The Rio Dolphin Inn is a small but quality guest house in the nicest part of Rio, between Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. We are situated in a quaint and charming vila of a dozen houses and are just blocks from the city's best beaches, restaurants, stores and bars/cafes, markets, bookstores, juice bars, banks, cinemas. Bus lines and a new subway pass right in front of the vila, so you can get anywhere and back with ease. We pride ourselves on offering personalized attention and being hospitable, clean, safe and environmentally correct. Rio is an incredibly vibrant and spectacularly beautiful city and we enjoy sharing our knowledge with visitors. We'll steer you right and lead you to the best beaches, restaurants, stores and sites. We are small but we offer individual attention as well as modern facilities and comforts such as private bathrooms with powerful showers and hot water, AC and ceiling fans in each room, Wifi high speed internet access, cable TV with international channels, high quality beds and pillows and a modern kitchen. We have a round the clock open kitchen with free bottled water, herbal teas and coffee, chocolates and cashew nuts, and the refrigerator is stocked with organic produce, eggs, coconut water, Brazilian ice tea (mate) and natural juices. You can help yourself to whatever is in the kitchen at anytime. We use only biodegradable products and try to recycle and compost all our garbage. Entering Rio Dolphin Inn is like stepping into the bottom of the ocean. That is if the ocean is filled with fascinating decorations and zany things from around the world. Visitors use all kinds of words to describe Rio Dolphin Inn: guesthouse, zen temple, funky art gallery, play pen, nature/cultural museum. We just call it home and we look forward to meeting you.
Charming bedroom ideal for couple or family (couple and one child or three adults). It is our largest room and has a queen and a single bed with a pullout bed underneath. The room has a ceiling fan, AC, desk, a spacious private bathroom next to the room and two bright windows which face the vila.
A cozy dolphin-themed suite with AC, ceiling fan, a new private bathroom, queen and single bed, and two large windows which face the vila where the inn is located. Ideal for a couple or three persons.
4.4 on September 14, 2011
This was our 2nd trip to the Blue Dolphin. Technically, it was closed for significant improvements. (Having met John, the owner, during our previous stay, we convinced him to let us stay in spite of the construction, AND the fact that he was going to be out of the country! Although John's personality and knowledge of the area played a part in our first trip's success, his absence was easily filled in by his local team. The inn is chock full of travel guides (many loaded with photos taken by the owner himself, a former Time magazine photographer and writer), restaurant recommendations, and suggestions for "off the beaten path" activities. With the assistance of the Inn manager, we went deeper into Rio than we did our first time around. We had a fascinating tour of the Favella hosted by a young man that grew up there, left, and now has returned. We took an outstanding Brazilian cooking class, and went into downtown Rio where we found the most amazing 1/4 mile of "street art" by a local artist named Selaron. The Rio Dolphin Inn is small, quaint, and packed full of character. Its not the place you want to go if you prefer a 5 star hotel, but then, you wouldn't be reading this if that's what you want. With the construction, each bedroom has its own private bath, where previously there was one community bathroom for 3 bedrooms. When the Rio Dolphin is full, they have the ability to rent out a handful of other rooms very close by in this very safe and quiet gated community. When we were there, a previous guest purchased a beach bicycle and donated it to the Inn. We borrowed the owners bike and this community bike, and had a GREAT time seeing all that Copacaban and Ipanema had to offer. A bike is absolutely the best transportation in this beautiful beach town My only regret is that we had to leave long before the construction was finished. We can't wait to see the Rio Dolphin during our NEXT visit!
4.6 on April 14, 2011
I recently stayed at the Rio Dolphin Inn for a couple of days and had an awesome, and relaxing time. John was so helpful- giving me directions, providing recommendations, walking me around the neighbor, showing and drawing me maps. I enjoyed the coziness and eclectic feel of the guesthouse. The location is very central, within 3 blocks of the beach and in between Ipanema and Copacabana. As a single female traveler, I never felt unsafe in the neighbor around the guesthouse. When I come back to Rio in the future, I'll definitely be staying here!
