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“Great location, great stay”
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Mar Ipanema Hotel
Ranked #81 of 282 Hotels in Rio de Janeiro
Ireland
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2 reviews
“Great location, great stay”
Reviewed 20 December 2013

We stayed here for the Rio part of our honeymoon. The hotel is only two blocks from Ipanema beach and within walking distance of plenty of nice restaurants. The breakfast, which is served in the adjoining cafe, was superb, with plenty of variety. The staff were helpful with any questions we had although one guy was a little grumpy looking but ok once he got talking. Our room was of average size, there was a bit of noise from traffic but this is to be expected in a city centre location. Oh and they even had a complimentary bottle of wine for us when we arrived. Would I stay again? Definately.... for the breakfast alone!
Btw we actually stayed in Aug 2012

Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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MarIpanemaHotel, Gerente at Mar Ipanema Hotel, responded to this review, 23 December 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for choosing Mar Ipanema Hotel for your stay in Rio de Janeiro. I hope you had a great time at Rio and are very happy together!

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.

About the noise, please notice that since your stay we have replaced over 60% of the rooms’ windows to soundproof windows, in order to provide our guests an even better night's sleep.

I’m delighted with your comments concerning our breakfast. I must agree with you, our breakfast selection is mouthwatering. I can only imagine how much you, as a Brazilian living abroad, missed the Brazilian delicacies that we serve. How were those? And what about the sweets served at breakfast?

Again, thank you very much for your kind words. We hope to see you again soon.

Best regards,

Henrique de Abreu
Mar Ipanema Hotel
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Reviewed 4 December 2013

Mar Ipanema is a very nice hotel. I liked the retro decor in the lobby and the rooms, while not particularly inspiring, were very clean, comfortable with nice bathrooms. Ours has a glimpse of the lagoa as well. Staff were very professional and helpful. The only (small) let down was the breakfast which was pretty average. The hotel is also in a really good location close to the beach and to shops and restaurants.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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MarIpanemaHotel, Gerente at Mar Ipanema Hotel, responded to this review, 6 December 2013
Dear guest,

Thank you very much for your candid comments on our property. I’m truly glad to know you had a nice stay.

It’s nice to know that you found our hotel modern and beautiful. In fact we consider Mar Ipanema Hotel a boutique hotel. Our decoration, inspired in our cities postcards grants our property a unique character, greatly different than what happens with chain hotels. The same occurs with our rooms, which are decorated by prestigious Brazilian designers.

We would like to especially thank you for your kind words on our staff. They are all very dedicated, serving our guests with passion and enthusiasm and a review like this is a motivation for us to keep on giving our best everyday!

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.

Once again, I would like to thank you very much for your complete and amazing review. At Mar Ipanema Hotel we take very much our guests’ feedback in consideration in order to improve our services and receiving complete reviews like yours is really helpful. We hope to see you soon again.

Best regards,

Henrique de Abreu

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Reviewed 3 December 2013

The best thing going for this hotel is its location, which is two blocks from the beach. The rooms are three-star category, not four that is advertised. The bathrooms are particularly disappointing because the shower is tiny, and the toilet is positioned too close to the wall.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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MarIpanemaHotel, Gerente at Mar Ipanema Hotel, responded to this review, 4 December 2013
Dear guest,

Thank you so much for taking the time to write your review on Mar Ipanema Hotel and for sharing your holiday experience here on Trip Advisor!

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 noticed that our property has been updated. We refurbished all rooms and we are proud to let you know that we are the only 100% refurbished hotel in Leblon/Ipanema districts. Our rooms are equipped with ’32 LCD TVs, split A/Cs, Ipod docks, complimentary wi-fi access and many other items so as to ensure that our guests have a comfortable stay.

We would like to especially thank you for your kind words on our staff. They are all very dedicated, serving our guests with passion and enthusiasm and a review like this is a motivation for us to keep on giving our best everyday!

Once again, thank you very much for your review. We hope to see you again soon!

Best regards,

Henrique de Abreu
Mar Ipanema Hotel
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London, UK
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Reviewed 20 November 2013

We stayed at the Mar Ipanema for a week at the end of October / early November.

We arrived late morning after a long overnight flight and we were warmly welcomed by a very friendly reception team. As our room was available, we were able to check in early, which was very welcomed by us.

The room was extremely clean and very modern. We had a new flat screen TV, mini bar, safe etc and the bathroom was equally clean with a large walk in shower. The room was serviced twice a day – and the housekeeping team does an excellent job. Air con worked well and was quiet. We didn’t have any noise from the street at all.

Breakfast is included in the rate and is served in the restaurant next door to the hotel (accessible via the reception). There was a great selection of fruits, breads, cooked food as well as lots of local treats. Non- stop tea / coffee / juices are available too.

The hotel’s location really can’t be beaten. Two short blocks from the ocean / beach, minutes from Leblon and positioned on a street full of shops and restaurants. In fact – there are so many local restaurants; we didn’t have the need to go to nearby Copacabana. The area is very safe and well lit and we didn’t feel unsafe at all during our stay.

We also took advantage of a late check out – all arranged via the reception. All local tours can also be booked via the reception (and local restaurant bookings etc).

In summary - I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this hotel at all – very friendly, clean, modern and safe.

