Posted Feb 3, 2016
We booked 4 nights at Rio Buzios Hotel in January 2016.
* Room was small, but clean and the bed was comfortable.
* The biggest negative was that we (as a gay couple) felt uncomfortable staying at this hotel. We are both well travelled and have stayed at many, many places globally and in Brazil where we have been made to feel completely at ease. This was not one of those places! There was a general feeling of not being welcome, particularly with the night staff on reception at the hotel. On one evening we invited a friend of ours who was travelling with us and staying at a neighbouring hotel to come for a drink on our balcony. We received a phone call from reception which made us feel like criminals and very bluntly asked us to remove our guest from the premisses. For the rest of our stay at the hotel we received "dodgy" looks from hotel staff who made us feel extremely uncomfortable. As a result result we ended up leaving two days early without even requesting a refund. The hotel staff did not ask why we were leaving early. By comparison, the room next to us had a party with 4 visitors in their room until midnight. We complained but the hotel staff did nothing about it, simply telling us that they are "Russian" - apparently that (as well as being straight) makes it ok. (The staff did not verify that the party goers next door were guests).
* I would go on to mention the terrible tours that the hotel pushed on us, but I am out of characters!!