Rio Othon Palace Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Rio Othon Palace Hotel Rio de Janeiro
This Hotel was booked through the Travel Company - Gate1 - last stop on a South American Tour. If you travel frequently and are used to good hotels - give this one a miss. Amenities are "okay" and they recently renovated the receprion area but did nothing for the accomodation. Hotel looks like it was built in the 60s or 70s and the rooms have been left to deteriorate since. They are dark and depressing, old and very rundown. Paint is peeling in the tub, bathroom was pretty sad, rooms typically have twin beds, wind and noise is high due to no seals around the sliding doors and the airconditioning did not work. We spent one night (after being moved to a superior room - not much better, - they wouldn't know superior if it bit them in the #$@!) then moved to La Meridien (now that's a nice hotel) - not worth spoiling an otherwise great vacation for $25 per night. On the other hand, if this is your first trip ever - you will find the rooms are fine!
Rio Othon Palace Hotel Needs to be Improved
Rio Othon Palace Hotel has wonderful location by facing Atlantic Ocean along Copacapana Beach. We stayed at room 2209 during 9/19 to 9/28 and might watch the ocean wave coming and leaving days and nights. It is quit enjoyable.
The following conditions should be improved:
The room carpet almost worn out and fiber worn off; mattresses are too old and one mattress even has an sunk hole so I had to not only turned it over but also changed head side to feet side; shower towels are very old too.
It is not difficulty to change mattress and towel. So I really hope to see the improvement next year as our business trip required.
Lan Yolanda Xiang
Not 5 star anymore
The view is nice, but the rooms are tough. Very old, and not very functional. Depending upon how much you spent, you may want to consider something a bit newer or kept up.
The staff and people are great though, which helps make up for a lot. The buffet food at lunch and dinner is okay at best. Again the staff were great.
Stayed for one week and I was glad to get out of the place.
A bit old and run down
Classified in some places as a 5 star hotel, probably was 30 years ago. Staff is good, but rooms need a makeover. For Copacabana, it you can get a reasonable price, the location is good. More of a quieter area then the middle of Copa. It's really a 3 1/2 star hotel at best.
Best view of Rio from the roof
The roof-top pool has glass almost 360deg. all the way around. It is THE BEST view of all of the beach from Copacabana down through Ipanema and the city/Sugarloaf that I saw while in Rio. I am a travel agent and did several hotel inspections while I was there from April 15-19. If anything, go have a drink at the bar by the pool or breakfast at the restaurant. The view is truly stunning...and I'm hard to impress!
Depending on the price you pay for a room at this hotel you will either think its ok or you wont like it at all. The level of service is rather inconsistent, the reservation staff and reception are indifferent and will never remember your name. Its about as impersonal as it gets.
Just returned from my first trip to Brazil. Weather ------ but Rio......... gee, it never gets boring there. Me and my wife upgraded our excellent skyauction deal to Othon Palace and I never regretted. View from our room alone is worth at least 100US$/day.
We just stayed there from November 24, 2004 to December 3, 2004. We got a great deal through skyauction. We stayed in a 23rd room with a spectacular view of Cococabana beach. The service is great. You get a free buffet breakfast with your room rate. They have two different breakfasts places: 3rd Floor restaurant and on the 30th Floor restaurant. The one on the 3rd floor is faily good, but can get a bit crowded. The one has the 30th floor is great (fresh squezed orange juice, ect.) and is glassed-in providing a great view of the beach and the city. The 30th floor restaurant also offers dinners. Filet Mignon dinners and the like, which are superb, for around $10 to $13!!!!!!!! The hotel is not brand new. If you are looking for a brand-new hotel, stay somewhere else. If you are look for a great experience, great service and a great price, stay at the Rio Orthon Palace. PS: the news reports of crime in Rio are vastly over-stated. We never felt theatened in any way.
My husband and I recently stayed at the Rio Othon. We booked through sky auction. I had asked for an upgrade before we got there and they provided one for free but it was a room with 2 twin beds with a good view. We stayed in that room 1 night and upgraded at a cost to the only room with a king bed which was a suite. It was a huge 2 room suite with a great view but is in need of new carpet. The staff was very helpful and friendly. The restaurant had a great breakfast but the dinner was so so.