Ipanema’s buzzing scene
makes it an ideal place to stay in Rio de Janeiro with easy access points to all the tourist destinations throughout the city. With new bars and restaurants opening up all the time, it is becoming the south zone’s new hub for nights out, slowly overtaking Copacabana in popularity stakes. We round-up some of the best places to stay in this lively neighborhood.
Mar Ipanema Hotel
Mar Ipanema Hotel
This contemporary and stylish hotel is just 350 meters away from the beautiful Ipanema beach. It has a minimalist style yet is personalized with motifs of Rio de Janeiro. Upgraded rooms have whirlpool tubs and offer sea views over the beach and the Dois Irmãos (Two Brothers peaks). This four-star hotel also has a 24 hour restaurant, complimentary breakfast and a rooftop cocktail bar.
Rua Visconde de Pirajá, 539, Ipanema, RJ, +55 (21) 3875-9191
Sol Ipanema is a fancy hotel just opposite the beach. The upscale restaurant serves complimentary breakfasts, as well as international dishes throughout the day. The hotel is also equipped with a 24 hour fitness center and a beauty salon. The highlight of the hotel, however, is the rooftop terrace with a pool and a bar with sea views.
Avenida Vieira Souto, 320, Ipanema, RJ, +55 (21) 2525-2020
Hotel San Marco Ipanema
Within easy walking distance of Ipanema beach, this family-owned hotels has a welcoming and friendly atmosphere with large-tiled floors, airy rooms and cozy furnishings. It may not be as fancy as some of its nearby hotel counterparts, yet it does casual very well and is perfect for a clean and comfortable bed for the night. It also has a free buffet style breakfast with plenty of breads, cereals and fruits.
Rua Visconde de Pirajá, 524, Ipanema, RJ, +55 (21) 2540-5032
Che Lagarto is a chain of hostels throughout South America and is by far one of the better ones. The rooms are clean and comfortable and offer free wifi, and shared rooms and private rooms are available with many en-suite options. There is a complimentary breakfast buffet and a shared kitchen for daytime cooking. At night, there is often a caipirinha Happy Hour at the hostel for travellers to get to know one another. It’s a perfect option for solo travellers or travellers on a budget.
Rua Paul Redfern, 48, Ipanema, RJ, +55 (21) 2512-8076
This modern and chic hotel is perfectly placed near the beach, the Lagoa and also the Casa de Cultural Laura Alvin, Ipanema’s art gallery and culture center. The airy and spacious rooms have balconies and kitchenettes for the occasional home-eating and the hotel staff are immensely attentive and helpful, with on-hand information about all the places to go in Rio.
Rua Prudente de Morais, 1050, Ipanema, RJ, +55 (21) 2111-8600
Restaurant, Bar, Pub Grub, Brazilian, Fast Food
This luxury hotel is one of the best in Rio de Janeiro and is an exceptional place to stay with a high price tag, yet for those on a higher budget, Fasano is the place to go. Its beachside location is one of its best qualities, yet the rooftop pool and bar exceed all expectations, as does the fancy restaurant, apartment-style rooms and nightclub. Expect to rub shoulders with some of the rich and famous group during your stay here.
Avenida Vieira Souto, 80, Ipanema, RJ, +55 (21) 3202-4000
The stylish rooms of the four-star Hotel Vermont are sleek and modern and the hotel itself is in close proximity to Ipanema beach. For those on business trips, this hotel is ideal with its business center and formal service. The complimentary breakfast is delicious and includes buffet-style of fruits, cereals, breads, cheeses and hams.
Rua Visconde de Pirajá, 254, Ipanema, RJ, +55 (21) 3202-5500
Ipanema Beach House
This hostel can be found on a quiet avenue in Ipanema and is popular with backpackers from all around the world. Ideally located close to the metro and main bus points, it is also just three blocks away from the beach. The shuttered windows date back to 1918, giving the hostel a retro-meets-modern feel, and the swimming pool in the garden is perfect for those hot summer days.
Rua Barão da Torre, 485, Ipanema, RJ, +55 (21) 3202-2693
Hotel Arpoador Inn
Tucked away in the far corner of Ipanema is this charming little hotel. Near to the Arpoador Rock, you can catch some of the best sunsets in Rio from here. The rooms are airy and clean with wifi and minibars, and some have sea views. There is also a free buffet-style breakfast, parking and a bar.
Rua Francisco Otaviano, 177, Ipanema, RJ, +55 (21) 2523-0060
Ipanema Inn Hotel
Located in the heart of Ipanema, this hotel is surrounded by plenty of restaurants and bars. The 1950s décor with dark wood furnishings oozes glamour. The rooms have terraces with sea views for the ultimate waking-up experience. The restaurant bar is well stocked and the staff give complimentary beach towels, chairs and umbrellas for beach-goers.
Rua Maria Quitéria, 27, Ipanema, RJ, +55 (21) 2529-1004