Rio Othon Palace Hotel, Rio de Janeiro
Reviews - Rio Othon Palace Hotel
- Age Group: 31 - 40
- From: United States
- Traveller type: Young Couple
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Certainly no palacefrom wbw
While access to the beach was convenient, the rooms were in dire need of refurbishing, promised amenities - such as turn down service, towel replinishment, and airport shuttle service - were irregularly or just not provided, and the managment were not responsive or helpful.
Rio is a great town, but stay somewhere else!
Loved the Othon Palacefrom A TripAdvisor Member
great hotelfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Honest Review - A Great Stay!!!from Mickey61
We stayed on the 21st floor facing the beach. What a view! It was incredible.
Here is our opinion of our stay:
The rooms were clean, maid service daily, we did not have any problems with towels being delivered as I read in a previous review. Yes the rooms were outdated but what do your expect for a hotel that was probably built in the 60's. There is pics on the Hotel website and yes that is what it looks like. We did not spend all that much time in the hotel other than wine and cheese in the afternoon along with a nap to prepare us for the evening out.
The room we had had two twin beds. From what I understand, there are rooms with queens or kings....we were happy with what we got and wanted to get on with the vacation after the red eye flight. Remember that you are not in the US and special requests/customer service is not always like back home at an upscale hotel and may take a little longer than expected.
The staff was courtious and there was always someone that spoke some english (most don't) to help with the basics...cabs, phones, directions etc.
The view from the top of the building (where the pool is located) was awesome. Spend some time up there enjoying the view and the pool.
The pipes in the bathroom made a bit of noise every now and again....but not consistantly and not anything that was annoying or that would wake us up or keep us awake.
The room had a small fridge. Tip: go to the grocery store and buy some wine, beer, cheese, crackers, fruit, snacks, drinks...the cost is much cheaper than the items the hotel provides in the fridge and is a nice break between meals. We would set out some grapes, cheese, crackers, deli meat and have some wine in the afternoon all awhile enjoying the view and people watching...it was soo relaxing. There are two very well stocked grocery stores within a short walk 1 or 2 streets north and west of the hotel.
There are a couple of chanels on the TV that speak english and there is an HBO channel for those who want a little TV relaxation.
The hotel offers laundry and drycleaning service. Tip: for laundry go to the shop 1 street behind the hotel and a few yards to the North...a laundro mat and the prices are much better....about $10 for a full basket of clothes...they are very friendly but very little english spoken. Tip: learn some basic portuguese, get a english to portuguese phrase book or buy an eletronic translator. My wife bought me one that translates in 7 or so languages and was a life saver. As I said, most people do not speak or understand english. The translator also says the word for you....it was a blast and part of the adventure trying to communicate....it was a trip saver....trying to order red wine or giving directions to the cabbie or just basic communication was achallenge but much fun for us.
The restaurants were great..we never had a bad meal..the salads were incredible...no Canadian whiskey.....buy it at the duty free for your stay if you want couldnt find it in any grocery store. You can purchase up to 500us per person on the way into the country....buy your hard liqour there if you want some in your room. Marcus James was a great local cabernet that we had much of. Most restaurants have english menus so that the waiter can compare what you pick with the portugeuse menu and understand what you want.
The spa at the top of the hotel is not included . I did not use it so I cant comment on the facility. We did not eat at the restaurant on the top floor but did talk to other guests that said the food was good but you pay a premium for the view...so what else is new?
Tip the bell gut one real per bag. Take the metered cabs...the "set rate no meter" cabs are more expensive.
The bike rental place behind the hotel....ask the front desk for it's location. Cost is 5us per hour per bike minimun two hours. We road to Ipanema and around the laggoon....very nice ride...
If you are booking stuff..try and do it direct...it is cheaper to go to the source..the hotels, brokers, etc get and extra 10to 20%....you can get some direct numbers of the frommer's web site....take cabs to palces directly...it's cheaper than getting the tour...ie sugarloaf, christ the redeemer soccer stadium etc....
We felt safe where ever we went....but remeber....you are in abig city and always be aware of your surroundings...over our 9 day stay we did witness a couple of snatching of belongings ...but the victims were easy targets and were not taking care of their belongings....it is the same for New York or any big City....pay attention.
Any other questions...just send me an e-mail and I would be glad to respond
s a great hotel in a great locationfrom A TripAdvisor Member
We did see packs of pickpocket kids assault the tourists in the afternoon and evenings within a block of the hotel almost every day. The taxi drivers and waiters told us that the police wouldn’t help with this problem for some reason.
t pay too muchfrom pann888
Here are the pro's and con's for the Rio Othon Palace:
1) Beachfront location and beach service. They have a separate beach entrance into the basement where there is a desk next to the fitness rooms. You can check out towels to use at the beach. There's also a shower for rinsing off before going up to your room.
