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Rio Design Hotel
Ranked #50 of 282 Hotels in Rio de Janeiro
Certificate of Excellence
New York City
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
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Reviewed 20 August 2011

Luxe room did not even have space to walk around the bed. One of the smallest rooms I have ever seen for a double. Paper thin walls give you intimacy with your neighbors. None of what you see on the web site is correct except the wifi, which only works if you stay near the door.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Pretoria, South Africa
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43 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2011

This is a hotel with excellent location, 30 meters from Copacabana and a small walk from Ipenama. Rooms are space enough, cleaned every day. There was a mini-bar in the room. Staff were friendly and helpful. Breakfast room on the 13th floor offered cold and warm breakfast which I found to be delicious.

There are nice places to eat within short walking distance from the hotel.

The only thing that bothered me was street noise. Rio has a lot of street noise through the night and the hotel does not have double insulated windows. My advice is to pack a new set of ear plugs and you should enjoy the hotel thoroughly

  • Stayed July 2011
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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386 reviews
60 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 321 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2011

I am surprised by the more recent 'average' and 'poor' reviews on Hotel Portinari.

LOCATION: Excellent location on the south end of Copacabana beach near the Copacabana Fort so convenient for both Copacabana and Ipanema. It is also near pharmacies and other stores for last minute things. Metro stations very close and recommend for travelling throughout Rio as it is cheap, quick and safe.

STAFF: The staff shine at this hotel: they were instrumental in our activities while in Rio helping to book restaurants, tours even paragliding off mountains. Our trip would have been much more difficult without them! I spent 30 minutes finding a romantic restaurant with their reception within the area. Their dedication to helping you and problem solving is noted and appreciated.

HOTEL ROOM: We stayed on the 7th floor in a junior suite which was minimalist, clean lines. Very reminiscent to IKEA show room designs but not nearly as cheap feeling. The shower was large with two shower heads. It comes with hair dryers etc. The only downside is the only mirror is in the bathroom. Bed was very comfortable and there's lots of wardrobe space. FREE UNLIMITED WIRELESS IN BEDROOMS.

RESTAURANT / FOOD: The only draw back for me was the restaurant. The breakfast is good (however the same everyday) but the restaurant does not look as modern as the rest of the hotel. We had dinner one night which was disappointing. There are a lot of places to eat in Rio, especially in this area, so while the restaurant is not competitive, you are also not stuck for choice either. I encourage you to eat around Rio especially in this area.

GYM: I did not use this, I only saw it. It is small and probably the smallest hotel gym I have ever seen. I also did not see anyone else using it. The machines appear to be in good condition though and there is a good view of Copacabana as this gym is on the top floor 13+ stories up.

OVERALL: This hotel is in a desirable area of Rio where there are alot of very cheap places which look and feel hostel like or there is the up-market, very expensive places. You get what you pay for. If you are looking for a flamboyant design hotel, in my view, this is low impact but it is very comfortable, enjoyable and rewarding for its price bracket. I would stay again and recommend it to others.

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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2011

We booked our room for Carnaval, and based on the website, we were expecting our room to be fairly modern and stylish. Instead, we got a drab room with old furniture which left a lot to be desired. At least it was clean with a big shower.

The hotel staff were fabulous, the breakfasts great, and the location (1 block from the beach) was fantastic, but we were dissapointed at the quality of the room given what we paid (which was a lot!)

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Rome, Italy
Level 5 Contributor
75 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2010

it is terrible: confusion night & day. everything I asked at the receptionist they did not know anything (seemed to be all boys in internship), they told me to give me a room at the highets floor and when I arrived it was on of the first floors. I gave to the lavandery some stuff and they stole me half things & nobody in the hotel helped me. AVOID AVOID AVOID

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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new york
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2010

this hotel was pretty clean and the breakfast was pretty good, staff pretty helpful- spoke english
the bed was hard was really my only complaint
the hotel is looking a little run down like most hotels in copacobana
the wireless wifi did not work well in the rooms

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 19 July 2010

We chose this hotel based on value and reviews and found it to be a good basic hotel - while nothing was wrong with the hotel per se, it wasn't really a stellar design hotel. The rooms vary depending on the floor, and we stayed on 11 which was fine but nothing spectacular or inspiring.

The staff was nice and helped get us taxis and a reservation at a restaurant we wanted but pushed us to make our own reservations for dinners and weren't so helpful with directions or suggestions.

Rooms were clean and located across from the beach in Copacobana and an easy walk/ride to Ipanema or Leblon. Breakfast was good and doormen were helpful in getting cabs. Staff was nice overall but not overly helpful per se.

For a basic hotel, this is a good option but if you're looking for something more luxurious this is not the place.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Rio Design Hotel
Address: Rua Francisco Sa 17 | Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22080-010, Brazil
Region: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro > Copacabana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#51 Romantic Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#52 Family Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Rio Design Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 66
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Also Known As:
Portinari Hotel Rio De Janeiro
Rio Design Hotel Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

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