Location – My first impression was that hotel was located high up geographically within the Bela Vista part of the city. An area that commands good views right across the city. Upon arrival by taxi from the airport which was approximately 30 mins we were greeted by the porter who took our bags and led us to reception for check-in.
Check in/Reception – The reception desk is placed in the huge central atrium and was attended by a couple of staff.
The Hotel was previously called the Blue Towers until Radisson took over the building four months ago. The magnificent lobby area consists of a large central atrium with a glass lift carrying visitors to its thirteen floors. To the sides of the lobby area are the bar/restaurant, toilets and beauty salon. The concierge explained to me that the hotel is planning to add extra facilities within the next six months, such as a health suite and possibly a swimming pool.
The Room – Our room was 408 on the fourth floor and was a good size with two double aspect windows. This was very pleasant as it meant we had a good flow of air with the windows open, they opened fully rather than those nasty health and safety opening limiters you get in a lot of European hotels. The room did have air conditioning that worked perfectly well but I prefer just to have fresh air if it keeps me cool enough. The bed was huge, two large singles zipped together which were very comfortable and covered with good clean bed linen. My wife and I barely noticed we were sleeping in the same bed it was so big. Also in the room was a large mini fridge, writing desk and chair, sofa and a mirrored wardrobe that contained a coded safe to keep ones valuables such as passport, cash etc. Complimentary Wi-Fi is also provided and worked fine which is a nice addition as so many people now have smart phones or tablet computers.
The bathroom was fitted out in a modest plain white tiled decor but everything seemed to work well and look clean. The shower cubicle was a comfortable size with a very good sized head which gave plenty of hot powerful water to shower, in fact, the shower was one of the most powerful I have reviewed in recent times. The usual toiletries were provided, soap, shampoo, conditioner and moisturiser, shower cap and tissue. I did think the towels were average, not that big or good a quality and more importantly not many of them. Just two bath towels and one hand towel between us, no shower mat until they provided an extra one the following night. Dressing gowns were not supplied either, something we did not particularly miss but others may.
Here’s a short video I shot of the room as I arrived.
Restaurant – Breakfast was taken in an attractive glass conservatory styled room with palm trees growing through the roof. The buffet area was placed in the middle of the room and the selection was good with about 10 different types of bread and cake, cereals, yogurt, various fruit, cheese and ham selections. The hot buffet consisted of bacon, pastries, scrambled egg, German sausage and cheese dough balls (pao de queijo). Fried, poached, boiled and omelette style eggs could be prepared individually to order which I think is always a welcome addition.
Summary – If you were planning a visit to Porto Alegre I would definitely recommend this hotel. It is located in a safe area, high up and east of the historic centre of the city and nearby buses run frequently to most parts of the city. The hotel is of a good overall standard with clean, well sized rooms. Breakfast is again of a good standard with all food looking freshly prepared with plenty of variety. I am sure the standard will only get better with the addition of the planned health suite.
To discover the Radisson for yourself, please see – http://www.radisson.com/porto-alegre-rs-hotel-br-90440-011/brapabr