And finally, we could see the Statue of Christ the Redeemer from our window!! Stay here – you won’t be disappointed.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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MarIpanemaHotel, Gerente at Mar Ipanema Hotel, responded to this review, 25 November 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your complete and awesome review. At Mar Ipanema Hotel we take very much in consideration our guests’ reviews in order to improve our services.

I’m glad you enjoyed our rooms! We refurbished all rooms and we are proud to let you know that we are the only 100% refurbished hotel in Leblon/Ipanema districts. Our rooms are equipped with ’32 LCD TVs, split A/Cs, Ipod docks and many other items so as to ensure that our guests have a comfortable stay.

Good to know you found our location amazing! 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. In fact, you couldn’t have described it better.

We would like to especially thank you for your kind words on our staff. They are all very dedicated, serving our guests with passion and enthusiasm and a review like this is a motivation for us to keep on giving our best everyday!

I’m happy to know you found our breakfast delicious. Did you try the Brazilian delicacies that are served there, such as pão-de-queijo, matte, tropical fruits and many more?

Once again, I would like to thank you very much for your complete and amazing review. At Mar Ipanema Hotel we take very much our guests’ feedback in consideration in order to improve our services and receiving complete reviews like yours is really helpful. We hope to see you soon again.

Best regards,

Henrique de Abreu
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Sao Paulo, SP
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Reviewed 18 November 2013 via mobile

Great location, great location, great location. Safe and pleasant neighborhood, dont go to Copacabana where most pick pockets wander, even during day time. Free wifi, nice breakfast, clean and modern for Rio standards. Helpful staff. Had a medical emergency and asked for front desk to send 2 people to help. They did it right away. Had a similar incident in Austria and the answer was "call a doctor, we cant touch you". Tks to Felipe, Eric and Jorge.

Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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MarIpanemaHotel, Gerente at Mar Ipanema Hotel, responded to this review, 19 November 2013
Dear guest,

Thank you so much for taking the time to write your review on Mar Ipanema Hotel and for sharing your holiday experience here on Trip Advisor!

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 noticed that our property has been updated. We refurbished all rooms and we are proud to let you know that we are the only 100% refurbished hotel in Leblon/Ipanema districts. Our rooms are equipped with ’32 LCD TVs, split A/Cs, Ipod docks, complimentary wi-fi access and many other items so as to ensure that our guests have a comfortable stay.

We would like to especially thank you for your kind words on our staff. They are all very dedicated, serving our guests with passion and enthusiasm and a review like this is a motivation for us to keep on giving our best everyday!

Once again, thank you very much for your great reviews and compliments to our property. We hope to see you again soon!

Best regards,

Henrique de Abreu
Mar Ipanema Hotel
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Sao Paulo, SP
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Reviewed 8 November 2013

The mar Ipanema has an excellent location in Ipanema. It is close to the beach, two blocks, close to Garcia D Avila, one block and all the Rio attractions. But besides that one gets the feeling of paying much more than one gets.
We had two rooms and were staying with a couple of friends from abroad and they had the same impression. The room is comfortable, but a bit noisy. The closet has only a few hangers, about 5 or 6. The receptionists are not friendly and never try to help you out when you have a question. The breakfast is not served in a separate room in the hotel but inside a bar next door called Devassa. When it rains they have no umbrella for the guests and for two days it was pouring...

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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MarIpanemaHotel, Gerente at Mar Ipanema Hotel, responded to this review, 18 November 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for choosing Mar Ipanema Hotel for your vacations in Rio de Janeiro. I hope you had a blast during your stay.

I’m glad to know that you enjoyed our location. Mar Ipanema Hotel located in a very upscale residential neighborhood, surrounded by Rio’s best restaurants and boutiques. As you pointed out, just a stone’s throw from both Ipanema beach and Lagoon.

Regarding our front desk staff, I apologize they weren’t as helpful to you as they usually are. In fact, they get a lot of compliments from other reviewers. Was there any specific issue you felt they could have helped you more?

Concerning our prices, please note that although our property is 100% renovated and located in an exclusive residential area of Rio de Janeiro, our prices are usually 20-30% lower than beachfront hotels.

About the noise, please notice that we are currently replacing all of the rooms’ windows to soundproof windows, in order to provide our guests an even better night's sleep. We expect to have around 60% of the rooms covered by the end of the year.

Thank you once again for taking the time to give us a feedback on your stay and we look forward to seeing you again in Rio de Janeiro soon!

Best regards,

Henrique de Abreu
Mar Ipanema Hotel
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Cologne, Germany
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Reviewed 7 November 2013

This hotel is located only a few blocks away from the beach. Nothing fancy, relatively small and not very modern room but the price was OK. Try not to have a room close to the elevators as they get noisy and you will hear them during nights.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
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MarIpanemaHotel, Gerente at Mar Ipanema Hotel, responded to this review, 18 November 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for choosing Mar Ipanema Hotel for your stay in Rio de Janeiro. I hope you had a great time.

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 disappointed to hear that you did not enjoy our room’s size. But I do believe that you found it cozy, at least, since our rooms are equipped with ’32 LCD TVs, Split A/Cs, complimentary wi-fi and many other items to provide our guests a comfortable stay.

Again, thank you very much for your kind words. We hope to see you again soon.

Best regards,

Henrique de Abreu
Mar Ipanema Hotel
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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
#42 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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