Hotel Praia Ipanema
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the mountain here- I never knew that!
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... coincidently!). Sini and KP (he has some unpronounceable Finnish name) got engaged yesterday so we celebrated with several cocktails (I'm not sure what they were but I got very drunk) and a few games of "pass the pigs". I lost but it was a really lovely evening with a very cool couple. (Predictably the night ended about 3am with me hugging the porcelain megaphone.... I really should remember to eat before I drink! Ha ha). So.... consequently it's been a very slow start to my day ...
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On the beach in Ipanema
We stayed in the hotel over thnaksgiving for four days. My wife and I enjoyed our stay and had no complaints.
We requested a lux or mater lux room (not sure which one we got). These rooms have been refurbished and are extremely clean. CD radio, Flat screen TV and DVD player were in the room. Very nice. The room had a balcony and was directly across the street from the beach. You could enjoy the beach either way. WE went to the on Sunday, along with every other person in Rio. The beach directly in front of the hotel was not that crowded. About 200 ft down it was very crowded. We borrowed some beach towels from the hotel but noticed that the towels had the hotel name on them in big letters. Probably not a problem but I didn't want to advertise that we were tourists so we bought a big beach blanket from a vendor for $R 15. The women running the beach tent at this section of the beach were very friendly. We rented an umbrella for about $R 3. We didn't have any problems. Nice section of beach.
Currently the lobby is being refurbished, but you can't really tell as they have put up a wall to conceal the work.
The staff was very friendly and helped with our all our requests. The front desk staff spoke excellent english. Most of the other staff spoke english, very helpful when your portuguese is limited to ordering beer and pizza.
The neighborhood near the hotel is full of restuarants and bars. Although, I never found it to be loud. Moroever, I did not feel unsafe walking about the neighborhood. We did not walk around late at night nor on the beach at night.
As to the breakfast included with the room. It was like most other breakfasts included with any other hotel. The coffee was good, the bacon and sauage was a little salty, I think this saltiness is just the way it is in Brazil. Anyway I liked it salty.
The roof top pool is small, but remember its on the roof. The pool is perfect for dipping into to cool off after a full day of walking around Rio. The bar and deck is good place to meet the other people staying at the hotel. Guests tend to gather there near sunset to watch; you guessed it - the sunset. The deck provides nice views to the west and if you look around the corner you can see the Christo. Plan on having at least one evening at the bar at the roof-top pool.
Overall, this is a nice hotel, great location. I would recommend it for anyway that wants to stay in Ipamena. I would stay here again...
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.
Not disappointed but not impressed...
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.
Now for the bad things, I'm not a high maintenance traveller but the room looked like it was from the 70's. The furniture and bathroom needed to be renovated. We stayed on the 11th floor based on a travel guide's advice, but the rooms on the 10th floor and below looked to have been renovated. So maybe you should request those rooms when booking. The hotel is really on the edge of Leblon and Ipanema so its a walk or taxi ride to get to the center of activity in either of these neighborhoods. Staff was nice enough but not overly helpful or friendly.
For what we paid ($140 a night) I just thought the hotel would have been nicer. Staying in the room we stayed in, in Brazil I would expect to pay $99 a night max. Next time, I would just spend 10 more dollars a night and stay at one of the other hotels in Ipanema, Everest Plaza/Rio or Ipanema Plaza.
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, decent hotel
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.
Ipanema beach is beautiful and taxi's are so cheap, $15 from airport, not worth hiring a car.
Heard all the reports about crime problems but we went everywhere and never felt uncomfortable or threatened. People were very freindly, Brazil is a beautiful country and a travel bargain for Americans right now, prices for food, drinks shopping etc are so low it is unbelievable.
This was definitely one of the best vacations we have ever taken. Go find out for yourself, it is fantastic. We combined it with 3 days at Iguaccu Falls staying at the Bourbon Hotel a fantastic hotel and the Falls are incredible, far exceeds anything you have seen at Niagara.
Got in last minute -- New Years!!
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!