Think of the Hotelinho as staying with a friend who has a guest room in an amazing location and you'll probably be satisfied. It's one step up from a hostel, and one step below a Bed and Breakfast. The common areas are all shared with other hotel guests, but rooms have individual keys. Furnishings are a bit mismatched - with everything from antiques to simply 'old' sofas, but everything was clean and the linens were fresh. The free wifi was a bit spotty, but the cable television provided plenty of channels (many more than the 5-star hotel I stayed at in Rio). The only thing was that this friend charges for their guest room, and I felt the price was a bit high for the level of accommodation. You're paying for the location, I suppose.
Pros: Amazing location overlooking Urca Bay. Safe neighborhood, several juice shops, bars, convenience stores and drugstores within walking distance.
Cons: The staff insisted that payment be made in cash and would only provide a handwritten receipt. Whilethismight have been for technical reasons, I couldn't help but wonder if they were skirting taxes or something.
Morro da Urca Rock stands behind this stylish guest house, located only 1,641 feet from Praia Vermelha and Praia da Urca beaches. It boasts panoramic sea views from its sun terrace and pool. Tastefully decorated, each room at Hotelinho Urca is air-conditioned and fitted with antique-style furniture. There is a modern flat-screen TV, as well as a minibar and private bathroom with a glass-enclosed shower. The guest house serves a daily breakfast buffet that features breads, fruits, cold and hot drinks, as well as homemade jams and spreads. Hotelinho Urca is 2.5 miles from Santos Dumont Airport and central Rio de Janeiro. Copacabana Beach is 1.2 miles from the guest house, and Maracanã Stadium is within 20 minutes’ drive.