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“Perfect Spot for Relaxing in Rio”
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Sol Ipanema Hotel
Ranked #69 of 282 Hotels in Rio de Janeiro
Certificate of Excellence
NY, NY
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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“Perfect Spot for Relaxing in Rio”
Reviewed 24 October 2013

Can't be better for stepping out of the "madding crowd" after a day of sightseeing. The hotel is across the street from Ipanema Beach, near a stand that sells fresh coconut water, and a good walk to the edge of Copacabana on one side or Leblon on the other. Many people have said it is worth it to take an oceanfront room. We did not. We wanted the quiet of an "inside" room, although we found that the room needed to be on an upper floor so as have enough light and not to feel claustrophobic, and the EXCELLENT hotel staff was able to accommodate us. When we wanted to see the ocean, we went to the small but pleasant rooftop pool and bar or we walked out to the beach itself. The hotel rooms are large enough to accommodate what you need, and the staff is attentive, pleasant, and fabulously helpful with everything from a non-functioning TV remote to booking tours to printing boarding passes. The breakfasts are ample and pleasant; the dinner menu is large and above average.

Room Tip: As for a high-floor, non-oceanview room--less expensive and very quiet.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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solsandra, Manager at Sol Ipanema Hotel, responded to this review, 25 October 2013
Dear Guest,

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

Best regards,

BEST WESTERN PLUS Sol Ipanema Hotel
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Reviewed 22 October 2013

Just returned from this hotel and I have to say everything was first class.

Excellent service upon arrival delivered by friendly reception staff. Breakfasts plentiful and something for everyone though the waiting were sometimes slow in clearing and replenishing tables. Have read in previous reviews about the noise from the road, we were on 14th floor facing the beach and yes the noise was noticeable but after a night or two and making sure the windows were shut we really weren't bothered by it. On the night the clocks changed a band played in the road, not far from our window, but by midnight it was quiet!

As others have said the roof top bar was great though the roof top pool was essentially an opportunity to cool down, serious swimmers will struggle....but you have the beach opposite!
And it's worth remembering the hotel provide towels, chairs and umbrellas for your two minute walk to the beach.

The hotel restaurant served reasonable food in the evening though with such a choice within a short distance we only sampled the fare on a couple of evenings...we weren't disappointed though.

All in all an excellent stay in the company of very professional and attentive staff. Would we go to the same hotel again? Definitely!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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solsandra, Manager at Sol Ipanema Hotel, responded to this review, 24 October 2013
Dear Guest,

We appreciate your comments regarding your stay at the BW PLUS Sol Ipanema Hotel. It is always a pleasure to receive positive feedback.
I will share your comments with our team, who I am certain will be encouraged by your remarks.

Thank you again for sharing your experience, and we look forward to serving you in the future.

Best regards,

BEST WESTERN PLUS Sol Ipanema Hotel
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Sao Paulo, SP
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

This is a good service hotel with great location and good services.
What I liked best was the breakfast and the fact that it is just in front of Ipanema's beach.
The worst is the gym... Almost no equipment to workout. That is not that bad because one can easily substitute the gym by a run on the shore

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
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solsandra, Manager at Sol Ipanema Hotel, responded to this review, 18 October 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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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

We came to Brazil for carnival and did a lot of research on hotels before our trip. Prior to this hotel we stayed at the Best Western on Copacabana, but preferred this hotel much more. The location in Ipanema is stunning, the hotel is just over the road from the beach, and guests can take loungers and umbrellas from the hotel to the beach. The views from the pool area on the rooftop were amazing and the rooms were comfortable and spacious. As it was carnival time, prices did seem bit inflated and the service could've been more efficient. I would recommend travellers that go to Brazil to learn some Portuguese, it will definitely help you when you stay in Brazil, as many in the hotels do not speak English. However a great experience and I would love to go back.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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solsandra, Manager at Sol Ipanema Hotel, responded to this review, 7 October 2013
Dear Guest,

On behalf of the BEST WESTERN 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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Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
106 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2013

This hotel was booked for me as I was in brasil on business and a few days facing the sea would be nice. The problem here with rooms on the front is the noise, you need ear plugs. The room has all you need the staff busy at front desk so a little sharp. All the other staff I met were really pleasant and helpful, especially the roof top bar man. The bet caipirinha in Rio.
I would return and will hopefully with my family.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
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solsandra, Manager at Sol Ipanema Hotel, responded to this review, 4 October 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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Atlanta, GA
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Reviewed 29 September 2013

Hotel is located facing Ipanema Beach at Life Station #9. They provide umbrellas,chairs and beach towels for their guests to use on the beach. Good wifi and hair dryers are in the room. Dining room overlooks the beach and has a very nice buffet for breakfast that will suit all tastes. Rooms are spacious. Beds very comfortable and rooms very clean and sunny view from the windows. Roof top terrace has very small pool but great views of the area. If you are booking through US 800 number and are having difficulty with price or availability, you might try writing to the hotel direct. This is a franchise location for Best Western. Most of the guests I saw were Brazilians.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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solsandra, Manager at Sol Ipanema Hotel, responded to this review, 1 October 2013
Dear Client,

Thank you very much for your comments in relation to your stay at BW PLUS Sol Ipanema Hotel.
We are delighted to know that you enjoyed our services, it is pleasing to receive such comments as yours and to know we are caring for our guest properly.
We all look forward to welcoming you again on your next visit to Rio.

Do not hesitate to contact us for any request.

Best regards,
BEST WESTERN PLUS Sol Ipanema Hotel
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Cleveland, Ohio
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Reviewed 23 September 2013

Staff was very accommodating, Rooms were clean, View was amazing, breakfast was top notch.

There is absolutely no place for negative reviews or complaining. I will stay here again in a heartbeat.

The location is prime time!

Room Tip: Stay here. Its awesome
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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solsandra, Manager at Sol Ipanema Hotel, responded to this review, 25 September 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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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
#36 Romantic Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#38 On the Beach 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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