My wife and I spent 7 nights (before moving to Buzio's) here in Jan and it was a terrible choice. All hotels in Rio are crazy expensive and given what we paid for the Marina Palace hotel I wish we had paid the extra and stayed at the Fasano.
The rooms last saw decoration circa 1970 and the whole place feels very run down and tired. The pool is a joke, all it takes is two normal sized brazilian men and its full. It also gets SO hot up there, middle of summer easily 35 degrees and yet there are no umbrellas. I asked for one and was directed to a very pathetic looking umbrella in the corner, when I opened it, it was broken. I asked the guy behind the bar to get another and he just shrugged and said "there are no more".
I went to the front desk to ask the manager and he said he would get one sent up. Back I went to the roof and waited (in 35 degs). 45 mins later still no umbrella, I went back down and was told the manager had left for the day !
I then spoke to another manager the following day who apologized and said he would send one up - guess what - thats right, it never arrived.
This is indicative of the whole hotel really. If they want to charge such extortionate rates they should at least have helpful staff and the place desperately needs a re-vamp.
Ipanema is a nice area, very safe and has a few good bars. The Sunday market is nice for a little stroll but no matter what DO NOT buy anything from Romeo Medeiros. He sells wooden carvings and statues. The work itself is by local artist Artes Benigno and is very good but the amount charged for the work is HUGE. I did buy a very expensive piece and was assured that the cost would include shipping to my home address and all customs paperwork, fumigation etc and that it would arrive in 7-10 days.
The whole process took closer to 3 months and left me U$850 out of pocket as NONE of the customs paperwork was completed, the wood was not fumigated as promised and the sender (Romeo) had not paid for ground shipping to my home address.
With the whole process taking so long I incurred storage charges from customs which also had to be paid before I could actually get the statue home.
I emailed and called Romeo and got no reply (naturally he knows you are overseas now and therefore doesnt reply or care). Eventually I got a reply (after over a week) to an email (which I typed in english and portuguese so he couldnt play the "I cant understand" card) saying that he was traveling and he had his phone and wallet stolen and that was why he hadn't been in contact. After that one reply (despite me sending him over 25 emails) no reply.
As I write this I am still chasing the U$850 and am getting a lawyer involved.
My recommendation, do Rio for a maximum of 3 days then head to Buzio's.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover the pleasure of staying in Rio de Janeiro's most charming neighborhood, right in front of Leblon Beach. Relax in cozy apartments and suites that are stylishly decorated and offer a breathtaking ocean view. Enjoy a menu of services designed to meet all your needs and savor exclusive cuisine. If there is anything else you need, we will be happy to assist you. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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