Good location, decent hotel A review of Hotel Praia Ipanema
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.