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Richmond, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have stayed at The Maze a number of times over the years and simply can not see myself staying in a standard hotel again. Certainly not in Rio anyway. The Maze offers a unique opportunity to gain an insight to life in a favela community with the people in Tavares Bastos being so welcoming and Bob having half a...

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Reviewed 4 January 2017

So I've just recently gotten back from my trip to Rio and I am still in awe about it -I'm just amazed by how much of an impact having stayed at the Maze in particular, had on my trip. To start off, Its location was just perfect and unique -inside of a favela with the most spectacular view... I felt...

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Odessa, Ukraine
Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

It's a beautiful family owned B&B hotel. The Maze is for travellers and tourists who love art and music and who want to discover all the cultural aspects of Brazil. The design of place is very unique. It has a lot of open spaces, terraces, labyrinths. For people who are interested in architecture The Maze is a really stone masterpiece...

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 14 December 2016

The Maze is truly a special place. Not only do it's rooms have some of the most spectacular views of Rio, it is also an ever evolving work of art. During my stay volunteers from around the world were working on a mosaic project, covering the once white walls with inventive & artistic mosaic designs. I enjoyed walking around &...

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Reviewed 29 September 2016

I have an ambiguous feeling about the jazz party at The Maze. On the one hand, the place has an exotic architecture, really mazy, it's exciting. The music is very good, the city views from up there are amazing. But, on the other hand, the prices are expensive, and it creates an uncomfortable contrast of being around such poverty (the...

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Bob N, Owner at The Maze Inn, responded to this review

Hello Lucas. We would like to put your mind at rest in that the community people get into our events FREE and around 30 of them work & earn with us. The MAZE contributes to other community projects too. Our double-bass player was born here in '93 and taught by us. This is my family home for 35 years. Please...

Ghent, Belgium
Reviewed 13 December 2015 via mobile

The Maze is rated as the top place to stay in whole Brazil according to the Rough Guide. And it is indeed a very interesting place. The view is gorgeous from the breakfast area. Bob is also very welcoming and attentive. You could spend hours listening to his stories. However, the rooms aren't clean (to not say dirty), we did...

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 14 November 2015

The Maze is an institution on the Rio jazz scene. Those who love music and are not afraid to break step with the masses of happy-snapping tourists should definitely check out this custom designed home/bar/hostel with its breathtaking views of Sugarloaf and its larger-than-life proprietor, Bob Nadkarni. I have been several times to the Jazz Night, which happens on the...

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Bristol, United Kingdom
Reviewed 17 July 2015 via mobile

One of the most exciting, interesting and intriguing hotel/hostel you will ever see. We read about this incredible hotel, and we did not think it would be capable for us to arrive, without danger (due to its location in a favela). Yet how very wrong we were, the Maze is located in Tavares Bastos, in which all of the people...

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Salvador
Reviewed 14 August 2014

I'm inspired in part to write this review of Bob Nadkarni's Maze Inn in response to the one very negative review below... But to each his own, and that's how that fellow felt. But I felt and feel differently: I stayed at Bob's place a couple of years ago. I live in Salvador and am well-accustomed to locations such as...

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Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 13 August 2014

An unforgettable and outstanding experience in an unusual building and setting. Great views and great hosts (Bob & Malu). The building, except for the rooms, is mostly open air with stairways, terraces, and lobby unenclosed. The favela, in which it is located, is quite interesting with narrow corridors, small shops, friendly neighbors - and accessed up the side of a...

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
National Geographic describes The MAZE as "Unique and Original". Designed and built during 4 decades by Bob Nadkarni (Stanley Kubrick's sculptor-2001 A Space Odyssey). The architecture reflects the Atlantic Forest, the foothills and the sweeping bays which surround it. Situated in a Rio favela, it reveals the source of Brazil's creativity whilst being the safest location in Rio de Janeiro. The MAZE is a family home, family run. It's typical guests are architects, writers, photographers, artists, musicians and adventurous souls. Probably not for anyone with serious mobility difficulties or cat phobia however. The view is probably the finest in Rio. The Breakfast is big. Guest chat'n'mingle is wonderful and stimulating. The MAZE is a fine-art museum with a jazz night celebrated (4 years running) by US DOWNBEAT Magazine amongst the "World's Top Jazz Venues" The owner, ex BBC TV correspondent, ex war cameraman, painter, writer and jazzman welcomes you into his home and his world. The MAZE is a place to lose yourself and find yourself. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Maze Inn

Address: Rua Tavares Bastos 414 _ 66 | Catete, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22221-030, Brazil
Region: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro
Price Range: $35 - $45 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
The Maze Hotel Rio De Janeiro
The Maze Inn Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
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