This hotel is really close to the MAC museum. This area has the best view of Rio. Smaller less crowded local beach access is near by. Food is decent, drinks are good. The room is the best part, it's a very large standard room size. Had a comfortable sofa and table with four chairs. The staff is the best here. I stayed in 3 hotels that are highly rated in the Rio Area this one is the best. The rooms are modern and clean. The pool is really large. I would stay here again.
This hotel is at the opposite end of Niteroi, i.e., it takes a good hour to get there from Rio (say, Copacabana) not to mention R$150 in taxi. Furthermore, there is absolutely no activity near or around it that justifies building a hotel there. There are no restaurants, and the closest 'life' (Sao Francisco or Icarai) is a good 20-30mn away (over the hill) by taxi.
Though clean and decently maintained, the hotel's style and furniture is an embodiment of Ikea-designed life, not a compliment in my book, and certainly not at the prices charged, even with an Expedia discount.
On the plus side, the staff are very nice and helpful, beyond the call of duty in many respects. Be that as it may, their sweetness does not absolve the abysmal location and exorbitant prices.
Mickey from Los Angeles, CA
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For the price, especially for the world cup, it was great. It is clean, staff is helpful and friendly. Of course, it's only the basics, nothing luxurious and you share a dorm. Warm shower, clean bed, two big shared bathrooms, and there was no rush. But it's a great way to make friends, especially during major events like the world cup or Olympics. You can bring your kids and family and get a dorm for yourself. Niteroi itself is nice with good beaches. It is quieter and safer (than Rio). It is a bit far from Rio. But you can walk from the hostel mostly along the beach for 20 mins, and then catch a nice ferry to reach the city center (for R$ 5 or so), and then the metro. You can catch the ferry back, but I think the last ferry returns at 9 pm or so. If you stay on in Rio, you would need to catch a cab back. Cabs can be a bit expensive (around R$ 80 from Rio to Niteroi, during the world cup). If you don't know Portuguese (and Spanish), communication can be tedious. Bring your quick language guide.
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