The hotels along the Icarai Beach (Praia) are all about the same. They do not live up to the same standard as those along Copacabana or Ipanema for example, but then again they are also a lot more economical.
The Icaraí Praia Hotel is a comfortable enough stay, but would not say it is lavish or posh by any means. The rooms are rather small, the beds are very firm and the amenities consist of a bed, night stand, TV and a small desk. The rooms are clean, but then again its not hard to wipe down a vinyl floor with a mop.
The hotel does offer free WiFi, but it does cut in and out depending on the usage of other guests. There is free parking too. The offer a decent breakfast buffet which is included depending on your reservation.
There is a free community computer in the lobby if you did not bring a laptop.
I stayed here during and after the Carnival 2005. I was very pleasantly surprised by the size and comfort of my room, which for a medium grade hotel was much better than would be normal in and around European Cities.
The hotel staff were great, extremely friendly. They all really worked very hard to make me feel welcome, and the service at reception and in the restaurant was very warm and friendly.
2 minutes walk from the calcadao and the beach.
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