Rio de Janeiro - we are HERE
We flew LAN http://www.lan.com/en_ca/sitio_personas/index.html to
|stop for lunch, an espresso and practice some of our Portuguese|
We now had a few hours to kill 2.5 to be exact until our flight to
|airport in Sao Paulo, all the terminals in the same building and accessible|
Arriving in Rio was a cinch… bags took a long time to get there but as soon as we had them we cleared the secure area and before you even exit the door to the main airport there were women in little booths trying to get your attention to take their taxi/shuttle rides to the city. We had already arranged a shuttle with ShuttleRio http://shuttlerio.com.br/home/en/en/ and our meeting place was right outside the secure area. We were picked up right on schedule and the ride to the hotel was about 20 minutes. The price of the shuttle was 15R each, a real bargain.
|our hotel, about a 15 min walk from Leblon, highly recommend, beautiful resort|
We are staying at the Sheraton in Leblon. This hotel is one that Princess uses but we booked it independently. We were assigned a room on the fifth floor initially and when we first entered we noticed a large king bed and the view was amazing but that is where it ended, lots of stains on the carpet, paint chipped on the walls, wall in the bathroom had stains on it. The closet door was very hard to open/close, the bathroom only had a large shower stall that was tiled and we really needed to clean up so we decided on a quick shower but as soon as I stepped in the shower I slipped cause there was no shower matt and the tiles were very slippery. The facet was loose and the face plate was disconnected. The soap dish in the shower was not tight and couldn’t hold a thing without it swinging around because it was so loose. I got out of the shower and called down to the front desk to state how disappointed I was in the room. I explained we are here for six nights and considering the price this room would not do. They then assigned us to a room on one of their renovated floors, the 16th. This room is much better, new carpets, bathtub, closet doors open/shut, very nice and I am happy.
|check out this view from our room, beautiful!|