Did you know that there is a secret Treasure Hunt going on for those who want to set foot in the ravishing Rio de Janeiro ? The contest is to find the best kept secret spot in this bustling Brazilian beach capital from where you can feel the pulse of Rio – wave after wave. OK, may be a bit exaggerating because there is no official Treasure Hunt or anything as such. But Team Onetimefashionista can proudly announce that we have found one of the best places to stay in Rio de Janeiro from where we could enjoy the best this amazing city had to offer. Let us tell you one by one why Hotel Arpoador Inn is one of the best possible places to stay in the best Brazilian city which is bursting with energy and life.
The pre-arrival communication with this hotel was one of the smoothest, most responsive and most friendliest ones we have ever had. The Reservation Manager Flavia Moreira made us feel warmly welcome through her written communication to our queries and questions. Even the Restaurant Manager Miguel, also chipped in with a friendly email highlighting the specialities of the hotel’s own restaurant “Temporada”. We knew that we would be arriving at Rio on 13th of March, the day of our 8th marriage anniversary. So we wanted to have a special dinner somewhere nice in Rio de Janeiro. Surprisingly after doing our intensive online research of the restaurants in Rio, we realised that the best option was found in our very own hotel’s restaurant called “Temporada”.
🍏🍎🍐🍊🍉🍓🍋🍈🍴Breakfast view from our hotel. Thank you #Arpaodor for hosting team #Onetimefashionista There are hundreds of hotel on the Ipanema and Copacabana beach but none with a view like this up, close and personal. #onetimefashionistagoestoBrazil #Sponsored #ad #Travelblog #traveldiary #visitRio #travelbrazil #worlderlust #wanderlust #passionpassport #photooftheday #instadaily #instagood #londonblogger #love #breakfast #breakfastwithaview #fruits #healthyeating
🦀Crab cake, guacamole, pico de gallo salsa served in homemade rosé sauce for lunch. Join me 🍽 #onetimefashionistagoestoBrazil #VisitRio #Pescatarian #voyagers #Travelblog #traveldiary #travelbrazil #travelwriter #foodblog #foodporn #beachlife #lunchonthebeach #lunch #passionpassport #riodejaneiro #ipanemabeach #arpoador #food #bluesky #bluewater
Eating yolks is a crime for my body. But then what happens in Rio stays in Rio😜☀️🍳#onetimefashionistagoestoBrazil #VisitRio #breakfastsituation #photooftheday #foodphotography #healthyliving #healthyeating #eatclean #brazil #beach #copacabana #Foodblog #foodporn #free #wanderlust #worlderlust #passionpassport #Travelblog #traveldiary #travelbrazil #instadaily #instagood
Upon arrival at the Arpoador Inn, we were warmly welcome by Jose Maria and his team. The freshly infused lemon-cucumber water kept at the reception perfectly cooled us down to be in sync with Rio’s warm weather. However we faced a small setback upfront as we were taken to our room upstairs when we realised that pictures online could be a bit deceiving. Not the best looking room to be honest in terms of interior design, furniture and aesthetics since we had lived in much better looking rooms elsewhere. It appeared that the two of us have started to live off our suitcases when we are out travelling, so the room appeared a bit tight on space. Also as far as aesthetics is concerned, we really felt the room could have had more colours or vibe the city itself offers to visiting guests. No paintings, no booklets or information cards for visitors in Rio, nothing much on the great city itself – we felt that the Hotel could have taken some fairly easy and inexpensive measures to score higher on the interior design aspect of the rooms or lobbies. On the plus side, the toilet and bath had rainforest flavoured toiletries in abundance which was very welcoming and assuring. We remained optimistic thinking that there may be something better in store for us and that was indeed the case as we soon found out.
It will not take a newcomer to realise in a short while upon arriving at Arpoador Inn that the location of the hotel is a prized one. You could walk all along the Avenue Vieira Souto along the Ipanema Beach or you could walk 10 minutes to arrive at the long curvy stretch of the famous Copacabana Beach – you will notice that all the big and fancy hotels may be facing the ocean but they are separated from the beach by the busy Avenue Atlantica or the Avenue Vieira Souto incase of Ipanema. So you will still have to cross the road and let your feet do the talking with the golden sands of the iconic beaches of Rio. Surprisingly enough, incase of Arpoador Inn, once you come out of the exit of the Restaurant Temporada, you are literally on the beach! The Hotel offers free beach towels as well for the guests which was very handy. See the map here for yourself to see the location – No crossing roads, no distance between the hotel and the actual beach – it is just at the door step to the roaring waves of Ipanema. We strongly recommend you to avoid staying at Copacabana by all means because Ipanema is the better looking beach hands down. If you are lucky to get rooms available in Arpoador Inn, reserve immediately and we recommend to reserve directly with the hotel.
