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“Enjoyed our first ever hotel stay in Rio very much” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Ipanema Inn
Ranked #10 of 280 Hotels in Rio de Janeiro
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Rome, Italy
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127 reviews
125 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Enjoyed our first ever hotel stay in Rio very much”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2014

We had a booked a standard room at the Ipanema Inn and were not expecting too much, so we were pleasantly surprised to be given a completely renovated new room on the front side of the hotel with a good sea view. The room was basically as new and everything (apart from the wifi) was working fine.

The room was reasonably spacious (comparable to typical hotel rooms in Europe) and spotless clean. The bed was quite comfortable and the room was also quite well sound-insulated (no street noise). The airco worked well and also the bathroom was very good and spotless clean. The water pressure in the shower was great!

As the hotel was still being refurbished while we were staying there, the hotel restaurant was closed but that was no problem as breakfast was served as room-service at no extra cost. Breakfast itself was good and delivery was fast and friendly.

The only thing that did not work well was the wifi as it kept on disconnecting, but hopefully that is something that will also be fixed once the full hotel renovation is complete.

The best things about this hotel are the staff (all very professional, friendly and helpful, and also all speaking at least a reasonable level of English) and the location (less than one block away from Ipanema beach).

The price of the hotel is quite high (compared to European standards), but accommodation in general appears to be very expensive in Rio and especially in Ipanema, Leblon and Copacabana.

We would certainly consider staying here again when in Ipanema next.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank peri&rini
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Daniel G, Manager at Ipanema Inn, responded to this review, 15 April 2014
Dear guest,

Many thanks for the amazing review regarding your recent with us at the IPANEMA INN.

I am personally glad that you enjoyed Ipanema as much as you describe, with its various attractions, such as bars, restaurants and a buzzing cultural life. Thank you very much for the rich description of our rooms. It is fantastic to hear how much you have enjoyed the water pressure in the bathroom and the double glazed windows at a Superior room.

We hope to welcome you back in Rio de Janeiro soon, when you will be able to enjoy our new restaurant, named QUITÉRIA, specialised in Brazilian contemporary dishes.

My kindest regards,

Daniel Gorin
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Houston, Texas
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103 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2014

We had a group of 28 missionaries stay at the Hotel Ipanema Inn in March 2014. We stayed there for two days of excursion in Rio after our mission trip. The hotel itself is very nice and located in a GREAT area of Ipanema and is less than one block from Ipanema beach and very close to restaurants and other food.

I spent months working with the reservation staff for our stay and to make sure everything worked correctly in advance. Unfortunately, it all fell apart as soon as we arrived.
- we had sent all of our information in advance as to who was staying in what rooms AND how many beds we needed per room. I confirmed this the day before as well and was assured all was in order. However, five out of our 14 rooms only had one bed when we had specifically requested two beds per room. All of those had to be changed to two beds. this process took till 1:15 AM in the morning to complete.
- we had specifically requested the triple room that had two levels so we could have our meetings in the room. We knew they didn’t have a meeting space for us, so we paid handsomely for that room to use for our meetings AND to store our luggage on Monday as our flight wasn’t till 9 pm that night. However, upon arrival our “triple” room was simply a regular room - not what we had requested. Quite upsetting.
- one of the elevators broke while we were getting bags up to the room - stranding two of our volunteers. they called the elevator company. we requested the elevator key and proceeded to extract our people, only with prodding of the front desk personnel.
- the breakfast buffet was not available as they have the room under construction. everyone had to order their food and have it delivered to the room.

Each of these items individually would not have been terribly problematic; however, all piled on together in a 20 minute period was quite upsetting. The staff worked diligently to resolve, but didn’t take the sting out of it. I requested a meeting with the manager in the morning.

I met with the front desk supervisor in the morning (not the manager) and he was sympathetic to our plight and apologized for the mixups. We came to a compromise and were allowed to keep half of the rooms throughout the next day to keep our bags and allow our group to freshen up before our night flight back to Houston. He also promised a refund of the “triple” room we never received. Still waiting on the refund however, which is very frustrating.

Great hotel location, just make double and triple sure to confirm your room - especially if you have a large group.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Daniel G, Manager at Ipanema Inn, responded to this review, 6 December 2014
Dear guest,

Thank you so much for your preferrence and for choosing the IPANEMA INN for your group.

We are happy to say that our Reservation team have been changed and received constant training. We are now offering a great level of services and I can assure you that we are ready to receive requests from groups, companies and individuals and that all these reservations will run smoothly.

