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... the bill which he added another $10 raess. We were like no thats not right but we had no choice, we got played hard by an arab in Brazil. Oh well we are laughing about it now. We went further down the street where we came onto Copacabana beach. Holy **** here are these 2 naive Australians walking down the world famous beach of Rio. The sun was setting and we originally were going to go to fan fest to watch the next game. But unknown to us Fan fest was all the way down the other ...
... many images of Cristo Redentor that we were actually there. many many many photos were taken. other than the standard arms out to the side I decided to get a picture hi-5ing Jesus. too many times you see the same standard picture, time to get creative. Kate attempted and awkwardly layed down on a wall to get the picture, but failed. our new English friend had a go and won, producing a great.photo :-) I think the random man standing near us was more fearful of me ...
... they have some resident monkeys in the trees next to their restaurant that the chef isn't shy of slipping pieces of banana to. First time Kate's been keen to go anywhere when I suggest a mid afternoon caipirinha break.
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Very unfortunate with staying 5 nights in Luxor Regente. Standard room, in this 4 star hotel means a standard prison cell, without any window view, as it was covered with stainless horizontal blinds, and little gap overlooks inside openings to the service area of the hotel.
It is pretty interesting to find out what are the criteria for granting star ratings to the International Hotels, as per American standard Luxor regente will be declined for 2 stars Hostel rating.
Service area in this hotel is a basically garbage, and the food waist collector. Terrified with the look of the room and the smell from air condition system, with the sound of take off for medium size diesel engene I have attempt to beg front desk on duty, to change the location of the room or to upgrade my room, willing to pay as much as it was requested. After 1 ½ hour of standing at the front desk, after exhausted overnight flight, I was absolutely ignored, and astonished with résistance ignorance of the front desk employees showing how busy they are chatting with each other, or stating that it is impossible to help me. I was so tired and frustrated that I have to surrender to the circumstances to return to my cell room called standard double room. My wife, and I have no words to explain our frustration, nor to the tour operator, guide, or to the management. We where assured that second day the hotel management will change our room, and I was absolutely right with a request that this standard room is not a room I have paid $ 300 US dollars per day. Nothing was done during our stay! Only bellman helping with luggage
Said: " Senior, I know this is terrible, but what I can do...I know how much you have Paid...my monthly salary is USD 200, and I have family.... On this case he was only one who was honest, from the bottom of his heart!
I greatly appreciate his honesty.
We have tried to erase this days from our memory, but willing to share our experience with others, be not foolish what you will see on the web or brochures about Luxor Regente.
All prices presented, are listed in BR rials, and it carries similar $ sign, at the exchange rate to x 2.4 for USD, everybody is trying to rip you off stating the price is in USD, what was absolutely wrong! Every sightseeing trip needs to be negotiated as the first price offered later was discovered at the standard rate was less by 30-40%.
We liked RIO, for Nature, for geographic location, and the natural beauty, but unfortunately it is a huge rip off for tourist, not receiving adequate service, for paid money. Samba shows are low profile tourist attractions, and only in the streets of Ipanema you can see real presentations of Capoeira, great performance!!! 5 stars rating no words!
Copacabana area is basically populated with retired people above 70+
And is a dying spot in Rio, only first timer tourists or beach addicts can appreciate this district.
The better areas are Lebnon or Ipanema or the west part of the town where
New and old riches prefer to reside.
Best hotel in Brazil
I know it sounds trite to say it is the best but in the last month we My spouse & I have stayed in all sorts of hotels in Brazil. From the Sahanna Palace in BH we found on the GOL website And discovered that though the photos on the site had been taken with mood lighting & Vasoline on the camera lense. The staff there were excellent though. To the very overpriced Ceaser Palace Sao Paulo that made us jostle with 400 politicions & bussiness people for the hotels service while they made pigs of themselves, as people on conferences quite often do.
The Luxor Regente was impossible to fault. we paid for a "semi water view" room. In Australia (our home) this means someone has to hold your ankles while you dangle out the window to see a postage stamp view of some water(possible a storm water drain). At this hotel it ment that possiblely a leaf from the tree accross the road might block a fraction of your view, if the wind blew it the wrong way. The view was spectacular from the fort to the sugar loaf unblocked & brilliant.
The staff whilste I feel that Mineiros (people from Minas Gerise) are the most hospitable. The margen between them 7 Cariocas (inhabitants of Rio) is almost nil. At the Luxor by the second day the chap pouring coffee remembered I had it black & when I came back from the buffet it was there at my table. The concierge at the front, we asked him where there was a good resteraunt. Now in Australia this would be met with either an uniterested "don't know" or a series of unedifying & thoroughly confusing directions. Not here here he takes you by the arm & walks you down the street to a resteraunt has a chat with their concierge sees that you are happily seated & poodles off back to his post. All the staff I found spoke some English but would happly suffer your attempts to comunicate with them in Portuguese. Quite at treat when you consider that most anglo-saxons consider that if the person doesn't understand English, somehow speaking increasingly louder with resolve the comunication problem.
The room was quite large & had every amenity possible, including a biddette (don't know how to spell it' don't kow how to use it either but it was a nice touch). The room was about twice the size of the Bourbon hotel we stay in at Curitiba & it had an extra star. The mini bar was reasonably priced. Slighly more expensive than the kiosk accross the road but you needn't take out an etra morgage with every beer in the mini bar. Compair that to the now infamous Ceasar park that charges R53 (53 Brazilian Reals) for a 10ml (one shot) bottle of Johny Walker.
