"New experience, Nice experience!"
We have been in Rio many times before, always staying in Copacabana or Ipanema. This time we decided to stay in this neighborhood, Flamengo, just to see how it was. It is important to say that we stayed only for two days, and our plans were to have an operations base to visit diferent parts of the city (on our own). Ours was an excellent experience. First of all, the hotel is one of the best middle range hotels we have been there. Most hotels in this categrory in Copacabana or Ipanema, are old ones and not mainteined propperly. This one, even maybe is not a barnd new hotel, it looks like, in excellent conditions, very clean, modern style, excellent decoration. It looks like a 4,5 stars hotel. We used the room, the restaurant, the pool (roof) and de gym. Everything in excellent conditions. Breakfast (cafe da manhá) is great, buffet style. The neighborhood is very nice, Flamengo, in rua do Catete. There are many shops for buying what you need, and also as a choice for eating simple things. It doesn't look like a dangerous place, we walked day and night, and didn't see anything strage or felt unconmfortable. Very close is Largo do Macahado, where the vans that take you to Corcovado depart. There are also two metro stations very close: Catete and Largo do Machado. We didn't go to the beach of Flamengo, wich is sort of five blocks away, not as nice as Copa or Ipanema, and also poluted so is only for sunbathing. We went with two kids (11 and 9) and no problem with them also.
Eduardo from Santiago, Chile