This former apartment building scores points for keeping its prices moderate despite a beachfront location. The decor honors Brazil's past: the lobby has baroque statues and prints depicting colonial scenes, and the rooms are furnished in dark, heavy wood. The hotel has a loyal following among diplomats and businesspeople, who are more interested in functionality and low prices than elegance. The buffet breakfast with a view of the beach from the 12th-floor restaurant
is one of the hotel's best assets. Corner rooms tend to be most spacious, and the hotel's "business room" features a standard room with well-equipped office attached.