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“Excellent view and music!”
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The Maze Inn
Ranked #49 of 337 Rio de Janeiro B&B and Inns
Reviewed 3 May 2014 via mobile

Every first friday of the month the hostel offers jazz live music to guests and outsiders with this great view of Rio!! To arrive in The Maze you have to walk through the favela, which is a very nice experience.... The owner trespasses on prices, which makes the place a little expensive.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
5  Thank Jmarinho
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Reviewed 2 January 2014

Just back from a wonderful stay in and around Rio. We stayed at the Maze for a couple of nights in mid December and really enjoyed our time there. My partner and I turned up mid afternoon on a Saturday and were warmly ushered into a fantastic feijoada (loose translation "party") in an open room with a panoramic view of Rio that was absolutely breathtaking. We were greeted by Bob (the owner) who explained we'd arrived during his son's friend's feijoada and to make ourselves at home. Whilst Malu (his wife) kindly arranged to drop our bags in our room, we were encouraged to have a beer, relax, enjoy the view and the fabulous music the friends began to jam. It was a brilliant welcome and the rest of our short stay was great. Our room had a fab view...it was basic, but clean and we had a shower, clean towels etc. Breakfast was substantial and, as other reviewers have mentioned, conversations with Bob are a real highlight. We really recommend this as a place to stay if you want a different experience - still safe, but certainly more lively than other areas of town. Thanks to Bob and Malu for the lovely hospitality.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank lady047
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Reviewed 27 September 2013

Having stayed in The Maze (and lots of other places in Rio) for several times, I can say that it is one of the most amazing locations to spend a few days. The view is perfect, the people are very very friendly and its a place where you will always meet interesting people! When i came back in The Maze i was confronted with what a man of our group posted on internet about The Maze. After a moment of complete embarrasement towards Bob I remembered that everybody in our group had voted before coming to Rio to stay in The Maze so that it was their own choice. Having seen all the other positive reactions on The Maze I am happy that this negative critic is only a joke of somebody who's life is just not that interesting. The young organizer.

Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
8  Thank StevensSven
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Reviewed 30 May 2013

First of all this place is not an 5 star acc. Typical guest house
as one can find similarities everywhere. So no need to make
your whole holiday there, a couple of days especially on the
dates of the Bob and friends Jazz nights is OK, and different
taste to stay and walk in the favelas which is not easy and safe
thing other favelas. Rooms are very basic but coming with an
perfect scenery of the amazing Rio from your Windows.
They are serving the breakfast every day with different things
but filling. If your expectations not too much and looking for an
different taste not an bad idea to stay one or two nights.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled solo
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18  Thank Joseph O
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Reviewed 6 May 2013

We are shocked by the previous review. Maybe The Maze is a bit like marmite - you either love it or you hate it and we LOVED it, as I'm sure most people will if you appreciate a relaxed homely B&B with stunning views and a taste of a real Rio neighbourhood. Bob and Malu are very chilled out hosts, and after a bit of a nail-biting journey to the maze through the winding streets of tavares bastos (we really appreciated the directions written in the other review!), they welcomed us with a beer overlooking the moonlit guanabara bay. The room was clean and comfortable with fresh towels and a fantastic balcony, and all the electrics seemed to be working just fine to us. The cats were gorgeous, clean and well-behaved. Although the neighbourhood was a bit daunting at first, once you've had a wander around and got to know some of the locals (despite a complete lack of Portuguese) we found it to be a safe friendly place. A word of warning - the reason it is so safe is that the Rio police SWAT team regularly drills - as we found to our surprise at one point we had 10 machine guns pointed at us!!! Unfortunately we missed Bob's jazz night but experienced a fantastic night at a bar down the road - the 18 year old double bass player had learned at a project run for favela kids and now plays for the symphonic orchestra!! He borrowed his double bass from Bob's! As mentioned in other reviews, Bob has some incredible stories to tell and our only complaint is that we wished we could've stayed longer! Thanks Bob & Malu xx

  • Stayed: April 2013
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5  Thank Kerry_Anne5
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Reviewed 19 April 2013

Unfortunately the organiser of our trip - a young guy- thought "The Maze" would be something "special" and "cosy" and made the big mistake to choose for it and book 3 nights for our group of about 20 persons: "normal adults".
The Maze Inn..."Special " it was! The name "Inn" unworthy...It is a "Stable"! runned without any respect for the guests. It was not cleaned, not safe as far as the electricity and the general state of the house is concerned. Not at all a place for serving food and eating.
Also "guests" were the dog and the cats living and eating together wit us in the living and breakfast corner...The cats walked through and over our dishes and their meal was served next to us sitting on a bench to eat our breakfast. The cats "pissed" on newspapers extended on the floor of the "sala"= living & breakfast corner.
Some of us - 9 persons, a mixture of men and women together had to sleep in one big room with at their disposal one shower and one toilet. The basket with "used toilet paper" was not even emptied during all those three days.
We barely managed to stay in The Maze, but we decided to close our eyes not making any trouble because of our young fellow having organised it.
As "topp of the bill" there was a Rock Party the last night. Not one inch left to sit or stand in the whole house. We could not sleep because of the noise and went to sit on the highest terace with a bottle of beer -untill 2 o'clock in the morning (the party finished at 4 o'clock).
And...you can't believe it...: we had to pay twice the price of our beer because of "the party"...
No excuses for disturbing us....no excuses for all this mess.
My English is not good enough any more to give you more details....But anywhay I hope having been "helpfull" to you with this message ...:The Maze Never....Never again

Room Tip: There are no "good rooms"
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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9  Thank Chris B
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Reviewed 4 December 2012

Special, nice and charming place to stay in Rio de Janeiro. Friendly and safe neighbood up on a hill in catete. nice price for rio. we enjoyed terrace room with amazing view. clean and comfortable room. the hosting familie was more than just georgous. Thank you so much !!!!!
Suggestion: profit on the cheap transfer in old vw minivans from the mainroad up to the hill and back down - its a long and ascend steeply way by walking:-)

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank chklink76
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Address: Rua Tavares Bastos 414 _ 66 | Catete, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22221-030, Brazil
Region: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #49 of 337 B&Bs / Inns in Rio de Janeiro
Price Range: £52 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
National Geographic describes The MAZE as "Unique and Original". Designed and built during 4 decades by Bob Nadkarni (Stanley Kubrick's sculptor-2001 A Space Odyssey). The architecture reflects the Atlantic Forest, the foothills and the sweeping bays which surround it. Situated in a Rio favela, it reveals the source of Brazil's creativity whilst being the safest location in Rio de Janeiro. The MAZE is a family home, family run. It's typical guests are architects, writers, photographers, artists, musicians and adventurous souls. Probably not for anyone with serious mobility difficulties or cat phobia however. The view is probably the finest in Rio. The Breakfast is big. Guest chat'n'mingle is wonderful and stimulating. The MAZE is a fine-art museum with a jazz night celebrated (4 years running) by US DOWNBEAT Magazine amongst the "World's Top Jazz Venues" The owner, ex BBC TV correspondent, ex war cameraman, painter, writer and jazzman welcomes you into his home and his world. The MAZE is a place to lose yourself and find yourself. ... more   less 
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The Maze Inn Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

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