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Gran Nobile Rio de Janeiro Barra
Ranked #133 of 286 Hotels in Rio de Janeiro
Reviewed 9 September 2009

It’s difficult to fault this hotel, all aspects ran smoothly – and that’s unusual. I expected to be disappointed with my view of the beach, but I was in room XX08 and it had an acceptable view. The room was spacious, good but not luxurious. The only drawback (some would say a benefit) to the hotel is that it is about an hour from Rio central / Downtown. I’d stay here again. The Concierge was especially good with several accurate recommendations.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 25 August 2009

Our experience was just what we were looking for when we booked the hotel. We were staying with children therefore wanted to be far enough from the Rio scene yet close enough to enjoy the attractions. The hotel is a perfect location from the beach - literally across the street. The rooms were large and the bed was comfortable. The rooms did have a funny smell (as other reviewers have mentioned) but I didn't think too much of it only because I slept at night and was out during the day. Overall I would recommend! Great pool and hot tub too! Restaurant was good but a little on the pricey side (for Brazil)!!

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank RCVSMV
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Reviewed 11 June 2009

closed to the beach (barra), godd service but a little bit expensive

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 1 June 2009

After reading all of the reviews I decided to stay at both the Sheraton Barra and the Sheraton Leblon. Why not experience both?

First I spent four incredible days at the Sheraton Leblon which felt more like a resort. Although older than the Sheraton Barra, it is in a fantastic location that is very close to Leblon and Ipanema and all the attractions therein. It was fun to go shopping, see the sights, go to the beach and relax. The Sheraton Leblon is closer to where all of the action is, and you should experience this side of Rio for sure.

Then I spent three days at the Sheraton Barra which felt more relaxed and sublime. Further away from the attractions of Rio, it is a very nice hotel with an excellent beach right in front and wonderful food within walking distance. It felt more like the real Rio de Janeiro to me (I speak Portuguese and have traveled throughout Brazil). After being in overpriced Leblon and Ipanema, everything was more reasonably priced. It is further away from town, but I had already experienced all of that at the Sheraton Leblon.

David
Bay Area, California

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 April 2009

First off, the Sheraton Barra (pronounced "BA-ha") was a 5* compared to the Sheraton Rio, which was the first one we stayed in during our trip. That said, I'm trying to rate it based on my overall experience with hotels without taking into account the relief I felt upon leaving the OTHER hotel and the elation of checking into the Barra, which almost caused me to kiss the floor and sing, "Hello, Dolly."

Sheraton Barra is approx. 30 minutes away from the RioCentro convention center, 30 minutes from Ipanema/Leblon/Copacabana, 45 minutes from the airport, 1 hour from Corcovado. These are all approximate as Rio has major traffic at times during the day. The hotel has private cars that have a fixed price to each location. If there's a lot of traffic at the time, the price is reasonable. If not, get a metered yellow taxi instead.

Most staff members at the hotel are friendly, helpful, and English-speaking. Breakfast is pretty good, with a variety of fresh fruit, meats, cheeses, breads, and hot items. You can order eggs or omelettes as well. Not worth $20+ per person. Your closest alternative to the hotel breakfast would be the local beach stands, which I didn't have time to try. I also didn't eat lunch or dinner at the hotel, but they seemed to have a good variety of items available. The pool bar served a very good caipirinha, Brazil's official drink made of sugar, Cachaça, and lots of lime. There are a few drug stores and 1 small market within a few blocks of the hotel for snacks.

Beds were comfortable. Rooms were a little worse for wear and each one I went in smelled like what one would expect from a beach hotel in a humid climate...which is to say not very good until you get used to it. I stayed in the standard room with 2 twin beds. Good closet space, drawer space, and bathroom counter space. No tub, shower only, but it was a big stall.

Our fridge did not work. Also, despite the fact that the sticker said the balcony doors "locks automatically," my husband and I tested it and he was able to easily open the balcony from the outside once I closed the doors. This was OK to me since we stayed on the 6th floor. Minimal noise at night, though if you are a light sleeper you might have issues since the doors to the hallway are thin.

Security is always a major concern in Rio, so be vigilent and don't walk around at night if you can help it, especially on the beach. Area surrounding the hotel seems okay, within walking distance of a few restaurants and about $10 gets you to the Barra Shopping center which has over 600 stores and lots of places to eat. Ask the concierge for recommendations.

High-speed internet is available through an ethernet cable, about $20/day. Speeds were spotty, unfortunately.

Overall: Had a nice stay at Sheraton Barra, DO NOT book at Sheraton Rio, be careful, bring lots of cash for transportation, and I would think twice before bringing children to Rio de Janeiro because of the security concerns. If I been there for leisure and not business, I would have decided to leave the city after the first day.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 17 April 2009

I have just come back from a week at the Sheraton Barra. Being from Rio (and specifically Barra) myself, I have in recent times taken to using hotels more whilst in town.

Rio suffers from a chronic lack of affordable top-end accommodation. There’s too many 2-star hotels in Rio passing for 4-stars, and 4-star hotels passing for 5-stars. If it were in Sao Paulo, Miami or Mexico this same Sheraton would cost about USD 120, but, being in Rio, it costs around USD 200.

