Mar 12, 2010
By Alexandra Forbes
The world's coolest magazines are V, Wallpaper and Monocle. In my opinion, of course.
So this month Monocle did a Rio guide, and launched it with a party at the Fasano Rio rooftop pool lounge.
They got most of it right: Roberta Sudbrack is indeed a great spot for dinner à deux, and Bar do Copa is the hottest bar for late drinks, for example.
However, they also recommend a couple of places that... I certainly would NOT.
Marina All Suites is a "dependable chain" of hotels, they say. I say no way in hell, my good friend Karin had a nightmare experience there over New Year's, leaking toilets, horrible service, no umbrellas offered despite incessant rain, slow-to-arrive breakfast, etc.
Daniela, another good friend, also had a terrible experience at the Marina.
I myself have stayed there and... the rooms are small, the tall windows don't take advantage of the gorgeous views, the décor is on the tacky side...
Anyways, that's just an example. Overall, though, great tips for those traveling to Rio, and they even offer a PDF version of it on their site so you can download and print all the addresses.
Check them out clicking on this link.