Arpoador Inn

Rua Francisco Otaviano177, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, 22080-040, Brazil
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Great (4.0 out of 5.0) 6 reviews
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A Well Located Budget Hotel

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on July 14, 2012

Lets get this straight, hotels in Ipanenm are expensive. This is one of the priciest places to stay overnight in the world. Still I wanted to stay where the action was and that meant I had to stay here. After a thorough search I decided on this Arpoador Inn. It was the only hotel on or near the beach that I could afford. I was very pleased with this choice until I left. That was when they dropped a pricy service charge on me that I felt was not on the level for the fact that I could not pay with my credit card.

Unique Quality: The Arpoador Inn has very nice rooms but if you want to get a beach view expect to pay more than it is worth. My room was over the street. This is not a good thing for it could get noisy here. The room had a large bed, flat screen TV and a safe. All the infrastruture was modern. I enjoyed the breakfast room the most here. It looks out onto the sea and is spectacular in the morning. They operate a bar on the beach but it is overpriced. There is also a good seafood restaurant.

Directions: On the Arpoador or Eastern end of Ipanema Beach.

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Beach stays $100 or less

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on March 25, 2009

Hi, if you want to be near the beach, the Ouro Verde Hotel at the Leme end of Copacabana is one of the best value hotels in Copacabana. Or, between Copacabana and Ipanema, the Arpoador Inn is right on the beach and pretty inexpensive. The Ipanema Inn is owned by the same people and you might be able to get a room for $100 there too, although it'a a couple of blocks back from the beach.
Apartments can be good value too - I've used www.gringomanagement.com and you can get a nice apartment in Ipanema or Copa for less than $100.

As for safety - the main problem is pickpockets, just take precautions eg don't take all your credit cards out at once, don't take out more money than you need, and, if possible, don't carry shoulder bags. Be careful but don't be paranoid!

I live in Rio and have written lots of reviews and advice at http://www.nileguide.com/destination/rio-de-janeiro, check it out if you want tips on things to do here!

I don't really want to let the secret out but...

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on January 9, 2007

I of course did tons of research before going on my trip to Rio last February and only chose Arpoador because it was one of the cheaper options and also the only hotel right on the beach. To be honest, after reading some of the reviews, I was expecting a dump but was willing to accept it.

I couldn't have been more pleasantly surprised to find that as promised, it was right on the beach - and on the best beach in my mind. The staff was not the most professional (falling asleep at times) but so extremely friendly that we'd made friends with several of them by the end of the trip (Carlos was the friendliest - and the least skilled in English). The room was basic but clean and the bathroom was better than expected. We had a free breakfast buffet which was better than I expected.

The best part by far was that after breakfast, we would stroll outside of the restaurant right onto Arpoador beach which was cleaner and less crowded than either Copacabana or Ipanema. Plus, Arpoador Rock jutted out at the end of our beach giving us just one more place to explore.

What I wouldn't give to be back there right now...

Unique Quality: On the beach
Friendly staff
Relatively clean

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One of the best beachside locations in Rio....

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on April 4, 2004

If you're looking for a great beachfront location, but not wanting to spend over $100 for a hotel room in Rio, then the Arpoador Inn is a good value.

Although the rooms can be a little musty, and very basic, the location can't be beat.

Pay the extra $30 USD for a beachfront room--overlooking Arpoador Point and Ipanema boardwalk/beach. The view and the sound of the surf makes the extra expense worth it.

Service was just o.k. We asked for an iron and ironing board on a late Saturday afternoon (to get dressed to attend a wedding), and the front desk staff gave us some lame excuse about the "ironing facilities" being closed by 4pm each day. Also, there was some confusion over hotel tax--they wanted that paid in cash, rather than on the credit card. (?)

Finally, do NOT buy the Internet card for the Internet service they have at the hotel. It is quite costly, and the computers are EXTREMELY slow--you're better off finding an Internet cafe somewhere else.

Unique Quality: PRIME location--right on the beach...Arpoador is the midpoint where Copacabana and Ipanema meet. There is NO street or long avenida between the hotel and the beach--the picture you see here was taken right outside our room!...the location gives it a restful feel since all you have to do is step outside and you are on the boardwalk/beach. No having do dodge cars on the busy avenida to cross the street on the beach like you do with the hotels in Copacabana!

Climb the rocks at Arpoador Point for stunning views....and nice sunrise/sunset.

Directions: Right at Arpoador Point, where Ipanema Beach begins. Midpoint between Ipanema and Copacabana. Terrific location.

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If Looking for Fine Smaller Less Expensive Hotel

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on July 6, 2003

If you're saving money to buy "lembrancas do Rio" (souvenirs) and do not need luxury accomodations, then the Arpoador Inn at the very tip of Ipanema Beach (known as Arpoador) is the place for you.

All rooms are air-conditioned and this is the ONLY hotel located right on the beach. No crossing the street to reach the sand! The remodeled restaurant also looks directly onto the beach sidewalk. The rooms are comfortable and all have a "frigo-bar," a fully loaded refrigerator. I've stayed there twice, and I've only encountered twin beds with very thin mattresses. Many American School alumni stayed there, and all reportedly loved the hotel and its location. Sandbars make great swimming areas for little kids in front of the hotel.

Unique Quality: Around the corner is the Hippie Fair on Sundays, and you're centrally located to shopping in Ipanema and Copacabana. A mere walk from Leblon, too. Only about six stories high, beach front rooms give the feeling of sleeping right on the sand. A grocery store is located around the corner and down the street near the Hippie Fair; conveniently located for buying munchies for your room.

I am not sure about current prices, and I think the hotel was recently remodeled in 2000. Nevertheless, it is probably still very reasonably priced, and only a few hundred yards away from the Ceasar Park Hotel, where Madonna stayed on her Rio tour. Security is the best in Rio directly in front of the Ceasar Park Hotel.

Note: the following comment DOES NOT relate to the Arpoador Inn. Remember, there are hotels everywhere in Rio. You can always find a tremendous bargain if you are willing to stay a block or so from the beach. Just my opinion, but I believe you can find cheaper prices at many places if you just show up off the street. Then again, you just might end up in a nice hotel frequented by lots of prostitutes, as my father once discovered after our family of eight checked in to what otherwise looked like a nice hotel in Ouro Preto, Brazil. Nice place, though.

Directions: Located on Arpoador Beach; really SAME beach as Ipanema. Rio surfers hang out near the rocks. Beware of surfers; like their North American counterparts, they are probably the only rude Cariocas you'll ever encounter.

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Arpoador Inn Hotel

by written on August 26, 2002

Ignore all the web sites with discounts. Call this number +(5521) 274 6995 for English speaking reception and ask a room for $40 (I guess it is more expensive in the hot season). Single and twin rooms have almost the same rate. Windows in my room came to the backyard. Also, I have tryed similar room for $60 for one day. The only difference was the windows came to the street.

Unique Quality: Hotel is situated on the Ipanema beach. You may go to the ocean just in a swimsuit.

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Address: Rua Francisco Otaviano177, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, 22080-040, Brazil

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