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Hotel San Marco Ipanema
Ranked #193 of 286 Hotels in Rio de Janeiro
Reviewed 28 February 2016

Like most of Rio, the San Marco was overpriced during Carnaval, but it was much nicer than we expected based on the reviews here. The rooms were very clean and well laid out (lots of shelf space). The standard room had a large, glass-doored shower (not the simple drain on the floor I had feared). The staff was very helpful, and the breakfast buffet was fantastic. They continually replenish and don't clear things away if you arrive just before breakfast ends (10 a.m.). Wifi is only in the lobby, which is inconvenient. The neighborhood is very safe. The beach is two blocks away. They don't have beach towels, but don't mind if you take the towel from your room.

Room Tip: Interior courtyard rooms are quiet.
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  • Stayed: February 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 February 2016 via mobile

We stayed here for six nights over Carnaval. They upgraded us as soon as we arrived. The room we got was large with a really nice bathroom and the main window overlooked the Main Street but it was still quiet despite being on the second floor. The room was cleaned immaculately every single day, probably the best cleaning service I've had in a hotel.

Front desk were always very helpful and friendly. They helped us get taxis and buses around Rio. Victor was especially friendly and helpful, giving us the best greeting we could ask for! There is a bus stop straight across the road and the location of the hotel is second to none. Near a gorgeous beach (2 blocks) in Ipanema, beside a great supermarket and numerous other stores and pharmacies. We really enjoyed our stay in San Marco.

If you are coming from the airport the 2018 bus drops you in Ipanema (stop 10), for €1 (4 RS), two blocks from the hotel.

Stayed: February 2016
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Reviewed 31 July 2015

It is a good hotel, the staff is fantastic, very helpful. It's in the heart of Ipanema, a traditional and considered "chic point". It's near the beach and there are lovely places to go drinking and eating. It's not an expensive hotel. It's worth it.

Stayed: July 2015
Thank EmilianoJB
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Reviewed 21 May 2015

This is one of the more affordable hotels near the beach in Ipanema. It's a proper hotel and has a nice enough breakfast. Lots of restaurants and shops around.

Still, it was quite overpriced for what we got. I suppose that's because it's only one block from the beach.

The room was OK, but it was small (even though superior), worn and the airco didn't work properly. The window was too small. It's ok for a day or two, but I wouldn't want to stay here for an entire holiday.

It's closer to the Lebron end so it's a little far from Gen. Osorio metro and the rua Farme de Amoede area.

I'm not sure whether to give it a 2/5 or a 3/5. However, when I think how much I paid for it, the answer is obvious: 2/5

  • Stayed: May 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 April 2015

Stayed here at short notice at busy season so were grateful for the available room. Facilities quite basic, room was a touch depressing as very little natural light and huge pillar in the middle. Did however have a great night's sleep. Breakfast was correct, standard Brazilian breakfast of cold meats, cheeses, bread rolls, fresh fruit. Location great for Ipanema and beach. Would stay here again, but in a better room.

Stayed: December 2014, travelled as a couple
Thank Julie R
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Reviewed 21 March 2015

Excellent front staff, very clean and tidy, reasonable breakfast. However, air-conditioners in room do not cool it at all. The air cons are very small for the room size. When we complained they moved us to a 3-beds room and it was horrible. The 3rd bed wud never get any air. Even at 25 deg Celsius - the rooms are not livable.
Worse, the owner Anna knows it. If you enter hotel, they have one of the largest a/c to trap the visitor. However, the owner refuses to invest and replace the a/c.
So, you can have goid staff and breakfast but not good sleep.
Unfortunately, for us this was Carnaval time and nowhere else to go. We had to chose between sleeping on the beach. Hence we were forced to stay here and suffer.
Again 5* to the front staff for excellent hospitality.

Stayed: February 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 February 2015

great location easy access to everything. The hotel reception staff were very nice but not very knowledgeable. We used the hotel across the street to get information and book excursions. Wifi only in lobby. We were generally happy with the experience.

  • Stayed: January 2015, travelled as a couple
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Address: Rua Visconde de Piraja 524, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22410-002, Brazil
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Region: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro > Ipanema
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#70 On the Beach Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
Price Range: $66 - $243 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel San Marco Ipanema 2*
Number of rooms: 56
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A distinct and 100% carioca experience! The San Marco Hotel offers distinct facilities inspired by nautic aesthetics and the graceful Ipanema Beach, located only 300 meters away from the building! Being placed at the city's business and tourism heart , we feel it's our duty to provide all the staple needs able to suit all kinds of guests. From our economic (9m²) to our Suite (18m²), all rooms are equipped with Free Wifi, Cable TV, Air Conditioniners and Bathing Items. We also offer beach towels and Hair Dryers at the front desk ! ... more   less 
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