Please have our contact details so that we can be contacted by you and your group next time you are planning to come to Rio de Janeiro:

GRUPO ARPOADOR
+55 (21) 2529 1000
reservas@ipanemainn.com.br

My kindest regards,
Daniel Gorin
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Koeniz, Switzerland
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18 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014

Ipanema Inn features a good location, close to Ipanema beach and a few blocks from an area with good restaurants and lively bars. Staff at the reception and breakfast buffet are very friendly, always professional and helpful. Also breakfast is excellent. The rooms are clean and modern but unfortunately also very small and quite dark (on the back side of the hotel) and thus a bit on the expensive side.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Mick1803
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Daniel G, Manager at Ipanema Inn, responded to this review, 8 December 2014
Dear guest,

Many thanks for the great comments regarding our delicious breakfast, housekeeping services and interiors.

On your next visit to Rio de Janeiro, we would recommend one of the categories of larger rooms, such as the Superior or the Duplex Suite, the latter spread over two floor. These are both airy and bright, on top of being spacious and comfortable.

Hope to see you again soon at the IPANEMA INN.

Kindest regards,
Daniel Gorin
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Prague, Czech Republic
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55 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2014

The main value of this hotel is the location - just a stone throw away from Ipanema beach, good neighborhood with the bars and restaurants. What amazed me was the fact that hotel staff really struggles with language skills I tried English and Spanish and can't say it was smooth and easy conversation indeed. Well, later I realized that is is pretty common thing in Brazil in the hotels. Considering the price hotel charges and the quality of the room well there is no match at all. It is very basic accommodation. Breakfast is not bad, not super rich selection but definitely local touch. So if you look for perfect location I recommend, the rest is average quality for non-standard price.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Daniel S
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Daniel G, Manager at Ipanema Inn, responded to this review, 8 December 2014
Dear guest,

Thank you so much for kindly reviewing the IPANEMA INN here.

We are very happy with the compliments and would like to announce that we now count with fluent concierge and receptionists, as waiting staff, that speak fluent English among other languages.

We hope you can be back at the IPANEMA INN soon, in order to experience all the renovations we have been implementing.

My kindest regards,
Daniel Gorin
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London
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61 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2014

Great place to stay in Rio during Carnival. We must have been lucky as our room was big with fabulous view of the Ipanema beach. Staff was friendly. Breakfast was great but the best thing is the location. Would consider staying there again.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Dee W
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Daniel G, Manager at Ipanema Inn, responded to this review, 8 December 2014
Dear guest,

Thank you so much for the fabulous review about the IPANEMA INN.

We hope you can stay with us again soon, when you will be able to enjoy our newly renovated restaurant and one of the spacious rooms in our hotel.

Kindest regards,
Daniel Gorin
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USA
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20 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2014

This hotel was my favorite during my trip to Brazil. I loved the buffet breakfast which included many fresh fruits and fruit juices and smoothies. The room was modern and comfortable. The location is excellent -- only 1 block from Ipanema beach. When you go to the beach the staff even loans you a beach umbrella and beach towel. The service was excellent. I would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank qastudio3
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Daniel G, Manager at Ipanema Inn, responded to this review, 11 March 2014
Dear guest,

Your amazing comments made our day!
Thank you so much for your preference - we are delighted to hear how joyful has been your recent stay at the IPANEMA INN, now with renovated modern and comfortable interiors.

Our restaurant team is very happy with the compliments to our daily breakfast, served as a buffet with various fresh options plus a courtesy daily dish, such as omelettes, tapioca (the Brazilian pancake) and waffles.

We look forward to welcoming you back in your next visit to Rio de Janeiro.

My very best wishes,

Daniel Gorin
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2014 via mobile

Excellent location, great breakky, modern room (it's a bit small but totally fine). Staff were very good. Especially the guy during the morning/day. Comfy bed. Cleaners came at like 5pm as we had slept all day due to carnival. Easy to get a cab. Don't go to Zara restaurant around the corner-very expensive considering the poor quality is food and service.

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank EmilyfromManly
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Daniel G, Manager at Ipanema Inn, responded to this review, 6 March 2014
Dear guest,

Thank you kindly for such enthusiastic review about our hotel, the IPANEMA INN.

We are very happy to know how much you have enjoyed our location, in the very heart of Ipanema, as well as the high level of services and comfortable bed in the room.

We hope to see you back again soon, so you can enjoy the myriad of restaurants and bars in our area.

My kindest regards,

Daniel Gorin
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Additional Information about Ipanema Inn

Property: Ipanema Inn
Address: Rua Maria Quiteria, 27, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22410-040, Brazil
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 Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#6 Business Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#8 Family Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Ipanema Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 56
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The IPANEMA INN is a boutique hotel located in the very heart of the iconic Ipanema neighbourhood, in Rio de Janeiro. The hotel is a stone's throw from the beach, on charming Maria Quitéria street, with a myriad of restaurants and bars around the corner and within a district with a buzzing cultural scene. ... more   less 
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