Gran Meliá Nacional Rio de Janeiro
The resort sits right on São Conrado beach, the town’s most stylish stretch of later Leblon. Surfers ride the potent bottle-green waves, watched over by the towering crags of the Morro dos Dois Irmãos along with also the rainforest-covered slopes of Tijuca National Park. Regardless of the closeness of Rocinha favela, the area is secure (although you should take information from the concierge any place in Rio), silent and mostly residential. You’ll have to travel for nightlife and restaurants. Ipanema and Copacabana are a 15-minute cab (or 10-minute subway) ride off. The town center, 30 minutes.
Style & personality
The Nacional is emblematic of Brazil’s effortless Bossa Nova-era panache and style. Rooms are housed at a 1960s cylindrical tower constructed by Latin America’s most renowned Lebanese architect Oscar Niemeyer, also set in landscaped gardens adorned with magnificent modern sculpture by his Brasília collaborators Roberto Burle-Marx and Alfredo Ceschiatti. The hotel was beautifully refitted, together with all the huge, restaurant and pub (which resembles a Kubrick movie set) reimagined in modern warm marblesinto a jewel-like pool and trendy spa.
Service & amenities
Service is attentive and 24-hour, using a knowledgeable and helpful concierge and responsive, quick room staff. Facilities are exceptional — the stunning, generously proportioned exterior pool with its large terrace and deck is the finest in Rio. The reception bar merges together with the restaurant to pay a place of polished rock bigger than a soccer area, lit by floor-to-ceiling glass windows and littered with couch sofas. There is a first-class spa, pillow and odor menus, butler service and 2 restaurants.
All these are Rio’s rooms with an opinion. There is nowhere else in town where you are able to observe the Christ, the hills and the sea from the bed, or see paragliders drift like wind-blown petals in the woods and land onto a beach lit by a golden rainbow. Make sure you reserve on the northern side over the 25th floor. Beds are flavorful — using gentle cottons — and dimmable lights to cancel those viewpoints. There are docking stations, coffee machines and Clarins toiletries in the bathrooms.
Food & beverage
The major restaurant Sereia is available to non-guests from the evenings and serves the very best food at São Conrado — you will want to go in to town to seek out much better. The menu is complex contemporary Brazilian comfort food with a Mediterranean twist (duck breast with roast pamonha and broccoli sautéed in vanilla butter). There is a buffet dinner. Breakfast is ample and diverse (numerous sandwiches, cakes, meat and freshly baked breads and legumes and also tapioca cooked to order). The lobby and pool bar function freshwater tapas (petiscos).
Accessibility for guests with disabilities?
Total access in every area.
Yes, there’s a designated children’s pool along with baby-sitting providers are offered through the holiday season.
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