Rio's "Nice" Hotel
Posted Sep 1, 2011
The name of this hotel is misleading, as is the picture of the hotel lobby and rooms they show on the website. Although this hotel is not terrible by any means, it's very old and not very comfortable. The bedroom was decent, it had a good bed, tv with cable, and a desk. The air conditioner was alright too, but it wasn't too hot outside during our trip. The bathroom, however, was terrible. The shower was extremely old and small, and the only way to adjust the water to the right temperature required soaking your arm to reach the controls once the water was on. The toilet plumbing blocked the seat from going fully up, requiring you to hold it(for guys) or having it rest on your back(for girls). Towels and vanity(small) were fine. The bathroom was very no-frills about extras: It only had two small bars of soap, no shampoo/conditioner/lotion/toothpaste, and no hair dryer.
The hotel room uses a normal key, not a sliding security card, and you turn in the key at the lobby desk every time you leave(which I liked). I didn't feel unsafe during my time in this hotel. I stayed there for 3 nights, and the price on this website was very reasonable.
Consider Hotel Monte Alegre instead, it's just down the street, and looked much nicer. The neighborhood has plenty of bakeries, bars, and there are 2 supermarkets(one right across the street). Nice restaurants are hard to find, however. Many taxis to be found right next to the hotel entrance.
Great Breakfast Buffet!!