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Beach House Ipanema
Bristol, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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“Don't waste your time or money”
Reviewed 30 May 2013

The worse 2 nights I had. It was a disaster right from the start. We were told to stand aside when we walked in to reception as they were expecting their friend with a cake - so that they can sing happy birthday to her. Thought paying a bit extra for the en-suite would be a good idea but it was literally horrible. The bed had a sheet which obviously has seen better days and didn't even stay on the mattress. When we wanted to speak to the manager, she couldn't even bother to stop smoking to come in to the reception from the garden but was talking to us through the window. We were supposed stay there 5 nights but managed to find somewhere else and moved out as soon as we could. They didn't want to give us a refund either but they found someone else to take the room eventually and we managed to recover 2 nights and lost a night.

This might be an OK place for a very young back packer but it certainly wasn't the place for me. The only good thing about it was the location which at the heart of Ipenema!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 May 2013

First of all, let me say that I have travelled a lot across the world and to some pretty remote places and this is the first time that I review a hotel.  We've stayed there at the begining of april in the so called suite (basically a closet with a place for a double bed and a broom closet for the bathroom and this for 100$ us a night) and I can tell you one thing this place is terrible.  First, the guy at reception is totally unsympathetic.  When we arrived after our 10 h flight he did not want to let us check in at 11 and we would have to wait till one for the check in even though our room was ready.  When we finally got the room it stank, had mold in the bathroom and was dirty.  All our bags and some clothes had some kind of white chalk deposit on it.  We asked the guy at the front desk to rent some of the bike they were offering and after pretending to do some stuff on his computer, like he always does, told us there was no bike left even though we could see some in the back.  He also tried to make us charge for a bottle a water and soda we did not buy and not give us our money back when we bought something.  What a guy! The backyard is quite nice though and the kitchen and breakfast are not bad.  But what i look for in a accomodation is a CLEAN and QUIET place to sleep.  At night it can get a little noisy with some of the people wanting to party in the backyard even though it is not allowed after 10 pm.  Not great if you want a quiet sleep.  This place could be ok if you want to party and sleep in the bunk bed in the dorm, but for anything in the world do not book their private room.  For the rude management and bad room, do yourself a favor, spend a little more and go somewhere else!!!!

  • Stayed April 2013
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Reviewed 30 April 2013

Great atmosphere with lovely and caring staff! Even on easter holiday when all over rio was fully booked out they figured out a place to sleep for me and my friend - thanx again!
Fibnally we ended up staying almost 4 weeks in the hostel :)

Great breakfast with lovely staff preparing it, cool and safe location close to the beach, clean pool and lovely inside area!

  • Stayed April 2013
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Stockholm, Stockholms Län, Sweden
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Reviewed 28 April 2013

It's the place to stay if you're looking for party or just to relax in Rio. The staff knows everything there is to know about nightlife, tours and beauty hideouts within the city, and they are very helpfull too! The area is safe and you can always go for a stroll without feeling unsafe. It's perfect location (only 3 min walking from Ipanema beach) makes this place the best in Rio!

// Oscar & Kalle Lindhe

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 April 2013

Loved the location, atmosphere, breakfast, music and nice back- and frontyard. I recommend the ipanema beach house hostel to everyone who doesn't only valuate price. Me and my fellows stayed more than two weeks.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 21 April 2013

We had made a booking to stay here through booking.com and they had confirmed the time and date of our stay. We arrived in the evening, in the middle of a thunderstorm, to find the hotel had made our booking incorrectly for the following month. After initially blaming bookings.com for the mistake, the man behind the desk (who said he was new) apologised and admitted the hostel had likely made the mistake, as our airport connection (booked through the hostel) was also booked for the following month.
The staff member dealing with us tried to find another hotel as they didn't have any rooms available. He came back with a suite for $4000 per night!!!! It was the suggestion of another traveller that led us to a much cheaper, nicer alternative.
After leaving instructions for the fourth member of our party, arriving at 1am, to be shown to our new accommodation, we left. The next morning, it transpired that the fourth member of our party had arrived at the Ipanema Beach House at 1am and was given a bed....only to be kicked out onto the street at 4am and given vague directions to find us at our new accommodations. Totally unacceptable.
When we went back the next day to complain, the manager initially blamed other staff for the mistakes, including "someone who has now left" for the original booking error. She did return our deposit promptly and after some convincing, gave us $60 towards the cost of the new accommodation and the poor treatment of our other group member.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Algiers, Algeria
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2013

I really felt disappointed by this Hostel and by the staff as well. Except the music (nice playlists), everything was not that so "good" for the price. Rooms are small, beds uncomfortable and both of Bathrooms and restrooms unclean !!!!
I spent there 5 nights, and not even a maid deigned to clean my room or to change the sheets.
The staff at the front desk looks nice, but itsn't : not at all!
My friend cancelled one night, and he didn't get money back

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Beach House Ipanema
Address: Rua Barao da Torre, 485 | Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22411-003, Brazil
Region: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro > Ipanema
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #38 of 805 Speciality Lodging in Rio de Janeiro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Beach House Ipanema 2*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A few blocks away from the beach and located on the best area of Ipanema, Beach House, its staff and guests have been writing summer stories for more than ten years. Connecting cultures, receiving those who come from a distant place and introducing them to those who live around, here cariocas open their arms to present the taste of endless summer in Rio de Janeiro. The city heat mixes a lot of feelings into enough memories to miss it the whole year. This way, our stories build memories, feelings and friendship so deep and intense that they last a lifetime. The truth is that the sweet, salty taste of the beach make it worth all the other months for those who yearned the freedom of summer, even when it’s winter. Our blessed carioca land has the privilege to live summer for 365 days a year. Without hurry, you can stay and drink another beverage, because tomorrow will be a good day to go to the beach. This way, summer stories happened on January, during the carnival, on a weekend of May, during the Brazilian independence day in September, on the November nights and in all the other days of the year. What difference does it make if it’s Saturday or Monday when the sun waits for us with anxiety and the best parties are still to come? Being a scenario for all stories, in our beach house everybody gets together before the epic nights or by the pool, with feet inside the water and singing that beautiful well-known song. And the improvised foods – many times deliciously gourmetized? Suddenly, the waiter start to serve double of people, who snuggle and share all the stories already lived there. And, all of a sudden, someone can give the idea to climb a trail, to drink one more beer, and even an unexpected romance can begin. This way, hours passes by. More than a dozen stories join many others, and all of them being shared with the new friends. Beach House has been living all of this for more than ten years and it’s proud to be considered in Rio, Ipanema the house of summer stories. ... more   less 
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