7 Things You Need to Remember when Reserving your Room.
Here’s the good news: there are several choices for your accommodation in Rio. The bad news is that if you don’t choose the right room, you may end up spending more in the end or not taking the best out of your investment.
To avoid making the booking of your accommodation in Rio an unpleasant experience, take note of these 7 tips:
1. Book ahead. Don’t wait until the last week before the carnival to start booking your room. In fact, it’s recommended that you do so at least 4 months, or even a year before your trip. You must remember that it’s going to be peak season there in Rio de Janeiro, and thousands of people from all over the world would like to be there too.
Reserving a room in advance also allows you to be more prepared for your trip. You can spend the rest of the months checking out the best places to go to and activities to add to your package rather than looking for a place to stay.
There’s also a huge possibility to take advantage of the hotels special rates and even the early bird discounts.
2. Know where you are going to stay. Your needs do matter, so don’t book a hotel just because it’s cheap. For example, if you have a baby with you, it’s important that the accommodation offers child-proofing kits such as plug covers or balcony rails to avoid any accident. A couple would perhaps be happy to find room service as one of the provisions of the accommodation since they do value their privacy. Or even a balcony with great view to the sea is a must for you.
3. Pick one that gives you instant access. Though there are a lot of transportation modes in the country, not all of them would be ideal once the carnival begins. Taxis and cars are almost useless since the streets can get pretty crowded, and there’s too much traffic. Buses are unsafe when you’re travelling at night, while there are only few subway lines available. Of course you will need to use that anyway, but it is recommendable to avoid any kind of transportation and walk.
So it is essential to choose an accommodation that is very close to what is really important for you. For example, the beach, the Sambadrome, where the samba parades are held, or the clubs, such as Scala Rio where the best carnival balls are staged. Of course, it would be an added bonus if you’re near several attractions or landmarks of the city, but usually the hotels are located close to the beach, in the downtown area or a little further, like Barra da Tijuca, and you definitely need transportation to visit the main attractions.
4. Know how much you’re willing to spend. You have to be aware that it’s a common practice in Rio de Janeiro to charge you an additional 10 to 15 percent for every room you’re going to reserve. It’s also natural to pay a service fee when you’re dining out in restaurants. If you really want to cut down the costs, it may be wise to consider apartments, hostels, and bed and breakfasts, before hotels.
5. Find out about its reputation. It’s normal for the hotel management to speak highly of their services and amenities they have to offer. That’s how they attract guests. However, if you want to know if they are true to their claims, you need to read several reviews before making a reservation.
Finding the perfect accommodation that suits your style and budget during Carnival.
Unless you know someone who can take care of you in during your trip to Brazil, for free of course, then you will definitely need to look for the right kind of accommodation. The good news is that you do have a sort of options:
If you do not mind spending a good amount of money on your accommodation, then you should stay in any of the luxury hotels that are all around the city. They do offer a sort of amenities and are known for their excellent customer service, making it worth every penny spent.
Some of them give you excellent views of the city and its beautiful beaches, and others may also feature rooftop restaurants that provide you great food with a view that can give you an idea of the vastness of the ocean. You can also wake up into the sounds and sights of other attractions that are within Rio de Janeiro.
Moreover, if you can get to stay at Copacabana Palace Hotel, you can have immediate access to one of the most anticipated balls in the country: the magic ball. This is the only carnival ball that most of the well-known personalities participate in the country.
If you are running out of a budget, or you are travelling as a group, you can definitely go cheap with the hostels. They are definitely way smaller than the hotels, and it is common for you to share the room with other guests. However, comfort does not diminish when you choose this kind of accommodation.
Hostels have greatly improved the facilities and the guests can take advantage of that. First, you can already have your own luggage storage or safety deposit box where you can keep all your valuable things. They feature a mixed dorm where a large group composed of as many as 10 people can stay. Moreover, since it is more oriented to the younger travellers, there are passes and informational brochures on pubs, nightclubs, and other scheduled events during the carnival season. They also do not implement curfews anymore.
If you are staying in the city for a long time such as for a month or so, it is a good idea to rent an apartment. They can also come in different forms. The luxury apartments, including your own butler; the middle-class apartment may have 24-hour security, as well as the budget most accommodation providing just your basic needs. It depends on your budget, but if you are going to compare how much you are going to spend if you stay at a hotel, you will save a lot of money if you get an apartment.
Bed and Breakfast
With a bed and breakfast accommodation, you will hardly miss home. This is just the cosiest place that you could be while staying in the Carnival city. As the name suggests, you can wake up with a homemade breakfast buffet prepared by the owner of the property. You can also have peace and privacy since the number of rooms is very limited. The only issue is that they are usually found a little further from the beach, and also from the subway stations. So you would probably need to take a bus or even a cab to get somewhere.
A beach village like no other, Canoa Quebrada is a great place to relax, to explore and to have fun
General info about Canoa Quebrada
Canoa Quebrada is a kind of beach village that can be found southeast of Fortaleza at the municipality of Arcati in Canoa. Sometimes, Canoa Quebrada is referred to as the village that is installed on red sandstone cliffs. Before, Canoa Quebrada is a hippie location but with modernization, this place is becoming more and more like a commercial location. Even if Canoa Quebrada is becoming more modern now, the majority of the residents still enjoy the views at Canoa Quebrada and the simple life. The climate is usually sunny and warm in Canoa Quebrada throughout the year.
Although there are some hotels around Canoa Quebrada, the most used and the most popular are the posadas. The posadas are like hotel dwellings that are complete with all the amenities but is much more quiet than the hotel. Since the posadas are built into clusters across the estate, its location is much more complex than the hotel. Some of the pousadas could be by a massive cliff. Make your reservations early and make sure that you get the right one for your needs. One good option for budget hotel is La Dolce Vita and the deluxe and premium hotels are Tranquilandia and Long Beach Village.
Activities in Canoa Quebrada
In Canoa Quebrada, you can do so many things. First, you can go paragliding, kite surfing, ride a buggy across the Jaguaribe River and have a relaxing cruise by the river; you can also ride a dune buggy across the slopes of the shores of Canoa Quebrada. You can go to the beach and walk along the whole stretch. You should also try the food selections at Canoa Quebrada. There are fancy restaurants here and you can also have a drink at bars. Canoa Quebrada has a fun and simple appeal but a unique experience along the way.