Hey everyone! I am going to Rio right before the Carnival window and I'm trying to decide in which hotel to stay in. I was hoping to stay in Ipanema or Copacabana - but I'm finding it very difficult to find a decent-sounding hotel, because almost every hotel has a subset of horrible reviews on TripAdvisor that scare me (super old rooms, claustrophobic rooms, dirty rooms, noisy rooms, etc).
While I want to stay in the trendy part of the city, I am not really going to spend a lot of time sitting on the beach... mostly sight seeing and moving around the city. But Ipanema obviously sounds more appealing. That being said, Copacabana seems to have much more affordable hotels. So does it make more sense to save money and stay in Copacabana? I hear it's not as safe or clean, but maybe I could take cabs at night to Ipanema if I want to hang out there?
I am ideally looking for a hotel that is SUPER clean, feels new, quiet, good location (not looking to go to bars a tonight.. mostly just restaurants and nice walking areas)... for $250/night or less. Any suggestions??
I was looking at Mar Ipanema Hotel, Arena Copacabana Hotel and Windsor Martinique Hotel. But each one seems to have a ton of mixed reviews. Would greatly appreciate any advice!!