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Reviewed August 6, 2009

Centrally located, near everything. From the outside it's like a 7-story atrium facing the ocean, a 5- mile beach stretch and the most magnificent mountains of Rio. From the Inside, after going through an elegantly quaint entrance, like the rest of the hotel, designed by a very inspired Philippe Starck, passing by ultra professional staff members at the reception area, you get into one of the high-tech elevators with a security card and on to your floor. The standard room we stayed in had a shocking view of the ocean and felt like a yacht with a deck and all; compact but great! From the bathroom's delicious shower you could see through a glass wall, the fabulous ocean views. The king size mattress, sheets, pillows, towels were regal. The exclusively for guests, rooftop lighted onyx stone turquoise pool surrounded by superb views of the whole Ipanema-Leblon beach front, endless ocean and mountains, especially at sundown or sunset, is a life altering experience... The splendor of this setting is overwhelming. When you arrive at Fasano... you arrive in Rio de Janeiro....

Nai and David Spencer
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  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled on business
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1  Thank SoFlagler
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Reviewed August 5, 2009

The Fasano is exactly what it bills itself as being; a chic hotel on the beach. And, you get what you pay for. The bed was so comfortable I never wanted to get out, it has the best room service of any hotel I have ever stayed at (even at 2 in the morning!), and the staff all spoke English, which helps as my Portuguese is limited.

The pool and deck are wonderful, the view is ideal, and the beach / ocean are right in front of you. Why would one want to go to Rio and not stay on the beach? I would recommend the Fasano to anyone that is heading to Rio.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled solo
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2  Thank Addison O
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Reviewed July 20, 2009

Shockingly disappointed. Rooms were incredibly small and although bathroom was very stylistic, it wasn't very functional. Focus of hotel is definitely style and it appears to cater much more to the young, hip, Rio socialite crowd that occasionally swing by for dinner or drinks than the paying tourist or business traveler. This hotel definitely does not have their act straight. Seem amateurish at best when comapred to the Hotel Fasano in Sao Paulo. This is a particular shame given the exhorbant rates being charged.

The roof top bar/pool is very cool and relaxing. Views of Ipanema/Leblon are spectacular. However, service is utterly disappointing. Not sure how to explain attitude of staff at roof top bar. Not sure if it is arrogance, laziness or plain stupidity. Prepare to wait at least 30 minutes (or more) for any simple drink order. Not sure I understood why it took 30 minutes to get a caipirinha or plain fresh juice!?!?!? It was a total buzz kill just to constantly get their attention and follow-up on my order.

Overall, prepare to be utterly disappointed at this hotel. The guest, either business or tourist, is definitely not a priority at this establishment. Infact, I find it hard to believe that any member of the staff is actually professionally trained in hospitality service or management. Staff are rude, arrogant and not very accomodating. Not the kind of reception any traveler deserves in such a wonderful city. Staff alway appear uninterested and too cool or busy to answer any basic questions about city.

Do yourself a favor and check out any of the other beach front hotels in Ipanema and Leblon. Much more bang for the buck. May not have the uber cool boutique feel, but are definitely more trained in hospitality service. Will also cost half as much!

Overall, this hotel has a long way to go. Needs to decide if infact it wants to be considered a hotel or a simple playground for local Rio socialites.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled on business
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8  Thank Saccetino
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Reviewed May 25, 2009

This hotel is located on the famous Ipanema Beach of Rio... perfect location. The lobby is super cool, and it has a trendy bar/lounge that gets a fun crowd and lots of beautiful people. The rooms however are another story, the "hallway" area leading up to the rooms is very modern and quite big, but the standard rooms where a BIG disappointment, they are TINY, the small furniture (double bed, TV, miniscule night stands etc.) fit tightly, making you feel crowded and cluttered, and the only small window was facing their parking building (literally the headlights of incoming cars would wake us up at night) but the worse was the small uncomfortable bathroom that actually leaked droplets of "water" from behind the mirror...not what you would expect for UD$500 a night. We upgraded to a suite (at US$750 a night!!!) that at least had ocean view and a terrace. The bathroom was still very small and tight, and the room, although larger that the first, was definitely NOT worth what we paid for it. Food was decent but wayyyy over priced. The "spa" if you can even call it that, was a re-purposed standard room -with 1 massage bed instead of the room bed, kinda claustrophobic ... not very relaxing. The rooftop pool and bar area was amazing though, great view of Rio, nice big deck, cool onyx stone pool and friendly staff. I suggest going there for a night out, but I would not recommend staying there.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled on business
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2  Thank BubblyT
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Reviewed April 24, 2009

Awesome design, furnitures, pool area, restaurant and rooms. But for $800 bucks you get a very small room, average service and expensive food and drinks.

The best caiphirinas in town (a local drink made of fruits), good food but still is highly priced. We ate two pastas a prvologne and a bottle of wine and was a $350 dinner.

We stayed in our honeymoon and had a great time, but it´s the only place that we had to ask for an upgrade or a treat because of our honeymoon and they made nothing special of our stay.

And as I say in the title, they think they are too classy and trendy for you.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank frdva
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