My wife and I stayed at the Rio Dolphin Inn for 6 nights, and found it to be a nice little B&B in a perfect location. If you walk out onto the sidewalk and look left, you can see Copacabana beach a few blocks away. If you look right, you can see Ipanema. The only problem is, which way to go (Hint: Straight ahead - it will take you to a neat little pocket at the northern end of Ipanema beach).
John the host is an awesome guy. When we arrived, he took us for a walk around Ipanema and showed us some places to eat, where the supermarkets were and where to get the best açaí (You have to try this drink, it is amazing!). We accidentally left our camera in the car on the way from the airport, but John loaned us one of his for the day, and we got our camera back the next day! Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to get the pics transferred from the borrowed camera to a DVD. But John has since posted the DVD to us (Hopefully the Brazilian postal service hasn’t “misplaced” the package).
I highly recommend you take the favela tour with John’s friend Jefferson. The lad from the favela was a great guide and we just loved spending time with him. The favela we went to was just behind John's house, and we felt very safe walking around. Jefferson is the friendliest person and his English is very good!!! The tour does require a lot of walking up and down steep narrow steps so just be aware before embarking on this great tour.
Unfortunately, there were a couple of downsides to the accommodation though. Even though the rest of the house was great, our room never got cleaned (dolphin room) and the bathroom was a bit of a let down. The toilet was right next to the shower and with only a ½ glass wall separating them, the toilet and the floor got wet. The bed was also a little hard and pillow were really thin. But realistically, you shouldn’t be spending much time in the room when there is Rio to explore!!!
Also, there was the issue with the poor old Dalmatian. The 15 year old dog that had lost use of his hind legs, and would whine when John was out. It made us feel uncomfortable whenever we heard the poor animal whine.
John thank you for your hospitality (and for posting the images to us), you are great human being, and your dedication to your ailing companion is truly inspiring, but hopefully by now you have done the right thing.
Travelers, I highly recommend staying at the Rio Dolphin Inn, it’s not 5 star accommodation, but the location and John the host make this place worth staying in.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Rio Dolphin Inn is a top quality yet quaint and cozy home on a quiet cobblestone street on the border of Ipanema, Copacabana and Arpoador beaches. You will not find a better location: you can actually see the beach from the entrance, the metro station is a block away and the main city bus lines pass right in front of the gate. This exclusive home has 2 bedrooms, both of them comfortable suites with modern bathrooms, air conditioning, fans, new comfortable beds and large bright windows. It's the perfect spot for couples, families, friends and single travelers. The inn is acclaimed as one of Rio's best bed and breakfasts. It is rated 5 stars and was winner of Trip Advisor's Excellence award in 2012 and 2013. We pride ourselves in taking care of our guests and helping them get the most of their visit. Check out our reviews on bedandbreakfast and TripAdvisor. We were closed for renovations but opened in April of 2014 with new lower rates starting at US$120. World Cup dates still available. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Rio Dolphin Hotel Rio De Janeiro
- Rio Dolphin Inn Rio De Janeiro, Brazil