We stayed at the Mango guesthouse for 1 night (18.02.2010) before 3 days jungle tour. The person who met us was friendly and spoke good English.
We did not book the tour in advance planning to explore options and select what will meet our needs. The information on the web site of the company “Nature Safari” owning the guesthouse (www.naturesafaris.com.br) appeared outdated. When I called them asking if they can book me on one of the standard 4d/3n jungle tour to Amazon Eco Lodge, the person answered that they do not run these tours anymore, but promised to find other options. When we arrived the person at the reception unveiled that the company sold the Amazon Eco Lodge and the new owner does the renovation. But he invited the person from Gero Tours company to discuss options. Gero Tours sends people for similar tour to Ararinha Jungle Hotel which is located about 70 km South-East from Manaus, the same area where Amazon Eco Lodge used to be. We agreed for 3d/2n tour.
All rooms in Mango named by local fish. We got “dorado”. The room was very clean, with painting on the wall representing jungle lake. Aircon worked fine. Interesting detail I saw the first time: doors (external and to the bath room) are from corrugated metal. The hotel located in quiet and safe place in neighborhood with military guarded residence. The guide from Gero Tours told that some military executives live there. The yard of the guesthouse enclosed with fence.
Apart from us there were only 2 other tourist in the whole guest house that night. Breakfast next morning was simple set of cheese and ham slices, toasts, fruits slices served in portions on plates by number of guests.
Now some comments on the down side. When I booked the room via Internet the price was in US dollars. The bill obviously was in Brazilian reals that was expected. What was unexpected the exchange rate. The hotel clerk put 1.97 in the bill, while I exchanged money the same day at 1.79. So resulting cost in US dollars for the room was higher then stated.
Another disappointment came when we returned from the jungle tour. Before we left for this 3 day journey we asked if we can leave one suitcase in the guest house storage room. The person kindly agreed to keep it. When we arrived he was not on duty and the lady who opened the storage room for us asked for 10 reals. I replied that we were not informed about payment upfront. The lady responded that the person who took our luggage forgot to inform us. Finally I paid this money.
And the last. The guesthouse is located in 15 minutes by taxi from the downtown. If you want to see main city attractions or simply looking for the restaurant you have to secure additional 50 reals for the two taxi rides.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in a residential area with easy access to the International and National Airport, downtown city and the Ponta Negra Beach (10 min car drive each or 30 public transport, available at the door). The Mango Guesthouse has its own Palhoa Restaurant with simple homemade food and is surrounded in walking distance by good restaurants, as well as snack and sandwich stores. The ideal spot for your stay in Manaus on the way to the Amazon Rainforest Adventure Station or the Flotel Piranha Rainforest Adventure Station. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mango Guesthouse Manaus, AM, Brazil