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“Nice but really noisy rooms and overpriced.”
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Sol Ipanema Hotel
Ranked #63 of 282 Hotels in Rio de Janeiro
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Bogota, Colombia
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35 reviews
25 hotel reviews
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“Nice but really noisy rooms and overpriced.”
Reviewed 24 August 2013

Although the hotel is very nice it is overpriced. Unfortunately this is what you pay for staying on Ipanema.
The ocean view room are extremely noisy. It doesn’t matter if you stay on the 2nd or on the last floor. Get earplugs if you decide to stay in one. And the views are not that great. There is a rooftop bar in the hotel from where you can see the bay also if you don’t get the ocean view room.
The rooms are clean and the staff is nice but I would rather look for a cheaper hotel few blocks away from Ipanema for next time. It is really not worth the money.
There are many shops just 2 block away.
The breakfast is very good.

Room Tip: The ocean view room are noisy. The standard room have views at other buildings.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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solsandra, Manager at Sol Ipanema Hotel, responded to this review, 26 August 2013
Dear Guest,

On behalf of the BW PLUS Sol Ipanema Hotel, we would like to thank you for the compliments regarding our services during your stay.

Best regards,

BEST WESTERN PLUS Sol Ipanema Hotel
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Reviewed 5 August 2013

Clean, pleasant, and with a great location. The breakfast is very good, and the view from the roof is great (although the pool is more of a bathtub than anything else). There are many beachfront kiosks-restaurants nearby. We liked "Quase Nove," which was right opposite the hotel.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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solsandra, Manager at Sol Ipanema Hotel, responded to this review, 8 August 2013
Dear Guest,

Thanks for sharing your experience with us. Your comments were much appreciated by the management of BW PLUS Sol Ipanema Hotel.

Best regards,
BEST WESTERN PLUS Sol Ipanema Hotel
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Milan, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2013

Room small but ok.
Clean!
Excellent position!
Staff ok.
Breakfast very good!
Many restaurants and pubs around at walking distance.
Walking distance from Capacabana.
Price ok (high season)
Swimming pool very small...but dont need it.... beach is 20 mt far!!!
Towel and umbrella provided free of charge by the hotel as well as beach seats

Room Tip: Very good! And Rio is very safe!! :)
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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solsandra, Manager at Sol Ipanema Hotel, responded to this review, 30 July 2013
Dear Guest,


Thank you for your comments!

Your opinion is very important for us.

Best regards,

BEST WESTERN PLUS SOL IPANEMA HOTEL
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Perth
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Reviewed 23 July 2013

Stayed at Sol Ipanema for 2 nights in July. Great, safe location, small hotel but nice enough and good sized rooms. Get the ocean view room otherwise I dont see the point in staying here. View of the beach is amazing and walking distance to shops and restaurants in Ipanema and Leblon.
Restaurant has a great view of the beach but breakfast was only ok. The tiny pool on the rooftop is laughable but the view is great for a cocktail and a few photos.

The bad: Made to wait 2 hrs for checking in. And we were already late. Check in is meant to be 2pm and we finally go into the room around 5pm. We were given a drink for the hassle. The front desk is one of the most poorly managed I have come across. The staff do not acknowlege you and are on the phone for 10-15mins before they speak to you. I noticed many other people being made to wait also and bags littered within the foyer as they had no where to go. Unacceptable.
The only way to get attention and results is to start getting angry and make some noise unfortunately.

Would I stay here again? Maybe although the service would need to be improved.

Room Tip: Choose an ocean view room and request a high floor. Dont be in a rush to check in!
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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solsandra, Manager at Sol Ipanema Hotel, responded to this review, 25 July 2013
Dear Guest,


Thank you for your comments!

Your opinion is very important for us.

Best regards,

BEST WESTERN PLUS SOL IPANEMA HOTEL
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San Francisco
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2013

Ipanema and Leblon are the two nicest, cleanest and safest areas and beaches in Rio de Janeiro. This hotel is conveniently located on one of the best stretches of beach in Ipanema. There are a lot of very average, or worse, hotels on the beach from which to choose. For the price (they're all pretty expensive), this one is among the better choices. The rooftop pool is miniscule -- more of a plunge pool than a swimming pool (but hey, the entire ocean is across the street). Some contributors rave about the service -- I found it OK but there was nothing noteworthy about it. I had a better experience than my wife did who complained to me that the front desk was a bit abrupt and not terribly helpful.

If money is not the main object, I attended an event at the Hotel Sofitel Ceasar Park and felt that hotel seemed more upscale. And, for what is probably the trendiest hotel in the area, check out Hotel Fasano. It was even shot in a May 18th issue of the Financial Times magazine "How To Spend It" in a "Brazil Dazzle" feature.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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solsandra, Manager at Sol Ipanema Hotel, responded to this review, 22 July 2013
Dear Guest,


Thank you for your comments!

Your opinion is very important for us.

Best regards,

BEST WESTERN PLUS SOL IPANEMA HOTEL
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2013

Great location and everyone, from the front desk to the bus boy at breakfast service, is very professional. I needed a last minute room and they helped me out. It was very clean and nicely maintained. Its not the Four Seasons design wise, but considering that other Rio hotels are a bit worn around the edges, I gave this hotel a very good rating.

Stayed July 2013, travelled on business
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solsandra, Manager at Sol Ipanema Hotel, responded to this review, 22 July 2013
Dear Guest,


Thank you for your comments!

Your opinion is very important for us.

Best regards,

BEST WESTERN PLUS SOL IPANEMA HOTEL
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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2013

I stayed at this property for a conference in Rio. I'll start by saying that the location is excellent -- so close to the beach! The room was clean and well appointed -- definitely better than any Best Western that I've visited in the U.S.! The breakfast buffet was bountiful. The bar/pool area is small but very nice. The rooftop views of Rio and the ocean are priceless! I highly recommend this hotel!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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solsandra, Manager at Sol Ipanema Hotel, responded to this review, 22 July 2013
Dear Guest,


Thank you for your comments!

Your opinion is very important for us.

Best regards,

BEST WESTERN PLUS SOL IPANEMA HOTEL
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Property: Sol Ipanema Hotel
Address: Avenida Vieira Souto 320, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22420-004, Brazil (Formerly BEST WESTERN PLUS Sol Ipanema Hotel)
Region: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro > Ipanema
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#21 Business Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#28 Family Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#34 On the Beach Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#36 Romantic Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sol Ipanema Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 90
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located facing the ocean, at the most trendy point of Ipanema Beach, the "Station 9", and only one block from the bar Girl from Ipanema, birthplace of Bossa Nova. Perfect for leisure or business trip for its proximity to downtown and the best tourist sights of Rio de Janeiro. ... more   less 
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