I decided to stay at the Sheraton Barra Rio de Janeiro Hotel because it’s one side of Rio that I’ve never been to which located in the Barra de Tijuca neighborhood. Note that the Sheraton Barra hotel has since left the Starwood portfolio and has been renamed the Radisson Barra Rio de Janeiro hotel. I’ve decided to review this property because of trip report continuity. I booked the hotel on a cash and points rate for 6,000 Starpoints + $110 USD. Part 1 of this review will focus on the room aspect and Part 2 will focus on the Sheraton Club Lounge and restaurant breakfast.
Introduction to Rio de Janeiro
American Airlines LAX-JFK A321T Business Class
American Airlines JFK Flagship Lounge
American Airlines JFK-GIG 767-300 Business Class
Sheraton Barra Rio de Janeiro Hotel Review Part 1
Sheraton Barra Rio de Janeiro Hotel Review Part 2
Windsor Atlantica Rio de Janeiro Hotel Review
The Sights and Sounds of Lapa in Rio de Janeiro
The Sights and Sounds of Centro Rio de Janeiro Part 2
The Sights and Sounds of Botafogo in Rio de Janeiro
The Sights and Sounds of Pao de Acucar in Rio de Janeiro
The Sights and Sounds of Niteroi in Rio de Janeiro
The Sights and Sounds of Barra da Tijuca in Rio de Janeiro
The Sights and Sounds of Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro
Scam City: Rio de Janeiro Brazil Edition Part 2
The Various Eats in Rio de Janeiro Brazil Part 2
Rio de Janeiro Airport American Airlines Admirals Club
American Airlines GIG-JFK 767-300 Business Class
American Airlines JFK-LAX A321T Business Class
There are a few ways to get to the Sheraton Barra from Rio de Janeiro International airport. The easiest way is to take a taxi which will cost you an arm and a leg, but the fastest way is to take the air conditioned Real Executive Onibus to Barra de Tijuca for around 12 reais ~ $5.06 USD. The bus drops you off next to a mall called Shopping Barra where you can take a taxi to the Radisson Barra hotel (formerly Sheraton Barra hotel).
I got to the hotel at around noon and the front desk agent advised me that I had been upgraded to a suite. I knew this beforehand because I checked the SPG app before arriving which is always a great surprise. He also informed me that the Sheraton Club Lounge was available for evening appetizers and breakfast. In addition, he said that I could have breakfast in the lobby restaurant instead of the Club Lounge or both.
The agent also presented a laminated paper and asked me to pick my Platinum amenity. The choices were 500 Starpoints, a cap, a blouse (or polo), a caipirinha kit, a bottle of domestic wine, a cheese plate, or a chocolate surprise. I was surprised at the choice of local gifts, so I went with the caipirinha kit which was pretty awesome and gladly worth more than 500 Starpoints.
He also presented me with a card for complimentary pressing service and a voucher for a caipirinha as a welcome drink.
The suite was spacious and the living room consisted of an L-shaped executive desk, TV, coffee maker, and microwave.
The King size bed was located in the master bedroom along with access to the bathroom which was small, but ergonomic.
The best part about the one bedroom suite was the amazing access to the ocean view balcony from the living room.
Continue to Sheraton Barra Rio de Janeiro Hotel Review Part 2 where I review the Club Lounge and lobby restaurant.