We arrived early into Rio de Janeiro, roughly 6am, and made it to the Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro around 8am. We were greeted at the front door and escorted to the check – in desk. Once they had my Hyatt Passport number we were shown up to the Grand Club to finish checking in. Even though the room wasn’t ready they let welcomed us into the Grand Hyatt lounge to enjoy breakfast.
A little about the location – it is in the Barra de Tijuca area, rather close to where the 2016 Olympics are to be held. It is quiet, at least, when we were there. There’s a nice beach, some beach side eateries near by whether you walk up or down the beach, but overall, it doesn’t have nearly the hustle and bustle of Copacabana. We really enjoyed it as a nice break.
After a relaxing breakfast we were shown the room.
The room was well apportioned, with a a really nice king size bed and comfortable layout, including upgraded amenities in the bathroom.
It also had a nice balcony over looking the ocean.
Plus with it being a new hotel they installed true black out shades.
The Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro Lounge
The Grand Hyatt has one of the better breakfast and dinner spreads that we’ve seen in South America.
The hotel has a very nice outdoor pool, though there is not too much shade but the staff is very quick to offer to put up the umbrella.
We didn’t have the chance to take advantage of the restaurants they do have three on site and the cafe is right off the pool.
Also, if you feel like you’d rather run or work out in AC vs on the beach they have some nice new equipment and a very nice aerobics room.
They do have a spa with nice offerings though we didn’t take advantage of them this time but I’m sure my wife (and I) will be testing them out the next time we visit.
Of course, if you do prefer to spend time relaxing on the beach, while it is across the street, the Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro has a dozen or two lounge chairs set up on the beach, with the area staffed by a number of hotel employees. We didn’t partake, but, I think they keep water in coolers nearby, and can probably serve any other desired beverages, and food–but I don’t know that last part for sure.
Overall, the Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro exceeded our expectations, and we can’t wait to return.
4 thoughts on “Review: Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro”
Glad you made it there so quick. Nothing against your visit but it doesn’t look that great. I don’t like across the street from the beach. Beach seems mediocre. Room is small? Pool with bad views. Ugly building. Hmm what do you think, overly critical?
@Nathan – Thanks for your comment! I thought the room was decent, but not expansive in size, beautifully done. Beach across the street, in my experience is pretty typical in Rio. Pool didn’t have a view, that is true, but it was bigger than the one at the JW Marriott. The beach, I thought was clean, and the chairs and staff positioned out on it was a nice touch that other hotels I’ve stayed at in Rio didn’t have. Its not a beach vacation like Bali or Cancun, but, its not bad, I didn’t think. Now the lounge, that had a beautiful view.
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