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BEST WESTERN PLUS Sol Ipanema Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Av. Vieira Souto 320 | Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil   |  
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Ranked #33 of 217 Hotels in Rio de Janeiro
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
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“All that you need...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This place is really all you need for a great stay in Rio, minus the non-existent balcony. That is my main qualm with the place - the rooms don't have balconies from which to enjoy the beautiful views! The hotel overall is small, but equipped with a wonderful restaurant, a (very small) pool, a (very small) gym, and a (very small) bar on the roof by the pool. Despite the size, it provides all you need for a great stay. It's right across from Posto 9, and just a few blocks from greats shops and restaurants - and my favorite part of Rio... the Lagoa. You really can't go wrong with the location. Additionally, the restaurant and the morning breakfast are great. There is a pretty large selection of items for breakfast - not just breads and sweets, but also fruits eggs and meats if you're into that, and fresh juices. The room was also decent - it was a good size, the bed was comfortable, and the shower pressure was awesome. The only thing missing (as I mentioned above) is a balcony - that would literally make this place the best place ever, considering the views are phenomenal. That said, all is not lost if you make your way up to the rooftop where you can see Pedra de Gávea, and Aproador, as well as take in the views of Vidigal.

The best thing about this hotel, however, was Roberto (he's pretty new), Deborah, and Paulo. These three were so nice and helpful that I think they made all the difference. Roberto worked in the restaurant and was a pleasure to chat with, and also very helpful in straightening out some things with our room. Paulo was also a great pleasure - helping us to check in, and also helping my friend call the airline to try to locate her lost cell phone, and Deborah was also very helpful with answering questions about the hotel and the room. These three deserve praises and raises :-). If you choose this hotel, be nice, and it'll be nice back.

Room Tip: I believe there are only two options... facing the beach, or the city. And the rooms seem to be quit...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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solsandra, Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Sol Ipanema Hotel, responded to this review, August 4, 2014
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Thanks for sharing your experience with us. Your comments were much appreciated by the management of BW PLUS Sol Ipanema Hotel.

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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Don't underestimate the noise issue with this hotel. We were placed on a low floor at the front of the hotel and though the view was great it was like sleeping on the sidewalk of a very busy street. As other reviewers pointed out, sound insulation from the windows is almost non-existent (they barely close), so if you are in this room or similar you will have noise from the constant stream of buses and cars passing by, along with some very noisy compressor equipment just inches from the window all night long, interspersed with the screeching of chairs and tables from the restaurant on the floor above being shoved around from very early in the morning until late at night. If you are a light sleeper, bring earplugs or sleeping pills or choose a room that does not face the street. The hotel itself is pretty nice, seems recently renovated, nice bedding and clean. The heart of Ipanema location is the main attraction (and main reason they can justify their prices), wifi speed was adequate and the breakfast buffet was quite good. Pool was tiny and not heated, not really usable in the winter. But honestly I would've rated them significantly lower than four stars due to the terrible noise problem if it weren't for the fact that the manager responded very graciously to my complaint, apologized and gave us a late checkout to accommodate our schedule (and catch up on sleep).

Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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solsandra, Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Sol Ipanema Hotel, responded to this review, August 1, 2014
Dear Guest,

We are sorry for the inconvenient and we hope making better next time. Will be a plesure to have you here again betimes!


Warm Regards,

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 via mobile

This is a good basic hotel in a tall (16 floors) and narrow building right on Ipanema boulevard. The rooms and beds are relatively large. Front desk staff are friendly. Minibar well-stocked, restaurant and breakfast so-so and the rooftop bar is small but with a very nice view of Ipanema beach. We had 3 rooms on the 9th floor at the front of the hotel. Room 901 the largest with two huge twin beds. Rooms 902 and 903 standard (one King, one Twin). Beautiful sea view, but very noisy! Traffic on Ipanema boulevard continues all night, so if you want a good night's sleep, don't take rooms at the front. Rooms at the back are the same, do not have a great view, but are quieter.

Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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solsandra, Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Sol Ipanema Hotel, responded to this review, July 17, 2014
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

What a spectacular hotel. If you’re planning to visit Rio de Janeiro, Ipanema is the place to be. The Sol Ipanema hotel is in the heart of the action. The hotel is located directly across the street from the beach with wonderful views and great restaurants right around the corner including the Garota de Ipanema, which is where the “The Girl from Ipanema" was composed. The rooftop pool is small but charming. I would definitely recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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solsandra, Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Sol Ipanema Hotel, responded to this review, July 8, 2014
Dear Larry,

Thanks for sharing your experience with us. Your comments were much appreciated by the management of BW PLUS Sol Ipanema Hotel.

Best regards,

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Superb location. On the beach, close to a wide variety of restaurants, take away places & shops - all within SAFE walking distance (I traveled alone and felt absolutely safe walking to & from restaurants and shops at night). I stayed in an ocean facing room - and yes, the views are as good as you see in the brochures. Room was spotless, bed very comfortable and has everything you need (except a kettle). Room was large as was the bed (if a little bland in terms of decor.)
I did see previous comments on TripAdvisor about the noise - but it was worse than anticipated. The windows have no insulation so there is almost no difference in the noise levels when the window is closed - and there doesn't seem to be a down time to the noise (even late at night). There is no chance of retiring to your bedroom for some peace & quiet or an afternoon nap. Just be aware. (The view does make up for it to some degree).
Water pressure in shower was strong - making for a great shower.
Free wifi was a huge value add as I struggled for the first few days to get a data package for the simcard that I bought locally. Signal in my room was strong and I experienced no connection issues.
Rooftop pool area has great views and a small pool to cool off in. It wasn't busy while I was there, making it a great spot to lie on one of the pool chairs and read.
Staff at front counter were the cherry on the top. They spoke English well, were friendly, welcoming and just made everything so easy for me. From booking day tours, to answering endless questions, booking taxis and even confirming my booking for my Sao Paulo hotel - they bent over backwards.
I only ate breakfast at the hotel. Nice mix of fruits, cereals, baked goods and a few hot food options (eggs, bacon etc) - plus a great view of the beach.
I would stay here again without question (although would be eternally grateful if they did a bit of soundproofing on the ocean facing rooms).

Room Tip: Ocean view is spectacular - just be aware of the noise.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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solsandra, Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Sol Ipanema Hotel, responded to this review, June 27, 2014
Dear Brenda,

On behalf of the BW PLUS Sol Ipanema Hotel, we would like to thank you for the compliments regarding our services during your stay.

Best regards,
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Melbourne, Australia
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Across the road from Ipanema beach - we had an ocean view room with a great view. Room was clean, well appointed and comfortable, if a little compact. Great views from the roof where there is a bar and a very small pool - the whole rooftop area is small so only a limited number of people can fit comfortably at any one time. Breakfast was good, but the room is compact. Had dinner one night which we found a little expensive. Staff friendly and helpful. Standard Wifi worked fine for us - there are a couple of desktop computers with printer but it was a little expensive. The hotel is pricey but we wanted a beach view and central position - would stay again.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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solsandra, Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Sol Ipanema Hotel, responded to this review, June 26, 2014
Dear Mr. Joe,

Thank you for your comments.

Your opinion is very important for us.

Best regards,

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Seattle, Washington
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Ipanema and Copacabana beach stretches look identical, so it makes sense to go with a hotel in Ipanema since it is much safer. In terms of hotel options, there were way more options in Copacabana compared to Ipanema, and Best Western Plus Sol Ipanema is the clear winner for Ipanema options. It is reasonably priced compared to the other four star quality hotels in the area near the beach. It is right across from the beach. Has a nice small roof top with pool. Although, I really wish they would turn down the air conditioning in the lobby! It is freezing!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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solsandra, Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Sol Ipanema Hotel, responded to this review, June 16, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thanks for sharing your experience on TripAdvisor. It is a great pleasure to have feedback highlighting the quality of our service.

We hope to see you again with us!

Best regards,

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Address: Av. Vieira Souto 320 | Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Location: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#17 Business Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#17 On the Beach Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#24 Family Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#39 Romantic Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — BEST WESTERN PLUS Sol Ipanema Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 89
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