4.8 on May 27, 2010
This cozy paradise is located right smack between Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, within easy walking distance of both, and was by far the highlight of our 6 week vacation in South America. The very personable owners, John and Nina, took us on a morning-long walking tour of the area on our first day, and were instrumental and very helpful in setting up the rest of our activities while we were there. John, who is also a very accomplished journalist, gave us fantastic advice on all things touristy and culinary, and Nina gave us great tips on what to do/see at night. The house itself is in a "villa," a small gated community about 4 blocks from the Forte de Copacabana, and is very secure. The decor is a delightful pastiche of surfer and marine-life art, with a lot of emphasis on dolphins, of course. Both rooms are comfortable and the bathroom is clean and spacious. Overall it was almost like a home-stay with very attentive friends; both John and Nina are very interesting people, delightful to talk to, and they were constantly concerned with keeping us well-informed and happy. They even went out for breakfast and to the beach with us a couple of times, and are fun to be around. The only reason I rated "dining" with 4 dots is that when we were there, which was last year, they did not have in-house cooking, but John pointed us to some great eating establishments in the neighborhood. I recommend Rio Dolphin Inn for anyone traveling to Rio de Janiero, it's our best vacation discovery in recent years!
4.8 on March 28, 2010
I stayed for couple of days in this unforgettable place in Rio - cozy, beautiful (and of great location). John and Nina know everything about the city, helpful, smiley, friendly people :) great memories from the place!
4.8 on December 14, 2009
We had seven wonderful days at the Rio Dolphin Inn,staying in the Cosy Corner,a self contained apartment in a security controlled block right opposite also owned by hosts John and Nina. It's smallish and has limited self catering but is clean and comfortable and is only a 5 minute stroll to both Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. On our arrival,John gave us a quick walking tour of the local recommended restaurants in Ipanema which we really appreciated. The "kilo restaurants" where you pay by weight on the food you choose were great in choice and value. It can be a great help to get John or Nina to assist with arranging airport transfers and sight-seeing with their local contacts if you have limited understanding of the language! A great place to stay in Rio. Thanks! Mike and Helen,England,UK
Beachside, City, Oceanside, Tropical
RIO - Rio De Janeiro, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil 25 miles
It's about a 30-minute taxi ride, or a one hour+ bus ride from the airport to Ipanema/Copacabana where the Rio Dolphin Inn is located. We know reliable drivers who will do a transit from the airport to the Rio Dolphin Inn for R$80, a little more than a regular taxi, but if the taxis don't take you for a spin. We strongly recommend this, as the driver will meet you in the terminal with a sign with your name. If you need to go to an ATM, he'll take you to one in the airport before heading to the Rio Dolphin Inn. It couldn't be easier.
Antique Shopping, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Christ Figure, Carnival, Maracana soccer stadium, Surfing, Sugar Loaf, Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Billiards, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Spectacular Sunsets, Surfing, Hang gliding, paragliding, Bird Watching, Monkey Watching, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts, Tennis racket rental, Water sports, Whitewater Rafting
Board games, CD player, DVD Player, In-room internet, Library, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Wi-Fi
Air conditioning, Ceiling fans, Desk, Fridge, Hairdryer, Internet Service
John and Cindy
Portuguese, English, German, Japanese, Spanish
Surfing, swimming, diving, dogs, travelling, tennis, ocean and nature; photography, writing and video
Healthy and Natural
Healthy eating and lots of chocolate
We have a round the clock open kitchen so you can come and go and eat as you like. You are welcome to buy your own groceries, but we do stock the refrigerator and kitchen with lots healthy foods such as organic fruits and produce, natural breads, eggs, coconut water, coffee, herbal teas, cashew nuts and of course lots of chocolate. Guests are welcome to help themselves to whatver is in the kitchen at any time. We are also surrounded by about a dozen Brazilian juice and acai bara and cafes, and we think eating out in Ipanema or Copacabana is a great way to sample local delicacies, meet native Cariocas (as well as other travelers), and get into the local culture. What can beat sitting out on a street-side cafe in Ipanema and watching the locals walk by on their way to the beach while you feast on an Acai-Mango juice, pao de queijo, a latte and nutela croisant?