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“The interior of the rooms does not match the spaciousness of the public areas” 3 of 5 stars
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Hotel Solar Do Rosario
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Rua Getulio Vargas 270 | Bairro Largo do Rosario, Ouro Preto, State of Minas Gerais 35400-000, Brazil   |  
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Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Ouro Preto
Milan, Italy
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“The interior of the rooms does not match the spaciousness of the public areas”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

When we arrived at the 2pm our room was not ready and we got the option either to pay for an higher price available room or wait half hour for the standard room we had booked. This is one of the few hotels in Brazil that still claim an extra 10% service charge on top of the publicly advertised and booked rate. Coincidentally it took the reception half hour to do all the check-in formalities. When we got in the standard room it was so small we could barely walk around a double bed. Fortunately for us there wasn't any Wi-Fi signal in this room, so we managed to obtain a slightly larger room closer to the wireless router with a stronger signal. When we got back in the evening it turned out that the staff didn't know the password for that router. Fortunately the night porter was willing to let me switch a router from the other end of the corridor with a known password with the one with the unknown one, so that after more than half hour troubles we finally got Internet access…. Overall the staff was friendly and accommodating albeit not prepared with all the situations they were confronted with. At the same price paid here we have had better rooms and service elsewhere in Brazil.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Ayer, Massachusetts
1 review
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

This hotel is a converted large multi-residence from Ouro Preto's early days. Much of what you see in this hotel, including wood, stone, and tiling are as much historical relics as the various tourist attractions themselves. DO NOT expect this to be a spa-laden, english-fluent modern-day Hilton. Appreciate it for what it is.

Here are some tips to help you avoid the "issues" other reviewers are having:

1) Learn key phrases in the language of the country you are going to. Don't be arrogant enough to assume that other people are going to learn YOUR language to accomodate YOU in a country that is THEIRS. And guess what? The staff will actually be more willing to go out of their way to help you if they see you're making an effort! Who would have thought?!

2) Learn how to use a bathroom in the typical manner that many South American countries style their bathrooms. Most Brazilians do not flush toilet paper down the toilet, they put it in the trash can next to the toilet. The shower and general bathroom area drain from the floor, which you have to open. The power of your toilet flush depends on how long you hold the button down, and the little button is only to release water into the bowl.

3) All the noise "problems" are related to the architecture of the period in which Ouro Preto and this building were built re: width of the walls. Traffic noise is par for the course for any city in Brazil, re: motorcycles and trucks.

4) And there are complaints about the Hotel looking "old"? If you want to stay in a Hilton or Ibis hotel, stay in Belo Horizonte and drive to Ouro Preto. Otherwise, appreciate the antiquity as part of the charm of the hotel.

5) The typical breakfast cuisine of Brazil in class includes ham, cheese, a variety of breads, and a LOT of fruit. This isn't a country that is going to pander to your bacon/sausage/potatoes/toast/pancakes American palette. Tough luck. You don't whine about the pastries in France, right?

And now, for my own personal review of our stay:

This hotel is everything you could expect for someone looking to genuinely appreciate the historical beauty and significance of this beautiful town. My fiancée(a native brazilian) and I spent a Saturday night here and this is easily the best hotel in the city and worthy of its ranking and awards. The front desk staff is charming and informative, the waitstaff was brilliant, and the rooms were clean and charming. There is not much of a view from certain rooms like ours, but if you're here to see Ouro Preto you're doing it wrong if you're sitting in your hotel room. They had a pleasant selection of wines for dinner, and the gorgonzola risotto will leave you fully satisfied. The ambiance in the restaurant is lovely, as it is in the rest of the hotel as well.

