Good location near Ipanema beach and the ocean (guess that’s why it’s “Mar” Ipanema). It sits along a lively main street with shops/boutiques, markets, cafes/restaurants nearby or along quieter tree-lined side streets. There is no view, except of the main street (Rua Visconde de Piraja), but it shouldn’t really matter since you’ll likely spend most of your time at the beach. It’s only 2 blocks down the side street (Rua Anibel de Mendonca) to Posto-10 lifeguard tower on the western end of Ipanema beach. This stretch has volleyball & football courts near the beach-walk and main road. Since the beach is so wide it’s still easy to find an open spot of sand closer to the sea or you can easily walk to the adjacent postos.
My room was compact but brightly lit with modern furnishings, a large wardrobe (with in-room safe), small refrigerator/bar, wall-mounted flat-screen TV, and large windows overlooking the main street. The bathroom was similarly small but nicely outfitted with a modern shower (but no bathtub). Everything was kept clean and in good shape. Hallways are quiet, well lit, but narrow. It was quiet for most of my stay, but late one night voices from some adjacent room got amplified and transmitted through the bathroom ductwork making it sound like I had visitors in my room. Closing the bathroom door helped to cut down on the noise and fix the problem. I’m not sure if this was just the acoustics in my room or others have had a similar problem.
The hotel lobby is compact with front desk, some chairs/sofas, 2 elevators in the back, and a side entrance connecting to a Devassa café that serves the hotel breakfast in the mornings. The breakfast spread is small, but has enough variety to cover most tastes. Hot dishes (eggs, sausage) are included along with fresh fruits & juices, milk/coffee, cereals, and breads/pastries typically found at Brazilian breakfast buffets. The adjacent Devassa is great for grabbing a cold beer and snack after a day at the beach or in the evening before dinner.
Lack of a proper hotel restaurant was not a problem due to several good spots within walking distance, like Viasete, Bazzar, or Nik Sushi. You might find them mentioned in your tour-book, and all were taste-tested during this trip & are recommended. Within a block and across the street is a Zona Sul grocery where you can stock up on snacks/food/water. A nearby park (Praca Nossa Senhora da Paz) about 2 blocks away has a farmers market set up on Fridays. It was a treat to walk through it to see the amazing assortment of fresh fruits, flowers, meats, and seafood offered for sale.
Front desk personnel were all courteous and professional. The hotel offers to schedule city tours, and it was a simple matter to do so at the front desk a day in advance.
It’s easy to recommend Mar Ipanema since it offers good, reasonably priced accommodation with close proximity to the beach, good shops, and nice restaurants in Ipanema.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Mar Ipanema
- Mar Ipanema Rio De Janeiro
- Mar Ipanema Hotel Rio De Janeiro, Brazil