The only hotel we found in Rio that sits directly on its own stretch oh beach. Staff are very welcoming. They were so accommodating for all of our needs and welcomed us so nicely and took care of us during all our stay. As soon as we arrived the welcome from the hotel staff was lovely. We received a delicious refreshing drink on arrival. Beautiful views, quieter than the sun areas but within easy walking distance, lovely beach and pool. I loved opening my balcony doors at night and hearing the waves crashing below. The views over Ipanema are superb. Getting around was no problem with the hotel providing a free shuttle every couple of hours.