Augusto's Copacabana Hotel
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Spent 5 days here, went through all the emotions! First 2 days there it rained solidly, like literally you are soaked to the skin in 2 seconds. Therefore my recommendation, buy an umbrella! Went up sugar loaf mountain on the cable car (costs R$ 45 each but is well worth it). Very dissapointing though as it was thick fog and we could barely see. …
twelve days stay for carnival ...
... weight wise not too far off the mark. Nothing that a few hundred laps around a pool, press ups and a few mths of intensive dancing wouldn't sort out!
Getting used to wandering around still alert, but not jumping every time someone speaks or bumps into you. The rumours of Rio's dangers clearing up are thankfully true. There are criminals like anywhere, but not obvious and not in Copacabana anymore. I am astonished how everyone is dressed ...
... everywhere! We saw people at the bar with portable TV’s watching the “Avenida Brasil” while socializing.
TV has an incredible effect on people everywhere we go, everyone, even people living on the street, has a TV, and people everywhere are spending their time watching TV, and taking TV as the main way of understanding themselves and the world around them. A very narrow field of vision, to say the least.
While on the road we simply don’t have ...
... time in Rio and with rain forecast we couldn't chance not making it to the beach.
Cococabana is notorious for crowds, the usual advice from travel blogs is to visit the beach but not spend much time here. One thing we learnt about Brazilians is they like it HOT, simply nothing else will do. As it was only the Brazilian spring, temperatures in the mid-twenties had not lured many locals to the shores of this white sandy beach, to our delight ...
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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.