Overall this hotel was everything we ciuld have expected, and contributed to a wonderful weekend in Ouro Preto. We will stay here again.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

I stayed in this hotel years ago and loved it, but this time was a major disappointment. It is still beautiful, although the pool has been moved and is now much less charming.
The first room we were given was just awful. Very small, smelling of mold, with a tiny bathroom and a toilet that took several attempts before finally flushing, it would not have been a credit to a two star hotel. But the hotel was full, so we remained until the next day, a Monday, when we had to talk to three different people to finally change the room (which we had been promised the night before). The second room was larger and more comfortable, although the bathroom still smelled of mold. We had to shower in installments, cutting off the water periodically to avoid flooding. Even then, on the third day, the whole bathroom was flooded.
Some of the staff were very nice, some less so. The lobby of the hotel was left mostly in darkness at night, and the floor to ceiling windows there and in the dining room were left open even in cold weather during a rainstorm. Breakfast looks better than it tastes. We had dinner at the hotel twice. The first night, I was the unlucky one - I had ravioli that would have been al dente if it had been left to cook for a few more minutes, but was completely inedible as it was. The others in my party found their food ok. The next evening, we planned on going elsewhere, but, due to the rainstorm and mobility issues, ate there again. This time, nobody ate well, and two of us were ill.
It is truly unfortunate that a previously charming hotel in an adorable town has declined so much.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

The standard room is extremely small and dusty, and the toilet does not flush properly. The shower curtain on the window is torn; the tile floors are stained and dirty. The bedroom is very small. Walls are very thin, you can hear people walking down the hallway. We complained about the dirt and toilet and the person in charge said that was how the rooms are, that they need reburbishing. He showed us other standard rooms and he was right - the other standard rooms are even worst than ours.

Don't be fooled by the nice exterior and reception area;the rooms are 1-2 star-level.

I heard there are good hotels in Ouro Preto and I recommend you stay there. I wish we did.

Room Tip: My best tip to travelers is NOT to stay here. This hotel is old and needs reburbishing badly. The to...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, Georgia
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

When visiting Brazil, it is well worth your time to spend a couple of days in Ouro Preto. This is a magical little city with cobblestone roads, and pretty much unchanged since the 1600's. The population is roughly 40K. There are 17 beautiful churches to see, as a gold mine. The people are very kind and friendly. The Hotel Solar Do Rosario is beautiful. The staff will do anything to make sure your stay is perfect. The rooms are clean and comfortable. The restaurant serves all day, and the food is great. They have a breakfast buffet that is outstanding. I ate all 3 meals there, and was very impressed. This is a need to see!

Room Tip: I don't think they have a bad room in the hotel. It is very quiet and quaint.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver
Top Contributor
175 reviews 175 reviews
73 hotel reviews
Reviews in 50 cities Reviews in 50 cities
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

Ouro Preto, the colonial crown jewel and Brazil's first designated World Heritage site, is not an easy city to find your way around in. Cobblestone streets are so steep in places as to bar vehicular traffic, but if your car's slipping clutch can manage to claw its way to the gorgeous church in Largo do Rosário you will come face to face with the Solar do Rosário Hotel. Hotel staff will mercifully take the car from your sweating palms and park it somewhere, while you check in and relax in the beautifully appointed lobby with your welcome caipirinha. The 41 room hotel compound contains several connected buildings on multiple levels and offers a wide variety of accommodations from singles to suites to apartments. There are warm wooden accents throughout including stand alone carved doors and floors lovingly polished to a deep sheen by uniformed ladies running machines with circular discs the likes of which your mother used on your childhood home's linoleum floors forty-five years ago. It's like taking a step back in time. Climb a series of flagstone stairs past hanging gardens and massive leisure couches to two swimming pools and a fitness studio overlooking red tiles rooftops and a glimpse of Igreja NS do Rosário. And don't miss asking for your breakfast cackleberries to be cooked to your liking by the very nice lady over an open wood fire. It all makes for a rewarding stay in Ouro Preto.

Room Tip: Inside rooms might avoid some traffic noise from the street.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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newyork
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

The hotel is nice but has seen better days. Unlike the other reviewers, we had 2 bedrooms in the back overlooking the garden and it was very quiet.
One of the showers was leaking and couldn't be fixed while we were there.
The staff doesn't speak english so you should come prepared and know what to do in town because you won't get any help.
The buffet breakfast was great (lots of different cakes, and madeleines...)
The location is good too.
we liked the restaurant for dinner.

Room Tip: ask for room at the back of the hotel, not on the street
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Rua Getulio Vargas 270 | Bairro Largo do Rosario, Ouro Preto, State of Minas Gerais 35400-000, Brazil
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Location: Brazil > State of Minas Gerais > Ouro Preto
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Ouro Preto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Solar Do Rosario 3.5*
Number of rooms: 48
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