The Hotel National is back. First opened in 1972, was once one of the most sophisticated hotels in the city and has been closed for about 20 years, but still remained as a point of reference of the neighborhood of São Conrado.
The building was created by the hands of Oscar Niemeyer and is declared a landmark by Instituto Rio Patrimônio da Humanidade. The original characteristics were maintained, like the striking panel by artist Carybé, made up of 300 pieces of concrete and which adorns the lobby, as well as the sculpture “Sereia”, created by Alfredo Cheschiatti, which welcomes visitors at the entrance of Gran Meliá Nacional Rio. The gardens, originally designed by Roberto Burle Marx, were also remodeled. The hotel follows a concept of urban resort and aims at being a new leisure space for cariocas, who will be able to enjoy the amenities of the hotel – which will also include a events center beginning at 2018.
The Gran Meliá Nacional Rio has 413 bedrooms and suits which are tastefully decorated and have a view to different parts of the city, including the ocean and the mountains. Among the hotel amenities are three exclusive bars, like the Bardot, specialized in tapas (snacks); two restaurants, of which the Mediterranean cuisine of Sereia is worthy of a special note; and leisure and relaxation options, like the Spa by Clarins. This is the only hotel in the city that has a helipad, which makes arrivals and departures quicker. Among the services offered is the RedLevel, which grants access to exclusive areas, thus creating a boutique hotel inside the hotel itself, with private reception, a breakfast room and a bar with special drinks for guests who value the luxury and the exclusivity of the services.