I was frustrated back in June trying to find a hotel in Rio that was of a decent standard ... that was also affordable, easy to get to/from, and would suit my family (M+D+2 teenagers). I settled on the Mar Ipenema as 'this will have to do'.
And struck lucky. No complaints. A good little hotel. Not swanky or posh, but neither is it shabby or lacking in any way.
Would stay here again if ever back in Rio.
The rooms were quite small .. but then we didn't plan to spend much time in them so that didn't bother us. All the plumbing worked ok and the shower was actually quite roomy.
Breakfast is really good - lots to choose from.
Tip: don't bother to take lots of smart 'city' clothes for Rio. It's perfectly permissable to wander about in swimmies with shorts+t-shirt or a kaftan/beach-dress on top. Oh, and the obligatory flipflops! 80% of Brazilians seem to live in flipflops ... stock up in a shop on the hotel's Piraja road.
The weather was warm enough (in July - the winter) to dress 'for the beach' all day and just throw on a light jacket/cardigan on some of the evenings (though the teenagers weren't chilly even then) when we ate at outside restaurants.
Ipenema beach is literally a couple of minutes walk from the hotel.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Mar Ipanema
- Mar Ipanema Rio De Janeiro
- Mar Ipanema Hotel Rio De Janeiro, Brazil