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“Decent hotel, great location, classy neighbourhood” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Mar Ipanema Hotel
Ranked #74 of 280 Hotels in Rio de Janeiro
London
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99 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Decent hotel, great location, classy neighbourhood”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2013

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.

Room Tip: Avoid facing the main street if you can - or ensure you bring good ear plugs.
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled solo
    • 3 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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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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MarIpanemaHotel, Gerente at Mar Ipanema Hotel, responded to this review, 19 February 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your review. It’s always great to know that our guests had such a nice stay with us. Good to know you enjoyed our prime location! As you mentioned, Mar Ipanema Hotel is located just two blocks away from the wonderful Ipanema beach in the fancy residential district of Ipanema, being surrounded by the best restaurants and trendiest shops in town.
I’m glad you liked our rooms as well. We are glad to say that Mar Ipanema Hotel is the only entirely refurbished hotel in Ipanema/Leblon districts. All rooms are equipped with ’32 LCD TVs, Ipod Docks, and may other amenities to provide our guests a comfortable stay. Concerning the noise, rest assured that the next time you stay with us you will have an even more relaxed stay, once we are currently installing new soundproof windows in all rooms!
At last, thank you very much for your compliments on our staff, glad to know they helped you out efficiently. I’ll make sure to personally congratulate them!
Thank you very much for your review and kind words, we hope to see you soon again!

Amanda Abreu
Sales Manager
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2013

Mar Ipanema is an ok hotel...clean, tidy and free breakfast/wi-fi is a rare find in Rio so a welcome bonus. The rooms facing the street are noisy so don't forget your ear-plugs and you'll be fine. Hotels closer to the beach are probably 25-30% more expensive (as a minimum) so this hotel offers a practical alternative a few minutes away from the beach - that said if you can afford it the beach side properties are worth the extra.

Room Tip: Go for rooms on the higher floors and be prepared for traffic noise on street facing rooms
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 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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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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MarIpanemaHotel, Gerente at Mar Ipanema Hotel, responded to this review, 19 February 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for choosing Mar Ipanema Hotel for your stay in Rio de Janeiro, as well as for your review. I’m glad you enjoyed our location, which is a stone’s throw from the best spot of Ipanema beach and just 3 blocks away from the lagoon. As you pointed out, Mar Ipanema Hotel is also the only hotel in Leblon and Ipanema districts which offers complimentary wireless internet access to all of its guests. Concerning the noise, rest assured that when visiting us again, you will have an even more pleasant stay, since we are installing new soundproof windows in all rooms!
Thank you for choosing Mar Ipanema Hotel, and we hope to welcome you back very soon - take care!

Sincerely,

Amanda Abreu - Sales Manager
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2013

We spent four nights at the mar Ipanema Hotel and chose it because of its great location. Indeed, it is situated only one block away from the beach and the hotel even provides you with umbrellas and deck chairs. Rooms are modern, equipped with AC and a wonderful bathroom (lovely showers!). Beds are very comfy and breakfast is nice so it allows you for a good start into the day. The only drawback is noise - given that the hotel is situated on the main strip (R. Visc. de Pirajá) and that windows aren't noise proof at all, you feel like you're sleeping with your windows open when they're in fact closed. Otherwise, the hotel is very modern and impeccable!

Room Tip: Ask for a room that doesn't give on the main strip (R. Visc. de Pirajá) but on the back towards...
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 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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1 Thank Caroline K
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MarIpanemaHotel, Gerente at Mar Ipanema Hotel, responded to this review, 15 February 2013
Thank you very much for your review. I’m really glad you enjoyed your stay with us. As you mentioned, Mar Ipanema Hotel has a prime location. Located at the trendiest neighborhood in town and one short block away from the wonderful Ipanema beach, Mar Ipanema Hotel offers a perfect location for its guests. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed the beach equipment that we lend to guests. Although you could rent those at the beach, during summertime its common not find available ones at the beach, not to say that it wouldn’t be cost free.
All of our rooms are 100% renovated, and yes, sometimes it could be difficult to find a brand new hotel in Rio. I am glad you pointed that out! Concerning the noise coming from the street, we are located in a very trendy and busy street and few times such noise can be noticeable. For this reason, we are installing new soundproof windows in all of our rooms, in order to provide an even more comfortable stay for our guests.
Thank you for choosing Mar Ipanema Hotel, and we hope to welcome you back very soon - take care!

