Rio Hotel Rates to be Controlled by Brazilian Government

Brazil has numerous major sporting events coming up, including the FIFA Confederations Cup, the FIFA World Cup, and the 2016 Summer Olympics. In light of this, the Brazilian government has promised to monitor hotel rates to ensure they don’t take advantage of the events and raise rated to levels to high for tourists.

Gaston Vieira, Minister for Tourism, says “Starting now, we are going to control the daily [hotel] prices together – both the government and Embratur [the Brazilian Tourist Board] and owners and industry members.”

The government has already held conferences with hotel owners and industry reps. They hope these talks will reduce any punitive measures or interventions that may have to be taken in order to keep prices down. Vierra has also said that they have also been trying to contend with airline prices and trying to get more seats offered. He says tourism in the country remains too expensive, and he hopes these steps will help develop legislation to increase tourism within the country.

There is also a consulting firm, called Mise En Place, that was launched in Rio recently in order to help the hotel industry prepare for hosting such large events as the ones coming up. They are assisting in developing new properties and helping to improve current properties, operations, and service standards.

Recently, the Rio+20 Summit, that was attended by top officials and diplomats, was seen as a trial run to see how the city can handle such large events. It assisted the government in pinpointing the areas in the hospitality industry that still need improvement. They intend to further improve with the upcoming Confederations Cup before eventually hosting the World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, as they intend for these events to run as smoothly as possible.

Bed and Breakfasts in Brazil

There is a huge selection of wonderful hotel accommodations throughout Brazil, all with great amenities, courteous staff, and well designed rooms. However, some travelers feel that hotels can lack a personalized experience, and instead opt for a local bed and breakfast. Bed and Breakfasts are typically renovated homes that have rooms made available for guests and typically have a much more intimate feeling that some guests prefer, especially when far from home. This intimate feeling can come from a smaller staff, more interactive owners, and a smaller area in which guests are housed. Bed and Breakfasts are often more expensive than a standard hotel stay, but guests are paying extra for the experience.

In most area’s that you’ll visit in Brazil, you’ll find at least 1 bed and breakfast. Here’s a list of some to get you started on your way to the perfect stay in Brazil:

Villa 2 Santos

Location: Arraial d’ajuda

Website: http://www.villa2santos.com

 

Pousada Laguna

Location: Cabo Frio

Website: http:/www.pousadalaguna.com/

 

Floripa Guest House

Location: Florianopolis

Website: http://www.bedandbreakfast.com/brazil-florianopolis-aloebellaguesthouse.html

 

Janela de Marcia

Location: Florianopolis

Website: http://www.janelademarcia.com/

 

Macae Bed and Breakfast

Location: Macae

Website: http://www.bedandbreakfast.com/brazil-maca-macabedandbreakfast.html

 

Misti Chill Hostel and Pousada Paraty

Location: Paraty

Website: http://www.mistichill.com/

 

Recife Bed and Breakfast

Location: Recife

Website: http://www.recifebedandbreakfast.com/

 

Bed and Breakfast Leblon

Location: Rio de Janeiro

Website: http://www.bedandbreakfast.com/brazil-rio-de-janeiro-bedandbreakfastleblon-page.html

 

Ipanema Bed and Breakfast

Location: Rio de Janeiro

Website: http://ipanemabedandbreakfast.com/

 

Chez Soi

Location: Sao Paulo

Website: http://www.bedandbreakfast.com/brazil-so-paulo.html

 

 

Booking a Travel Package to Brazil

Brazil has so much to see, do, explore, listen to, eat, and experience that sometimes (especially if it’s your first visit) it’s easiest to book a vacation package in order to get the most out of your vacation and reduce stress. Brazil’s a big country, with a lot to offer, so booking a travel package and thoroughly exploring one area at a time is ideal. Here’s some packages we ran across recently to get you started on your travel plans.

COSMOPOLITAN SAO PAULO TOUR

Company: BrazilTravel.Com

Length of Time: 3 days, 2 nights

Price: $1,040 per person

Description: You are greeted at the airport and transported to your hotel on the first day, you can then explore the city on your own. On the second day you engage in a four hour tour of Sao Paulo highlights, such as the imponent Se Cathedral, the Pateo do Colegio, or the Japanese neighborhood. After this tour, you are taken to visit one of the city’s most sophisticated neighborhoods, Paulista Avenue. Here you’ll get to see the Sao Paulo museum and its collection of modern art, shop in the Jardins area, and have lunch. Then, you’re off to visit Ibirapuera Park, which also features a snake farm. You’ll head home, or to your next destination on the third day.

