I had been at the Orla on June/08, the view was great from the terrace, you can take beautiful pictures from there. Its really near from Ipanema, around 5 or 6 blocks . You can hire a taxi from the hotel for a city tour including Corcovado and Pan de azucar, itīs faster and comfortable. If you can pay for an ocean view room, just do it. You won't regret.