In short this is a gem of a hotel. The price is really quite cheap compared to others in Rio & the rest of Brazil. The service & immenities are quite spectacular. All this in the most picturesque part of one of if the most beautifull cities in the world(I believe this & I live on Sydney harbour).
So do yourself a treat first stay there second if you have planned say 5 days then give yourself at least 7 you will be glad you did.
Graet location and good value
Great location just across the road from Copababana Beach, friendly staff and generally value for money.
Well eqipped rooms, although a few problems with air conditioning.
Restaurant provides good a la carte and buffet meals, but bar area could be improved.
Great stay at the Luxor Regente
Stayed at the Luxor Regente for 9 days in June 05. Hotel is situated beach front at the better end of copacabana beach,within walking distance of ipamena beach,hotel and rooms very clean,room good size but had a terrible view as it was at the back of the hotel, but it did make it very quite so good sleep every night,bathroom facilities excellent especially shower, breakfast was first class. Free beach towels and umbrella and beach attendant excellent, kept an eye on everything all the time,and even when he was not there the man that sold the sunbeds and sunchairs watched everything for you, both very helpfull, sun beds not expensive. For a big city, very cheap for food and drink, meals enormous, enough for two. We had no problems when we were in Rio but did see a couple of unsavoury incidents so I would advise people to be careful. Taxi,s very cheap and a safe way to get around so we used them to go to the main attractions,christ the redeemer and sugar loaf mountain which were fantastic.
Very Impressive Hotel Great Location
This hotel was fantastice in terms of its location along copa cobana beach. The views from the top floor baclony/Bar are amazing. The staff were always courteous and very helpful indeed.
I also enjoyed the moring breakfasts and evening buffet meal it saved wandering around trying to find decent food. The only down point would be the rule on visitors - basically if you are sharing a room, no visitors are allowed - I think this applies to all the hotels though!
This is classed as a four star superior hotel - I think it is more 3.5-4 star by european standards but it has all you need for a great stay.
My sister and I just got back. We were there for one week and found the hotel to be extremely comfortable and of course right across from the beach. The staff were very friendly and did everything possible to make our stay memorable. The hotel staff spoke English and arranged dinners for us. I liked the hotel because it had the flair of the Portuguese, and it didn't feel Americanized. We had a Superior room but still faced the street, but it was no big deal because we were only in there to sleep. I would definitely go back there.
Excellent location excellent hotel
what an excellent 3* hotel, for value for money this hotel is the best. the location is fantastic and just a short walk into the nightlife. i would recommend upgrading to a deluxe room because of the views. In the standard room you overlook a street and the windows have shutters so you have no view really but if your not bother then i would recommend a standard because of the price. The staff are excellent and always happy to help. The swimming pool is not up to much a bit on the small side but it does offer fantastic views. The hotel offers a security guard on the beach which is a nice touch not that you really need one. I felt safe in Rio just make sure do dont walk around with a 500.00 camera round your neck and you'll be fine. Would definitely return to rio.
Stayed for three nights March 2005. Superb hotel just across the road from Copacabana Beach. Modern, bright, impeccably clean with comfortable furnishings and well appointed rooms. Excellent buffet breakfast with wide choice of quality hot and cold items. Do not miss the evening meals offered in the hotel restaurant - buffet with a superb choice of items, hot and cold, all beautifully presented and of high quality. On one evening one of the five items offered in the hot meat / fish section was filet mignon - cooked to perfection. The price of the evening buffets? An unbelievable 29 Brazilian reals per person - £5.80!!!!!!! Friendly, helpful staff - ready and willing to offer advice on local transport, sites to visit etc.
Want a substantial "light lunch" for £2 or so including wine or a beer? Turn right, down the street as you leave the Luxor. The second bar/restaurant with umbrellas on the pavement has a sign Sociedao de Chapp above it - take a seat and enjoy!!
Just came back on 3/28/05 after a wonderful week in Rio. The Luxore Regente had great service at an affordable rate. Hotel and rooms were very clean. Rooms did not have much of a view unless you reserved ocean view specifically. Hotel staff very accomodating with service within the hotel and the hotel lifeguards on the beach. Great service Tecuardo! The location was excellent - - right on Copacabana. We walked right from our hotel right across the street to the beach. We were 3 females traveling alone and never felt unsafe in the area were we were located. Hotel doormen were always able to grab us a cab we we needed one. Street vendors and places to eat were conveniently a walk away from the hotel on Copacabana. The reviews I have read about the unsafe conditions on Copacabana beach definitely appeared to be a bit exaggerated. We never experienced any problems. If your looking for value, great service and location. Luxore Regente should be your choice.
A solid hotel
My wife and I stayed at the Luxor Regente the first week in March 2005. The hotel is a solid choice for value seeking visitors to Rio. The rooms are comfortable and to US standards. Many rooms have no view - but in Rio you will spend little time in your room other than sleeping. The AC are noisy but bearable. The restaurant is excellent both for breakfast and dinner both a buffet with ample choices and good food and service. We found the lobby bar area to be a fine place place to relax sipping a pierinhjo and pleople watch. The service is excellent and most of the staff speak English. Good location for beach (Copacabana) and shopping - we never felt unsafe even though the Copacabana area is a working class neighborhood compared to the more upscale Ipanima beach area. We would definitely lodge at the Luxor Regente again.