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4 of 5 bubbles Review of Mar Ipanema Hotel

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Mar Ipanema Hotel
Ranked #80 of 281 Hotels in Rio de Janeiro
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“Overall Pretty Nice”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2013

this hotel is a couple blocks from the beach. It is in a reasonably nice part of Ipanema. The beds are comfortable the room was clean. The hotel is a reasonable value. our breakfast were included and they were quite generous

Room Tip: all the rooms were probably pretty good
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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MarIpanemaHotel, Gerente at Mar Ipanema Hotel, responded to this review, 21 February 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for your review and for choosing Mar Ipanema Hotel for your stay in Rio de Janeiro. We are glad know that you had a pleasant stay at our property and enjoyed our rooms. In fact, Mar Ipanema Hotel is the only 100% refurbished hotel in Leblon/Ipanema districts with all rooms being equipped with ’32 LCD TVs, Ipod docks and many other amenities. It’s nice to hear that you liked our breakfast as well, which is served at our Armazém Devassa Restaurant every day, from 6 to 10 AM. At the breakfast buffet you can find a wide selection of breads, tropical fruits, juices, as well as Brazilian delicacies.
Thank you very much for your review and kind words, we hope to see you soon again!

Amanda Abreu
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2013

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.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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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. Complete reviews like this one bring even more credibility to Tripadvisor and to our hotel’s services. Initially, I would like to thank you for choosing Mar Ipanema Hotel for your stay in Rio de Janeiro. Concerning your room, I’m glad you found it comfortable. 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. As a matter of fact, we already installed soundproof windows in room 403, just after you check-out! Concerning the price, please note that the rates of beachfront hotels are usually 20-30% more expensive than ours. As you were able to realize, Mar Ipanema Hotel is located in a really residential and upscale neighborhood, a stone’s throw from Ipanema beach and as you said, surrounded by the best restaurants and trendiest boutiques in town. 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 you mentioned, our breakfast is served at the Armazém Devassa restaurant, which is free for guests. Not only breakfast is served over there, but also lunch, dinner and late night drinks as well.
I’m also truly glad you took so many pictures of our property. In fact, guests that upload pictures help future guests to get a veridical perspective of hotels and as a consequence, to make better vacation choices!
Thank you very much for your review and kind words, we hope to see you soon again!

Amanda Abreu
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Honolulu, HI
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2013

Overall I really enjoyed my stay at Mar Ipanema Hotel, the rooms are not large but not small either, its comfortable. I did not experience any street noise, maybe because we were staying on a high floor or maybe because i'm used to live in a city. The location is excellent, it's close to the beach (about 2 short blocks), to the shops in Ipanema and also to a lot of different restaurants, not to mention the one located on the ground level: good food, cold beer and great servers! The staff at Mar Ipanema are very helpful and friendly. I would definitely recommend this Hotel!

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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MarIpanemaHotel, Gerente at Mar Ipanema Hotel, responded to this review, 19 February 2013
Wow! Thank you for your awesome review and kind words! Glad you enjoyed your stay at our hotel and city! 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.
Our location is just prime, I couldn’t describe it better myself. It’s noteworthy that we are roughly 20-30% cheaper than beachfront hotels. Also, since also shops and restaurants are located in streets adjacent to the beach, our location is even more suitable than the location of beach front hotels.
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!
Thank you for choosing Mar Ipanema Hotel as well as recommending us. There is no better compliment for us than our guests telling us they would recommend and stay with us again. We hope to welcome you back very soon !

Sincerely,

Amanda Abreu - Sales Manager
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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
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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
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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
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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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Geneva, Switzerland
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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
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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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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
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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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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
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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
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#33 Romantic Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#41 Luxury Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#45 Family Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#51 Business Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
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Hotel Class:4 star — Mar Ipanema Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 86
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