THE BEST OF SOUTH PANTANAL TOUR

Company: BrazilTravil.Com

Length of Time: 6 days, 5 nights

Price: $3,674 per person

Description: On the first day you’ll arrive at the airport and be transferred to Pousada Aguapé. Here you’ll be welcomed with drinks and a tour presentation. On the second and third days you’ll enjoy two tours of the surrounding Pantanal rainforest each day. On the fourth day you’ll be taken to see Fazenda Boca da Onça in the Serra da Bodoquena Region, where you’ll see waterfalls, beautiful preserved forest, the Salobra river, natural pools, and one of the state’s highest waterfalls - the Boca da Onça Waterfall, 156 meters high. On the fifth day you’ll float on the Sucuri river and then enjoy a boat ride across the river to a snorkeling activity. On the 6th day before departure you will be taken to see the Grota do Lago Azul (Blue Lake Cave), a beautiful grotto.

Simply Rio de Janeiro

Company: Rio.Com

Length of Time: 5 nights, 6 days

Price: Depending on dates selected

Description: On the first day you’ll arrive at your hotel for a meet and greet and get settled in. On the second day, you will be taken on a half-day city tour to see downtown Rio, starting at the Copacabana and Ipanema beaches.You then get to see Sugar Loaf Mountain for a spectacular view of Guanabara Bay. On day three you’ll relax on the beach or in the city. Day four includes a half day tour, including visiting the Christ Redeemer statue. Day five is another free day for leisure or exploration. And then you depart on days 6.

Colonial Brazil

Company: Rio.Com

Length of Time: 9 nights, 10 days

Price: Depends on dates chosen

Description: On day one you’ll be greeted and arrive at your hotel. On the second day, you’ll spend a half day touring downtown Rio and SugarLoaf Mountain. On day three, you’ll visit the Christ Redeemer statue. On day four you’ll transfer out of your hotel and proceed to fly into Belo Horizont and check into your hotel. You’ll then have a walking tour on day five and lunch in Ouro Preto. Day six will be a leisure day in Ouro Preto. On day seven you’ll be transferred to Salvador city, where you’ll get to see its famous religious art and Pelourinho district on day eight. On day nine you will explore the city at your leisure, including seeing cigar making, traditional markets, and much more. On day ten you’ll board your departure flight home or to your next destination.

January Hotel of the Month: Copacabana Palace Hotel

Located right on the world famous Copacabana beach, the Copacabana Palace is one of the most prestigious hotel’s in all of Brazil. It became internationally known when Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers filmed a scene of Flying Down to Rio there, and ever since the hotel has always seen a flood of musicians, actors, business men, and politicians.

The palace has 243 rooms and suites. Each room is finely decorated with period furniture, original works of art, and a touch of elegance in every corner. Each room also features either a beautiful ocean view, gorgeous city view, or wonderful internal view of the prestigious hotel. The rooms are categorized as the following (pictures of each below): Superior City View Apartment, Luxury Ocean Front, Pool Suite, Penthouse Suite.


Accomodations can include:

  • King or Twin beds
  • Internet
  • Phone in room
  • Mini-bar
  • hairdryer
  • Makeup Mirror
  • Slippers
  • Traditional Brazilian Sandals (Havaianas)
  • Universal plugs
  • Clock radio
  • Cable Television
  • Air Conditioning

The palace also features two world class restaurants: The Hotel Cipriani Restaurant and the Pergola Restaurant. The Hotel Cipriani Restaurant is a vision of elegance that features fine Italian cuisine, both contemporary and modern. The Pergola Restaurant has delicious traditional Brazilian food and fresh seafood. There’s also a few bars that can be attended such as the Piano Bar and Bar do Copa.

Also available in the palace hotel is a spa that offers five treatment rooms: massage, fitness center, hair salon, sauna, steam room – plus two relaxation areas. Clients of the spa can also order from the Cipriani restaurant.

Rates at the hotel are very high – starting around $1,600 per night and going up. But, the experience of the hotel and it’s history and location right on the world famous beach may be worth it to some. It certainly contributes to the full Rio experience.

BrazilVacation.Com June Hotel of the Month: Caesar Park Hotel

Location: Rua Visconde de Piraja 414/607, Rio de Jainero, Brazil

Rooms: 222

Rating: 4 Stars

Imagine a huge, exquisite hotel right on the beach in Rio de Jainero. Imagine rooms with double sided views of the ocean, giant beds, marble bathrooms, and more amenities than you could ever ask for. Now realize your dream: Caesar Park Hotel.

