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Beach House Ipanema
Santiago, Chile
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19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Bad experience”
Reviewed 3 August 2014

Considering that I stayed here during the world cup.. it would be a bit unfair to criticize the high price paid for a basic backpacker hostel... Rio was amazingly expensive at that time, and this was one of the most affordable places in Ipanema.
Anyway: the hostel is pretty well located, 3 blocks from Ipanema Beach. The place is nice, but the service is terrible. I was staying with friends in a room for 9... which was not really clean and had no a/c. That is something bad in Rio, even though the weather was not hot, but Rio is full of mosquitoes. Therefore, keeping the window opened always meant MOSQUITOES EVERYWHERE. I was bitten completely.
The beds have really bad mattresses, the worst quality I can remember in any hostel in which I've stayed so far. Awful. I could not rest at all due the uncomfortable mattresses and the mosquitoes. BTW, Hostels are noisy and not a place to rest, I know... I love hostels, but when you cannot rest at all because of the uncomfortable mattresses and mosquitoes!.. that is something that has to be told.
The staff: The girl and guys that are there during the day are nice and helpful, but the guy of the evening-night is not someone you can count on at all, even rude I would say. I don't think he could speak any language besides Portuguese.
Other bad thing here are the bathrooms. 1 small and stinky bathroom for the whole second floor (3 bedrooms for 9 persons each). The shower was a joke...
The breakfast was pretty good though.
Overall, I do not recommend this hostel to anyone.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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palomameirellesp, Gerente at Beach House Ipanema, responded to this review, 24 September 2014
Google Translation
O seu feedback é muito importante para nós !
Estamos passando por algumas reformas para assim atender melhor nossos hospedes.
Gostariamos muito de recebe-lo novamente para que você possa ver como queremos o melhor para os nossos hospedes.
Atenciosamente,
Ipanema Beach House
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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18 reviews
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

I had the pleasure of staying here during my stay in Rio. First off, I knew I was staying in a nice area until the taxi driver dropped me off and I spot a Rolex and Louis Vuitton boutique across the way (not that I'm into that). But yeah, you're pretty much in the Beverly Hills of Rio. It's a great place to walk around for food and shopping. You're only a couple blocks away from the beach. One of the first thing I noticed was the music upon entering the secured gate. They were playing some old school R&B (Keith Sweat to be exact) and other hip tunes (I'm a DJ).

The hostel: Super safe and clean. Probably one of the better places I've stayed at. Amazing social vibe without it being TOO party.

*Tip: there'a a dry clean about a block away.*

The staff: Hands down my favorite staff EVER. Paloma and Julia are incredibly cool. Paloma was able to help me book flights through Brazil even to go as far as chatting the whole time (my portuguese is limited). Did I say I love these girls?

*Tip: they accept AMEX*

The room: I opted for a 9 bunker. It was clean and enough for me. Honestly you're paying for the location here. They had many lockers to store your belongings.

The bathroom: they have one on each floor. sometimes you'll have to fight for them.

*Tip: if you just need to go 1 or 2, the lobby restroom is usually available*

Common area: Lots of spacious areas. They also have an outdoor patio to hang. Wi-fi is pretty solid. The back pool area also have places to hang out.

Breakfast: Above average breakfast: Sandwiches, coffee, juice, fruit.

I definitely will be back here.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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palomameirellesp, Gerente at Beach House Ipanema, responded to this review, 24 September 2014
Thank you so much !!!
We hope see you again in our Beach House !!
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Munich, Germany
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43 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 2014

This hostel has a great location right around Ipanema Beach. But the rooms are more than basic, and the bathrooms are actually very dirty. So bring your "Adiletten" if you wanna walk into the shower. Also, this place is definitely directed towards very young people, It's very loud at night and people keep walking in and out of the rooms constantly.
If you wanna stay here, make sure you book a private room.
Staff is very friendly thought and the breakfast is nice.

Room Tip: Definitely try to get a private room if you wanna stay here.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2014 via mobile

Ipanema is very much the upper class part of Rio, you will feel very safe in this area. Hostel staff were friendly and the place has great facilities in respect to kitchen, pool area and space to lounge about. Recommend using the toilets and showers towards the back of the building, bathrooms in the main building are overused. The hostel organises daily activities at reasonable prices.

Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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1 Thank Romano D
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Grenoble, France
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50 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2014 via mobile

Certainly not as bad as previous reviews have stated. At no point did any room I stay in smell of urine and trust me, I went looking for it.

The major flaw in my stay was the subhuman scum that stayed in the hostel over the same 6 nights I did. 3 Australians, head to toe in yellow onesies making an embarrassment of themselves on a daily basis. Binge drinking in an attempt to make friends we fellow hostel guests is a pathetic existence and these lads were living it. Loud, annoying and quite frankly pointless, it was a shame the hostel staff didn't try and clamp down on some of their truly juvenile antics.

Some of the showers were crappy, washed only once a day and no hot water. Wifi was temperamental but the place was not all bad. The pool area was nice when the aforementioned bellends were not frequenting and the staff i found mostly interested. One girl in particular was nice, short curly hair like something out of Crufts. She reminded me on DW from the cartoon series Arthur.

Location is fantastic. 3 minute walk to ipanema beach, good bars and eateries. About a 10 minute walk from Osario metro station and plenty of bus routes.

Could be a lot better if they wanted it to be, I doubt they do as it's location alone will attract tight fisted 'two bobbers' like myself

  • Stayed June 2014
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32 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 June 2014

We booked this hostel in January fearing World Cup fever would hit Rio. When we arrived, check in was simple and straightforward. The room was ok (expensive for the standard), though the mattresses were thin and the room smelt a little from the bathroom next door. The breakfast was good and the pool was an added bonus. Most of the bathrooms are outside at the back of the hostel which is frustrating.

However, asking a few others in our room what they were paying, everyone paid something different (us paying the most). We asked the manager if there was anything she could do to align our price with the current off-peak rates. She offered us a small discount to the current rate, but could not understand nor factor in the deposit that we'd already paid, making the rates 3 Reals cheaper each per night (£0.80)


Needless to say she dealt with the situation badly, making us angry and we consequently checked out early for a cheaper hostel.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Olie S
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Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 2014

The hostel is very good located, the private room we had was very basic, the swimming pool is ok and the kitchen is ok as well and the staff was helpful. It's an ok hostel, but not very good. In case you want to save money then you have to stay in another area then Ipanema...

Room Tip: the private rooms without bathroom are upstairs, which we preferred!
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Daniel S
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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 #72 of 765 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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