We stayed at Caesar Park for 5 nights. The hotel is nice, good location, easy walking distance to restaurants and shops. The Impanema beach is right across the street, and is all that is hyped to be. The pool on the rooftop is small, but that seems to be the norm in Rio, which is very beach orientated. However the set up is a little weird as you need to go through the breakfast area to access the pool, and in the morning the pool area is utilized as a dining area.
Breakfast was included in the room, after a "discussion" with the front desk. It was clearly stated on our reservations that breakfast was included, but the front desk tried to skip that part when checking us in. The buffet was very good, nice selection and varied choices.
The lobby is impressive, the gym and its showering facilities need remodelling.
The rooms... ah the rooms. Given the price paid for a room, I expected a lot more.
To me the rooms were on par with a Hilton Garden Inn, though the cleanliness was not.
The bathroom was not "immaculate" and the roach I found and killed (and you know there is never just ONE....) was yucky. The enclosed shower constantly leaked out into the bathroom, and since for some bizarre reason the marble floor tilted towards the door which meant that unless you used the towels to block the flood, the carpet in the bedroom was soaked. The housekeeping staff needs better training. They do a turndown service and late tidy up, which is nice, but one evening before going for dinner, I had left out a map and invites to a gallery. I'd been trying to plan our next days adventures. I didn't realize until the next morning that the maid had removed all the paper items from the desk and disposed of them. We were not able to go to the gallery, and we had received a free offer which was lost. I've read complaints of dirty bedding, old decor, our room was fresh and bright. We had a side view of the Impanema looking towards the fort and it was bright and quiet (except for Friday and Saturday night... but it wasn't annoyingly loud).
I was travelling with my 13 year old son, and had been told that he would receive a treat nightly. Truffles, fruit, cookies, well, that only happened once.
One benefit of this hotel is that ALL the cab drivers know it, so you just have to say the
name and you'll get there, the downside of that is, this is a 5 star hotel in Rio, so watch what the driver charges. Three times, the driver attempted to overcharge us on the ride.
Make sure you are in a metered cab, and the meter is running. Watch the meter, and see what the cost is when you get close to the hotel, one driver cleared the meter while pulling up in front of the hotel, and tried to double the fee.
Basically, this is a decent, relatively clean hotel. Way overpriced for what you recieve, but for Rio that is the norm.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sofitel Rio de Janeiro Ipanema combines sophistication and elegance to the minutest detail alongside friendly service. Its restaurants stand out for their high-quality cuisine, while its famous international stores are also an instant hit. Ipanema also offers a cosmopolitan, elegant and upbeat atmosphere. Sofitel Rio de Janeiro Ipanema is recognized as one of the best places to stay in the world and, definitively, one of the best options for those seeking subtle luxury and constant comfort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Caesar Park Ipanema
- Sofitel Rio De Janeiro Ipanema Brazil