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Rio Design Hotel
Ranked #47 of 286 Hotels in Rio de Janeiro
Certificate of Excellence
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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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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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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Reviewed 18 July 2010

Location is the best thing about this hotel, but the description of 'designer quality and style' clearly does not apply to this hotel. The rooms all need a revamp as they are very run down, and we had lots of problems with things not working. This hotel sounds great but looks incredibly old and below standards.
Breakfast is good though, and the staff were extremely helpful and friendly (which made up for the below adverage setting).

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 June 2010

The Portinari Design Hotel is well designed using elegant materials such as tile and stone. However, the hotel was poorly maintained and there were ants and small bugs in my room. Additionally, the outlets were sparking showing signs of an electrical problem that can be hazardous, causing an electrical fire or physical injury. Green travellers should probably give this one a pass.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 16 March 2010

The name of the hotel certainly makes it sound very trendy. But it really isn't the case. Copacabana as a place is a lot of run down compared to Ipanema or Leblon. The lobby of the hotel is quite small. We were greeted by staff who were not very helpful, but not discourteous either. There was a bit of trouble with our booking but they became more accomodating when they realised they might be overcharging us. Also when we went out later they seemed to have a special relationship with over charging drivers.

We secured a room on the 9th floor which is a good idea as your avoid a lot of the outside noise. They do charge you for access to the safe. We didn't use the telephone owing to other reviews on here about extortionate charges. The bathroom facilities were a real disappointment with signs of rust and very old fixtures. It wasn't very spaceous either. The towels and toileteries provided weren't great either.

All in all it would be an acceptable 3 star hotel. Nothing more. Don't be fooled by it being a design or boutique hotel in anyway!

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 3 December 2009

We liked portanari!
Someone was thinking when they designed it.
We had a dvd player and a sauna in the room in addition to robes, alarm clock,
safe, refrigerator. Kind of a home away from home.
The beds were comfortable.
The staff friendly and fast and eager to please.
and only 1/4 block from the beach.
Oh it didnt have a swimming pool-the only drawback but since the beach was accross the street, it didnt' matter.

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about 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: £54 - £164 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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