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If you are looking to live in the lap of luxury, just outside the city limits of Rio, then look no further than the Sheraton Rio Hotel and Resort. When I first walked into the hotel, I figured this was nothing different than a standard business hotel, which was located beachfront. My view on the property changed rapidly after dropping off our bags and heading down to the poolside cafe.
Located on the lowest level of the hotel were two swimming pools, a wading area, and four distinctive restaurants. One was a Brazilian Rodizio, one a fine dining location, a third poolside bar, and the fourth a quick snack location serving great little pizzas and burgers. Although a bit on the expensive side, they all came in extremely handy when the weather was not conducive to Sarah and I venturing out into Rio for a wet evening.
The beds in the Rio were not the standard Sweet Sleeper by Sheraton, which I love... but our king bed was acceptable. The bed was sweetened by the fact that we were in a wonderful corner room which had a beautiful view of the ocean as well as the favela located up the hill from us.
Sarah did want to make sure to mention in this tip that there was one major problem with our suite upgrade. The suite we stayed in did not have a bathtub, which is the essential requirement for a hotel from Sarah's perspective.
Stayed 4 nights as part of Globus Tour.
Room had great view! Good size room and bath and clean. Beach outside hotel - public (as are all beaches in Brazil). Walk to Ipanema beach in about 30 minutes. VERY slow elevators. Cost of food seemed to be extremely overpriced but also very good. Thirty minutes free on internet per day.
Rio is probably the best known place in Brazil. It's beautifull, nice and warm, the people are kind and happy and it's just a great place to take a holiday. The Sheraton Hotel is situated on a hill just off the Ipanema beach. It also has a private beach for the guests of the hotel where people are selling towels, blankets and things like that.
The beach has a large ammount of volleyball and football fields but they are not in the way or annoying, it's more of a fealing that they should be there.
The sea is something very different to what we are used to in Holland. It's more rough because of the current so be carefull when going for a swim.
Take a trip to look around at the beautifull nature in Rio. A jeep trip is cheep and you learn a lot from the driver about the history of Rio itself. We also saw a voodoo "gift", probably from a very angry wife meant for her husband.
Unique Quality: The hotel is very luxurios, the people are very helpfull in all ways.
There is a bus stop just outside the hotel and plenty of taxi's in front of the hotel itself.
There are several swimming pools and three restaurants with different themes to eat. You can use the tennis field or the fitness center. It is also possible to use the hotel for conferences as this happened quite often during our stay there.
The waiters are very intelligent as one if them had leaned a few words of chinese from one of the conference recipients.
Don't miss the jeep trip or the brazilian night. They can be booked at the hotel itself. You will be picked up and brought back with a bus.....and dont forget to tip the very enthousiastic guide.
Directions: The Hotel is situated next to Ipanema beach.
I actually worked here for a few hours interviewing students, and had lunch outside afterwards. Well, life's tough, but...somebody's got to do it. The surroundings are gorgeous. The only downside is that you would have to take transportation to really get anywhere. It is on the beach, and there are not any close shops and restaurants.
Unique Quality: The views are so amazing, and the food is good. They even have a little house for the kitties! I did not stay here, but for the atmosphere, I would certainly recommend it.
The hotel offered 7 different ways of dining experiences: 3 restaurants, pool snack bar, a lobby bar, room service, and preferred member lounge. 2 of the restaurants were located outdoors near the pool area serving Brazilian and Italian food. The indoor restaurant served great Brazilian barbecue. If you are a Starwood Platinum member, the hotel provides you the free access to the Towers Lounge (preferred member lounge) where you can enjoy complimentary breakfast, afternoon snacks and drinks. The lounge staff were extremely helpful and professional.
The hotel room had a small safe, which I found it very helpful to leave all my valuables and money in it. It might not have been safe to carry all valuables and money outside the hotel. All rooms featured balconies but not all rooms faced the spectacular views of Leblon and Ipanema beaches. I recommend booking rooms with the views if possible.
The hotel provided hourly free shuttle service to Leblon beach, Ipanema beach, Copacabana beach, and Rio Sul Shopping Center. The service was free but a reservation was required and a ticket was picked up at the Concierge desk. There was a taxi stand in front of the hotel where taxi was available 24/7.
For bus tours, Gray Line desk was located below the lobby level and it was possible to book tours directly without paying additional fees to "a middleman".
