The hotel is in a busy street next to the tunnel to Botafogo, the walk to the beach is relatively short but I would not recommend anyone to do that at night, some dodgy dark corners do not feel too safe.
The hotel must have been very majestic in the 40's, too bad that no one took the time to refresh the deco or the rooms, we stayed in a room on the inner side of the hotel, towards the "morro", which was good because the street side is very noisy.
The staff had a general sense of indifference towards the guests and the breakfast was mediocre, we had much better food at simplier pousadas.
Locationwise it's relatively close to the beach (some 500m), but if you want to reach the better spots it's quite a walk, ipanema and leblon are reachable only by taxi or other mean of transport.
We stayed at the Merling using miles from AAdvantage (miles program from American Airlines, very little choice of hotels in Rio), so pricewise I don't know how the Merlin does, but if they charge more than R$ 300,00 / night it's a ripoff.
We did not hate our stay, but back in Rio we will definetly choose a better place on the Ipanema/Leblon side of town.
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- Also Known As:
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