Rondonia: closed on Sunday
I am in Porto Velho, capital of Rondônia. I will wait until tomorrow to judge better. Almost everything is closed on Sunday. I walked from the Oscar Hotel, where I am staying, to the Madeira River. The only places I could find open were outdoor restaurants that had probably recently evolved from guys pushing carts. There were plastic chairs and a kind of buffet. It is always hot here and humid, so I stayed away from the mayonnaise potato salad. Other things were okay. I would not get fat if I lived around here.
One of my colleagues told me that the Oscar was really nice. I have to wonder about his points of reference. Suffice to say, it is no Marriott. It is clean and functional, but not as nice as a medium priced hotel such as a Days Inn or Comfort Inn. I think there must be a great potential market here for hotels. Even small U.S. cities have a several decent hotels. And they have chains, so that you can know what sort of standard to expect. There is a dearth of good, medium priced hotels in Brazil and a dearth of good hotels in general outside big capitals. We have the usual suspects (Marriott, Sheraton etc.) in big cities and Choice Hotels in a few secondary cities, but you are soon down to Ibis, and in many places not even that. I wonder if there is something that discourages hotels in medium markets.