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Santa Monica, California
February 21, 2005
Our room itself was rather small and did not have any view, but it was clean and adequate. The room included breakfast each morning that was very good and served in the restaurant with a great view of the beach.
The one complaint I had was with the air-conditioning. You could not control the air-conditioning from the room; you had to call down to the front desk to have them turn it on or off. In addition, due to the small nature of the room, it was situated right next to the bed, so it was blowing right on you.
The cost of the room was very reasonable considering the location. We paid less the $50 for the room part of our stay, but of course they bumped up the cost to nearly double that the weekend of New Year’s, just like very other hotel in Rio. Even with the inflated holiday pricing, I still thought the place was a good deal for the price given the great location.
From journal New Years in Rio
London, United Kingdom
May 27, 2003
And the irony is that I could and did stay there. This find was probably one of the highlights of my trip to Rio and is literally on the beach. It is situated on the Aproador headland which interjects between famous Copacabana and stylish Ipanema beach with expansive views of each for about £30/$45 a night. But the highlight is the restaurante - there you can sit sipping guava juice while the beach boardwalk is the other side of the window. A few yards away will be an open-air gym with men hoisting themselves up on the bars and kids pushing surfboards deep into the waves.
As for location, the Aproador Inn could not be better. Separating Copacabana from Ipanema is Rua Francisco Otaviano. This four laned racetrack carves through the exclusive area of Aproador with it's security guarded apartment blocks and palm trees. Leading off Francisco Otaviano is Rua Pompeia (close to 'Le Boy', see other journal) and NS Copacabana - the great four kilometre main street of that district. But it is the beach which is most important here - whichever one you choose you are bound not to be disappointed. At the Copacabana end is a real life fort, surf-shops and suco bars stand next to it, and every Saturday is a very pungent fishmarket.
The hotel itself is of sixties pastel architecture with glass doors leading to a central lobby. The deskstaff are multi-lingual, exceptionally friendly and thoroughly proffessional. Bellboys in smart uniforms will hail you a taxi or help you with your luggage for a small tip. There are 56 rooms running from the standard to the deluxe. All room shave private marble bathroom, refrigerator, airconditioning, TV with cable channels and safe deposit box. The bathroom in particular is impressive with marble tiling, power-shower and complimentary toiletries.
But the main draw is the restaurante. Underneath it's picture windows runs the boardwalk of Aproador beach. The great rocky headland will grab your attention as will the life moving up and down this most Brazilian of beaches. The restaurante itself contains an 'American bar' as well as a breakfast spread that is included in the price. You can gorge on coffee, chocolate, ham, eggs, spicy sausages, plus cake and mango. Then the best thing you could do is become Brazilian - all you need for the beach is speedo trunks, a towel and some suncream.
One thing while staying here is to climb the headlands. From the rocky heights (see photo) you have good views of the sweep of Copacabana to the east and the great expanse of Ipanema to the west. There is nothing quite like admiring the granite grained pitons at the Leblon end magnified by morning sunlight and watching Ipanema waking up for another day of pleasure.
From journal Rio de Janeiro: South America's Glittering Star