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“One of the better, but not the best, choices near the beach”
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Sol Ipanema Hotel
Ranked #82 of 286 Hotels in Rio de Janeiro
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

Ipanema and Leblon are the two nicest, cleanest and safest areas and beaches in Rio de Janeiro. This hotel is conveniently located on one of the best stretches of beach in Ipanema. There are a lot of very average, or worse, hotels on the beach from which to choose. For the price (they're all pretty expensive), this one is among the better choices. The rooftop pool is miniscule -- more of a plunge pool than a swimming pool (but hey, the entire ocean is across the street). Some contributors rave about the service -- I found it OK but there was nothing noteworthy about it. I had a better experience than my wife did who complained to me that the front desk was a bit abrupt and not terribly helpful.

If money is not the main object, I attended an event at the Hotel Sofitel Ceasar Park and felt that hotel seemed more upscale. And, for what is probably the trendiest hotel in the area, check out Hotel Fasano. It was even shot in a May 18th issue of the Financial Times magazine "How To Spend It" in a "Brazil Dazzle" feature.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled on business
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solsandra, Manager at Sol Ipanema Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded July 22, 2013

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Reviewed July 18, 2013

Great location and everyone, from the front desk to the bus boy at breakfast service, is very professional. I needed a last minute room and they helped me out. It was very clean and nicely maintained. Its not the Four Seasons design wise, but considering that other Rio hotels are a bit worn around the edges, I gave this hotel a very good rating.

Stayed: July 2013, traveled on business
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solsandra, Manager at Sol Ipanema Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded July 22, 2013

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Reviewed July 18, 2013

I stayed at this property for a conference in Rio. I'll start by saying that the location is excellent -- so close to the beach! The room was clean and well appointed -- definitely better than any Best Western that I've visited in the U.S.! The breakfast buffet was bountiful. The bar/pool area is small but very nice. The rooftop views of Rio and the ocean are priceless! I highly recommend this hotel!

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled on business
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solsandra, Manager at Sol Ipanema Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded July 22, 2013

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Reviewed July 12, 2013

I stayed here on a recent 1 week trip to Rio based on my last experience staying here about 5 years ago.

Without doubt the best thing about this hotel is its location, I doubt you would do better in Rio. In the middle of Ipanema beach (across the road), walking distance to Leblon and Copacabana, and with loads of shops and restaurants nearby. The streets around the hotel are quite safe, even at night (although avoid deserted streets). It is also close the the Lagoa with the walking track around it, great for walking/running/bike riding and stopping off for drinks.

Rooms were good - plenty of space, safe in the room, decent bathroom with good shower, comfortable beds. Aircon worked well and kept the room at a comfortable temperature. I deliberately selected a room at the rear - note that front rooms have great views of the beach, but the road outside is very busy and is noisy, the rear rooms are quieter.

There is a small bar and a tiny pool on the roof, not much space but the views are fantastic. Wifi was included and it worked well. Breakfast was also included but I never used it - I preferred eatng at the local shops where you can get pastries and juices for breakfast.

Service was great - the front desk staff were always happy to assist with transport or any questions I had, I had no problems. One day they didn't clean my room properly - e.g. didn't empty the trash bin, which was a bit annoying but otherwise no problems.

Biggest issue with this hotel is value - for a relatively basic hotel it is extremely expensive, but unforunately this is typical for Rio, especially Ipanema, which is a popular place to stay with a shortage of rooms.

Overall a good stay and I will come back here.

Room Tip: Rear rooms are quieter. Beach front rooms are noisy, the avenue is busy even at night.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled solo
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solsandra, Manager at Sol Ipanema Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded July 15, 2013

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Reviewed July 11, 2013

Just got back from a long weekend getaway to Rio. I knew I wanted to be in Ipanema and close to the beach - and this hotel was that and more. The staff were super duper nice and always smiling - granted I'm pretty self sufficient they exuded that lovely Brazilian charm.

If your room isn't ready when you arrive, don't fret - just ask for the WiFi password and head up to the rooftop deck and enjoy a handmade (even the ice is hand chipped) caipirinha. The views of Rio are great and it will give you a chance to upload those selflies and do all those Facebook check-ins.

The breakfast buffet was everything you could want for a beachside urban destination.

To the reviews that say it's noisy, of course it is, it's right on Av. Vieira Souto, if you want peace and quiet don't come to Rio... stay on the farm in Iowa.

I would definitely stay here again and thank you all for a memorable stay.

Room Tip: Definitely spend the extra money for an amazing view of the South Atlantic Ocean.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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solsandra, Manager at Sol Ipanema Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded July 15, 2013

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Reviewed July 9, 2013

Best Western Plus Sol Ipanema offers a superb location on the Ipanema Beach seafront, within a vibrant area of bars and restaurants. It features a sunny terrace with breathtaking coast views. Wi-Fi is free. 

Best Western Plus Sol Ipanema Hotel offers spacious air-conditioned rooms with a bright contemporary décor. All feature a 32-inch LCD TV and minibar, plus a luxurious bathroom with amenities and a magnifying mirror. Some rooms boast scenic views of Rio de Janeiro’s most famous beachfront. 

Buffet breakfast is served at La Fiducia Bistrô and includes a rich selection of tropical fruits, breads and cakes. Guests can admire panoramic sea views while enjoying their meals or having drinks on the terrace, by the pool. 

The hotel is located just 1 block away from the historic Garota de Ipanema Bar. Rio de Janeiro’s city centre and Santos Dumont Airport are just 13 km away. The Leblon shopping area can be reached within a 10-minute walk. 

The 24-hour front desk can arrange car/bicycle rental and shuttle services. Beauty shop treatments and child services can also be arranged. Third-party parking lots can be found nearby the hotel.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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solsandra, Manager at Sol Ipanema Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded July 22, 2013

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Reviewed July 9, 2013

We stayed here for a few nights and were really glad we chose it. It doesn't look like much from the outside but inside is very modern and clean.

Our room overlooked the beach which was a really nice way to wake up in the morning, and the amenities were all excellent. The buffet breakfast had good variety but the boiled egg machine was a bit hard to use though.

Like alot of other hotels on the strip, they have complimentary deck chairs and umbrellas which made beach outings very convenient.

Location was also great, right in the heart of Ipanema, with several good eateries around the corner (including Garota, where the 'girl from ipanema' was penned) and a short 10min walk to the main shopping area.

I would also like to commend the concierge who helped with dinner and day tour reservations.

Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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solsandra, Manager at Sol Ipanema Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded July 11, 2013

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Additional Information about 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
#45 On the Beach Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
Price Range: $152 - $405 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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Also Known As:
Best Western Rio De Janeiro
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