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Bonita Ipanema Pousada & Hostel
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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11 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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“Not my first choice!”
Reviewed February 22, 2013

My friend and I booked this place at the last minute and it was the only hotel available that was under $200/night. It is not really a hotel, but it is more of a mixed hostel with private rooms as well. It has a hipster type flare, and caters to a younger group of people rather than families. The decor was a little cheesy, but it kind of reminded me of a nostalgic 60's era and I liked it.

Even though the staff spoke fluent English, some of the front desk people presented with attitude. If you have a room facing the courtyard, you many not be able to sleep due to all the nose from the guests partying til 3 am. The courtyard seemed like a nice place to hang out and meet people, but the pool was absolutely disgusting, and looked like a health hazard. There wasn't much of a variety at the breakfast buffet, even the fruit selection was dismal. The rooms were adequate. Each room had its own flare, and were small but clean.

The location of the place made up for all the shortcomings. It is in the heart of Ipanema, a few blocks from the beach. Everything from restaurants, bars to shops is only a few steps away. If you do not have a problem with the hippy and loud party atmosphere, the Bonita shouldn't be a problem for you. Even though I may not stay at the Bonita again, it was certainly a welcome change from what I'm used to.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Bonita I, Manager at Bonita Ipanema Pousada & Hostel, responded to this review, April 27, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your time in describing your experience at Bonita Ipanema.
All comments encourage us to go forth with our continuous work.

We do settle many efforts in keeping the noise down, as our bar only works untill 10:00 PM. When other guests arrive during the night we do ask for silence. Guests that travel in group do make it slightly more difficult. Modifications are being planned for the common area to avoid such issues.
Our swimming pool is cleaned and treated on a daily basis. At breakfast we look forward in serving it as it is composed with 4 fruit types, 2 juices, cake, bread, cheese, ham, butter, jam, guava, toaster, milk, coffee, tea, chocolate, liquid yogurt, together with other items.

Hopefully we will have you stay with us again on your next trip to Rio de Janeiro.

Kind regards,
Bonita Ipanema | Management Team
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed January 31, 2013

Bonita is a friendly home along Ipanema Beach. It lies right next to the General Osorio Metro station and is close to many bars and restaurants in Ipanema. The hostel has a pleasant common area with affordable drink, and a tiny pool, but creates an atmosphere in which it is easy to connect with other travellers. The dormrooms are a bit crowded, so don't expect utmost luxury, but all in all this is a great backpacker place

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Bonita I, Manager at Bonita Ipanema Pousada & Hostel, responded to this review, April 27, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your time in describing your experience at Bonita Ipanema.
All comments encourage us to go forth with our continuous work.

Hopefully we will have you stay with us again on your next trip to Rio de Janeiro.

Kind regards,
Bonita Ipanema | Management Team
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Mendoza, Argentina
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

We walked through Ipanema looking to book a hostel and when we went in here we were won over by the cool common space, pool, and bar area. We didn´t check the bedrooms or bathrooms though and it turns out those were nothing to write home about (note, we stayed in the dorms).

The Pros: 1) Awesome location in Ipanema a few blocks from the beach, restaurants, shopping, nightlife, and train system. 2) The staff was good about keeping the common area noise down after 10-11pm so the people in the dorm right next to it could sleep if they wanted. 3) Breakfast included, fairly decent/average based on others I´ve had.

The Cons: 1) Most of the time I was there, the Wi Fi wouldnt work and they charged you extra to use their computer for internet. 2) When we were there it seemed a lot of locals were staying there, which would be fine if we spoke Portuguese and could communicate with them, but unfortunately because of our lack of local language skills, we didn´t have the chance to socialize much with anyone.

Room Tip: The dorm bunks are stacked 3-high. Try to be the first one in the room so you´re not stuck climbing...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bonita I, Manager at Bonita Ipanema Pousada & Hostel, responded to this review, April 27, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your time in describing your experience at Bonita Ipanema.

All comments encourage us to go forth with our continuous work.

We have upgraded our internet account, but there are days, that for some reason, internet just does not work correctly in Rio. Very nice tips.

Hopefully we will have you stay with us again on your next trip to Rio de Janeiro.

Kind regards,
Bonita Ipanema | Management Team
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Vevey, Switzerland
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

We stayed at he Bonita for 3 nights with our small children (4 and 6 years old) in a single room with a double bed and a bunk bed. The location is perfect, 3 blocks from the beach and 1 from the Hippie Fair Crafts Market. The underground station of Ipanema (General Osorio) is right next doors and the ideal way to travel to Centro area.
Staff were very friendly, spoke very good english and always available to assist. Breakfast was nice with plenty of fruit.
The kids loved the kicker game :-)

Room Tip: We stayed in room number 6 (1 double bed and 1 bunk bed that sleeps 4) with AC and ceiling fan. The...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Sao Paulo, SP
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

The hostel is well located but that´s the only good thing about it. I stayed in a private ensuite room, and I would not recommend anyone to stay there.The room was next to the bar, so it was very noisy, impossible to sleep well. The matress was terrible, bed sheets and towels seemed dirty. Sewer smell in the bathroom. Overall the whole place is very filthy. The staff are not very helpful. Except for location, whouldn´t have anything good to say about this hostel!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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The place is pretty charming; everything in warm colors. The staff is overly friendly and helpful. The rooms and especially the bathrooms, however, could do much better. Breakfast is really good. They've got a bar with affordable prices.

  • Stayed August 2012
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Reviewed July 14, 2012

Arrived at Bonita for a three night stay and yes as many reviewers say the location is amazing, right in the best part of Ipanema, next to restaurants, bars, shops and 3 blocks to the beach and the same to the Laguna. The double room was clean-ish and there was a strong smell of bleach that remained rather strong for the 3 days. The bathroom is basic and so it is the room but Ok at 210R$ per night it is what you would expect in this area but the worst was still to come... Although their rules are to close the bar and stop noise at 10pm, these are just for the picture, every single night there was a party of some kind going on until 1-2am with loud music, and people coming in and out, very unpleasant, by 3am the hostel is quiet but at 7am the noise is back again, the cleaners and hostel workers were very loud and this is as much sleep as you can get... We complaint to the staff who could not care less, I am guessing if you are 18-21 and are a backpacker looking to meet people and party hard then this might be a good option but if you come to Rio as a tourist and want to get some sleep please go elsewhere...

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Bonita Ipanema Pousada & Hostel
Address: Rua Barao da Torre 107, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22411-001, Brazil
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Location: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro > Ipanema
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Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #24 of 765 Specialty Lodging in Rio de Janeiro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Bonita Ipanema Pousada & Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bonita Ipanema is located in one of the best spots of Rio de Janeiro, in the heart of Ipanema between Leblon, Copacabana and Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas. The Pousada & Hostel is only 3 blocks away from Ipanema beach, next to all transports (subway, bus and taxi) and just a few steps from a great variety of restaurants and bars. ... more   less 
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