!! :)

Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 October 2012

I recently enjoyed a Baazilian vacation which started with a few days in Rio, at the Porto Bay. The pros: great location (right at the top of Copacabana beach), great views (I had one of the "deluxe" corner rooms which offer 90 degree views of the oceanfront and down Copacabana beach), and a fantastic hot breakfast buffet. The cons: dated, cheaply done decor - reminded me of those 1980s off-white laminate kitchens with oak trim, not a whole lot of amenities (although the rooftop pool was very nice), not a lot of service (no real concierge service), and the price. The room I was in is advertised at about US $425, which seems rather a lot for a hotel with basic amenities and basic decor. The drinks and food at the pool bar were outrageous, running about $15 a drink or so.

This hotel needs some maintenance. If you are looking for a high end vacation and you are willing to pay for it, take your $425 next door to the Orient Express chain's FABULOUS Copacabana Palace. For $300 more a night, you will thank yourself..

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 October 2012

Our introduction to So America's hotels was Porto Bay Rio & it became the standard we used in the whole trip! This is one of the better hotels we stayed in. You can't beat the location, its right on Copacobana Beach and is walking distance to restaurants, shops, convenient stores, banks, etc... The staff was very friendly, helpful, and patient with tourists like us who want to explore Rio on our own! Breakfast was very good, lots of variety, lots of fresh tropical fruits as well. The bed was comfortable, room clean. And the view from the rooftop is fantastic!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Luciana M, Gerente de recepção at Porto Bay Rio Internacional Hotel, responded to this review, 1 November 2012
Dear Guest,
It is a pleasure to hear that you were satisfied with our service. We are glad to know that you enjoyed our breakfast and relaxed with the amazing view of Rio from the rooftop. Also, I would like to thank you for your lovely comment about the staff that is always offering their best to make each stay an unique experience to our guests.
We will be informing all the them of your positive observations.
We all look forward to welcoming you again on your next visit to Rio. Do not hesitate to contact me for any request.

Sincerely,
Luciana Meda
Front Office Manager.
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Maplewood, New Jersey
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Reviewed 17 October 2012

This Hotel is located right next to the Copacabana beach, and in walking distance to great restaurants and shops. Moreover, this hotel is a great starting point for all kinds of excursions. The service is perfect, and the drinks served at the rooftop bar just perfectly finish up a beautiful day in Rio.

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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New Providence Island
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Reviewed 16 October 2012

I was really excited to stay at this hotel. Pleasant amenities upon check-in (glass of sparkling wine, etc) but I found the hotel severely lacking in upkeep and my room could have been kept cleaner. I would stay again, but not so excitedly.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled on business
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Sao Paulo, SP
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Reviewed 15 October 2012

My family and I stayed at this hotel for one night ( unfortunately...) only...
The check in was very quick and the front desk staff very helpfull.
The best thing about this hotel is the location!!! Located in Copacabana beach it has absolutely amazing views!!!
We also loved the breakfast! A great selection of fruits, natural juices and breads made my day!
The room was very comfortable and I absolutely loved the flip flops with the Hotel logo that we received as a gift:) very useful!
The place to stay when visiting Rio either on business or leisure !!!!

  • Stayed October 2012
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Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman
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Reviewed 14 October 2012

We stayed here for 4 nights in September on our first trip to Brazil and would recommend this hotel based on it's location, views, front desk staff and rooftop terrace. For the price, the rooms aren't anything special but they are comfortable, clean and have everything you need. We particularly enjoyed the little balcony with views of Copacabana and Christ the Redeemer. The front desk staff were incredibly helpful with everything we needed and we stored our bags on the last day which was really useful. All of our belongings were safe in the hotel rooms and in storage at reception. The buffet breakfast is great. The only negatives about this hotel are the charge for wifi - around $20 a day which is ridiculous when you're paying a lot for a room! The hotel also overcharges for tours and hotel transfers. Don't get the hotel taxis - just flag one down on the road outside.

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Porto Bay Rio Internacional Hotel
Address: Avenida Atlantica 1500, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22021-000, 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 High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#6 Family Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#8 Spa Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#13 Business Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#14 Luxury Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Porto Bay Rio Internacional Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 117
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Right on Copacabana beach in the spectacular city of Rio de Janeiro, PortoBay Rio Internacional offers you the best of two worlds - the sensational city and a breathtaking view over the beach right on the doorstep... Step into Rio Internacional and feel at home - make the most of your stay! Look out over Copacabana beach and revitalise yourself with the sea breeze. The ideal location for an unforgettable holiday or to counter the stress of a day's work in Rio ... 117 apartments/rooms decorated in the best taste... a range of flavours at La Finestra and a roof-top pool with stunning views over Copacabana beach and Corcovado... The hotel PortoBay Rio Internacional offers free Wi-Fi throughout the whole hotel. ... more   less 
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