Sincerely,

Amanda Abreu - Sales Manager
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California
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29 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2013

We stayed here recently for a few days pre-cruise. Rooms were on the small size but adequate. We were on a high floor so street noise was negligible. The buffet breakfast in the restaurant next door was very good. In fact, we liked the restaurant so much we had a light dinner there another night. We found staff on the whole very pleasant and helpful although there was one individual (behind the desk) who barely cracked a smile the entire time and was quite brusque when we checked in. Fortunately he was the exception. The location of the hotel is very good...just a couple of blocks from the beach and right in the mix of shops and restaurants. An easy walk to Leblon and a bit further walk to the botanical gardens (although it was a pleasant and interesting walk...in the rain!) Overall we were quite pleased with our stay.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank gotthetravelbug48
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MarIpanemaHotel, Gerente at Mar Ipanema Hotel, responded to this review, 15 February 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for your review. We find it truly satisfying that our guests had such a great stay and enjoyed our city as you did. I’m glad you enjoyed our room! In fact, we are the only 100% refurbished hotel in Ipanema/Leblon districts. Our rooms are all equipped with ´32 LCD TVs, Ipod docks, free complimentary wifi internet access, and many other amenities. Great to know you liked so much our Armazém Devassa restaurant. It’s a very typical “carioca” meeting point, where all the different styles of the craft beer Devassa are served. Good to know our staff was pleasant and were able to help you with recommendations on what to do in Rio. I’ll congratulate them myself! As a matter of fact, walking from Ipanema to Leblon and Botanical Gardens is really pleasant! Those are three of the most residential and elegant districts in town. And the botanical garden itself is no short from astonishing!
Thank you for choosing Mar Ipanema Hotel, and we hope to welcome you back very soon - take care!

Sincerely,

Amanda Abreu - Sales Manager
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2013

Loved our accommodation at Mar Ipanema- rooms comfortable, very affordable, knowledgeable & accommodating staff (tour reservations & drivers) & excellent location on the strip. Especially loved Devassa downstairs for breakfast, dinner or even a night cap! Bar staff lovely!

Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Nix M
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MarIpanemaHotel, Gerente at Mar Ipanema Hotel, responded to this review, 15 February 2013
Wow! What a complete and nice review! Thank you very much for your compliments regarding our staff. Rest assured I’ll congratulate them myself. I’m also really glad you appreciated our location. As you were able to enjoy, we are located one block away from the best part of Ipanema beach and well as surrounded by the best restaurants and shops in town.

Thank you very much for your review and kind words, we hope to see you soon again!

Amanda Abreu
Sales Manager
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Manhattan Beach, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2013

I'm a Carioca who lives in the U.S.
When I visit Rio and need a place to stay, I will definitely go back to Mar Ipanema.
The hotel is in a great location filled with restaurants, boutiques, bars, and just a few blocks away from the best beach in Rio. It's definitely where all the action is! Just one word of warning- bring your earplugs because it can be noisy due to heavy traffic, and the beds are a little hard but the staff was very accommodating and fixed it so I'd be more comfortable. The rooms are clean and well appointed.
Oh, and the restaurant right next door (Devassa) serves a very nice breakfast, which is included, and also a nice buffet lunch (not included but good food at reasonable price).

Room Tip: higher floors have less noise from traffic.
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank PAL655
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MarIpanemaHotel, Gerente at Mar Ipanema Hotel, responded to this review, 15 February 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for your review and compliments made to our hotel. It’s always really nice to know our guests had such a nice stay as you did. Concerning your comments on our location, I couldn’t describe it better myself! As you pointed out we are located in the trendiest are in town, and perhaps for such reason, there may be occasionally noise arising from the street. Notwithstanding, we are installing new soundproof windows in all of our property, so as to guarantee an even more comfortable stay to our guests.
Nice to know you enjoyed our Armazém Devassa, a truly “carioca” restaurant/pub. Did you have any of their great craft beers?
Once again, thank you for your compliments and review. We hope to see you again very soon!

