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Across the street from the beach in Copacabana
Like most hotels in the area, the Porto Bay Rio Internacional Hotel sits right across the street from the beach in Copacabana. Part of the South Zone, Copacabana is known for its beaches. The boardwalk and beach are always crowded with people, but especially so during New Year's Eve and Carnival, when the beach is the site of late-night reveling and free concerts. In fact, in 1994, the beach hosted the largest concert crowd ever (with 3.5 million attendants) when Rod Stewart performed.
Rio de Janeiro's beaches are a major draw to the city. Practically year-round, beaches are crowded with visitors and locals. The beaches not only provide a space for lounging, surfing, and swimming, but many hang-gliders and para-gliders -- popular sports in Rio de Janeiro due to its high mountains and good wind conditions -- land on the white sand or in the water.
Most visitors stay in the South Zone (Zona Sul). Home to the majority of the city's hotels, the South Zone also has numerous monuments as well as the main attraction: beautiful beaches. Hotels here are often luxurious (although deals can be found) and situated near the beach or in upscale neighborhoods.
The Porto Bay Rio Internacional Hotel is located across the street from the popular Copacabana beach. This clean, 117-room hotel is a good mid-range option with simple, sleek decor including blonde wood floors, small modern bathrooms, and a nearly all-white color palette. All rooms have stocked minibars and electric kettles, and some have balconies overlooking the ocean. The small rooftop pool, poolside bar, and fitness center all have great views, and on the beach, attendants provide guests with towels, chairs, and umbrellas. There are also tasty on-site restaurants (one with a free breakfast buffet), and 24-hour room service is available. However, there is a pesky fee for Wi-Fi and the spa only offers limited services.