2) On the beach in front of the hotel they also provide umbrellas, however, you have to pay to rent chairs from someone on the beach.
3) The view from the room. We had a room on the side of the building (with a standing-room-only balcony), and due to the curve of Copacabana beach, we still had a really nice view.
4) Our room with two twin beds was spacious, the beds were comfortable and the linens & blankets were fresh. (see con's)
5) Bathroom. Pretty good size, with a hairdryer & separate bidet. (see con's)
6) Room safe (for $3.30 reais/day) was about 12"x15"x5" and had a lock and key set that could not be duplicated. I had to carry the key around with me, but I felt very comfortable leaving valuables there.
7) Rooftop Pool. The view is spectacular. The pool is about 12'x 20'. Bigger than a lot of rooftop pools in Rio, it's large enough to play around in, but just too small for real swimming. Plenty of lounge furniture for sunning. And the whole area is enclosed in glass with no roof. You can get beach towels at a desk before entering the pool area.
1) Our room was musty, with cheap, thin carpeting.
2) Although the TV had cable with a few English channels, I was surprised that there weren't as many premium channels as at the Savoy, a budget hotel, which had HBO and HBO Plus (both in English).
3) Bathroom. Fixtures were old, either chipped or rusty, and it took 10-15 minutes for the water in the shower to get hot...I guess due to old plumbing.
4) Staff. Efficient but not overly friendly...maybe due to the fact that I only paid $67/night and they knew it. In contrast, the staff at the Savoy were extremely friendly and very helpful.
5) Breakfast is not included, which I knew up front and it didn't bother me. I put it in the con's because, again, the Savoy included breakfast (a pretty decent one) in the room rate.
If you know of the con's up front and get a decent rate for the room, this is an OK place to stay. For someone on a limited budget, it's a good deal if you take into consideration that you get a beachfront hotel with a terrific pool area on the roof and a really nice view from a nice-sized room.
What a dump!from A TripAdvisor Member
t expect a 5star hotel or even a 3star hotel...from kingster
we paid $83/day on "skyauction". Add on taxes and breakfast and we could have stayed at a much nicer hotel.
The rooms, old and bad, they don't change your linen unless you ask. We had to request a change of linen every day. bottom line, this hotel should be rated 2 star. we stayed at some very nice hotels in iquasu falls, fortaleza, natal, and bahia. this is a dump.
t like it, you probably paid too muchfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The difference between the luxury rooms and the normal ones is that the luxury rooms have a view over the ocean, which is really awesome. You have a little balcony that overlooks the beach and the ocean. Really nice.
So, yes the rooms are old fashioned and not well lit but who cares with such a view!
Some people also worry about crime but that's in any large city, especially there where the tourists are. Then again, Copacabana is for sure not a high crime area compared to the rest of the city. Some Rio neighbourhoods are a no-go for even for police!
I stayed there with my girlfriend and had a wonderful time near the beach. We will for sure go back one day.
Rio Othon Palace (Copanbana Beach) is in a High Crime Areafrom InternationalTrotter
If you plan to travel to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil stay on LeBanlo Beach and/or Ipenema Beach especially if you are blond hair and blue eyed.
An American Travel Agent and Tourist.
Top Local Tips for Rio de Janeiro
Money Carry as little as possible, check your bill twicw, ask questions, count your change. Do not settle for paying too much, pay what you owe and walk away. Travel in a group day or night. Be very very wary of beggars, regardless of age. Don't plan on going in ocean unless you have a wet suit. Be prepared to be harassed on the sidewalks and the beach-police are busy talking on there call phones.
Power outlets Remember, the power outlets might look a bit different from North America. I hear its the same kind found in Isreal, two round prongs, spaced widely apart. Adapters are probably relatively cheap and easy to find in North America, but i dont know how many the hotel has, and they didnt seem to understand me when i asked for one. The power is 110v compared to our 120v, so most devices should work fine.
My best trip! GO TO THE RECEPCTION AND ASK WHAT´S GOING ON IN THE CITY. TAKE A CAPUCCINO IN THE LOBBY BAR AND A DINNER ON THE 30º FLOOR WITH A FANTASTIC VIEW
Other names for Rio Othon Palace Hotel
- rio othon palace hotel
- rio othon palace de janeiro
- rio othon palace
- Address: 3264 Av. Atlantica - Rio de Janeiro - 22070-001 - Brazil
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