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Windsor Excelsior Hotel

1,559 reviews
+55 21 2195-5800

Top Amenities

Free Wifi
Free Parking
Free Breakfast

Contemporary Hotel with Fabulous Rooftop Views

Fabulous Beach Location

The Windsor Excelsior Hotel sits on a wide stretch of the world-famous Copacabana Beach and within easy walking distance of other acclaimed Rio beaches such as Ipanema Beach and Arpoador Beach. It's also near popular Copacabana music and dance clubs such as Bip Bip and Mariuzinn. There's a metro station nearby for easy exploration of Rio's most interesting neighborhoods and attractions. The hotel is just 12 miles from Galeao-Antonio Carlos Jobim International (GIG) Airport and about 6 miles from downtown Rio. 

Entertaining Options by Day and Night

Unlike other cheap hotels in Rio, the Windsor Excelsior Hotel offers guests plenty of opportunities for fun and exploration both in and around the hotel. The Windsor is located in the entertainment district, and the clubs and restaurants near Copacabana Beach are some of the most popular in Rio. The views from Sugarloaf Mountain, reached by a two-stage cable car system, offer spectacular photo opportunities for intrepid tourists. Sports lovers and outdoor enthusiasts will love the bike trails, running paths, and water sports such as kayaking and rowing available at nearby Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon. 

The cultural delights of Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden, Fort Copacabana, and the aqueducts and bohemian nightlife around the Arcos da Lapa are all an easy commute from the Windsor Excelsior. Visitors can also enjoy a day of shopping at the nearby Rio Sul Shopping Mall. 

Within the property itself, guests can relax on the rooftop terrace or enjoy the cool water and friendly bartenders at the outdoor pool. The Windsor Excelsior operates a charming barraca, or beach shack, on Copacabana Beach offering guests free umbrellas, towels, and beach chairs. There is also a steam room, sauna, and fitness center on site. The hotel's breakfast buffet receives rave reviews.

Well-Appointed Rooms

Choose from several room types, including three singles, many of which have amazing ocean views. Enjoy cable TV, nightly turndown service, a well-stocked minibar, 24-hour room service, and hypoallergenic bedding. Wi-Fi is available for a fee. Excelsior, the hotel's restaurant, offers a lavish buffet and à la carte menu items. 

The Bottom Line

The Windsor Excelsior is a modern hotel offering guests a range of high-end amenities at a budget price. The hotel's location is perfect for guests who want to explore Rio's best beaches, clubs, and outdoor attractions. 

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Avenida Atlantica 1800 Copacabana
Rio de Janeiro, 22021-001
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User Highlights
Overall Guest Score
"Umbrellas for the beach which was great" "Across from beach"
"Excellent buffet breakfast" "Buffet breakfasts were excellent"
"Location superb" "Fantastic location"
100% appreciated the closeness to the beach.
Great parking, according to 81%.
"Staff are attentive" "Excellent security"
95% found the staff to be very friendly.
79% thought the service was very professional.
Value for money
"Buffet style breakfast included" "Free beach service"
56% thought it was overpriced.
"AC leaked" "Dirty towels"
95% thought the view was good.
Only 59% said rooms were big enough.
"Internet was not working" "Paying for wi-fi"
55% said the wifi quality was bad.
56% thought it was overpriced.
Wellness Area
"Pathetic fitness room"
83% were unhappy with the sauna.

Good to know...

Professional service
Friendly service
Wifi quality could be improved
Great view
Expert Reviews
The rooftop has a fantastic swimming pool area, with picture-perfect views over the Copacabana beach
This hotel, part of the Windsor chain, may have been built in the 1950s, but its look is sleek and contemporary.
Ask for a room with a view over Copacabana Beach.
Time Out
For a three star hotel it really delivers... redwood panelling in the corridors and marble touches in the bathrooms, the buffet breakfast is a star attraction
Hotel Information
Airport Shuttle
Bar or Lounge
Business Center
Fitness Center
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Free Wifi
No Smoking
Spa or Sauna
From 2:00pm*must be 18 or older to check-in
Until 12:00pm
# of Rooms
Handicap Accessible
Wheelchair Accessible