The Bottom Line
Updated on Nov.15, 2012
Hotel Novo Mundo, opened in 1950, has been renovated, but still has some of the opulent furniture from the time it hosted politicians and Pelé, the king of soccer, in his heyday.
Located by Palácio do Catete and its gardens, the seat of federal government when Rio was the capital of Brazil and now the Museum of the Republic, the Novo Mundo also has rooms with a privileged view of Parque do Flamengo, the Sugarloaf and Guanabara Bay.
- Great location on Flamengo Beach, one block from the subway
- Renovated, with a new piano bar to celebrate 60th anniversary
- Reasonable price
- You need transportation to the best beaches
- No swimming pool
- 231 apartments, 84 of which (on the 8th floor) were fully renovated in late 2008
- Choice of palace garden or Guanabara Bay views on every floor
- Three fully accessible guest rooms
- Penthouse units with panoramic views
- Small fitness room open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
- Grand Prix Piano Bar has happy hour with pianist Osmar Milito on Thursday, 6pm.-10p.m.
- All apartments have tile floors, A/C, cable TV, a telephone, a mini refrigerator, a safety box and internet access
Guide Review - Hotel Novo Mundo - Rio de Janeiro
The Novo Mundo is a good option for budget travel on Rio's South Side. You will need transportation to Ipanema and Leblon - not a problem, considering the hotel's location just a block from the Catete subway station, the opening of the Ipanema station in summer 2010 and the ease of getting around Rio by taxi.
The hotel offers an array of guest room categories, and the fact that each floor has rooms with bay or palace views is a plus.
Executive apartments, located on the 8th to 11th floors, are more comfortable. The ones on the 8th floor are the most recently renovated ones.
One of the latest additions to the hotel is the Grand Prix, a piano bar and coffee shop opened in mid-2009. The hotel also has a restaurant, the Flamboyant, overlooking the Palácio do Catete gardens.
Aterro do Flamengo, the famous park designed by Burle Marx, lies by high-speed avenues; if you choose a room with bay views, consider that factor and try to get a higher floor for more silence.
Nearby attractions include:
- Parque do Flamengo
- The Museum of Modern Art (MAM), which has a space for shows and a New Year's Eve party
- Palácio do Catete/Museum of the Republic
- Restaurants, such as Majórica (Rua Senador Vergueiro 11), open daily for lunch and dinner, and Laguiole at MAM, open for lunch on weekdays
- Bar Getúlio (Rua do Catete, 146) open all day and well into the night
- Castelinho do Flamengo, built in 1918 and now the Oduvaldo Vianna Filho Cultural Center