Spent 3 nights here with my wife back in September 2012. We picked this place after reading the reviews here on Tripadvisor. The price was a little expensive but all hotels in Rio de Janeiro are expensive. We got to the hotel at 12PM, before check-in. Our room was not available so they were able to store our luggage till check-in. We returned 4 hours later. Check-in was fast and easy. The front desk spoke good English and were very helpful. One minor thing is that it's really hard to load/unload from a car/taxi infront of the hotel. There is a half-circle driveway for loading/unloading, but it's hard to see and it's along the bus lane where cars are not suppose to travel. Later that night the front desk provided some recommendations on where to eat besides the Devassa restaurant/bar that is attached to the hotel. We were in room 403 which faces Rua Visconde de Pirajá. You could hear the traffic from the street below, but it did not bother us as
the traffic died down at night. What made the most noise were the doors in the hotel. The only way to close your hotel room door when leaving your room was to basically slam the door shut. There is no rubber trim along the door to dampen the sound, nor does the outside door handle turn to close the hotel room. You could hear when people were leaving their rooms. The room was smaller than the typical US hotel, but still comfortable for two people. The room had a mini-bar fridge, where we kept some bottle water and sodas cold. The room also had an electronic keypad safe, which was large enough to store a laptop and digital SLR. The room had air conditioning. The king size bed was comfortable. The bathroom had a standup shower and did not have a bidet, but a bidet shower/spray. Breakfast was included with our reservations, which was served in the Devassa restaurant/bar that is attached to the hotel lobby. Breakfast was buffet style, with eggs, cereal, breads, fruit, yogurt. The front desk had some tours available to some local football (soccer) matches. My wife and I decided to go see a football match, Coritiba Foot Ball Club vs Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas at Estádio Olímpico João Havelange. The tour bus picked us up right infront of the hotel. The hotel is located 2 blocks from Ipanema beach. We felt very safe walking at night around the hotel. The area is filled with lots of upscale boutiques. There is a supermarket right across the street where we bought beverages and snacks. There is a bakery called Panadaria Ipanema 3 blocks away that serves good desserts. The Metrô Rio station of Osorio / Ipanema is 6 blocks away. The Hippie Fair is also held in Osorio plaza on Sundays. Overall a great stay. Would definitely stay here again.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Mar Ipanema
- Mar Ipanema Rio De Janeiro
- Mar Ipanema Hotel Rio De Janeiro, Brazil