Hotel Praia Ipanema
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What a beautiful setting for a city. We stayed at a hotel across from Ipanema Beach and had a room with a lovely view of the beach area. Only a short walk away was the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, a large lagoon with great views of Corcovado, Ipanema and Leblon beaches.
While in Rio we took a funicular to Corcovado to see the Christ the …
We settle into our seats for the 12 hour flight from London to Rio on TAM. Immediately I notice that the seat in front looks reclined. No worry I thought, the stewardess will make him put it forward before take off. I was wrong, this was the seat in its upright position! Never have I seen seats that recline so far in economy. You're basically laid …
from H's diary
We arrived at the airport to find that our itinerary and flight schedule conflicted as to the time of our departure. The actual time for the flight was in the early afternoon and this would have meant waiting at the airport for many hours. We spoke to a very helpful young fellow from TAM who arranged for us to get on to …
... seriously cranked up for fancy dressing, with all sorts on show e.g.cross-dressing, superheros and others with very little clothing on at all! Salvador was more coordinated with traditional costumes for men being white and blue togas with white and blue beaded necklaces. If you give a necklace to a girl and she accepts, you get a kiss - the Brazilian version of mistletoe... (D)
Level of danger: Definitely more dangerous ...
... the end we managed to see and do what we had in mind before getting here, even if the first three days it was not easy to avoid a nervous breakdown: if you are in a beautiful place with high expectations and you are not able to enjoy it, then you can almost get angry. We certainly did not want to spend our few days here in Rio in the rain, after all we're not sure that we will have another opportunity to come back here later in our lives, so we decided to stay two more days and pray for ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Praia Ipanema Rio de Janeiro
We stayed in the hotel over thnaksgiving for four days. My wife and I enjoyed our stay and had no complaints.
I just want to say that the location of this hotel is brilliant and I have been staying here over the years since 1992! I love it! Yes, the rooms are dated, and sometimes the management hasn't been too good! But - location, location - the other hotels that have this type of location charge much, much more!
Glad to see the bar still manages to make one of the best caipirinhas in Rio! The hotel isn't cheap - but you are not paying for the decor! I recommend that anyone who stays here pays a little extra and gets a front room up high!
Don't be fooled by the website, we were!
- mouldy bread at breakfast
-having to pay for a safe key when the safe had no keyhole
-incorrect bill, three times at check out
-unfriendly and unhelpful staff
......appeal then this hotel will suit you perfectly.
Personally, I think a sleeping bag on the beach would have been infinitely preferable and far more enjoyable.
Our family liked it and would gladly return
We stayed there for four nights and really enjoyed it. We negotiated directly with them by email and got a decent rate. The waitstaff at the breaksfast restaurant was very friendly to us, including our young daughters. The free breakfast was good-they even had "light" items. The front room staff could have been friendlier at times, but the bellmen were very kind and helped us get a taxi driver, Sr. Paulo, who took us around town for a reasonable fee. Our favorite part was the beach in Ipanema on Sunday morning and the beach towels, umbrellas and chairs you could get from the hotel basement.
I stayed at the hotel in the beginning of April 2005. First the good things, the hotel is located in front of the beach and every room has some view of the beach. The free breakfast was good, included eggs, meats, fruit, juices, etc. The hotel had a small fitness room and business center with internet access.
Loved this hotel
Best value for the money in Rio - perfect location, rooms very nice (all have balconies), rates start at $119 USD, and the staff was terrific! Full breakfast included in a gorgeous setting. I was given this recommendation by on-line research - I just want to pass along my thanks, and share my good fortune with others.
Best-value 4* hotel on the beach
We've stayed here several times, and have been more than content with this comfortable, 4-star hotel right on Ipanema beach (the place to be). Front rooms have balconies with a wonderful view. Very good buffet breakfast. There are plenty of cheaper places, and lots more expensive, too, but this represents excellent value for money.
Sands of Ipanema
Back in October 2003, I had the opportunity to stay at the Hotel Praia Ipanema. I found the staff to be extremely courteous and very helpful. I had a nice room over-looking Ipanema beach and the sound of the ocean at night was heavenly.
The morning buffet was quite good and the hotel restaurant served up some very fine dishes. The rooftop pool was a bit small as was the fitness center but all in all I was very satisfied with the hotel's appointments and service. I would certainly recommend this hotel to those bound for Rio de Janeiro and with rooms starting around $100.00 (US) per night it is a good deal especially considering it is just across the street from Ipanema beach.
Good location at a reasonable price. Hotel had started renovation of rooms during our stay Easter 2004. Check progress before booking as it became very noisy. Otherwise great location across from beach. Check out their web page where we got best rate, $100/night for 4 night stay for full ocean view inc dinner one night.
We stayed here last year --Got a last minute e-fare to Rio and had to find a hotel. Knew that the place to stay was Ipanema but all hotels on the web sites were booked. On a tip from a friend, he said call all the hotels and you will get a better rate and you will get a room. We did and got one at Praia but had to stay the last day at Intercontinental. I have to say that the location is perfect. Really close to everything. You can walk across the street to the beach and get this amazing corn that they sell on the beach. And if you walk away from the beach, there is a great empanada place and great market to get water and snacks. The room was just ok--being from LA and having travelled quite a bit, we are spoiled. There was nothing wrong, just old, dark & really needed renovation, no style--holiday inn or howard johnson-ish. But--it was perfect in location and had an ocean view. After all, we paid less than $100 USD during New Year's!!!! It was definitely refreshing though to end the trip at the InterContinental. It is far away but great and has a mall nextdoor!