I stayed in this hostel for 3 nights in May 2012.
The location is incredible. It is a 5-10 minute walk (if not less) to Ipanema beach. There are many restaraunts and a few bars nearby. The hostel is also very close to Praça General Osorio, which is a very busy bus stop (buses can be seen all around the plaza) and includes a subway/metro stop.
I stayed in the 12-person dorms, which were quite decent and pretty clean.
The all-you-can-eat breakfast is incredible. They have a small panini grill which you can use to cook ham and cheese sandwiches. They also always include fresh fruit, juices and coffee.
The terrace is quite relaxing. It includes some couches, some books, and a few hammocks.
The only drawback for me was the price, though in general, hostel prices in Rio de Janeiro are a bit expensive.
A few tips:
*As it was my first time in Rio, I decided to use the hostel's transfer service, which cost 80 reals. That was a little pricey. I definitely recommend taking a taxi instead (or maybe the bus).
*I definitely recommend taking the transfer service to Ilha Grande. If you have 2-3 extra days, I definitely recommend staying overnight and seeing the island. It is one of my favorite spots in Brazil
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ipanema B&B is a terrace beach house only a few steps away from the notorious Posto 9, epicenter of Rio de Janeiro surf and beach culture. The two floor guesthouse is located on a private road, providing peace and security. The house decor is soft and minimalist, creating a comfortable living space that fits in with Ipanema indulgent groove. Tropical plants, hammocks and Bossanova tunes help to create the perfect atmosphere for a relaxing holiday which joined to the sensuality and the warmth of Brazilian people becomes an unforgettable experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ipanema B&B Rio De Janeiro, Brazil