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“Great hotel and location...a bit expensive”
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Sol Ipanema Hotel
Ranked #69 of 282 Hotels in Rio de Janeiro
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“Great hotel and location...a bit expensive”
Reviewed March 3, 2013

Just got back from my Rio trip and had a great stay at the Sol Ipanema hotel. Location is perfect...in the middle of Ipanema and right across the street from the beach near posto 9. Also right by the gay section of the beach so as 2 girls traveling, we felt pretty safe. (And for the ladies...great eye candy!!) Hotel gives free beach chair, umbrella and towels (at the hotel, not on the beach, so you have to carry and set it up yourself). Being in our mid-30's, Ipanema is the best location compared to Copacabana and Leblon. Copa is busy, crowded and filled with younger tourists, while Leblon is more upscale but slightly boring/quiet. Ipanema was just right for us. Seems to have the biggest gay population of all 3 areas, and good restaurants (must try Zaza. Bardo and Nik Sushi are good ones and 1 of 2 Porcao restaurants is there).

Back to the hotel...yes...it's quite expensive for a "best western". But all of Rio seems to be expensive surprisingly and after walking by the other hotels, I think we made the best choice. Don't under estimate what we US people think of the Best Western which is more of a 3 star hotel...in other countries, it's better (same with the Ramada that I stayed at in Tokyo). I've seen 4-5 star hotels like Hilton in need of renovations in other countries. We were able to get Sol Ipanema for about $275/night on Orbitz. That's pretty damn good compared to other hotels in Rio and for a "beachfront" property (there are no hotels ON the beach...all are across the street...everywhere, so don't be fooled). Two big reasons why I chose this hotel - rooftop pool and free wifi. Pool is TINY, more like jacuzzi size, with 4 loungers and 4 tables. But it was still a great place to chill when the weather wasn't great and we met lots of nice people there. You could probably get a nice sunset view, but we didn't see one since it was pretty cloudy most of our trip. There's also a side view of the Christ statue. I also liked the mirror they placed behind the pool. It's something you don't even notice, until you're staring at an ocean view even though your back is to the ocean. Then you realize "wow that's cool" and start taking pics. haha =) There's a "fitness center"...uh...they have like 3 things in there. Bartender is really nice although service is extremely slow. But it's like that everywhere. Free wifi...sometimes a little spotty, and it seems that if a storm hits which it did for us, they have an electrical outage. But hotel was nice and apologized, and eventually it was fixed 2 days later. You can ask for the free wifi access code for the 2 computers in the business center. Wifi in other Rio hotels is like $15-25 a day. Most of the hotel staff at the front desk were nice and accommodating and spoke English. I really liked one man who was there 2 of the days, but I forgot his name...sorry mister!

Pleasantly surprised....again....with our room. Don't expect a beautiful room or anything. Plain looking but had everything you needed except for a coffee maker (which my friend wanted). We went for the cheaper standard rooms with city view. An oceanview room was about $50-75 more a night which we didn't want to pay for. It definitely would've been nice, but we could deal w/o it. We didn't care to look outside our window since there wasn't much of a view. Decent size room with 2 single beds. Beds were comfortable. A/C worked well, good tv with lots of channels, in room safe, desk w/ 2 chairs. Good sized bathroom w/ a bidet and great rain shower w/ good pressure. Another reason why this hotel was high on my list b/c I read that somewhere in another review. Showers are so important!!! You also get free breakfast which wasn't bad at all...I was expecting worse. I just wish they had more fruit selections (not a fan of papaya). I usually eat a lot of fruit if offered, but didn't eat any of it at this hotel.

Despite the cloudy and slightly rainy weather which the hotel is at no fault for (or is it?!?!), had a great overall experience at this hotel and in Rio.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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solsandra, Manager at Sol Ipanema Hotel, responded to this review, March 5, 2013
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Reviewed March 1, 2013

While Rio is crazy expensive, this hotel wasn't cheap. The staff was very friendly and happy to assist and their English was just fine. They provide free beach towels, an umbrella and lounge chairs to guests for the beach. The room was nothing to rave about, but was certainly adequate and comfortable. The complementary breakfast buffet every morning was great. Fruits, baked goods, eggs and bacon, breakfast potatoes, toast, fruit juices-- all were very good. The top floor has a tiny pool with a bar and deck. Spectacular view. While the pool was small, it was just right for cooling off right after a day at the beach.

