The hotel is very close to the four stars displayed in the lobby. It is very near to the Copacabana beach and to a big shopping mall where you can eat a decent and not expensive meal in a different restaurant every day.
It’s clean: they clean the room and change the towels (good quality) daily’ The breakfast is diverse with a special mention for the pastries. The rooms are big and the view is either on the street going to the ocean, or (the back side) to a woodened hill. On top of it you can bathe in a tiny swimming pool and admire a fantastic view.
People are very nice but with two exceptions nobody (and I mean NOBODY) speak any other language except Portuguese. The same on the street and in each public place. I speak some five other languages besides English but it was useless. Probably the best advice for you will be to have a conversation book with you. Two annoying things: in the breakfast room the air conditioned is set to maximum fan speed and minimum temperature; it is almost impossible to find a place where to hide in order to be protected from getting a bad cold.
But the most annoying thing was the fact that after a few nights when my body was soaked in perspiration, I lifted the sheets and I found a plastic foil inserted between the sheets and the mattress. Such a thing I saw for the first time in a cheap hotel, in Paris, long time ago. I assumed that the place was used for romantic meetings. But you definitely wouldn’t expect such a thing in a four stars hotel. So, my advice is the first thing you should do when you first enter the room is to remove that plastic, if you wish to sleep in a dry pajama.
About the town: it is almost impossible to say something that never has been told about Rio. I have always been curious to see it with my own eyes. The impressions are mixed up. Do not think Rio is perfect. Because it isn’t.
But Rio is one of a kind. The landscape is unique. The world people divides itself in halves: people who has been and people who hasn’t been yet in Rio.
The town is huge and if you want to see the most beautiful places is best to board a full day sightseeing tour. It includes the lunch, which is served in a restaurant specialized in beef meat and also in seafood. My advice is to save place in your stomach for the last kinds of meat that will be served, they are made out of the best meat. The best advice will be not to buy the tour in the hotel (and not change money, either). You can find much better prices next door: for example, the one day tour you pay in the hotel with 230 R$ and in an agency few meters away with just 190 R$. The Euro is changed with 2,50 in the hotel but with 2,58 in the same agency. If you do not have a laptop of your own, do not buy computer time in the hotel: you will pay 10 R$ per hour but on the adjoining streets you find it for less than half.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Merlin Copacabana Hotel! In the heart of Rio de Janeiro at the world-famous Copacabana Beach, the Merlin Copacabana Hotel is ideally placed just minutes away from Rio's business district, tourist attractions, leisure and shopping areas. On business or holiday, guests will enjoy all the amenities needed to make their trip a success. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Merlin Copacabana
- Merlin Copacabana Hotel Rio De Janeiro, Brazil