Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort Rio de Janeiro
A jaw-dropping 15-minute cliff-top walk followed from the visitors of Avenida Niemeyer makes you Leblon, the town’s richest neighbourhood and possibly its best stretch of sand. If this looks too much to endure for a fast paddle, the alluring Vidigal beach is right in front of the resort, while enormous Barra da Tijuca, home into an 11km stretch of beach and the Olympic Village, is only around the headland. Reaching the likes of Corcovado and Sugarloaf may take as much as an hour, so don’t attempt to squeeze a lot of sightseeing into a single day.
Style & personality
An injection of fashion has accompanied the new appearance, along with the inviting lobby today has an elegant pub overlooking the ocean. Beneath, the swimming pool region’s swaying palms criss a real rustic tropical appeal, so that although being at the center of the town, you could practically be in a Bahian hideaway up the shore.
Service & amenities
The old hassle of extended check-in queues was addressed using another entry for bigger parties, which makes the birth process a lot more agreeable. Outside, the massive pool has been raised up from the shore along with two hard tennis courts, whilst upstairs the glorious, gold spa is the height of luxury, bringing local stars in addition to guests looking for pampering.
The sheer range of rooms available could be somewhat overwhelming, but naturally the wow-factor of this view along the shore to Ipanema is substantially greater than that of their favela behind. The standard rooms feel somewhat lavish, nevertheless, as a result of thick fresh carpeting and dark wood furniture, even while one area on every floor was ‘familified’ using a mini-kitchen, living area and sofabed. It’s into the duplex flats on the second floor, nevertheless, that people with kids should head, directly on the shore, with palms trees dangling on the balconies.
Food & beverage
Alternatives abound, by the neatly imagined paired snack menu of the ‘infinity’ lobby bar to the downstairs Bene to get a massive breakfast buffet or vibrant Italian dinner. The 26th-floor Etoile is the showstopper, but with classic French cooking at a distinctive, tasteful setting. Back out by the pool there’s a funky pizzeria and café, along with also the family-friendly Casarão buffet dinner shack.
Value for cash
Double rooms from #110 in low season; climbing to #125 at large. Breakfast not included (#12). Wi-Fi #10 daily.
Accessibility for guests with disabilities?
The entire resort is wheelchair-friendly, with various rooms altered for easier accessibility.
Rio’s most family-friendly resort, the games area independently, finish with Playstation 4, X-Box and just a dressing-up box, may continue to keep the children entertained for hours.
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