In the most iconic beachfront neighborhood in the world, a 1970’s hotel is bringing back an understated sophistication to Ipanema – in a barefoot-chic approach that is refreshing the hotel scene in Rio de Janeiro.
Written by François Correia
Photography by MCA Estudio (courtesy of the Arpoador Group)
Ipanema is one of the most iconic neighborhoods in the world – Bossa Nova songs, The Girl from Ipanema, surfers and such a photogenic landscape that made this part of Rio de Janeiro become the most recognized image of Brazil. In this world famous part of Rio, in one of the most vibrant streets, an original 1970s charming hotel has had its energy and interiors completely redesigned to connect with a new kind of guest – the one that values local insights and that prefers to connect to its surroundings and be part of the flow of the location – immersing oneself in the laid back vibrancy of the Ipanema Inn is sure to make the nomadic global traveler feel at home.
Yet, in contradiction to its hype, the hotel scene in this charming neighborhood was at its most Okay. That was until the Fasano Group opened its hotel in Ipanema and started bringing back the swag to the hood.
The Ipanema Inn is the newest boutique hotel to join in this new wave of sophisticated stays in Rio de Janeiro. The hotel has had an incredible redesign and is nothing short of charm galore.
Founded in 1976 by the Gorin family, the hotel now is under the creative direction of the founder’s grandsons – who brought a modern, high-standard and youthful approach to the services, design and gourmet experiences in the hotel.
In a stunning showcase of Brazilian furniture design – all decorative elements are 100% from Brazil – with its trademark use of natural elements and fine fabrics. The 56 rooms have exclusive interior designed furnite made for the hotel by renowned artists like Sergio Rodrigues & Jader Almeida.
The architectural modern design is signed by Bel Lobo who made use of exposed walls, wood, enormous glass windows, burned concrete and dark metal to blur the limits between inner and outer spaces. After all there is nothing more exhilarant then watching the passer bys in one of the most vibrant streets of Ipanema.
The boutique hotel has also become a gourmet destination – Christian Garcia, an Argentinean chef with an international career, was brought in to command the hotel’s restaurant Quitéria. Presenting a modern dinning experience that showcases the chef’s expertise in bio-molecular cuisine, privileging natural ingredients of the Brazilian culinary traditions: regional Amazonian fish, hearts-of-palm, exotic fruits dishes and rain forest wild boar carré bring the forest game and produce into your plate and palate. A fine-dinning experience that is just like the place where it sits – unpretentious and full of charm.