We chose this as our June hotel of the month because it has so much to offer travelers in Brazil while not burning a huge hole in their wallets, and is specifically a great honeymoon choice and fantastic for children.

Standard Amenities

Beautiful beach views from most rooms

Clothing and ironing services

Telephone Lines

Minibars

Continental Breakfast

Internet

Bar/Lounge

Restaurant “Gelani” with dishes from Brazil, Italy,  and other regions

Business Center

Shuttle Service

Fitness Center

Pool

Concierge

Steam Room

Hypo-allergenic bedding available

In room safe

In room massages available

Cable

Suite Exclusive Amenities

L’Occitane Amenities

Butler service

Shoe shine service

Laundry service

Private check in

Separate living area from bedrooms

 

Visit Website: www.caesarpark-rio.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brazil FIFA World Cup Facts

Brazilians love soccer, and the world loves seeing Brazil playing soccer, thus making the FIFA World Cup one of the most important sporting events to Brazil. In 2014 Brazil will proudly be hosting the World Cup, and we can barely contain our excitement about this. In the spirit of this, we thought we’d look back at some important events in Brazil’s World Cup history.

#1 Brazil has won the World Cup a record 5 times.

#2 Brazil’s Pele has been involved in the winning of 3 World Cups, 1958, 1962, and 1970, and is the only player to hold this title.

#3 Ronaldo scored 15 goals in the 1998, 2002, and 2006 tournaments.

#4 Pele was only 17 when he made a record goal in the 1958 game against Sweden. He was standing in the penalty area facing away from the goal when he trapped the ball with his chest and kicked the ball over his head while fending off a defender and into the goal past goalkeeper Karl Svensson.

#5 Mario Zagallo was not only a player in the winning 1958 World Cup, he was also a coach. A first in World Cup history.

#6 In 1962, there was actually a tie between 6 players, including Brazil’s Garrincha.

#7 Brazil has participated in 92 World Cup tournaments.

 

 

2014 World Cup Packages

 

The 20th FIFA World Cup is set to be hosted in 2014 in Brazil. Matches will be held in: Rio de Jainero, Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Cuiaba, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Manaus, Natal, Porto Alegre, Recife, Salvador, and Sao Paulo. Sao Paulo will be hosting the opening match to kick off the games on June 12, 2014.

The World Cup is notoriously difficult and expensive to attend, but it’s not out of reach if you plan carefully and keep an eye out for deals in airfare and hotels. Starting in December 2013, FIFA will begin selling tickets; around the same time travel agencies will start to offer their World Cup travel packages. Bundling your hotels, eating, traveling, and tickets into one are the best way to save in this scenario.

Between now and opening day, we’ll be posting any and all deals, tips, tricks, gossip, discounts, and news that can help ensure you’re there in Brazil watching your favorite footballers come 2014 and experience the trip of your lifetime.

Today we’re giving a heads up on the travel companies to watch for Brazil FIFA World Cup 2014 packages coming your way. The packages aren’t available yet, but we’ll keep you posted as soon as they are.

SeeYouInBrazil.Com

RoadTrips.Com

SportsTravel.Com

ToursGoneWild.Com

GlobalEventForum.Com

BenchWarmerSports.Com

OnPointEvents.Com

 

April 2012 Hotel of the Month: Hotel Fasano Sao Paulo

Location: Rua Vittorio Fasano, 88, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Number of Rooms: 64

Rating: 5 Stars

Hotel Fasano Sao Paulo

As if Sao Paulo wasn’t already one of the coolest cities in Brazil, it’s also home to one of the coolest hotels – Fasano Hotel Sao Paulo. This hotel features 25 floors of phenomenal rooms each with their own stunning view of the city. The rooms are decorated in a unique subtle yet stylish décor, including beautiful Venetian framed pictures, Murano vases, flat screen televisions, and Persian rugs. You’ll also find ultimate comfort is the main theme here, with 500 thread count Egyptian Cotton sheets, goose down pillows, towel warmers, bidets, room service, and much more. Outside of your room, relaxation can be sought in the indoor pool, hotel spa, and massage services.

