Mat Ipanema may not be on the beach but it is only 2 blocks away and in Ipanema there aren't any hotels on the beach anyway. Ipanema & its beach is far better than Copacabana so it is worth sacrificing the beach view for a better neighbourhood.
The hotel is decent - the rooms are not large, but not overly small and the bathroom is decent quality, with the most powerful shower I've ever experienced. I had only 1 gripe with the room - the noise from the busy street outside means ear plugs are essential.
Reception staff were friendly and spoke good English. I booked a day long Rio tour through the hotel, but frankly I wouldn't recommend it - the tour guide wasn't great and you'll learn much more about Rio by getting on the metro with a Rough Guide and making your own way to the main attractions.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Mar Ipanema
- Mar Ipanema Rio De Janeiro
- Mar Ipanema Hotel Rio De Janeiro, Brazil