Checkout is at 11am which was a pain since the flight home wasn't until late that night. They let us keep our luggage there while we went to the beach and were able to use the chairs and umbrellas even after we checked out. We used the pool shower to rinse off and change in the restrooms after the beach and they drove us to the airport-- about the same price as a taxi.

I never felt unsafe (as friends warned me). All of Rio was friendly. We even went to one of the favelas without any issue.

The only negative was that the hallway area on each floor was very hot. Sort of a pain when dressed to board a plane.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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solsandra, Manager at Sol Ipanema Hotel, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
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Reviewed February 27, 2013 via mobile

We had a great experience, staying 5 nights during high season February. Staff was sympatic and very efficient. Location is not necessary to mention as it's right in the middle of paradise! The rooms are great, fine size, clean. Bed comfort was good as was the bathroom.

Breakfast was really nice, though the room can get a bit crammed during the busiest moments and you may need to share your table with strangers but it works fine!

I have no complaints and will highly recommend this hotel to anyone!

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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solsandra, Manager at Sol Ipanema Hotel, responded to this review, March 1, 2013
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

We spent 3 nights in this hotel and really loved the location. I really don't think we could have picked a better spot for this quick trip. We were lucky enough to get upgraded to the top floor room facing the ocean which had some incredible views. Some great restaurants within walking distance and always felt safe in the area. Everything was pretty clean and we really enjoyed our stay here, but as another reviewer mentioned, be warned that in Rio you'll pay 5 star prices to stay at hotels marketed as 4 star hotels that really are 3 star properties. Overall, great stay and I would stay here again.

Room Tip: Top floor facing the ocean was amazing.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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solsandra, Manager at Sol Ipanema Hotel, responded to this review, February 28, 2013
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Reviewed February 26, 2013 via mobile

Me and my boyfriend stayed there 1 day. The location is great, it's right in front of the beach. They have chairs and umbrellas we can use for free on the beach. Staff was very friendly and helpful with good English. The hotel is very clean and even though our room was the standard it still was very spacious and lovely design, good shower and comfortable bed. Down side is the pool/bar area which is way too small. There's only 4 lounges right next to each other which made me feel uncomfortable sunbathing so close to strangers. The food wasn't great and quite expensive and took too long to be delivered even though we asked for something that didn't need to be cooked. We like to chill in the pool as well as the beach so it was a bit of disappointment. But in overall it's a lovely hotel with friendly staff and room rate are reasonable. We might stay there in the future.

  • Stayed February 2013
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Best regards,
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

I know the score in RIo, older properties selling themselves as 4 star (when they are more akin to 3 star) with 5 star prices. But this hotel is actually not as bad as some other properties. Good location on Ipanema seafront. Rooms are clean, bathrooms dated but clean. Breakfast is good and the pool is small but offers great sunset views at the end of the night. Irons/hairdryers in the room and laminate flooring which assists in keeping things clean.
Price could be better and then you would think that you are getting value for money, but hey ho, that's Rio for you!

Room Tip: It's hard to get a seaview, but you can ask!
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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Best regards,
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

We spent two nights at this hotel the week before Carnival. The rooms were a good size and the bed was comfortable. Many excellent resturants are within walking distance. The beach is directly across the street and the hotel provides beach chairs and umbrellas. There is a small rooftop pool with an amazing beach view. Staff were friendly and helpful. With very little notice, they arranged a very good city tour for us. The lobby is quite small and also serves as a restaurant and bar. We did not eat there but we often saw people having amazing looking desserts.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Sol Ipanema Hotel
Address: Avenida Vieira Souto 320, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22420-004, Brazil (Formerly BEST WESTERN PLUS Sol Ipanema Hotel)
Location: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro > Ipanema
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#21 Business Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#28 Family Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#36 Romantic Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#38 On the Beach Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sol Ipanema Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 90
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located facing the ocean, at the most trendy point of Ipanema Beach, the "Station 9", and only one block from the bar Girl from Ipanema, birthplace of Bossa Nova. Perfect for leisure or business trip for its proximity to downtown and the best tourist sights of Rio de Janeiro. ... more   less 
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