Hotel Fasano Guest Room

Hotel Fasano Indoor Pool

When it comes to food and drink, nothing beats Fasano. The restaurant and bar, located on the ground floor of the hotel, are 2 of the best the country of Brazil has to offer. The restaurant, Nonno Ruggero, offers gourmet Italian cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and the breakfast is free to all guests. The bar and lounge is sensational, featuring well known performers on a regular basis, mouthwatering drinks, and an ambiance that’s like no other. No wonder it’s been voted number one bar in the world by The English Magazine Wallpaper. Take a look below:

Hotel Fasano Bar and Lounge

 

The prices are steep at this hotel, 5 Star Hotel steep, but if you can afford some luxury on your trip to Sao Paulo staying at this hotel is definitely the way to do it!

  • Amenities Include:
  • Indoor Pool
  • Spa
  • Massage
  • Fitness Facilities
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Room Service
  • Parking
  • Babysitting
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Internet
  • Conference Rooms
  • Safety Deposit Boxes
  • Sauna
  • Restaurant
  • Air Conditioning
  • Flat Screen TV’s
  • Cable

 

BrazilVacation.Com: March Hotel of the Month

Name: Pousada Arambare Hotel

Location: Rua Colinas de Geriba, Buzios, Brazil

Rooms: 20

Rating: 3 Stars

 

This smaller, but beautifully decorated in traditional Brazilian décor, features one-of-a-kind panoramic views of Praia de Manguinhos and Tucuns Beaches and is about a 2 and a half hour drive from Rio de Jainero. Guests enjoy an onsite restaurant and buffet style breakfast served every morning, which includes fresh fruit, cheeses, bread, and more. The hotel bar is a great place to relax, and the pool even features a poolside bar. This hotel is rated 3 stars, but is highly recommended on all online travel sites for their amenities, great location amongst 2 beautiful beaches, superb view, and overall fantastic service for an affordable price.

Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Mini Bar
  • Poolside Bar
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Concierge Service
  • Pool
  • Billiards
  • Sauna
  • Hotel Activites – Jet-Ski’s, Water Activities, Tours, etc.
  • Internet

Brazil Hotel Recommendations

While Brazil certainly doesn’t lack in things to do, like their beautiful sandy beaches, exciting nightlife, tropical rainforests, and delicious food, eventually you’ll need to put your feet up. Brazil has an abundance of luxury and affordable hotels to help you do just that! If you’ve never been to Brazil, though, finding the right hotel can be a daunting task. Here are some recommendations, sorted by city, that can help make it easier.

Rio de Janeiro

Porto Bay Rio Internacional Hotel (4 Star): This 117 room hotel is nestled right in the famous Copacabana district and is right on the waterfront. Kick your feet up and enjoy the hotel’s rooftop leisure facilities, private beach service, and abundant wining and dining options. The Porto Bay Rio is well known for its personalized service and high level security to ensure your safety. For the women, they even provide a special touch: fresh flowers, chocolates, bathrobes, and slippers.

Promenade Casa del Mar Hotel(3 Star): This hotel is perfect for those looking to spend less but not lose the comfort of a superb hotel. Located in the Barra da Tijuca district, this hotel overlooks the ocean. With its many amenities, such as a gym, sauna, pool, internet access, barbecue area, and coffee shop, you’re sure to enjoy your stay.

Sao Paulo

Maksoud Plaza Hotel (5 Star): Right in the heart of Sao Paulo, this business class hotel screams convenience and comfort. All guestrooms are equipped with satellite television and internet access and voicemail service. You’ll find they offer superb personal services, such as babysitting services, 24 hour room service, laundry and dry cleaning services, salon, and others. In need of some relaxation? Try their massage services, jacuzzi, spa, and indoor pool. The Maksoud Plaza hotel is perfect for business trips or vacations.

Brasilia

Naoum Plaza Hotel (5 Star):

The Naoum Plaza Hotel has certainly earned its 5 star rating. If you don’t fall in love with the beautiful guest rooms, you are sure to enjoy their world class services, such as massage, jacuzzi, laundry service, salon, hotel bar and restaurant, sauna, and hotel shops.

Amazon Rainforest

The Ariau Amazon Towers: If you’re looking to get out of the city and explore some of Brazil’s breathtaking Amazon rainforest, this hotel is sure to enhance your experience even more. The Ariau is the world’s largest tree top hotel and is simply stunning. Not only do you get to sleep in an incredibly unique hotel, but they offer one of a kind services: Canoe trips, piranha fishing, swimming with pink dolphins, helicopter rides, and much more! Plus, you can’t beat their fabulous Brazilian wining and dining!