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Fasano Rio

At a Glance

    Pros

  • chic decor
  • wonderful views from pool
  • glamorous clientele

    Cons

  • standard rooms lack views
  • expensive

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Fasano Rio Review

The Italian-owned Fasano Group is renowned for its stylish, elegant hotels and restaurants, and Fasano Rio has the added glamour of having been crafted by the French designer Philippe Starck. The location, in front of Ipanema Beach, could not be better, and the building's understated facade masks a wealth of quirky style inside. A key theme is the use of Amazonian wood—the reception desk is carved from a huge tree trunk—and modern glass and chrome. Elsewhere, specially commissioned furnishings re-create the style of the 1950s and 1960s. Unique touches abound, but the real star of the show is the white-marble plunge pool on the rooftop terrace. With breathtaking beach views, it's the ultimate in Rio decadence. A poolside bar and restaurant serves wonderful tropical juices, light meals, and cocktails. Egyptian cotton sheets and goose-down pillows are among the other indulgent touches. The on-site Italian restaurant, Fasano Al Mare, has won major awards, and the intimate lounge bar Londra, which blends English punk-rock attitude with Italian glamour, has a long waiting list.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Av. Viera Souto 80, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, 22420–000 | Map It
  • Phone: 021/3202–4000
  • Website:
  • Subway: Ipanema/General Osório
  • Location: Ipanema and Leblon

    Hotel Details

  • 82 rooms, 10 suites
  • Rate includes breakfast.
Updated: 06-20-2013

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    painfully fake

    this is why I think the Fasano is a tacky place which you should not touch with a bargepole: - the staff try far too hard to please and look like they are forcing smiles to squeeze every cent out of you - there was a maid in our room when my girlfriend and I returned from dinner and we hadn't even spent 5 minutes in the room, definitely not touched the bed. - I was given a paltry exchange rate at the reception which was far less than any bureau de change. Do they not know that people who stay in such hotels know perfectly well the rates of the day? - I was charged 50 US dollars to call the airport for three minutes to confirm my flight times and terminal. - The 'best hotel in rio' charges for internet (alot) and breakfast (alot), obliging you to sign for every last little extra. Even the cheapest hostel in a favela provides there services with the room rate and know that you don't want to be disturbed by clipboard touting staff even when you want privacy. - The man next to me at checkout was also totally livid at the receptionist for most of the reasons above. - There was a very seedy stain on a 'fashionable retro' armchair in the hallway - with a light shining on it. It was so disgusting I chose not to sit down. - only go there if there if you wish to feel used. - Go to Copacabana Palace for some real class and some real service. alternatively, even though apartment rentals have become hideously overpriced, just rent an apartment and enjoy the peace and quiet.

    by tomaso84, 9/14/12

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