Windsor Martinique Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Windsor Martinique Hotel Rio de Janeiro
I loved this hotel. I stayed here for a total of a week on three separate stays and was entirely pleased. Copacopana is a little seedy compared to Ipanema but if you are going to staythere, this hotel is terrific value and only one block from the beach.
The best part was the staff. They were incredibly helpful and efficient in every way. Breakfast was also very good and the rooms were clean. The gym didn't have much to offer but the stationary bikes worked. At this price the clean pool and rooftop bar was an added plus.
Would definitely stay here again and recommend it to anyone.
Excellent service and value at the Martinique Copa
The other reviewers in 2006 have said it all and we can only agree with what has been said. It was the best value of nine hotels we stayed in throughout South America with clean new rooms and an air conditioner that was self adjusting to freezing temperatures as I liked. The front desk staff were great.
Thank you Trip advisor for your info
superb location, wonderful people and cheap prices.
Great location, great service
I never write reviews but my stay at this hotel was so good I had to. My room was absolutely silent day and night, the beach was less than a 1 minute walk away, I felt completely safe in the neighborhood and the staff was EXCELLENT from the moment I checked in until I checked out. My room was very nice and seemed large to me but if your not used to cities it may seem small to you. I can not say enough good things about the staff, they were so kind and very helpful. As an aside, Rio has a bad reputation for crime but I felt as safe there as I have in any other big city I've traveled to, safer than I have in cities like Washington DC and New Orleans, the people of Rio were so friendly it blew my mind. The juice stand on the corner has good ham and cheese for about .75 US and the juice bar two blocks away had filet mignon sandwiches for US4.00, if you are there on a weekend check out feira nordestina in sao cristovao.
Great location, great price
I stayed in this hotel for 2 nights in march 06, the hotel is very clean, granite walls hardwood floors, small rooftop pool, but no one really uses the pool when the beach is across the street, its not beachfront, but literally steps away, we paid $85/ night ($100 US with taxes) with breakfast included, the breakfast was good, the staff was helpful. Rooms are small, but I think they pretty small everywhere in rio, the bathroom had a great shower with good water pressure.
One thing I'd like to mention is that the prices for the tours through the hotel, are kinda high, but if you want to do your own thing and have a taxi take you to the tourist spots walk around the corner hail a cab, and have them turn the meter on, you do not have to do roundtrip as there will be taxis waiting at the exit of the spots, and you will pay significantly less than having the bell hop hail a cab for you.
Overall, I would definitly stay there agin, good location for the price.
Definitely the place to stay in Rio
I definitely agree with the other postings that the Martinique is a great place to stay while in Rio. It is safe, very clean and modern, and just steps away from Copacobana beach. The location is really excellent. I actually prefered this location to being right on the beach. Due to the traffic on Avenue Atlantica, I'm sure the hotels right on the beach would be noisy.
The staff was very nice and professional, and most importanly welcoming. The breakfast buffet was substantial, nothing fancy, except for all the wonderful, exotic and very tasty fresh fruit juices. We stayed 6 nights and the food was the same each day, so it go a little boring, but the food was high quality and fresh.
The hotel was quiet for the most part, not rowdy like some of the larger places in Rio. Try to get a room away from the elevators as you can hear them beeping - it's not terribly load, but you can hear it anyway.
The rooms were very clean and modern with hardwood floors and granite bathrooms. They were small, but comfortable.
We checked out the Windsor Palace Hotel just across the street and weren't too impressed. It always seemed so crowded and noisy. The guests didn't seem as polite as those staying at the Martinique. The Martinique is kind of like a small, boutique hotel. Also, beware, the pools in Rio are tiny, tiny. There just isn't the room to build big ones like the hotels in the US. It doesn't matter if you're at a small or fancy hotel, the pools all will be small.
Overall, we were very pleased with our stay and would recommend this hotel without reservation.
Great deal and location
This was a great hotel for the price and location. First of all we paid $99/night including all fees and a delicious buffet breakfast. Second, this hotel is located literally 30 seconds from Copacabana Beach walking. Third, the rooms were very clean and brand new with wood floors and granite bathrooms. It's small, but who stays in the hotel room when there is a beautiful beach right outside? I would definitely recommend this hotel.
Martinique Hotel maravilloso.....
Este hotel supero nuestras expectativas, es un lindo hotel, con un impecable servicio al cliente. Los empleados del hotel son excelentes, los desayunos muy buenos, los cuartos y baños de muy buen nivel. A media cuadra de la playa. Excelente sitio para pasar unas buenas vacaciones. Nos quedamos del 4 al 7 de enero. Lillian
Definitely a Great place to stay!
My family and I just returned from a trip to Rio today. We stayed in the Martinique Copa Hotel, the newest property in the ubiquitous Windsor Hotel Chain predominant throughout the city. I can not say enough good things about this hotel, especially now that I have thoroughly toured several of the higher rated, big name hotels in Copacobana and Ipanema beaches. For those who cannot afford to or do not care to travel in the absolute lap of luxury, this hotel is by far the best deal in town. For $85 a night, you get a brand new, unbelievably clean hotel room with all the important amenities and features. The hotel is only 1 year old and has nice bathrooms, comfy beds, cable TV with a few english-language channels, quiet central-air conditioning, an easy to use in-room safe, great buffet breakfast (included in room price), wonderful staff, proximity to the beach and even a taxi stand a few steps from the hotel. Unless you need the amenities of a resort hotel, this is the place to stay. Then again, if you are looking for absolute luxury, Rio is NOT the city to come to. This hotel has it all. I am not one to gush over my hotel experiences, but this place really is something, especially compared to the hotel stock in Rio. The hotel is located at the south end of Copa beach, only a short taxi ride or comfortable walk to Ipanema, the nicest part of town and the heart of the nightlife. We were in town for a wedding and a number of people in attendance were dispersed at various hotels. Although Ipanema beach is without doubt the best beach and the best neighborhood in which to stay, the hotels there are about $50 a night more expensive than the Martinique Copa and most not nearly as nice. Most hotels are serviceable but terribly out of date, even in the "better hotels" such as the Marina Palace, Praia Ipanema, Sol Ipanema and the Hotel Acapulco just to name a few. To get a better room/amenities than the Copa Martinique, you would have to go up to a luxury class hotel which will cost at least $100 a night more. I cannot stress enough that this vastly underrated hotel (as far as the travel websites go) is the best deal in town. In addition, several pharmacies and supermarkets are within just a few blocks, as are some pretty decent food options when you have exhausted your search for churasceria. We truly loved our stay there and that is why I so wholeheartedly recommend the place. BTW, it has a rooftop pool (pools in Rio are more like big bathtubs) and lounge chairs, all with a view of the ocean only steps away. Definitely the place to stay if you don't want to burn a fortune on a hotel room but want a really nice place to stay.
Safe, inexpensive hotel right by the beach
This hotel is actually closer to the beach than it advertises. While not facing the beach, it is less than 50 meters from the sand. I could actually see the ocean from my window! The bedroom was very small (about what I'd expect in Paris), but otherwise was excellent. It was very clean, had air conditioning, a small window, desk, and a decent sized bathroom. The staff were helpful and the breakfast buffet was well supplied with fresh fruit, juices, pastries, bacon, eggs, cereal, yogurt, etc... It was nice to be so close to the beach, and the staff were happy to flag a taxi for me and tell the taxi driver (in Portuguese) where to take us. The location is fantastic-for exploring Copacabana and Ipanema by foot, or for having a short (and cheap) taxi ride to the tourist spots like Corcovado and Sugar Loaf. I'd highly recommend this as a safe, inexpensive hotel with easy access to the best of Rio.