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“Not good for purpose”
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Hotel Arpoador
Ranked #23 of 282 Hotels in Rio de Janeiro
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Not good for purpose”
Reviewed 9 September 2012

We visited this hotel on August 2012. The location is great, the hotel itself is beautiful but the prices are too high and not good for purpose. The guy was speaking English and he was institing we order a certain meal and when we didn't he appeared unhappy. I wanted to make my own choice and I I ordered a grilled sea bream but I was served a tinny mashy looking fish potion with a big bowl of boiled rice enough for three people! and one big leaf of lettice. The fish was tasteless and I didnt eat even a quater of the rice. After finishing my wine I asked for the bill and the guy brought it, stood there looking at me until I took out the wallet from my bag and he was still standing there looking at my wallet..I felt intimidated and I will never recommend to any body Hotel Arpoador Inn. I stayed in rio for two weeks and there are so many other restaurants that are very nice with friendly people, good price and even makes you feel good about the tip that they already put in the bill.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Njeri K
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Daniel G, Manager at Hotel Arpoador, responded to this review, 22 September 2012
Dear guest,

Thank you very much for your comments here, as they help us improving our services.

Our departments are being currently trained in order to offer the best service as possible, so I do hope you come back soon in order to see the improvements.

Thank you also for the compliments on the hotel structure and location, right on the beach of Arpoador, between Ipanema and Copacabana.

If you could please let me know next time you are in Rio de Janeiro, I would be pleased to welcome you personally in ARPOADOR INN.

Kind regards,

Daniel Gorin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2012

The room was very uncomfortable. Three small beds littered the space when a single room was booked. The beds were very umcomfortable.
Service at reception good and restaurant food good but over priced.

  • Stayed July 2012
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1 Thank UKbusinesstravellers
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Ringo_br, Manager at Hotel Arpoador, responded to this review, 30 July 2012
Dear guest,

Thank you very much for reviewing your stay with us.
Please let us know before coming into Rio de Janeiro and I will make sure that your room has a comfortable double bed.

We are glad that you enjoyed the service at Arpoador Inn and hope to see you back soon.

Kind regards,

Daniel Gorin
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Novo Hamburgo, RS
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Reviewed 9 July 2012

Breakfast outside restaurant is the best experience ever!.

Room Tip: choose high rooms and sea view. rooms face to the street are noise.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Ringo_br, Manager at Hotel Arpoador, responded to this review, 20 July 2012
Dear guest,

Thank you very much for taking the time to express how much you loved our location.
It is great to hear that you enjoyed the having breakfast overlooking Rio de Janeiro's beautiful coastline.

We hope to see you shortly back in Arpoador Inn.

Kind regards,

Daniel Gorin
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Lund, Sweden
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Reviewed 3 July 2012

It's a small and simple hotel, room was OK, if you were any where else you would expect more for the money. But we were very happy with our stay here. Location is great, breakfast good with some interesting local food. Only noice at night was the waves!

Staff was helpful with fixing taxi and fotball tickets.

I think I would stay here again!

Room Tip: See view room away from the street!
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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, Manager at Hotel Arpoador, responded to this review, 5 July 2012
Dear guest,

Thank you very much for your nice review about Arpoador Inn.

Our rates are aligned with the ones of other hotels in Rio de Janeiro, so thank you for understanding that. I appreciate you listing many of our great aspects: our exclusive location right on Arpoador beach, the vast selection of products at our breakfast and the courteous treatment of our staff.

We are all very pleased with your great impressions and hope to see you back in Arpoador Inn soon, where from an Ocean View apartment, as you mentioned, all you listen to is the sound of the waves.

My very best wishes,

Daniel Gorin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2012

Perfect location on Ipanema beach. One of the few hotels right on the beach (the rest are across the road). Staff were really friendly, extremely helpful & spoke very good English. Complimentary beach towels & umbrellas. Huge selection at the complimentary buffet breakfast. Will definitely stay there again if I return to Rio!

  • Stayed May 2012
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8 Thank Allie44444
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Ringo_br, Manager at Hotel Arpoador, responded to this review, 12 June 2012
Dear guest,

Thank you so much for your superb review.
I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed the location of the hotel, as much as we do. We are indeed located in a very exclusive location on Rio's coastline: directly on the beach, between iconic Ipanema and Copacabana beaches.
It is great to know that you enjoyed the services offered in Arpoador Inn, such as the complimentary beach towels and umbrellas, along with the breakfast buffet which can be enjoyed in the terrazzo. The staff training recently undergone really makes the difference, so I am very happy that you enjoyed staying with us.

We look forward to welcoming you back in Rio de Janeiro very soon.

Very best wishes,

Daniel Gorin
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Isle of Man
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13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 April 2012 via mobile

We stayed here for 6 nights and had a brilliant ocean view. The room was adequate and clean. The breakfast left a bit to be desired. Several times we had to ask for orange juice and it took an eternity to arrive. In all the time we were there I never saw a rasher of bacon. All there was in the cooked department was scrambled egg and some horrible sliced sausage. The coffee tasted like paraffin also! The staff were pleasant enough and fairly helpful.
All in all an average hotel which I don't think I'd like to stay at again. Also the front door is locked early evening and you have to wait to be let in.

Stayed March 2012
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1 Thank Laxeylad
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Alabama
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3 reviews
Reviewed 12 April 2012

We paid for a standard room with a queen bed. The queen bed ended up being two twin beds pushed together. They will also try to get you to pay a 10% fee (in cash!) when you checkout, don't. The location right on the beach in Arpoador is great, and the breakfast is pretty good. However, our entire floor reeked of smoke and we had a lovely view of the HVAC unit out our window. Also the A/C unit in the room had the knobs removed so we couldn't adjust the temperature (it was always freezing).

Room Tip: Choose a beach view room, they are much larger and well worth the extra expense.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank btganey
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Property: Hotel Arpoador
Address: Rua Francisco Otaviano 177 | Arpoador, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22080-046, Brazil (Formerly Arpoador Inn)
Region: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro > Ipanema
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#12 Family Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#16 On the Beach Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#27 Romantic Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Arpoador 3*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the most beautiful neighbourhood in the whole of Rio de Janeiro, HOTEL ARPOADOR is the only hotel in town literally located on the beach. This idyllic area, located in the intersection of the famous Ipanema and Copacabana neighborhoods, is a peninsula with its own beach and park. The hotel offers comfortable suites, decorated in a simple sophistication, with plenty of Brazilian hardwood and white walls. Our teams are always ready to assist you in every means. HOTEL ARPOADOR Where the City meets the Sea ... more   less 
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