can choose from small two-star hotels or hostel in the back streets for
less than US$ 22.50-a-night or the opulent luxury of the Presidential suites of
the top deluxe hotels for which there won’t be much change from a
thousand dollars-a-night or more.
Brazil's hotel industry does not revolve around
the European or North American visitors, the vast majority of guests
coming from the other South American countries and from Brazil itself.
Hotels operate on their local reputation and because of this you tend to
get what you pay for and prices, therefore, become a fairly accurate guide
to the degree of comfort that can be expected and the facilities that go
along with it. Price also reflects the hotel’s location so that normally
for the same amount of money you can stay in a better hotel two blocks
back from the beach than those in the same price bracket on the oceanfront.
In the major cities, such as Rio de Janeiro and São
Paulo, expect to pay US$ 300–a–night or more for a standard double in
the deluxe hotels; US$150–a–night .In the other five star properties;
between US$ 67.50 and US$ 120.00–a–night at the four and three star properties;
and around US$ 30-a–night or less at the two star hotels. As part of a
package booked on the Internet or though a tour operator, that US$200-a-night
room at rack rate can fall to US$ 150.00-a-night or less. Most hotels accept
the major credit cards (Amex, Diners, MasterCard and Visa). Another excellent option throughout Brazil, are
the pousadas (lodgings). These are normally small, privately run hotels that offer a
varying degree of comfort that will be reflected in the price. Pousadas
are the accommodation backbone of most of the coast town and villages as
well as the historic towns of the interior. As time waits for no man, or hotel or pousada
always check about changes in facilities, room rates and credit card
acceptance before making a firm booking. Before arriving in Brazil, fax or
email the hotels that appeal to you and ask them to forward their latest
brochure. Do not be surprised to find that many smaller hotels and
pousadas have their fax on an extension line of the main hotel
switchboard. A phone line is a valuable asset in parts of Brazil.
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