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.
Showcasing a year-round outdoor pool and sun terrace, Hotelinho Urca Guest House is located in the Urca neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, just 2.5 miles from Guanabara Bay. Some units feature a sitting area to relax in after a busy day. Certain rooms have views of the sea or mountains. A flat-screen TV with cable channels is provided. There is a tour desk at the property. Monument to the Brazilian Soldiers in World War II is 2.1 miles from Hotelinho Urca Guesthouse, and Selarón Steps is 2.5 miles from the property. The nearest airport is Santos Dumont Airport, 2.5 miles from Hotelinho Urca Guest House.