Augusto's Copacabana Hotel
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... down. The boys went on an awesome trip of the Argentinian side today which I reneged on to rejuvinate and avoid the torrents of water and hours of wet clothes, something that surely could not have helped.
Must apologise for the length of this blog, I know some of you want to keep track but really don't have the time. There were just some parts of Rio I did not feel could be left out, plus I still have 15 hrs to kill on this bus. I think I will just kill Julz...
... and had a great vibe. Matt, one American and I got pretty drunk while I think the other 2, who were Mormons and didn't drink, got bored. Next day we tried culture and got to the bottom of Christ but visibility was 0% so we passed and had a chilled day before going to a club in Copacabana with some people from our hostel who were to become my new best mates for the next 10 days. The night out was pretty good, I think Matt had a better night than me, but it was ...
... and Australia player!) Kate spotted him and we asked him for a cheeky photo, he was so nice and willing to chat to us for a while afterwards. We went back to the hostel, cooked some lunch and then went to the bars nearby to watch the next couple of matches into the evening with some Sangria! On Monday we went down to Copacabana beach and watched the Germany v Portugal match outside the fan fest at one of the food stalls. After this we went over to Sugar Loaf ...
So as I mentioned in my last post we ended up on the boat and didn't get to bed until 5am. When Ami's alarm went off at 8.45am I wasn't feeling so fresh, the favela experience now seemed like the last thing I wanted to do. I actually wanted to stay in my metal frame and wood planks! The bus picked us up and we drove around to what seemed like a million hostels to pick up our fellow tour friends (I may have taken a little nap). We drove all the way to the top of one of ...
... the station which is very close to some steps that lead back up the favela.
There is some very interesting wall art along the steps and although it is quite a climb it takes you right to the heart of the favela. From here I walked back up Rue St Roman and stopped at the local bar just down the road from the steps leading to the pousada. The beer here was very cheap 5Real bought a very large bottle of local ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Augusto's Copacabana Hotel Rio de Janeiro
From PERU, Nice Warm Days in Rio, beach, gurlz and great food.
This is a good hotel, is like 2 blocks from the beach, so you have to walk a little, in the first corner in the way to the beach there's an awful bar and next to it there's a very sad restaurant. So stay away from them, in front of the Hotel crossing the street Copacabana you will find a good place to eat with some nice traditional dishes, the best of all is that the price go for kilos so you can have and idea of the total and eat what you want, the price the last week was 2 reales for kilo, there you will find the frejoada and farofa between others.
In the hotel you will have a breakfast well enough, buffet type, one of the things I liked the most was to have a room in the last floors, ask for that, with view to the main street, Bolivar, ah, also a stripper in one of the front side apartments, but what the hell, is Rio. :D
Part of the fun is to sleep late with the air conditioned and wake up early with a sensation of very fresh almost cold temperature but when you open your door next to the balcony at 7:00 am you receive all that hot wind that comes from the Copacabana and the Ipanema, (see my pictures) , do as I and go to make some jogging, Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon is already with a lot of persons at that hour, have in mind that this is a tropical weather so beach, beach, beach, gurlz, gurlz, gurlz and food food food, almost perfect :) , and after jogging take your clothes out and around 8 am go to the beach, get a nice tang and see nice girls until 9:30 am to begin, then go back to the hotel jump to the elevator and go to the last floor and have a warm bath in the swimming pool and the jacuzzi next to it. Good life, eh ?, ok, the swimming pool is tiny, but at that hour all are downstairs ;) so is just for you, then go to your room at 9:45, take a bath and at 10:00 in the first floor there is your breakfast waiting for you ... (until 10:30).
The life is NOW right? :)
All the day to visit the tourist places, kinda expensive like 17 US$ for attraction, and don't forget the nights, Copacabana and Ipanema are the points of Rio, forget about other places, once they were other important places like Rio Branco or Central but they are death nowadays, the action is in the coast, you will find also some movement in Lapa, but too noisy and dirty for me ... if you feel alone, which is very difficult, and you are with friends (not with your fam) go to the Atlantica restaurant near the discotheque Help, this is the point this days, there you will find lot of very kind girls waiting for you ;)
Good Luck and take care
Sergio Claver from Perú
* Just to tell you that Rio is a city with a high contrast between rich and poor people, always take care and try not to be alone and be careful of your belongings. When I was in the beach I saw some incidents, the morning is the safest moment, the afternoon is a little more risky, there are fewer policemen in the streets. See ya in another review :) .
Good value with friedly staff
Simple but good sized rooms close to the beach and relatively quiet for Copacabana. Staff went out of their way to be helpful and after discovering that my travelling companion had a birthday delivered champagne and cake to the room. Excellent breakfast with wonderful fresh juices so all in all very good value for the price
This hotel was part of our "budget" tour package. We were pleased with the hotel. Great location just a few blocks from Copacabana Beach. Rooms were spacious and clean. Bell staff very helpful in getting us settled in our room. Inside rooms have less noise than those facing the street. Enjoyed the breakfast buffet in the morning. Great service and plenty of food. Would stay here again. -- Was frequented by international tourists of all ages.
I stayed at Augusto's for two weeks in July. the rooms are clean and safe. The staff is very freindly and helpful. The buffet breakfast was much better than I expected. I would recommend this hotel.
The walk to the beach is not that bad, less than a five minute walk.
Nice Value for Budget Travelers
Hotel was clean and staff was very friendly. Breakfast was included and there was a pretty good spread. For price it was a great deal and included small pool (very small) and jacuzzi on the roof as well as a fitness center. Somewhat odd decoration scheme (Greco-Roman), but it was not a problem. Front desk was helpful with making reservations, calling taxis etc. Located 2 blocks from Copacabana beach in very convenient location with plenty of cabs running by. Copacabana is a bit seedy compared to Ipanema, but I felt very safe at Augusto's and as a student, appreciated the budget I was able to keep.
Very good value. Friendly staff, clean rooms. Recommended.
The hotel staff were very nice and helpful, from the reception staff, kitchen staff and the room service staff. They made us feel at home even though were were thousands of miles away. Even though the room was not big, it was really clean. The hotel is within easy access of Copacabana Beach. The food was good and well prepared. They assisted us choose the tours and ensured that the tour bus and cab to the airport never left us. They tried as much as they could to accomodate the language difference, as much as we tried too. It was a good stay and we will always have fond memories of the hotel.
For those on a budget
I would have to say the best feature of this hotel was the staff. Fernando that comes to greet you in the morning for breakfast made me feel right at home and he really tried to communicate with me - I speak very poor Portuguese. By th end of my week long stay, he had helped me to speak a little better and even remembered my name and room number without having to ask. Giovanni and Melo usually were at the door to greet me in the morning and many (very) late nights. They were both very kind and helpful. I think the walk was three blocks to the beach but it is like a three minute walk -- if that. They cleaned the room every day though I did notice small insects in the room. The only thing I did not like was that they did not have any drawers that could really hold clothes. So if you can get over that and the fact that it is not right on the beach, I think you will be ok. They have a mini gym upstairs, a room with internet access on the second floor and a small swimming pool on the roof. Overall I liked my stay because it was in my price range and the people were friendly.
It's an ok place...between 2.5-3*'s...Advertised as 2 blocks from beach but more like 3.5 blocks. Rooms were comfortable but if you share a double you cannot bring a garota back to your room. Rather get a single and pay the 47 realis (at 9/15/05) supplement. They have a website but they put a positive spin on the pictures...the breakfast was great and the staff helpful but the pics of the rooms on the website must be the suites. I paint $47.60 for a double standard room in early September, 05.