TripAdvisor once again was a lifesaver in helping me choose this hotel as there are many bad hotels in Rio. This one is clean and safe and exceptionally well located in Ipanema. Hotels in Rio are very expensive compared to most other places, but comparatively this was not over priced.
I have nothing bad to say about this hotel. The staff were very helpful - I accidentally brought the wrong power converter and the man at the desk let me borrow his personal one for several days. They offer free umbrellas, chairs and towels to take down to the beach (about 2 blocks). Fantastic!
And after sitting in the sun for the day, I liked sitting outside in the adjoining brewpub/restaurant and having a beer and people watching. This restaurant is quite popular with the locals at night. The food was decent as was the mornings breakfast which are also served there.
Ipanema is an upscale and safe area, my Brazillian friends in the USA recommended I stay there rather than Copacabana and they were very right. The beaches are cleaner and the atmosphere just feels much more secure.
There is a grocery about a block away. The Girl from Ipanema walked to the beach just a couple streets over from here. Enjoy your time in wonderful Ipanema!More