As soon as you will come out of Arpoador Inn and turn left, you will see the recently inaugurated statue of Tom Jobim who was one of Brazil’s most famous artists and is mainly known for his bossa nova songs such as “Girl from Ipanema” and “Samba do avião”, which made Rio de Janeiro world famous.
We arrived in Rio on the day of our anniversary on 13th March and we had an unforgettable dinner at the outdoor arrangements of Restaurant Temporada – the signature restaurant of the Arpoador Inn. No surprise that the food we had was simply delectable, the sight and sound of the restless Pacific waves offering foamy and ferocious white waves every second was not in the menu but served complimentary. We later confirmed that you will not find any other restaurant along Ipanema or Copacabana Beach with such intimate experience of the ocean while dining. You may be dining from all other hotels with sea view, but the distance from the water will be considerable. In case of Arpoador, you may have to have a dinner conversation a bit louder because the sound of the waves will compete with you.
We have a few words to say about the staff at reception, at restaurant, including the doormen. We initially thought that some staff are nice, some are a bit cold – that is the general norm. But we stayed at this hotel for over a week and we did not see any drop in the quality and warmth of service by the staff even once. Jose Maria, Thiago, Miguel (Restaurant Manager) all dealt with our queries and requests with equal level of sincerity. One person who stood out considerably was none other than Nunoo. If any company wants to arrange any training on Customer Service especially in the hospitality industry, one can do a case study on how Nunoo deals with guests.
We have travelled to more than 35 countries and are familiar with all kinds of quality of staff, especially at the Front Desk. We would rather save time here by saying that Nunoo is the person who will make guests come back again to stay at Arpoador Inn when visiting Rio – Simply outstanding. This guy was our go-to-person for all kinds of information, assistance and service we needed to make the most in Rio. He helped us get a reliable and professional taxi to travel to Ilha Grande. He also got in touch through his own network of acquaintances to get us in contact with one of the best photographers in Rio who later conducted our anniversary photo shoot in some beautiful locations in the suburbs of Rio. The hotel also offers money exchange services if requested in advance. So Nunoo was our ATM as and when we required some Brazilian Reals in exchange of our British Pounds. More importantly, we made a mistake while figuring out which plugs to use in Brazil. The two-pin plugs we carried from the UK were not the right two-pins needed in Brazil, where it was infact a bit thinner. The Hotel staff were kind enough to provide us with the right converters, otherwise we would have been without our favourite devices.
🕯Candle light dinner, 🍸🍹cocktails of our choice, Beautographer in bow tie, limitless 🌊sea in front and soothing sounds of waves crashing on the beach. If perfection has a moment, this be it! 13th march. It was our first night in Brazil and we were celebrating our 8th anniversary! #love #londonblogger #CoupleGoals #CoupleTraveler #anniversary #13thmarch #anniversarydinner #pacificocean #soundofwaves #longtermrelationship #instadaily #instagood #wanderlust #shootyourtravel #cocktail #passionpassport #traveldiary #traveldiary #Brazil #riodejaneiro #candlelightdinner #beach #perfect #night #romantic #iphonevideo #relationshipgoals
We also noticed a physical trainer who came during early hours twice a week. She led the kitchen staff and waiters outside in open air and conducted a light exercise class. It was a wonderful sight and we realised that the company/hotel that takes care of the health of its staff in this way, will surely take care of its guests.
A comfortable stay, a location not to die for but to live for every moment, a group of exceptionally sincere and friendly staff and the experiences to have inside and right outside the hotel – Arpoador Inn ticked all the boxes that every voyager would have loved. We sincerely thank Flavia Moreira, the Supervisor of Reservations, for inviting us over to have this wonderful experience at Arpoador Inn. This blogpost is a sincere expression of gratitude from Team OneTimeFashionista and we eagerly hope to revisit Rio in coming days only to stay in one of the best locations in the entire city – the cosy corner of Hotel Arpoador Inn.
It is worth noting in summary that the following attractions are within easy reach of this Hotel.
- Ipanema Beach – just next to it, no crossing roads
- Copacabana Beach – 10 minute walk
- Restaurants – 5 minute walk
- Pedra do Arpoador (Rock of Arpoador, great site for watching sunrise and the Ipanema Beach in one view) – 3 minute walk
- Christ the Redeemer – 10 minutes by taxi
- A coconut water kiosk – As soon as you come out of the hotel, turn left
- Fun, energy, sunshine, beach, waves, good-looking people, dogs – everywhere in Rio!