Arcos Rio Palace Hotel

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

Avenida Mem de Sa 117 Centro, Lapa, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, 20230 150, Brazil
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Satisfaction Terrible
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Very Good
9%
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Average
45%
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Poor
9%
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Terrible
36%
4

Value Score Poor Value

Rated 26% lower than similarly priced 3 star hotels

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Good For Families
  • Families81
  • Couples66
  • Solo41
  • Business50

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Forum Posts

hostels in Rio

by marknlim

Hi
I will be traveling to Rio in November on my own.
I am thinking of booking into Che Lagarto hostels in Ipanema Rio de Janaeiro. Do these places have a safe to keep valuables like a laptop?
I heard better to book a place in Ipanema or Copacobana where it's "safer". Any reasonably priced budget hotel recommendations? Thanks.

Mark

Re: hostels in Rio

by bahiana77

Leblon, Ipanema, Arpoador, and Copacabana have the most tourist infrastructure and are near the swimmable beaches. There are also lots of comfortable business hotels in neighborhoods like Catete. All the richer neighborhoods are only a stone's throw from very poor neighborhoods. Safety is more dependent on your being vigilant and not taking foolish risks (showing valuables openly, becoming too drunk or tired to be aware of surroundings, wandering into deserted areaas) , than it is on where you choose to stay (IMO).
If your budget can sustain more than a hostel dorm bunk bed, try the reasonably priced (but still probably 3X more than a dorm bed) Pousada Margarida in Ipanema. http://www.margaridaspousada.com/?page_id=8

Re: hostels in Rio

by nanapp2005

I wouldn't trust in going to a hostel with a lap top. Ipanema is a fancy neighborhood but it is still not safe, even because you don't have privacy and you share the room with somebody you don't know at all. If i were you, i wouldn't even take the lap top to Rio de Janeiro, because they have lots of cyber cafes around the city.

Re: hostels in Rio

by nanapp2005

sorry, I forgot to mention which place is safer. Of course, Ipanema is safer than Copacabana but the cost is higher. Sometimes is better to spend a little more and be safer. I know lots of hotels but they charge a little more. Don't stay in downtown. I'd recommend Mar Ipanema.

Re: hostels in Rio

by marknlim

thanks for your comments

looking forward to a safe and enjoyable visit to the marvelous city this late nov

=)

Travel Tips for Rio de Janeiro

Wi-fi access

by robine

Wi-fi access is being increasingly provided by cafes and shopping centres, and is now available throughout the Copacabana beach area. One of the best places to take your laptop is the Shopping Leblon mall, which provides power outlets as well as fair to good connectivity, security, and air-conditioned comfort.

What Is A Posto?

by ChrisRJ

In planning a trip to Rio and the beaches you will likely start hearing about Postos. For example, your hotel may be located in Ipanema, near Posto 9. For someone new to Rio this might have about as much relevance as telling an African nomad that you're heading to Sam's Club and does he want you to pick something up for him.

Postos are basically small 2 story buildings that look like watch towers, positioned right on the beach near the sidewalk. In them you will find a toilet or two and showers. It costs you about 40 cents to get in. In Copacabana they go from Posto 1 to Posto 6. You then go round Aproador, (which is just an outcrop of rock that has great views for photos), and you're on Ipanema beach that goes from Posto 7 to Posto 12 (when you actually end up in Leblon).

And no, there are no mailboxes at the Postos.

NORTH ZONE

by janaina

Tijuca,Grajau,Andarai,Sao Cristovao and Vila Isabel are the main districts in the North Zone.
It's surrounded by mountains and hills,looking very diferent from the South Zone,where beaches are concentrated!
Here an old picture from my mom's album,from Botafogo.

Friendly locals

by acemj

Despite my limited Portuguese, I met some really friendly people in Rio. The Cariocas are really laid back and welcoming and always willing to talk even if "talking" means sign language. Don't be afraid to engage some locals in conversation. Even if your Portuguese is limited, it's worth a shot.

Time is a very flexible...

by MrGQ

Time is a very flexible concept in Rio! Half an hour late is considerd on time in Rio!

Brazilians are also very touchy feely! What does that mean Nico? Well.. they have no problems touching each other without being sexual. For example, it is common for guys to kiss eachother on the cheeks as a greeting! And sometimes .. they kiss each other on the LIPS without being gay! Its just their way of greeting I guess! I think I prefer the Japanese way of bowing as a greeting! :)

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