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Style on Ipanema: Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro

    For many of us, Ipanema is the only place to stay in Rio, and with the new Fasano, a Brazilian-owned hotel, design mavens have a home. The all-too ubiquitous Phillipe Starck was enlisted and yes, there are billowing curtains (yawn) a la the Delano. But it gets (a lot) better, since the rooms are minimalist aeries of glass and Brazilian wood with views of the Atlantic, outfitted with mid-century modern  Brazilian furniture. Better yet is the rooftop pool and bar, reserved for hotel guests, and sited to make you feel as if you are hovering many stories over sea and sand. Like its sister proerty, the Fasano in Sao Paulo, the service is as smart and discreet as a Parisian five star. It’s pricey, but even one night is enough to get a taste. 80 Av. Viera Souto; Fasano.com.br

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