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Abbey of Design

Rua Saint Roman, 301 | Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22071-060, Brazil
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Ranked #44 of 262 Rio de Janeiro B&B and Inns
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

We stayed for 3 nights and felt right at home. We stayed in an ensuite room which was very spacious and had an excellent shower. The B&B is a bit of a walk up the hill but worth it to be convenient for both copacabana and ipanema - the metro is also very close by.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Brilliant location 5 minute walk behind Ipanema beach. Very cool and designery hotel so will appeal to anyone with an interest in interiors and aesthetic. Fred was one of the most helpful and welcoming hosts I've ever met. Would recommend to anyone going to Rio.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Chafik was a great host, welcoming us to his home and being super flexible in allowing us to arrive a day earlier than planned. The Abbey of Design is an incredible place to stay, and totally unique. The decor and furniture is beautifully styled, with each of the three rooms having their own colour scheme. We had a private bathroom,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This place is a hidden treasure for design-lovers! Behind the wall, there is an old convent, transformed by designer Chafik into a wonderful small hotel. You will see stain glass windows as well as trendy furnitures, everything working out perfectly. The Abbey is also perfectly located, 5 min walking distance from the Ipanema beach, the metro, bars and restaurants. Chafik... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I'm almost reluctant to write this review and add it to the list of glowing ones because we'll have to book so far in advance next time we go to Rio! But the place is so exemplary that everyone needs to know about it. We were lucky enough to get a room only a week ahead. While we only had... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This is so much more than a hostel- it's literally a work of art by owner/creator/ manager/ designer Chafik. It's brilliantly situated, reasonably priced given the quality, clean, peaceful and close to everything. Chafik was a great host and it felt like we had a small palace to ourselves with the large patio/ balcony. There are only three guest rooms.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

A really interesting place - an old convent converted by a talented interior designer. Lovely rooms with the old stained glass windows. Stunning modern bathroom. You can walk to the beach from here and there are lots of restaurants on your door step. Yummy breakfast. There isn't air con or daily room service though. I would still really recommend it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

We stayed for just one night in the Abbey of Design when passing through Rio and really enjoyed our stay. The owner Chafik is extremely friendly and helpful. The breakfast was delicious - fruits, yogurt, bread, cheese, fresh juice. The location is ideal for visiting Ipanema and Copacabana, whilst at the same time being on a slightly quieter side street... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

Abbey of Design was the perfect choice for my 5 day stay in Rio. The B&B is ideally located between Ipanema and Copacabana beaches and an easy walk to lots of attractions and great restaurants. The rooms are just divine with lots of extra little personal touches that really made my stay special. It is always much nicer to stay... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

I cannot recommend the Abbey of Design enough - there is so much to love! It is really well located between Ipanema and Copacabana, and is in a beautiful former convent building, which has been lovingly decorated by the owner, providing a showcase for his style of design. The place is a hidden gem, on a quiet side street just... More 

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