Don't underestimate the noise issue with this hotel. We were placed on a low floor at the front of the hotel and though the view was great it was like sleeping on the sidewalk of a very busy street. As other reviewers pointed out, sound insulation from the windows is almost non-existent (they barely close), so if you are in this room or similar you will have noise from the constant stream of buses and cars passing by, along with some very noisy compressor equipment just inches from the window all night long, interspersed with the screeching of chairs and tables from the restaurant on the floor above being shoved around from very early in the morning until late at night. If you are a light sleeper, bring earplugs or sleeping pills or choose a room that does not face the street. The hotel itself is pretty nice, seems recently renovated, nice bedding and clean. The heart of Ipanema location is the main attraction (and main reason they can justify their prices), wifi speed was adequate and the breakfast buffet was quite good. Pool was tiny and not heated, not really usable in the winter. But honestly I would've rated them significantly lower than four stars due to the terrible noise problem if it weren't for the fact that the manager responded very graciously to my complaint, apologized and gave us a late checkout to accommodate our schedule (and catch up on sleep).
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Rio De Janeiro
- Rio De Janeiro Best Western
- Sol Ipanema Hotel Rio De Janeiro, Brazil