Very good location, felt like a good deal for the money. Beach is very close walk and towels, chairs, and umbrellas provided. Staff was very helpful in sorting you out, esp the gentleman on the night staff with the glasses (didn't get his name!) who had very spot on recommendations for restaurants and send us to cool places. Rooms are a bit small but everything works well and bathrooms have a very nice shower. Devassa cafe has a good breakfast (although the scrambled eggs were a bit runny for some in our group - but inline with the other hotels I've been to in Brazil) and there are other great restaurants in the neighborhood (in fact, there is one side street with several cool restaurants just nearby - sure the front desk would have the name - there is a really great tapas bar/restaurant on that street which was by far our favorite and had great sangria). There is also a nice restaurant with outdoor/garden seating about a block away from the beach on route from the hotel (with the all white facade). Only negative I would say is that I had a connecting door to the room next to mine and could hear them talking very loudly during the day (with the AC on at night the sound was much more muted). My room was totally soundproofed against the noise from the street - not exactly sure why some people complained about this, but perhaps other rooms were not as quiet (and I live in a city, so I'm used to a slight amount of noise). Overall very happy. The rio at night tour was super-touristy and is perhaps to be avoided (I was too tired and just wanted to not plan the evening) but the favela tour is outstanding - there is one recommended by the hotel and another by Zezinho (google him) which is a bit more adventurous (he will take you drinking all night in the favela if you like) and the people on the tour were interesting group. Favela felt very safe and I'm very glad I went. Tried to go hang gliding but the wind was too much both days I was there. Went to Rio Scenarium for live music one night - great choice and a taxi ride away from the hotel - was a good mix of locals and tourists and a very interesting place - didn't have dinner there and in retrospect preferred having a nice dinner somewhere else and just showing up there around midnight. Doormen were very helpful in getting taxis and when I tipped him 2 reals for getting one for me he seemed genuinely happy and appreciative - did it every time afterwards. Final note - much is made of the differences between the Ipanema, Leblon, and Copacabana beaches - frankly, didn't really see the difference myself (perhaps its more evident to the locals). The Copacabana beach was active at around 9pm and despite all the recommendations on the web to stay off the beach at night, when I drove by it in our taxi it was full of people playing beach volleyball, jogging, walking, or having drinks - I would just use common sense but all the warnings about Rio being so dangerous seemed a bit overblown to me.
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