Best wishes,

Amanda Abreu - Sales Manager
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Tampa, Florida
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2013

we visit at least 1 new country every year and i have to say that this is one of the worst hotels..

few things

1) they charged us extra for our kids
2) the room AC didnt work. i have a pic of the service guy spending an hour in our room trying to fix the ac
3) the hotel was undergoing some construction, so there was noise all around and construction pads laid outside our room..
4) wifi doesnt work too good inside the room
5) room service is horrible.. they have actually tied up with a restaurant and they dont speak english.. we ordered coffee some 4 times and we finally got a coffee with no milk, no sugar after an hour
6) the breakfast selection is not so great.. its so small and no there is on service.. no one even serves you water on the table..
7) this is not a hotel for a family.. its probably for someone who just wants a bed to crash at night.. the rooms are so small , especially for the price , its not at all worth it..
8) we were on the 2nd floor and its facing the west and the main rooad.. so traffic noise and the heat from the sun, without the ac working makes you feel really bad..
9) if you need extra towels, be prepared to wait for an hour..

save your money and stay out of this place....

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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MarIpanemaHotel, Gerente at Mar Ipanema Hotel, responded to this review, 31 January 2013
Initially, let me remind you that this review, as well as your previous one, violates Tripadvisor’s policies and we find it disrespectful, that is why we will keep disputing it. Since you made a list of was not of your satisfaction on your 1-night stay, let me comment your points one by one.
1- You pointed out that we charged extra for your kids. So that we could accommodate 4 people in one room, we had to accommodate you in a different room category than you booked. Actually, your reservation was booked for 2 people, and not 4 people. Given that the room you stayed at was an upgrade (a larger room to fit all of your family) to the room you initially booked, it is absolutely normal that we charged more. You booked your reservation through an online travel agency, in which you can add children to your reservation, and for which you would naturally be charged more as well. Any hotel would charge you more if you included 2 extra people upon check in.
2- In fact, I was able to verify with our maintenance department that you had trouble with your AC, which was fixed in 15 minutes. Although it may have caused some inconvenience, it does not justify taking pictures of our staff and disclosing it on the internet. Unauthorized use of image is a crime in Brazil, and you can rest assured that our employee is seeking legal advice on how to proceed.
3- Concerning the so-called construction our hotel was going under, we were in fact replacing the doors from one of our elevators. It took no more than 2 hours to do so and no other guests complained about the noise. Also, it is important to keep in consideration, that the Mar Ipanema Hotel is the only 100% refurbished hotel in the Ipanema/Leblon area. We are proud to be always investing and improving our establishment in order to host our guests better.
4- Regarding the wi-fi, I find it very strange that it did not work properly. As you can read on their reviews, many other guests happen to make compliments on how we provide them a good and free internet connection. I would also like to add, that Mar Ipanema Hotel is the only hotel in the Ipanema/Leblon area to offer free wireless connection all over our property, which helps our guests to save about R$50/day.
5- About the room service, please note that Armazém Devassa is not a tied up restaurant, and room service works just fine. In fact, our restaurant is a very popular spot in Rio, with locals and tourists, and as you can read in our reviews, it receives many compliments.
6- The breakfast, which is served at Armazém Devassa, allow guests to taste many Brazilian delicacies, fruits, as well as warm dishes. Also, although we do have waiters for whom you may order, but complimentary water is always available at the buffet tables.
7- Your comments on how our hotel is not a family hotel are outrageous. As you can see on the reviews posted in Tripadvisor, we have received until now, 53 reviews from guests travelling with their families. As you may very well read, we are not short of compliments from those guests. Perhaps if you made a correct reservation pointing out that you were two adults and two children, we could provide you a room that would accommodate better four people, which would also include an extra bed, a crib, and a baby tub.
8 - In regard to the noise arising from the main road, since we are located in a really hip and busy area of town, I understand that occasionally it could be a bit noisy. For such reason, we are equipping all of our rooms with soundproof windows (as you were able to witness in loco).
We understand that the real reason of your dissatisfaction with the hotel was simply because we charged you extra for the upgrade to a larger apartment (which would happen in any hotel you arrive with two more people than previously booked). I would like to add, that you were granted an earlier check in, which was free of charge, that you most likely forgot to mention.

I am available by phone or email to discuss this issue with you.
Sincerely,
Amanda Abreu – Sales Manager
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Property: Mar Ipanema Hotel
Address: Rua Visconde de Piraja 539, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22410-003, Brazil
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Region: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro > Ipanema , Lagoa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#33 Romantic Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#39 Luxury Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#45 Family Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#51 Business Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Mar Ipanema Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 86
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