Rio Othon Palace Hotel
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We arrived into Rio about 5-10pm on Thursday. It took 45 minutes for our bags to appear and then another hour to get to our hotel. The Rio Othon Palace is right on the waterfront facing Copacabana beach. From our window we have a great view towards the Sugar Loaf along the beach. We left our bags in the room and with Brian, Kim, Jim and Lorraine we …
... and buried my head in Mike’s lap. I have never been so terrified in my life. Well, as you can see, I am still here to tell the story but 110 Reals later, I staggered out of the car, knees knocking. The driver thought it hilariously funny and presented Mike with his card for future journeys!
Notwithstanding, we have continued to defy death and yesterday went on an open top jeep trip to Sugar Loaf mountain, the Christ ...
... to Santa Teresa and seeing 360 degree views of Rio (in the sunshine)! This place will be incredible come the World Cup and Olympics, but accommodation costs will be ridiculous. We are told for the World Cup, that the place we are staying in ($15-20 AUD per night) will be raising their prices to over $100 per night come 12th June.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsRio Othon Palace Hotel Rio de Janeiro
Loved the location of this hotel! Clean but beds were not very comfortable
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Historical Traveler Reviews Rio Othon Palace Hotel Rio de Janeiro
Disappointing - sub standard.
This Hotel was booked through the Travel Company - Gate1 - last stop on a South American Tour. If you travel frequently and are used to good hotels - give this one a miss. Amenities are "okay" and they recently renovated the receprion area but did nothing for the accomodation. Hotel looks like it was built in the 60s or 70s and the rooms have been left to deteriorate since. They are dark and depressing, old and very rundown. Paint is peeling in the tub, bathroom was pretty sad, rooms typically have twin beds, wind and noise is high due to no seals around the sliding doors and the airconditioning did not work. We spent one night (after being moved to a superior room - not much better, - they wouldn't know superior if it bit them in the #$@!) 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.
Nobody really speaks proper English here, forget other languages. The rooms are 50īs - 60īs, only those above the 19th floor are renovated, I dread to think what the others look like. I had a renovated room and the bathtub is yellow with pieces of the tiling breaking off here and there. There is apparantly no problem zith the water pressure as the shower hits you like a shower of grit.
I sprained my wrist between the elevator doors one evening and the staff on call just said they would shut down the elevator but it was working again the following morning. Nobody even sent up ice and I was black and blue!! I had to wait 30 minutes for some after I asked.
The location is Copacobana close to the disco HELP, lots of hookers outside next to the restaurants closeby. Beware when you stay here, expect only what you paid for. Donīt have breakfast on the 3rd floor, its like a school cantine besides it doesnīt feel clean and sanitary.
Great vacation at Othon Palace
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.
Othon Palace gets above average mark from me but do not forget that we got it almost for free (the deal I got for 8 days could hardly cover airfare alone if purchased on other websites). Otherwise, it has decent lobby and generally it is an old place (there are only handfull of hotels in Copacabana with the modern looks that I could see). Inside of the hotel does not seem to be well air-conditioned ant it sort of smells moldy in the halls, but it migh have been our flooor only, and not a major issue.
They checked us in 2 hours early and I was ------ at first as they gave us 2 single beds put together instead double bed, but this actually worked great for us ( I am 6"5 and I believe we'd be paying extra for king size bed). It was the spacious room on 27th floor with unforgettable view of 3/4 of copacabana beach and sugar loaf (that seemed like the only higher point around us). Room is otherwise just OK, has small refrigerator, TV (only CNN was in english). Everything is little outdated but functional and clean. Bathroom is of average size and yes, paint is chipping above the showerhead- but man, that was the strongest shower stream I have seen lately (and on 27th floor). It gets noisy when others are flushing toilet, particularly in the middle of the night but other than that we did not hear anybody (except for copacabana 'hum' which is there even in the middle of the night 27 floors above ground. Room has old but functional air condition but we did not use it as it was pretty fresh outside those days. There is a safe box in the room, they charge approximately 1 US$/day, but what is that for the peace of mind. There are plenty of elevators and they are real fast so being on 27th floor was never an issue. They have 3 computers in a lobby that you can use for cheap (little more than in neighbouring internet places) but 5US$ (14reals) for 60 minutes will serve you for 7 days if all you need is to check your e-mail (internet is realy fast ). If you are more enthusiastic you can bring your laptop or wireless capable PDA, you'll be able to access their wireless network in the lobby (for free). Staff is very friendly and helpful, they really try hard to please you. Maid forgot to leave clean towel once and we complained, they rushed to get us candies within 5 minutes. Several folks at the reception and tour people actually speak some english which is huge plus as nobody else downthere seems to cares for english :-) Breakfast on a 3rd floor is satisfactory, selections are not that great, after 2 days you'd probably want some change for couple of days. Other facilities: swimming pool on top floor look cozy eventhough I didn't use it much and view from my room was essentially the same. There is a gym in a basement but didn't use it, looks like is has to be payed extra. Massage is somewhere on top floor (be aware: in Brazil, masseuse will get much closer to your intimate places than in US for example). Beach is across the street and you can get beach chairs and towels, umbrella free of charge. AT check-out, they provided free shuttle which was neat as we already had 50 R$ saved for a cab. And yes, safety issue is NOT AN ISSUE particularly in copa, ipanema-leblon and downtown. I went for a soccer game on Maracana with a guide and I never felt threatenned. We also went for a rehearsal of a 2004 Carnaval winners and that essentially was really huge rave party with locals (at the outskirts of RIo) and everything was fine. Unless you have 10000$ necklace or Rolex on you, you shouldn't worry. At the copacabana, beach vendors can get annoying but that is about it (Ipanema is 5 minutes bus ride, 20 minutes walk if you want less colorfull experience). Downtown too looks safer and nicer than most of the US downtowns. OK that is it from me.
What a great Hotel!!!!!!!!!!!
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.