I have rated this hotel as very good, but I actually feel it is somewhere between average and very good, like a 3.5!
The hotel itself is good, staff are friendly, some speak English, rooms were large and clean, beds comfortable and the pool although small was clean with a nice view of Corcovo from the rooftop.
Breakfast was great and we enjoyed a few drinks at the rooftop bar and in the lobby bar each night. Joao (?) the barman in the lobby was lovely and although we spoke no Portuguese (other than obrigada) and he spoke very limited English, he managed to entertain us anyway and was always ready with a wave or a smile as we passed through the lobby.
We were in Rio for Carnival so hotel pickings were slim but we were happy with the Windsor Florida. The location was not ideal for tourists as we needed to walk some distance to find restaurants and this can be pretty dangerous in Rio at night. Public transport is restricted at this time and due to traffic congestion (2.7mill tourists land in Rio for Carnival each year) it is very slow to get around. Many roads close for Bloca parties! We hired pushbikes on the beach at Flamengo (only available sundays) and rode the bike tracks to all the beaches following the coastline. This was great! The push bikes you see around town require a mobile phone to release them from the stand, not great for tourists. A number of people approached us about our bikes so I think it was a real find!
All in all the hotel and staff were great, it would have just been preferable to be closer to Copacabana or Ipanema as a tourist.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Windsor Florida
- Windsor Florida Hotel Rio De Janeiro, Brazil