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London, UK
Reviewed 17 March 2010

The name of the hotel certainly makes it sound very trendy. But it really isn't the case. Copacabana as a place is a lot of run down compared to Ipanema or Leblon. The lobby of the hotel is quite small. We were greeted by staff who were not very helpful, but not discourteous either. There was a bit of trouble...

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fort lauderdale, Fl
Reviewed 3 December 2009

We liked portanari! Someone was thinking when they designed it. We had a dvd player and a sauna in the room in addition to robes, alarm clock, safe, refrigerator. Kind of a home away from home. The beds were comfortable. The staff friendly and fast and eager to please. and only 1/4 block from the beach. Oh it didnt have...

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Santiago, Chile
Reviewed 27 May 2009

Unfortunately we decided for this hotel when we saw the nice pics at its site..... what a mistake! It seems that this "modern" hotel has endured 50 years of unattended existence... it is badly preserved and not well kept. You can smell it in its walls. However its location is excellent and its staff made their best trying to fix...

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London
Reviewed 18 February 2009

We were initially allocated a room on level 8 and it looked like any standard 3 star hotel room anywhere in the world. After reviewing the hotel website, we requested a change to level 3, which we loved. It was much more our style and more what we expected from a boutique design hotel. The hotel were very helpful with...

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
Reviewed 28 October 2008

I stayed here on a recomendation from some Brazilian work colleagues in Sao Paolo that always stay here when they visit Rio. I booked two rooms as we were a family of 4. My kids are 12 and 14. The hotel is small with basic additional facilities; personally ideal for a sightseeing / beach vacation. Rooms were obviously a little...

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Portland, OR
Reviewed 16 October 2008

The hotel was decent, but the room wasn't near as nice as the photos on their website would have you believe. Great location though, and the service was fine. The main problem I had was that I made a few short calls using the long distance service posted on the room telephone. The rates aren't listed, which should have been...

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Trondheim, Norway
Reviewed 1 March 2008

Stayed two nights at Portinari as I had read some good reviews of the hotel. Sadly the reviews had to be as out of date as the Hotel itself... I was later told by my Rio based travel agency that they had stopped to book this hotel as they did got a lot of complaints about it (why did they...

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 29 February 2008

We tried a cheaper hotel not far from the Portinari and were so dissapointed we decided to upgrade. The Portinari was a great place to stay, one block from the beach. The room we had was not as 'design' as we might of thought but was lovely. Staff were friendly and helpfull. Breakfast was great, on the top floor. The...

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Sao Paulo, SP
Reviewed 21 February 2008

they normally do overbooking so if you want stay there don't thrust in reservation. i had reserved there but when i arrived in the hotel they said me no rooms avaiable they indicate another hotel in copacabana, another place, 30usd more expensive,royal rio hotel, the hotel was nice but never more i will go to portinari. be carefull

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Buenos AIres
Reviewed 1 February 2008

I stayed at Portinari in August 2004 and had a good impression, that's why I'd like to visit it again. Unfortunately, the hotel is more and more decadent. From the reservation procedures to the little details (towels really old!), everything reveals that the once "first design hotel in Rio" is just an overpriced 3 stars accomodation. I had reserved a...

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Staying in Copacabana

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Copacabana
The rowdy Copacabana is one of the most traditional and old areas from Rio de Janeiro. This neighbourhood is a blend of Brazilian soul - crowded, rowdy and traditional. This neighbourhood has a bit of everything: bars with music, pubs, street fairs, chaotic streets, and many shops. All these things and more live side-by-side. There are options for all price points and tastes. However, the most powerful draw in Copacabana is still the fantastic view of the coast and the incredible beaches.
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  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
  • Room Service
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Minibar
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  • Free Internet
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  • Breakfast included
  • Dry Cleaning
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Additional Information about Rio Design Hotel

Address: Rua Francisco Sa 17 | Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22080-010, Brazil
Region: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro > Copacabana
Price Range: $139 - $185 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Rio Design Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 66
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Also Known As:
Portinari Hotel Rio De Janeiro
Rio Design Hotel Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Hotel Style:
#51 Romantic Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#52 Family Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
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“We had a corner room with great views and quite a big room 1305”
 of 5 bubbles OntarioTravellers2, 12 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Ask for the 12th Floor :-)”
 of 5 bubbles 073DenBosch, 19 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Rooms on the first floor are newly renovated. Beds in most rooms are really comfortable.”
 of 5 bubbles musitravel2016, 17 May 2016 | Read review
“peu importe : la plage est au bout de la rue”
 of 5 bubbles Mikelln, 13 Jan 2016 | Read review
“The hotel is undergoing some refurbishment so you would probably be less disturbed on a higher floor, but it was never noisy.”
 of 5 bubbles Innspector, 28 Nov 2015 | Read review
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