Fasano Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
The Fasano Rio de Janeiro hotel is located on the street of Avenida Vieira Souto, along the eastern end of Ipanema Beach in the Rio de Janeiro state. This is the second hotel built by Brazilian restaurateur-hotelier Rogerio Fasano, his first being Hotel Fasano São Paulo, which opened in 2003.
Designed by Philippe Starck, the glossy wood, metal and glass hotel opened in August 2007. Brazil's golden bossa nova era of the 50s and 60s is reflected in the interiors of the hotel, including the furniture, decor and colours.
Mid-century collection pieces designed by Starck, Studio Branco & Preto and Sergio Rodrigues can be found throughout the hotel. The presence of a giant pekia tree used as a reception desk in the glass-walled lobby especially captures the bossa nova elegance.
The hotel rooms have dark wood floors, Daliesque oblong mirrors and curvy light fixtures that glow like ghosts. The sliding bathroom door features a black-and-white mural of Rio celebrities from the 50s era.
The materials used in the construction of the hotel came from all over the world – white marble from Greece, yellow onyx from China, 19th-century red brick from Argentina and ironwood from the northern part of Brazil.
Fasano hotel accommodation
The 91-room hotel has separate smoking and non-smoking floors, and all rooms feature private balconies separated by mirrored screens.
The 30m² superior courtyard-view rooms have king / twin beds and marble bathrooms with a rain shower. Guests staying in the hotel's deluxe rooms can relax on the Sergio Rodriques chairs in the balcony and watch the waves on Ipanema beach.
The 70m² ocean-front suites are flooded with natural light as they overlook the ocean. They feature a living area, private bar, private terrace accompanied by a teak chaise longue and marble bathrooms with a separate rain shower looking out to the ocean. A dressing table, two 32in LCD televisions and an iPod dock are also available for use.
The three deluxe suites are the most spacious accommodation units in the hotel, each covering an area of 130m². They feature furnishings designed by the iconic architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The marble bathrooms have a standalone bathtub and two rain showers, all offering ocean views.
All rooms at the Fasano Rio De Janeiro hotel have fully equipped workstations with high-speed wireless internet connection, 32in LCD televisions, and CD and DVD players. The hotel's king / twin rooms are furnished with 300-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets and goose-down pillows and duvets.
Fasano restaurants and bars
The Fasano Al Mare restaurant serves seafood and Italian cuisine. Al Mare has a 70-seat dining room with expandable dark wood tables, a private dining room with a murano chandelier overhanging a vintage Scandinavian table, and a terrace adorned with giant vases and glossy mirrors.
The Baretto-Londra bar takes its inspiration from Londra, the Italian name for London. The bar's entrance is an 18m-long translucent pathway in glowing white light enveloped in burgundy velvet and white linen curtains. The huge England flags have been italianised in red, white and green, and the Argentine redbrick walls are covered with vintage LP record covers of British artists.
The hotel's all-mirror carved bar, located in the lobby, is furnished with Sergio Rodrigues and vintage Jean Gillon armchairs along with white corduroy goose-down couches.
Health and wellness
Guests can have massage and beauty treatments within their rooms. The Lancome Beauty Centre of Paris provides detoxing lymphatic drainage massages, shiatsu with plutonic stones, purifying green clay treatments, reductive massages and physiotherapy with herbs brought from the Atlantic forest.
The hotel has a fully-equipped fitness centre on the eighth floor, which overlooks the ocean. A complimentary personal trainer is available to help and guide the guests. The same floor houses a rooftop infinity pool overlooking Ipanema beach, the Arpoador neighbourhood, the Two Brothers Mountain and Corcovado Mountain. The pool has a lounge that serves fresh juices, cocktails, and a breakfast and dining menu throughout the day. The hotel also has a steam room.
Hotel meeting facilities
A fully-equipped business centre, set-up with high-end computer stations, printers, photocopying, scanning and fax services, LCD projectors and video conference is available to meet guests' business needs.
The hotel has a 14-seat boardroom furnished with Charles Eames aluminium chairs. In addition, a 28m² wood-panelled room is available for large-scale meetings and events. Both rooms open to outdoor patios looking out to the ocean.