Good quality, reasonably priced, beach hotel
Posted Nov 19, 2016 on Hotels
Hotel was generally clean, but a little tired in places, and the rooms were not immaculate - some silly little details like sinks not properly cleaned, damaged bed spreads, etc., but it did not affect the overall experience - Rio Sheraton Grand is a very good 4*+ hotel.
Check-in was great, very efficient. The bar & restaurant staff (especially at the Lobby Bar, Martini Bar and L'Etoile) were excellent. (Cosmopolitans in the Martini Bar were delicious. We had the Taster Menu at L'Etoile - it was wonderful, but make sure you're hungry, it looks like tiny dishes, but it's a lot of food! And although the table flatbread is absolutely delicious, try not to fill yourself up and spoil the last couple of courses!)
Pool & pool area generally were great. I was not expecting the heat in the adult spa-pool - it was like a hot bath! Poolside drinks service was a wee bit slow - I probably saved myself a fortune - but there was no chance of over-indulging, unless you went to fetch drinks for yourself!
Location was super for us as we wanted to be on the beach, but didn't really want to be right on Ipanema or Copacobana. Taxis (& Hotel Cars) were plentiful.
Go for a room higher up in the hotel if you can - the views (toward Ipanema in particular) are wonderful - also, in the lower down rooms although you are a stone's throw the beach, you are woken by bird 'song' VERY early in the morning. I also personally felt that higher floors were better from a security perspective.