Got in last minute -- New Years!! A review of Hotel Praia Ipanema
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!