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Arpoador Hotel

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An agreeable mid-range hotel between Copacabana and Ipanema beaches offers a great family-friendly choice.

Round the corner from the fort at the end of Copacabana beach, is Arpoador, a rocky peninsula with two small beaches and a compact little neighbourhood which connects on to the main drag of Ipanema beach. It has almost a village community feel, mostly pedestrianised and family-friendly with a children's playground and a promenade flecked with palms.

You can easily stroll into Ipanema with its chic boutiques and range of good restaurants from this pleasing mid-range hotel, which is also within walking distance of Copacabana and the lagoon Rodrigo de Freitas with its cycle/walking path, boating opportunities and wildlife. The modern rooms are compact but bright with a fresh and airy feel, The larger suites have beach views and balcony with a hammock. The hotel offers you a beach service including complimentary towels, chairs and sunshades.

Bartolome, Galápagos

What our clients say

  • Expert help in tailoring a holiday that took in the nature of the country (the Amazon), the cities (Manaus, Rio and Salvador) and the idyllic beaches of Bahia - all in a not overly rushed two weeks.

    DA, West Norwood
  • Highlight: Pousada Rio Mutum, the sun rise trip and evening sunsets. 

    IS, Crowthorne
  • Most Memorable Moment?: Probably seeing river otters at Pousada do Rio Mutum but we really liked the Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls too. 

    SS, Teddington
  • Highlight?: Days in Olinda during Carnaval practice.  Delta cruise from Parnaiba and 5 days in Jeri.

    JI, Orpington
  • Most memorable experience: "There are too many! looking down from Christ the Redeemer at sun set in Rio, using the local buses to get about town, sitting at an outdoor cafe on Ilha Grande and swimming in the natural pool outside of Paraty."

    ZB, London
  • Every day was special and we have many happy memories but probably the highlights were the views from the top of Sugar Loaf, getting up close to waterfalls, swimming in the Rio Negro and whale watching.

    LL, Tonbridge
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