Fasano was a great hotel experience and the roof pool scene definitely lived up to it's reputation of beautiful woman and great wait-staff ... EXCEPT the music was more than horrible. We had such a great time being part of the Ipanema pool scene and having the staff take such great care of us, but the music was so bad we begged the staff to use our song lists. Yes the music was so bad that it did adversely affected our experience. And yes we understand that Philippe Starck created around the heyday of the Bossa Nova era in the 50’s and 60‘s but the hotel does not need to play that era of music. The Bossa Nova era of bad 50’s and 60‘s oldies is not the song list to support the ultra cool pool scene. 411 ... Fasano update your song list.
Our room was ultra Philippe Starck over looking the Ipanema ocean. The wooden floors, cool mirrors, and ultra comfortable bed was well worth the pricey price tag of the room. We were on the 4th floor over looking the ocean. We never heard or were ever bothered by the noise from the street. Actually we found the street scene to be clam and friendly.
We were not into the actual beach scene in front of the hotel. It was packed with people and vendors selling everything from food to string bikinis all day everyday. The Fasano beach chairs actually sit down into the sand so every time the wind blew or a little kid ran past you, you got sand all over you. And yes i know, "Your at the beach ... expect a little sand", but it was just not our scene. I suggest to experience the beach for a couple of hours and then head back up to the Fasano pool scene.
Must do's while you stay at the Fasano: Use the Fasano hotel bikes to experience Copacabana and Ipanema beaches ... Arrange a private tour of Rio through the Fasano (Marco Cantuaria was as entertaining as insightful. Request him and you will not be disappointed) ... Arrange reservations at some of the best Rio restaurants (Fasano Al Mare, Sushi Leblon, Zuka, Roberta Sudbrack) ... Most of all relax and enjoy the pool scene. The fabulous staff (special note of Rafael, Baltimore Raven fan) take create care of you while you soak up the sun and drink some caipirinhas.
Enjoy the Fasano because you definitely have payed for it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on Avenida Vieira Souto, in the heart of Ipanema beach, the long awaited hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro combines the sophistication of Rio’s most coveted address with modernity and efficiency in design and service. Envisioned by Philippe Starck, everything has been thought out to reverberate the glorious Bossa Nova era, when Ipanema was blossoming into the most charming neighborhood of Rio. The hotel caters to both leisure and business travelers and offers the latest technology in its accommodations and meeting rooms. Guests can experience Fasano's gastronomic legacy at the elegant Fasano al mare restaurant and enjoy signature cocktails and light meals at the ‘scenery’ Baretto-Londra. The breathtaking view from the rooftop swimming pool overlooks the beach and constitutes an attraction in and of itself. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fasano Rio De Janeiro
- Hotel Fasano Rio De Janeiro Brazil