Yoo2 Rio de Janeiro by Intercity
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
With a stay at Yoo2 Rio de Janeiro by Intercity in Rio de Janeiro (Botafogo), you’ll be close to General Consulate of Germany and Sugar Loaf Mountain. This 4.5-star hotel is within close proximity of Fundação Casa de Rui Barbosa and Pasmado Viewpoint.
Make yourself at home in one of the 131 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and LED televisions. Your room comes with a pillowtop bed. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms have designer toiletries and hair dryers.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Be sure to enjoy recreational amenities including an outdoor pool and bicycles to rent. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access and concierge services.
Food & Drink
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel’s restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar. A complimentary buffet breakfast is served daily from 7 AM to 10 AM.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include express check-in, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and dry cleaning/laundry services.
How to Get There
The company I booked the hotel for went bankrupt in September. I had an unpleasant surprise when I appeared in the hotel today. Nobody informed me about the situation!!!! The hotel staff could have contacted me even by e-mail! The staff did not show the slightest willingness to help me find another place (there was no room available). In short, I was told elegantly that this is not their problem and I have to deal with it!!!! Very unprofessional! I am disappointed that I could have been left like this in such a situation.
Photos of this hotel are not the same as a hotel and when I told the receptionist he said it is what you booked and it's a new concept of hotels, it is so dirty and so dark that you can't find your stuff easily, there was a cockroach in our room, when we arrived there it was raining and we didn't have umbrella and he said our credit card doesn't work in their region and he tried 4 times in 2 different machines and we have to pay by cash, it was less than 2 hours that we arrived Brazil after 26 hours of flight and we had dollar and 700 Brazilian Real so I told him I have only 700 let me give it to you and when I got my room I would change my clothes(because of rain) and then I'll withdraw from ATM he said no I can't give you room! And I was like ok give me an umbrella he said sorry we don't have! So we went to an ATM in that rain!
When we went to the roof to have some drink they said sorry someone from outside of the hotel throws a party tonight so you can't use it and it happened again in the following day, we didn't have many options for breakfast it was so simple, last day I went to the reception desk and I asked him for early morning breakfast in our room or by a package for the following day which was our check out time and he said sorry we can't! After all, when checked out and we have arrived in Iguazu we got tons of messages and we found our credit card balance zero! It was 10000$ in our account and when I called the hotel to tell the story to the manager they said what do you want? And I said my credit card was scammed and I use my credit card only in your hotel and they hang up the phone! More than 5 times the same happened and I never could talk with their manager, my credit card was Chinese and according to their rules the accepted all the payment I went to the Brazil police station and they said you must go to RIO because it happened there and finally lI lost 10000$! Don't go to this hotel please
The reviews for this hotel are pretty divided which helped manage my expectations - in the end, to the benefit of the stay. In short, this is an excellent boutique hotel in a great location away from the tourist drags of Copacabana and Ipanema, in a safe and attractive part of the city.
I had reserved a corner room - a so-called 'Sugar n' Bossa' room - in order to benefit from the views promised, and the hotel delivered on these. There are few places where you can lie in bed and watch the sun rise over Sugarloaf Mountain: the view from the bed was quite staggering. From the bedroom, and also from the shower, you can also see Christ the Redeemer - if you are looking for unique experiences, having a shower, looking up at this iconic statue is difficult to beat. The room was spacious, as was the bathroom, and the products available (soap, shampoo etc) of a high quality.
Getting to the hotel from Rio's Galeão airport took about 40 minutes in the middle night, and an hour during the evening rush hour. The hotel is in Botafogo, some 50m set back from the beach (to which there is easy access but where the water pollution is such that nobody swims there). This doesn't mean that the beach is unattractive, and many people - locals and visitors - stroll along the beach front. The hotel is a pleasant fifteen-minutes walk from Botafogo metro station, and about the same distance by foot from Flamengo.
Check-in is flagged in some reviews as problematic - it was a little slow for us, and we arrived at the time check-in opened, but not excessively so, and we were issued with bottles of water. The hotel smells distinct - in a positive way. It's not citronella, but it's not far from that. It is not an enormous hotel, and the intimacy of the lobby, the eye-catching lift art, and the ground-floor restaurant set the tone for this stylish place.
In terms of food, the breakfast offering is superb, and clearly prepared to a high standard. There is an interesting mix of generic international breakfast fare, plus local delicacies; the scrambled eggs were of a high quality, which is my usual benchmark for a good breakfast service. There is a large indoor dining room, and small outdoors terrace, which has no view, apart from up to the flightpath to Santos Dumont airport - but this didn't detract from the breakfast. We also used room service once - which was fine.
The other defining characteristic of this hotel is its rooftop bar, open to non-residents, and favoured by Rio's younger beautiful people for its views of both Sugarloaf and Christ the Redeemer. It is a busy bar, and service there is not swift, to the extent that we had to point out we'd waited excessively long for a drink - to be then told that we wouldn't be charged for it, which is excellent customer service. The bar is therefore something to do with managed expectations.
Overall, despite the slow service in the rooftop bar, the fact that you only get a complimentary bottle of water on arrival, and the rather laboured check-in process, this is an excellent place to stay: highly recommended.