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This hotel is supposedly a business hotel but it has all the attributes of a resort hotel. It is not stuffed in a diesel saturated downtown area, has its own beach, the pool coming with it since we do not want any responsibility for drowned customers and the regular fare of business like restaurants with the pleasant exception of a couple of outdoor establishments for the exotically inclined.
The myth about its relative remoteness does not really play any role. There are free buses organized by the hotel which take you to the shopping mall of RIO SUL. Taxis parked outside are also free as long as you go and visit a jewelry shop. Some might not consider this "time well spent" but if I am to judge by the scale of stone production and sales, this must be one of the attractions of Rio.
Unique Quality: As you can see further, my pictures illustrate what an amazing location this hotel has. Its guests, if accommodated in the right rooms can see all the Rio icons from their balcony. Visiting becomes more of a detail than a necessity. Looking at "favelahs" without the presumed danger of being robbed or shot at, staring at the Christ Statue from the comfort of your own "home” or watching the metamorphosis of Ipanema day and night are features not to be ignored when choosing a hotel.
Directions: On the verge of Leblon beach
The Sheraton Rio Hotel & Towers was located in the Northwest side of Leblon on the shores of Leblon beach. Unlike most of the hotels near Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, the Sheraton Rio Hotel & Towers was located away from the busy sections of the city, giving the benefit of waking up with the sound of ocean wave instead of car noises.
Directions: In Leblon towards Sao Conrado
This was a wonderful place to stay because of it's location which provided access to all the known beaches as well as the relatively private beach at the base of the hotel that is shared with local cariocas and tourists. This is the only beachfront hotel in Rio that is actually ON the beach. (All others in Impanema and Copacabana are across the main roads from the beaches -- and crowded.)
The calm waters protected by the peninsula provided a relaxing place for a swim in clear waters.
See additional photos and comments in the Sheraton Views Travelogue!
The buffet breakfast was unmatchable and offered comfort foods as well as local tastes.
Unique Quality: Rooms on the west side have this view of the hillside, flavelas, local beach homes, and on a special day, a beautiful rainbow stretching over the Atlantic ocean.
This hotel on the beach Leblon is the only one in the area directly on the beach. Beautiful views, overlooking the "Rio de Janeiro" can be seen from every room!
Unique Quality: Great pool, excellent view, wonderful restaurant, with amazing breakfast buffet, and friendly helpful staff.
On my five visits to Rio de Janeiro I've stayed at the Copacabana Palace and four other hotels. One of them was the Sheraton.
It bills itself as the only hotel in Rio with a private beach. In fact, people from a nearby favela (slum) have easy access to the 'Sheraton beach,' though the hotel's security guards look after guests.
The Sheraton is a high–rise and high–priced 'resort hotel.' Rooms are all right; many parts of the hotel are a bit worn–down.
Its pool is large; its restaurants are good; its shops are all right.
But the Sheraton is far from tourist sites and from Leblon, the southern–most of the main beaches — though I did trek to and from Leblon, along a dubious walkway, a couple of times.
Unique Quality: The views from most rooms are great. The four restaurants — Italian, churrascuria, casual — all serve excellent food.
Service is substandard — and room–service prices are exorbitant.
The hotel has a large workout room and several shops, including a good hairdressing salon.
There's also a 'business' wing that's said to have special services for commercial travelers.
Directions: Ave Niemeyer, the main route from the beach areas to southernmost Rio, is one–way during rush hours, necessitating roundabout detours in the morning and evening.
What is the "appropriate" generic taxi fare from GIG (Rio International Airport) to the Sheraton Rio Hotel and Resort?? We have heard all kinds of "quotes" and would like to hear from some "experts" who have actually used this type of service. Also, were you satisfied with the taxi, regret it, recommend some other type of transfer service, etc.
Look forward to hearing comments.
Well, way out there at the Sheraton, there's really no other alternative than to use taxis to get to any of the sights or nightlife. And put up with sitting in the traffic quite often.
There are pre-paid taxis from the airport which they will try to sell you as you emerge from customs, and there are the plain old yellow taxis waiting outside, honest and much less expensive on the meter. I'm too cheap and not paranoid enough to even think of the pre-paid.
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There's a air conditioned bus from Rio International Airport to Tourist Area.
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If you are a driver in US you may submit into taking steps to get a International Permission to Drive. Here in Brazil is called PID (Permissão Internacional para Dirigir). United States and Brazil are signataries of Wien Agreement.
fro, GIG airport to Sheraton you'll pay 120 reais.
Take tha white cabs - they're the best and have the best price.
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