We stayed 3 times in the hotel during September. We booked this hotel mainly because it is located in a safe area near the Ipanema beach and we were pleasantly surprised.
Rio was our base from which we traveled to north and southern Brazil and we were always happy to come back to this hotel.
The location is indeed perfect, just 2 blocks (2 min) from the beach and on a central street with lots of shops and restaurants. Also there is a big supermarket right across the street.
The hotel restaurant served excellent breakfasts. We also ate lunch there which was also good – you could choose to eat from their buffet for 25 Real per person. In lunch and dinner the restaurant was almost full.
After reading the reviews on Trip Advisor we asked in advance to be given a room on a higher floor and they accepted our requests. We stayed one time on the 10th floor and one time on the 11th floor from which we had some view of the bay and the Corcovado. I must say that even on these floors there is still some noise from the busy street during the day but nothing that bothered us and at night it was very quite.
There are two types of rooms: standard and superior, which were very clean and comfortable, and we stayed in both of them. There is no actual difference between them except the price… We even more liked the standard room.
Front desk staff was professional and spoke fluent English. They were happy to answer any question we had.
The hotel has a computer station near the front desk and also free Wi-Fi connectivity which we used in the room.
Our comments are regarding the hotel concierge service: at first we ordered our taxis from them. They were calling drivers they knew and gave us a fix price. One time we took this taxi to the Corcovado and although were given a fix price the meter was running (the meter was running also during our 1 hour tour there). When we returned to the hotel the meter showed much less amount than the fixed price and the driver was exchanging money with the concierge… Since then we just took our taxies from the street and our advice to you is to do the same.
To conclude – we really enjoyed our stay in the hotel and considering its rate and other hotels in the area we highly recommend it.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Mar Ipanema
- Mar Ipanema Rio De Janeiro
- Mar Ipanema Hotel Rio De Janeiro, Brazil