It’s located in Barra, a bit out of the way for the main tourist attractions. Barra is a large residential upmarket neighbourhood, which is sometimes dubbed as Rio’s Miami for it’s beach, high-rises and shopping malls combination. On the positive side, it’s a quiet neighbourhood with a very long, beautiful and clean beach, and it’s comparatively very safe. A cab ride to Ipanema and Leblon is about 25 minutes and costs around BRL 25. I would advise people not to even consider the other Sheraton in town as it's directly opposite a big slum, with only one access road to it along which there can be shootings between rival drug gangs and car-jacks.

The Sheraton is only about 5 years old and comprised of 2 towers, in one of them are the hotel rooms, and the other is made up of timeshare flats. It was built in such a way that every single room gets a sea view from its balcony, which is a nice feat! Yes, the room smell slightly mouldy, but it just can’t be helped: it’s the compbination of the heat and humidity due to it being so close to the sea, and carpets, which store the moisture. It is such that if you leave the windows open at night the beds feel damp. There’s not much that can be done about it other than turning the aircon on, or leaving the windows wide open. We had to ask housekeeping to change our pillows midway through our stay as they were getting very stinky!

We got upgraded to a preferred room which is very big, and features a king bed, sitting area, kitchenette and a tv which is in a pod that can be swivelled so it can be watched from bed or the sofas. There’s also a big balcony with amazing sea view and a nice bathroom with a great shower.

BEST THINGS ABOUT IT: beach service is great, although for some reason they’re not allowed to set the chairs and umbrellas too close to the sea. The pool area is fantastic with a big pool, waterfall, about 4 or 5 hot tubs. It can get very busy on a sunny day and you may have to hunt for free deck chairs. Despite the overcrowding I'd easily vote it the best hotel pool in Rio (after that of the original Sheraton).

Breakfast is also great with a good selection of tropical fruit, pastries and drinks. It was included in our rate, but wouldn’t be worth paying the extra BRL 40 or so. The rest of the day the main restaurant is overpriced and nothing to write home about. On Saturdays lunchtime they do a feijoada (typical Rio dish, think pork & black beans stew: tastes better than it sounds!) buffet which is pretty good and not overly expensive.

Other facilities feature a great gym room by the pool, as well as an amazing looking L’Occitane Spa, although we didn’t get to try it.

The staff were also helpful and friendly. Edson at breakfast was a standout and despite the hotel being full remembered every morning what types of tea we drink! They do try their best although cleaning and waiting staff won’t speak more than very basic English. Other staff like reception and concierge are efficient and will speak good (or good enough) English.

NEGATIVES: parking, minibar and phone call prices are all ridiculous. A large bottle of watered is offered at USD 3 in the room, when it can be bought in any shop for 8 times less! Internet access is only free for 30 minutes per day, which is a bit annoying, especially when it’s being used by toddlers to play online games. Oh, and there’s a misleading picture of the hotel on their website where the surrounding buildings have been photoshopped off, and the mountains have been brought much closer to the hotel! Is this legal at all?

All in all, this is a good place to spend some holidays in Rio, if you want to relax and do a little bit of sightseeing. If you intend on doing serious amounts of sightseeing though, you might want to stay closer to Ipanema or Leblon. It is overpriced, but as I said, any top-end hotel in Rio is.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 April 2009

Back again to Sheraton Barra. We stayed in a renovated junior suite which is certainly an improvement, especially because they got rid of the horrific carpet in the living room. Flat screen TVs with good cable selection. Carpets in corridors still suffer from the problem already reported here: they look and are dirty. I am told they will be replaced soon. Beach service has improved considerably. We did not try the Spa by L'Occitane but knowing the standards in other places it was a welcome addition. It seems they are making an effort to improve food services, the Saturday buffet that features the typical dish feijoada and many other things was good but the feijoada was not served warm enough.
Service overall very good, highlight always being the reception.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled with family
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Address: Avenida Lucio Costa 3150, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22630-010, Brazil (Formerly Sheraton Barra Rio de Janeiro Hotel)
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Region: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro > Barra da Tijuca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#20 Spa Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#57 On the Beach Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#60 Business Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
Price Range: £83 - £228 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Gran Nobile Rio de Janeiro Barra 3*
Number of rooms: 292
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located between the ocean and mountains in the city’s most modern neighborhood, Gran Nobile Barra Rio de Janeiro Hotel is surrounded by extensive lakes, stunning beaches and the exuberant Atlantic Forest. With modern design and impeccable decoration, our hotel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil offers 292 spacious guestrooms and suites, all with private balconies and overlooking the ocean. For your relaxation, Gran Nobile Barra Rio de Janeiro Hotel offers 2 outdoor pools, one for adults and another for children, an international cuisine restaurant, Fitness Center with modern workout devices, open-air hot tubs, dry and steam saunas, a squash court, playground and beach service. Located in the middle of a thriving garden is the Vila Spa, - with 5 bungalows for body treatments and exclusive bath rituals and massages that ensure a harmonious balance between body and mind. ... more   less 
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Sheraton Barra Hotel And Suites
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