Hotel Marina Palace
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In general I was very pleased with my stay at Marina Palace. I agree with most of the reviews: safe area, nice staff, great breakfast with a nice view of the beach.
Just left Rio having spent 6 nights at Marina Palace. It's a very nice hotel, and as many have already said, the breakfast is outsanding, with a great view of the beach to boot!
I just returned from Rio less than a month ago and I had a fabulous time! The Marina is located in a very safe and friendly neighborhood. Everyone in the hotel is extremely friendly and helpful! From the minute we walked in the lobby, we were in awe of how beautiful and clean the hotel was. Although our room was not the most updated it did have an ocean view. Do visit the rooftop pool and bar for an amazing view! The free daily breakfast is also more than I could ever expect! The exotic fruits, delicious juices, yummy pastries and rich coffee will leave you full and ready to go out and experience all Rio has to offer. Good restaurants to visit: Casa de Feijoada in Ipanema(beware of the extremely potent shot of liquor), Barra Brasa (very strong caipirinhas) and a Thai restaurant only a few blocks away from the hotel (creamy coconut soup is spicy and to die for!). Also, be sure to visit Bob's Burgers for a post drinking, I'm trying to prevent a hangover snack. Nightlife: try Carioca de Gema for live music, stroll through Lapa on Friday or Saturday night for awesome free live music outdoors, Bar Bracarense (Leblon), Jobi (Leblon and open very late) and Melt (pronounced Melch) for a club atmosphere. Beware of flip flop crooks on the beach! I had my flip flops stolen on day two by I suppose local teens who were camped out next to us in Leblon.
We stayed at the hotel for a week, and the room, the views from the room, and roof pool were excellent. The staff were very helpful and spoke good english.
The staff also recommended places to see and vist, which became very helpful.
The buffet breakfast was also good and the location was brilliant, close too many shops and restuarants, however more choice of resturants were further afield.
We filled in a survey form regards the hotel when leaving and received a personal email stating the points we raised in the form, which was nice to have the feedback.
Recommend the hotel......very good!!
We stayed at the Marina Palace from March 19 - 25, and the hotel was everything we expected. Our room was clean and updated. (Our friend's bathroom had not been updated, but the room itself was fine). The front desk was helpful and the breakfast overlooking the beach was outstanding. There was every kind of fruit, pastry and bread you could imagine. They will prepare waffles or an omlete if you ask. We used the internet several times with a small fee. We preferred the location in Leblon--it was quieter and less crowded. The Marina Palace was still within walking distance of restaurants (we loved Le Coin II) and shopping. We felt completely safe in Rio walking the streets in Ipanema and Cococabana with children. The Brazilians were very friendly and we had no problems with the language barrier. We used the hotel's drivers, Marco and Botelo to go sightseeing and I highly recommend them. The hotel has several drivers parked outside on the side street, and happened upon them accidently! They are not advertised so we were not sure if the Brazilian hotel guests just know they are available. They are easy to spot--all wearing black pants and green shirts. They even took us to the airport. Overall, this hotel is a great value. The only negative which has been mentioned before was one elevator was out of service the entire time we were there and the other two were slow!
I stayed at the Marina Palace for a week. The big selling points to this beach-front hotel include its proximity to nice restaurants in Leblon, and the gorgeous rooftop views. The staff is friendly and helpful, and the breakfast buffet with windows over-looking the beach is fabulous, with lots of fresh, exotic fruit. On the downside, one of the three elevators was consistently out of service. It's not unusual to wait more than ten minutes for an elevator. We also had a leak in our ceiling and I noticed mold growth in the hallway. So, overall, the building does need some work, but the safe and convenient location of the hotel, coupled with the mesmerizing rooftop views make staying here worthwhile.
Marina Palace--Excellent Choice
Excellent choice...just got back from my first time ever to Rio...(1) loved the location--right across the street from beach in a very safe upscale area of town (crime very overrated, unless you stay in Copacabana area); (2) staff was most helpful; (3) rooms good size and adequate and clean; (4) good value. Overall, would definitely recommend this hotel.
A good choice in Rio
I stayed at the Marina Park hotel for 4 days and really enjoyed it. It's a good 4 * hotel. The location is very safe and good, beachfront. Rooms were very confortable , buffet breakfast excellent and plentiful, with a wide choice. The staff couldn't be nicer and more attentive. The front desk staff recommended us a great restaurant nearby. A must was also the free internet .
I love Rio and my stay there was really amazing as by the time I was there a Brazilian soap opera that was also running in Portugal was being filmed at the lobby and at the front of the hotel. So, it was great to see many actors we use to see on tv right before our eyes. I really recommend this hotel.
Marina Palace Hotel is located in the Leblon neighborhood, a most excellent and safe area - with a good number of restaurants at an easy walking distance, and situated right across the street from the beach. The room and bathroom were spacious and clean, the king size bed comfortable...we stayed in room 1603 which overlooks the beach...unfortunately, the windows were bolted shut. The breakfast is absolutely delicious; a buffet consisting of assorted fresh tropical fruits and juices, cereals, breads, pasteries, coldcuts, cheese, yogurt, milk and eggs (R22 per person) and is served in a room also overlooking the beach. In the afternoons, after running around the city, go to the pool patio on the rooftop, and enjoy the soft breezes as the sun sets while sipping on an amazing caipirmha. Should we return to Rio de Janeiro we would certainly stay here again.