Mar Ipanema Hotel
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- Continental Breakfast
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Business Services
Historical Traveler Reviews Mar Ipanema Hotel Rio de Janeiro
I stayed here for 5 days recently and it was better than I expected. The staff are friendly and very helpful. The rooms are very clean and you get your money's worth. Although you do not have seaviews it is only a 5 min walk to the beach. I stayed on the 7th floor and on the final night on the 3rd Prime floor. Minor nag was you can hear the traffic if you stay on the first few floors. This was not the case on the 7th floor. I would recommend this hotel to anyone on a budget. I would class this as a 4 star hotel myself. The doorman arranged a taxi driver guy to drive us around for half a day to all the sights and the price was very reasonable. This is recommended as well as taking taxi's everywhere and not the buses. I would recommend a local self serve restrauant named Kilograma which is a 5 min walk from the hotel. It's very cheap and great food. Another place you must go to is a restrauant is called Porcao Rio's in Flamengo. The views of the sugar Loaf are amazing from here.
Good spot in ipanema
we had a good experience at the mar ipanema. the hotel is in a great location, close to the beach and centrally located in ipanema. the staff members were friendly and spoke good english. breakfast was also very good.
Rooms are okay, location good
Really good price for a hotel in Ipanema. The concierge and hotel staff were outstanding, but the room was run-down and probably more for those who are used to budget travel. Wouldn't recommend for honeymooners or couples who want something more upscale. Location is outstanding for both the beach and shopping. A lot of parks, bars, and shops within walking distance. The in house restaurant has a great breakfast buffet.
Don't do laundry
The room was smaller than that which was originally promised. Most of the staff was nice and very accomodating. However, we did have a bad experience wiht the manager when we disputed the $80 laundry bill for 20 pieces of laundry, one of which was ruined. The manager was flexible at all and treated us rudely for disputing the charge. We had an additional night booked for later in the trip and canceled as a result.
A great stay....
We stayed at the Mar Ipanema a few weeks ago initially for 5 nights; the rooms, communal areas and restaurant were all spotless, the staff were friendly, hotel in a great location - in fact we were so impressed we stayed for a few nights again before we left Brazil. The only slight problem would be some traffic noise from the streets below - but overall a fab, value for money hotel.
Good Location...Very Accomodating
I called them at 7 am on a Sunday morning desperately seeking a hotel room and they were very accomodating. Check in was quick and painless. I really can't tell you very much about the room. Aside from sleeping, I spent very little time in it. Rio is like that.
The hotel lobby is very nice and the location is wonderful. It's a block away from the very posh shopping area with Cartier, LV, and the like, so the blocks surrounding it are exceptionally well kept.
It's a great hotel, I would recommend it to friends.
My wife and I just returned from Rio 3 days ago. The Mar Ipanema was in the perfect spot for us. It was right on THE street in Ipanema, Rua Visconde de Piraja. The Hotel was very clean, the staff was very nice, the breakfast buffet was great, and the rooms were small but very clean and modern. The only negative was that our room, which was on the 8th floor was still a bit noisy from the traffic below us. But we drowned out most of the noise by running the air conditioner which blew strong and cold. The bathroom was clean and the water pressure was good. The adjacent restaurant, Madelenna, I'm not sure about the spelling, served good Brazilian cuisine. I had the filet mignon a couple of nights for dinner, excellent. All in all, I would strongly recommend this hotel. For the money, I don't know if you'll find another hotel like this when you factor in the location and security. The hotel is just two blocks from Ipanema beach, right at Post 10, and across the street from a Zona Sul supermarket. There are all kinds of shops, boutiques, and restaurants around this hotel. Another thing I forget to mention was the consideration of the staff. We showed up from an overnight flight to the hotel around 9 a.m. The staff got us into our room by 10:30. They didn't charge us for the early check-in, although we did have to pay for our breakfast, since technically, we weren't supposed to be checked in until 3 p.m. Also, we were also able to check out at 2 p.m. instead of 12 because we were catching the late-night flight back to Miami. Again, they didn't charge us, and they kept our baggage secure while my wife and I soaked in the last bit of Ipanema sun and sipped on some caipirhinas before returning home. Another thing to consider when booking your room either through an agency or by yourself; make sure you ask about the room tax and fee for the in-room safe. Unfortunately, not everything was perfect. Upon arriving at the hotel, we were told that the in-room safe was 3 reais a day, something like $1.20 a day or so. And at check-out, we were also charged room tax, like 5 reais a day. These two little nickel-and-dime tactics put just a little bit of a sour taste in our mouths, but nevertheless, we paid it and filled out the hotel survey and suggested that these issues be rectified. Regardless of that, I would still stay at this hotel, overall a good little hotel with an excellent location.
The best thing for us about the Mar Impanema was the location. It's 2 blocks from the beach and about 5 blocks from the lagoon which is great for walking/jogging. After seeing Copacabana, we're so glad that we stayed in Impanema with it's great restaurants and neighbourhood feel. A bank machine is just a few stores away as well as a Zona Sul grocery store which was great for getting bottled water and snacks. The room was fine. A bit small and furnishings were simple, but it was clean, the shower was great and the A/C worked. We would stay there again.
The room I had was clean and fresh, no bad odors like some hotels I have read about in some reviews. The room had a queen size bed, a small hallway, air conditioning, a television suspended from the ceiling, with cable channels, a radio/CD/alarm clock unit, a good sized bathroom with clean towels and a miniature refrigerator. But beware if you eat or drink any of the food in the fridge you will pay 3 times as much as you would buying it from the supermarket. Very friendly people at breakfast time and the bellmen and reception lady were very friendly too. The breakfast was good, I ate huge portions every morning. Since I speak Portuguese that made it easier for me to chat, and I suggest anyone who goes to Rio learn at least some basic Portuguese. The hotel has a supermarket right across the street, you have to really look for it or you could walk right by it. There are ATM's on the same street if you need money. And Ipanema beach is 2 blocks away, so I liked the location. If you want to go to Copacabana beach you probably will have to take a taxi or else it is a 20-30 minute walk. Taxis go by the hotel all the time. I paid 100 a night and it was great. If you want a 5 star hotel then you have to spend more money. For 100 bucks a night I felt I got my moneys worth.
Great overall service! The entire staff, from the front desk personnel to the bell boys were amazing. Hands downs, the greatest aspect of the hotel...location, location, location. Situated conveniently near wonderful boutiques, fabulous restaurants, historical landmarks, and of course...Rio's world famous beach, Ipanema!!! Need I say more???