The hotel is well located, clean and the staff is very helpful. The hotel has an odd shape, kind of like the inside of an upscale cruise ship. The rooms are small, as is the hotel itself. The rooftop pool is spectacular. The beach in front of the hotel is small and there is not much around the hotel. Ipanema is basically a stretch of condos behind plexiglass with guards and machine guns. If you are looking for restaurants facing the beach, you will be disappointed. The rooms and hotel are really too small to merit the outrageous room price.