Stayed here in August 2013 for 2 nights.
The bedroom and bathroom were both clean and nicely presented, although the wood panelling in the bedroom was looking a bit worse for wear. Air con worked well and there was plenty of space for storing my belongings, including a safe. Comfortable double bed (not two singles pushed together). Nice flat-screen TV with plenty of stations, though BBC World and CNN news were the only English language programmes; this wasn't really an issue because who wants to spend their entire holiday in a hotel room? Generic shampoo and conditioner available with a rickety but superb hairdryer!
Great location - one block away from Copacabana beach and about a 10min walk from Copacabana Palace hotel. As a result, all the touristy places were within easy reach but without all the noise. Actually, talking about noise, I had a room on the 7th floor facing the main street with a balcony. Unfortunately, even with the door closed there was always street noise drifting into my room - I could have asked for a room transfer, but just used ear plugs and that was fine.
Metro station very close-by, with a range of shops, supermarkets and restaurants all within walking distance.
Staff were very helpful at all times, especially on the front desk and in the restaurant. Breakfast was good with a nice selection of hot and cold foods. Small selection of food in the evening restaurant with a good service from the staff. Reasonably priced caipirinhas.
My only issue is that this 4* hotel has a 'business centre' where guests have to pay for internet access. Yes, it's only 25cents per minute, but why? Also, there is no printer available, so the front desk chap and I had to do a silly dance of sending emails back and forth to each other in order to print my document (it never materialised). Come on, WPH, sort this out!
Overall, I had a pleasant stay at this hotel and would happily use it again.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Windsor Palace
- Windsor Palace Hotel Rio De Janeiro, Brazil