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Windsor Plaza Hotel

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

My wife and I stayed at the Windsor for four nights in May and we loved the hotel and staff. The buffet breakfast had everything you would need and more. After a day out on the beach and town, my wife wanted a cup of tea in the restaurant, and the staff could not have been more obliging. The staff were trained old school and by old school I mean correctly, from the front desk, to the bell boys to the waiters. The rooms were older but well kept and clean. They were a little smaller than some of the new hotels, but very comfortable. I would suggest to all hotels that they have more than one suitcase stand. I would definitely recommend this hotel. Obrigado à administração e ao pessoal.

Entrance is straight from the side walk. Not nice. Tiny, tiny rooms, with jail bars on the windows. The view was terrible, if you can call it view. Old rooms, Old hotel that needs maintenance. Lots of maintenance actually... Receptionists spoke English, nobody else did. OK internet speed. The breakfast buffet was ok, but the restaurant was too crowded/busy. The a la carte menu was not impressive and the food that was served even less. If I ever go back to Brazil I will not stay on this hotel.

It's really quite an awesome place to stay. The facilities are not modern but the place is very clean. That's the key thing I look out for in hotels. Service is the one thing I never count on cos often I get disappointed. But the staff I met from the doorman, bell boy, reception and to Housekeeping were all very friendly and readily dished out advice unprompted. Housekeeping left a handwritten thank you note when I left a tip behind. Overall, the hotel left quite an impression on me.

What a great hotel close to the beach really great staff so helpful Carlos on the front desk was fantastic the hotel was clean and tidy and and a good breakfast. We stayed on my birthday and st breakfast the hotel have me a card and chocolates how nice is that they took the time to check it was my birthday. If we were to return to Rio we not hesitate to stay at the Windsor Plaza 😎

Two Windsors reside on Avenida Princesa Isabel: an expensive hotel just opposite Copacabana and this more moderately priced one a few blocks away and on the opposite side of the Avenida. Even half the time, long-time Cariocas manage to wind up at the wrong Windsor. While the fancier Windsor is surrounded by expensive condos, this second location is a short block from streets chock full of local pharmacies, small grocery stores (Pao de Acucar), and the ever dependable Itau bank for cash withdrawals. Taxis are nearby, plentiful, cheap, and drivers do not expect a tip. Breakfasts in Rio hotels usually come with generous helpings of fresh mango, papaya, melons, in addition to eggs, sausage, yoghurts, breads and cold cuts. I adore my petit déjeuner in Paris and full English across the channel, but Rio hotel breakfasts are wonderful treats. The larger room with a small table had plenty of space for two people to stay comfortably for a week. And a short-lived problem with the air conditioning was fixed one night even at 9 pm. Although the hotel does not advertise its decor, the walls are adorned with (unlabeled) but authentic original indigenous woodwork.

Stayed for 2 nights in this hotel. Spacious and clean rooms without good view. Good breakfast, but slightly overcrowded. The pool is quite good, but small. The food in the restaurant is okay. The hotel is quite old. The surroundings include some dingy striptease bars and a few exchange offices. The copacabana beach is 5-7 minutes away. Overall, good place to stay in Copacabana but I would prefer hotel in Ipanema, but it will be way more expensive!

Stayed two nights on a G Adventures tour. The hotel is three blocks from Copacabana Beach, but the immediate neighborhood has little to offer except convenience shops and banks. It is not a shopping district or place you would want to hang out. While we didn’t experience any problems walking back to the hotel at night, we were careful to stay on Av. Atlantic along the beach and avoid side streets. The room was clean, everything worked, and the beds were comfortable. Our favorite spot in the hotel was the rooftop bar and pool. It offered a good view, pleasant breezes, and a place you could relax – even have an afternoon or evening coffee. We were at the Windsor Plaza during the summer holidays. While there were very few children of school age, the hotel was full of large Brazilian tour groups. Breakfast was a nightmare if you didn’t get down early or come very late. Literally a hundred or two hungry tourists trying to make their bus. We had been in Brazil over a week and thought Brazilians were polite, but a crowded breakfast buffet tends to bring out the worst in all of us. The second morning was worse than the first, and after being told there were no available clean tables, then no coffee, I had a word with the head waiter, who was more frustrated than I was. To his great credit, he got a table cleared, special ordered, coffee, and put another table together when the rest of our party arrived. This was greatly appreciated, but getting breakfast each morning was a contest. If we were to do this again, we would stay in a smaller hotel in Ipanema or Leblon – while the beach may not be quite as nice, the neighborhoods have more amenities. The Windsor Plaza offers a car and driver to the airports (R$40 to the domestic airport); probably a few reals more than a taxi on the street, but it was a comfortable ride, and if your short of local currency you can pay at the hotel desk with a card.

Average that is middle in cleaning also breakfast and especially regarding furniture; poor in view; very good & completely strategic location; average services; I prefer select another hotel in my next trip if I have it.

Four English lads on holiday for 5 days. Nice hotel, good rooms, nice rooftop bar and pool. The restaurant is good albeit a bit slow, food is good and good value for money. Staff all very helpful, we took three of the tours they offered and all were better than expected, recommended stay. Would not suggest drinking in this area, get the hotel car to Leblon, very nice and safe!

Decent rooms, and the reception staff were all nice and helpful. Seemed to be militant run, not the best of atmospheres, Not sure if this would pass for a 4 star in London, maybe a good 3 star. Food / breakfast was included and this was good.

Ave Princesa Isabel 263 Copacabana Rio de Janeiro RJ

Hotel highlights

  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Free airport shuttle

Located in Copacabana within a short walk of Chacrinha State Park, Windsor Plaza Hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Edmundo Bittencourt Square. This 237-room, 3.5-star hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like an outdoor pool, free in-room WiFi, and a free airport shuttle. On the waterfront, it's also near Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado.


Free buffet breakfast is served each morning from 6 AM to 10:30 AM. Order from 24-hour room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room, or enjoy a bite to eat at the onsite restaurant.


Windsor Plaza Hotel's 237 soundproofed rooms provide minibars, safes, and phones. 32-inch plasma TVs come with cable channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi and wired Internet. Bathrooms have hair dryers and free toiletries. Desks are also available.

Property features

At Windsor Plaza Hotel, guests enjoy features like an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a sauna. Valet parking is BRL 34.65 per day if you plan to drive, or hop aboard the free airport shuttle (available on request). The front desk has multilingual staff on hand 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include free WiFi in public areas, 4 meeting rooms, and a business center.

Room options

Executive Room

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Superior Room

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Luxury Room

Queen 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

80% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1003 reviews