What was once the Caesar Park Hotel on Ipanema Beach is now the Sofitel – and it’s an excellent hotel option in Rio de Janeiro looking for luxury with a fantastic location. This hotel has gone through many iterations over the years and is most known as being the Caesar Park. When it fell into disrepair and desperately needed a makeover to compete in Rio’s luxury hotel landscape, Sofitel came along and saved the day. Today, it is a fantastic option on the beach in one of the city’s best locations.
Within the hotel, you will find a modern and well-put-together lobby, as well as a coffee and dessert area – my favorite. A business center is offered to guests, pool, restaurant and views of the Atlantic from many rooms. Rooms were redone, creating a simple and modern appearance that is indicative of many other Sofitel properties across the globe. This was my first time staying here, and I enjoyed it.
My room wasn’t large, but did offer sweeping views of Ipanema Beach. The bed was comfortable, the bathroom a little small for my taste – but functional and nice. Inside the room a Nespresso machine called to be used, and ample closet space made hanging-up clothing simple and easy.
What I truly loved about this hotel was breakfast. A beautiful spread was offered in the mornings, including a stunning smoothie and juice bar that hosts more that 15 flavors of juice and types of smoothies. The fruit bar was, too, beautiful and allowed me to choose between guava, papaya and other tropical varieties. That’s the beauty about being in Brazil.
My weather over the time I was in Rio wasn’t perfect, but it was still beautiful. I suggest anyone looking for a luxury hotel, who want to be in Ipanema on the beach to choose the Sofitel. You’ll enjoy it.