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“In Rio, you have to lower your expectations”

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Sol da Barra Apart Hotel
Ranked #169 of 282 Hotels in Rio de Janeiro
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“In Rio, you have to lower your expectations”
Reviewed 25 February 2013

Let me start with the good: great location in Barra da Tijuca right across the street from the beach, the staff were friendly, and the breakfast was decent.

But the hotel rooms need a complete refurbishment. They feel like they haven't been upgraded since 1979. The beds were hard as a rock. I like a firm bed, but this was unbelievable. And the internet service (not free, charged at BRL 10 per day) was so sllllooooow, I was wishing I had access to a dial-up connection, because it would be faster.

Paying what I paid for this hotel seems like highway robbery. The nightly rate was over US$200. But as I said in the title, in Rio you have to lower your standards. In almost any other major city in the world, you would expect a much nicer hotel for this cost. But Rio de Janeiro is a city of outdated, underinvested, overpriced hotels. I travel there three times a year for business, and Sol da Barra is not the only one. I can't say I fully understand why none of the hotels invest in their properties, but I have to believe the people coming for the 2014 World Cup and Rio 2016 Olympics are in for a shock.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled on business
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2006

Went to this hotel in the end of 2005.
Thought it was a good price for an apart hotel, and would be able to cook our own food.

When we got there, we found that the kitchen unit is not fully functional. Just a sink and fridge. The gas hob was not connected as the hotel did not get the license to have it as a proper Apart Hotel.

The staff speak enough English for non-Portuguese speakers to get buy.

Breakfast is given for free in their breakfast room, and there is a very good selection of things to eat. (I loved the scrambled eggs and fresh fruit!)

The rooms were okay. Some of the wood-work was worn or had evidence of damp or termites. The view to the beach is distorted by the big electricity cables running infront of the hotel (airbrushed out of their photos...)

It is basic, but good accomodation. they do have broadband access, but it is slow - and was prone to breaking from the heat.
But it is also expensive!

Lots of the floor tiles were broken in the rooms, and the water filters did not always work.
The A/C units were a blessing - but noisy, and just in the bedroom.

They have a balcony/bar area, and a sauna. But the sauna took a long time to heat up, and eveything just seemed so deserted.

They have a small car-park, which the attendants/bell-boys will open for you, and will help you with your shopping (if you need to pop to the local Extra for some food)

Certainly not the worst hotel, but at least the staff are nice and polite and eager to please everyone...

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Property: Sol da Barra Apart Hotel
Address: Avenida Lucio Costa 880 | Barra da Tijuca Beach, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Region: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro > Barra da Tijuca
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#66 On the Beach Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Sol da Barra Apart Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 20
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