The sun was smiling warmly as I entered the revamped Arpoador hotel. A beautiful day! And to complete the picture, the sea looked like a pool, so calm and blue. That was just the beginning. When I opened the front door I felt the carioca soul throb in the architecture, hospitality and taste of the Italy mango ice cream I received even before check in. The hotel is the face of Rio!
Daniel Gorin – general manager and grandson of founders Manoel and Rachel Strosberg – received us in Havaianas sandals, in stripped and elegant linen garments, and with great kindness. Always attentive and smiling, he circulates around the hotel. He told part of his story that echoes through the walls of the property inaugurated by his grandparents in the 1970s and touched by his mother. Now it was the turn of the third generation to take the helm. Yes, the helm! After all, the architect Thiago Bernardes designed an incredible project that takes you to the bow of a ship and where the 49 rooms make you feel like you’re in a cabin floating in the middle of the sea. Fifteen accommodations are facing Arpoador beach and have super inviting hammocks, especially to enjoy the sunset of the cabin.
The hotel reopened its doors this year, keeping the post of the only hotel “foot in the sand” in Rio. Sophistication and lightness set the tone. You feel welcomed in all of the hotel’s rooms, which have been through a long process of almost two years. The lobby connects in a straight line Francisco Otaviano and Francisco Bhering streets, from where the eyes reach the iconic stones of the Arpoador. A luxury! Lots of natural light, light woods and straw give a beach climate. This is exactly where you will sit to eat divinely, from breakfast to dinner, under the baton of the star Roberta Sudbrack, who signs the gastronomic scene with her usual creativity and perfection. Some dishes are real works of art.
On the top floor, the terrace has an incredible view that goes from Arpoador to Leblon and a pool where you will sit and be bewitched without being able to leave. We are left to thank Christ the Redeemer for the natural beauty and ask for a beautiful drink signed by alchemist Néli Pereira to toast life.
The Arpoador hotel is the youngest darling of the cariocas and has already become a meeting point for an elegant, cool and unpretentious crowd.
I wish you all a day full of sunshine!
XoXo, Claudia Liechavicius