The Ipanema Plaza is ideally located in the best part of Ipanema, next to really cool restaurants and bars where you can just walk to. In addition, the beach is just two minutes away on foot, and it is not too far away from the Copacabana area, so, if you want to see a bit of "old glamour" of Rio, it is almost around the corner. My conclusions are as follows:
(a) common areas: are dated and need to be refurbished. The pool area located in the roof top is "hostel like"...old, a bit dirty, and not worth of a 4 star hotel. The sauna was closed and used as storage room, and the showers were filthy;
(b) breakfast: very, very, very basic, with low quality products. Again, this is not worth of a four star hotel (I have better breakfasts in much worse hotels!). In addition, the breakfast room is tiny...therefore, get up early if you don't want to wait!;
(c) staff: very friendly. One of the reasons (together with the location of the hotel) why I have rated it with 3 stars; and
(d) room: very big, but, again, needs to be refurbished, as it all feels dated. Please note also that, although there are great views the higher your room is, we were in the last floor, and we could hear every thing from a private party organized in the pool area (just above our room). So...we had to change rooms at 1 am, since the parties was supposedly going on up to 4 am. The hotel management shoud choose on renting the rooms located on the last floor, or celebrating parties in the pool area, as both activities are not compatible!
Conclusion: I would choose this hotel mainly because of its location, as it is unbeatable. However, take into account that the whole place needs to be refurbished, but, if you just are going to go there for some hours of sleep, this will be good enough.
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- Also Known As:
- Ipanema Plaza Hotel Rio De Janeiro
- Golden Tulip Rio De Janeiro
- Rio De Janeiro Golden Tulip
- Golden Tulip Ipanema Plaza Rio De Janeiro, Brazil