Definitely a Great place to stay! A review of Windsor Martinique Hotel
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 Most hotels are serviceable but terribly out of date, even in the "better hotels" such as the Marina Palace, Praia Ipanema, Sol Ipanema and the Hotel Acapulco just to name a few.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.