Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro
What We Love
- Jetsetter 2015 Best of the Best Finalist: Best Looking Guests
- Prized location on Ipanema Beach with views across the city’s spectacular skyline
- Designer interiors by Philippe Starck
- Infinity pool and bar on the hotspot rooftop
What To Know
- Rooftop pool is better for posing than doing serious laps
- WiFi costs extra; see the Details tab for more
- Prices in the restaurant reflect the quality of the ingredients and the Michelin-star chef
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
In a prized location on Avenida Vieria Souto overlooking Ipanema Beach, this trailblazing design hotel has been the upscale playground of Rio’s style set and taste making travelers since its 2007 debut. The Philippe Starck–designed interiors favor a mod, 1950s-inspired look in lashings of leather and wood, cool white marble and full walls of glass framing views of Rio’s enchanting skyline. All 89 guestrooms echo the public spaces, with dark wood floors, simple white walls adorned with black-and-white photographs, and organic accents like woven rugs and curved balconies. On the dining front, chef Paolo Lavezzini is at the helm of all-Italian eatery, Fasano al Mare, but for a taste of the real city scene, head up to the rooftop to join Rio’s bronzed and beautiful for daytime lazing beside the infinity pool or a strong caipirinha.
In the Area
For a dose of retail therapy, be sure to check out Rio’s swish boutiques along nearby Ipanema’s Garcia D’Ávila Street, especially Isabela Capeto, a hidden (geographically, anyway) fashion oasis offering original upscale designs uniquely rooted in Brazil’s rich textile traditions. Or treat yourself to some fine leather goods, exotic fruit smoothies at Bibi and a Kopenhagen truffle or three to ease any lingering travel stress. Just don’t spoil your appetite, Adega Pérola (R. Siqueira Campos, 138) awaits you with an authentic mix of over 100 Portuguese-inspired sea fare tapas since 1957. Or try family friendly traditional Brazilian dishes at Santa Satisfação. Cap off the day by heading over to Arpoador to join in the beloved carioca tradition of applauding the sun as it sets, rounded out with the best draft beer in the city at ocean-facing Astor.
How to Get There
Don’t let the celebrity ‘thank you’ notes fool you ... this is an average hotel trying to act like a boutique. You’re better off staying at the new Fairmont or even the Hilton. Noisy streets are amplified in the rooms; I had running water through the walls keeping me up for three hours; only good thing was it drowned out the street noise! Also, the Fasano owns an adjacent beach bar called Marea; however, hotel guests have no priority seating over guests from the beach or elsewhere ... very strange. Awful experience, loud street traffic, and no VIP preference ... stay at a chain hotel!
The location of this hotel is superb. Close to the beach and close to Great restaurants and bars. The Service at the hotel is also great. They gave us flip flops when we checked in cause we had forgotten ours. They also were great about giving our Driver to Ihla Grande notice that we were running late on the day we left. Can’t say enough great things about the pool as well! Great views!
We had a "Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed, Oceanfront" room. What a wonderful view of the beach! The room was very clean, modern, and spacious. The balcony was a great place to sit on and watch the world go by. The service at this hotel is exceptional. We were checked in, in our room. The concierges were great, offering many suggestions for restaurants, arranging a private helicopter tour, and a private guide. They were also able to arrange a quite-late check-out for us as the next guest was arriving late.
The location is Ipanema Beach (which we like much better than the old-fashion Copacabana Beach). There are lots of good restaurants nearby (including the one in the hotel). We felt perfectly safe during the daytime. At night, we'd simply use Uber to go to and from even nearby restaurants. Uber is amazingly efficient, quick to arrive, and ridiculously cheap. [It typically cost us about $1.50 USD to go anywhere in Ipanema - I'd tip them more than the cost of the ride!]
The hotel provides free chairs and umbrellas at the beach across the street. They also have an outdoor cafe there on the beach that you can charge to your room. A wonderful place to people-watch.
The breakfast buffet was very nice, especially the people working there. They start your day off right. The goal of everyone in the hotel seems to be to make you feel welcome and comfortable. The hotel has a lot of famous guests, but they treat you the same, no matter who you are.
On our final day, the concierge arranged a guide for us to take us around to different sites. They gave us Maiko Nizzo, a very good, intelligent person, who loves Rio and wants to share with you what and why he loves it. He customized our day based on our interests, and what a wonderful day it was! Maiko was like having a good friend show you around to his favorite spots. I think we enjoyed talking with him as much as seeing the sites. Ask for Maiko!
I was worried this hotel might be too fussy for us, but I agree with the other seasoned travellers who said they felt more comfortable here than most hotels they've stayed at. We will definitely stay here the next time we are in Rio.