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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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4 reviews
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... More 

Thank lucasvmaia
Ghent, Belgium
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25 reviews
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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... More 

Thank Edgang
London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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... More 

Thank AlexOstia
Bristol, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
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... More 

2 Thank Simon V
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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... More 

5 Thank beforethemast
Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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... More 

2 Thank EddieB12
London, United Kingdom
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131 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

Fantastic World Cup accommodation. Unfortunately Bob and Malu didn't organise any special WC jazz action, but that would of been the icing on the cake. The view from the hostel is awesome, the hostel it's self is very unique. The breakfast is awesome and the staff very friendly. I'd highly recommend the stay to anyone. The location is in the... More 

5 Thank Lemorte69
London, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 23 May 2014

One of the best nights I had in Brazil was when I brought my friends to the live jazz bar at The Maze.. Incredible musicians, fantastic atmosphere and stunning night time views over Rio. You have to take a taxi to the top of Catache ( sorry if spelled wrong) favela and then there is someone waiting to escort you... More 

7 Thank KieriKennedy
Brasilia, DF
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35 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 May 2014 via mobile

Every first friday of the month the hostel offers jazz live music to guests and outsiders with this great view of Rio!! To arrive in The Maze you have to walk through the favela, which is a very nice experience.... The owner trespasses on prices, which makes the place a little expensive.

5 Thank Jmarinho
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2014

Just back from a wonderful stay in and around Rio. We stayed at the Maze for a couple of nights in mid December and really enjoyed our time there. My partner and I turned up mid afternoon on a Saturday and were warmly ushered into a fantastic feijoada (loose translation "party") in an open room with a panoramic view of... More 

6 Thank lady047

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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: $33 - $101 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
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