Welcome to our weekly video review on hotel suites and rooms around the world! This week’s edition features the Superior Suite, a 66 m2 1-bedroom suite at the Hotel Nacional Rio de Janeiro.

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The Hotel Nacional Rio de Janeiro is a sleek modernist glass, aluminum and concrete skyscraper in the beachfront neighborhood of São Conrado in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 108-metre, 34-storey building was constructed from 1968 until 1972 and designed by famed architect Oscar Niemeyer, who is one of the key figures in the development of modern architecture. Considered the most modern hotel in Latin America when it opened, it quickly became a Brazilian design icon.

The hotel closed in 1995 following a steady decline in customers. The building was abandoned and neglected for two decades, covered in graffiti. Despite being landmarked by the city of Rio in 1998, there was no funding to restore it. However the 2016 Olympics provided the conditions to bring this iconic hotel back to business. the hotel reopened in January 2017 as the Gran Meliá Nacional Rio de Janeiro Hotel, part of the Spanish Meliá Hotels chain. Nowadays the hotel is independently operated after Melià pulled off in 2018 for lack of profitability.

Here’s some official pictures and the property’s description of their Superior Suite:

Apartment with sea view, with 2 rooms and fine decoration. In the bedroom there is a king size bed with 500 thread count Trussardi bedding. In the living room there is a sofa bed for 1 adult or 2 children. dining room, closet, bathroom with two showers, bathrobes, all apartments are equipped with two Smart TVs, cable TV with HD channels, HDMI input, air conditioning, two minibars, telephone, ironing board and iron, hairdryer, Nespresso coffee machine, Dock Station, electronic safe, digital scale. In this accommodation it is possible to add an extra single bed.

 


Here is our video review and commentary on this suite:


Conclusion

This is a hotel with some troubled history. Back on its prime, this property was a fixture on the international Jet Set circuit in the 80s. The safety decline experienced all over Rio and the proximity of the property to a large favela played a key role in the hotel’s decline. The bulding was stripped for spare parts and abandoned for decades. Then after years of work and millions of dollars in investment, the property reopens just to see it closed again after a year, due to lack of profitability. Let’s see how long they last on their third run!


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