Posted Apr 26, 2012 on Hotels
The Rio Hotel isn't horrendous. But it not a 3 Star hotel either. I arrived late and didn't get to the hotel until 4 am. I asked fir a quiet room. Indeed it was quiet. Until 9 am when banging and other construction activities commenced in the room NEXT to mine. While I appreciate that they are doing renovations, why would you allow your crew to commence so early? And why would your staff put me in a room adjacent to where the construction is? I was able to move rooms to avoid the noise for the subsequent mornings, but this was irritating. The rooms themselves were okay. On the smallish side, but fairly clean except for some carpet stains in the first room that I had. The hotel itself is in a decent location, near to things. The Metro is not far to walk to, or a very short taxi ride. Although getting a taxi FROM the Rio is difficult. I had to flag down taxis on the road myself. FYI, the shuttle to the airport was forty dirham, which is MORE expensive than a taxi. There are two "nightclubs" in the hotel. Both are on the ground floor down the hall from the reception area. One is a bar with not-very-attractive Russian women singing poorly in a corner. Across the hall is Bollywood Dreams, which features some attractive Indian girls with marginal dancing ability. BTW, the photo of the outside of the hotel which shows a grassy area: there is no grass, just sand! While I did not swim in the pool, the pool area was very unkempt and not very inviting. WiFi is not free.