After spending three days in Brasilia at a hotel which was not as up to date as ones I have stayed at in Baghdad, Iraq - during the war - I was so very happy to land here at this property. Buy the breakfast with the room - it's a pretty good value - quality was spotty - as it seemed like powdered eggs most days, but on my last day, the eggs tasted real! With as much farming going on in Brazil, one would think they would have higher quality dairy and meat products?? Good cheese - real cheese is non-existent in the areas I have been traveling. Perhaps I have not been to the right places -but the breakfast had fake cheese, some, what looked like to be Oscar Meyer cold cuts - and bacon that was greasy, not very tasty, and just plain odd....
The coffee was pretty good - and they had a wonderful hot chocolate machine that looked like it was fun for children.
The sweets station featured local delights - which were, for the most part - quite good.
The fruits were so-so - not great - could have featured a more palatable display.
The rooms were quite comfortable - bed featured clean up to date linens, pillows - but no coffee maker in the room??? Maybe it's an American thing but I got over it.
The front desk speaks English and Spanish - but no one else speaks anything but Portuguese.
The gym was tiny, and just ok - the pool and the bar are a waste of effort - as if you are going to have a pool in a hotel - for gosh sakes - make it long enough to do laps, or have more than two people in it comfortably! No one was ever at the bar upstairs - so I don't know what they were trying to capture there by supporting that infrastructure.
The showers are great - as the controls are far offset from the shower head - that way you don't have to freeze while you wait for the temperature to be just right.
The towels were circa 1980 - perhaps this will change soon as some hotels in the area are changing their decorating and offerings to reflect what Rousseff is trying to accomplish in the Country - that it can be a world player and host to international events.
Restaurants in the area are just okay - nothing great. I apologize for my own personal tastes as I enjoy a burst a flavor in foods - and I found this particular blocks of restaurants to be rather bland, and tasteless.
All in all - I will stay in this place again - for the money it's not bad - but I cannot fathom how the lack of proper infrastructure will handle more than just casual visitors. Like many middle eastern and African countries, the bathrooms feature little trash cans by the toilets for your toilet paper - I am assuming this is done because their sewage treatment is not adequate enough to support the flushing of toilet paper. This is no big deal to me, but is a comment on the infrastructure.
I have stayed many times at the JW Marriott - but frankly, for the money - this place is far superior! I highly suggest you learn the language here as people are very friendly, helpful, and warm.
Thoroughly - a very good place to stay!
Thank you Sol Ipanema!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Rio De Janeiro
- Rio De Janeiro Best Western
- Sol Ipanema Hotel Rio De Janeiro, Brazil