My husband and I traveled to Brazil for the first time a couple of weeks ago (Dec, 2012). We landed and stayed in Rio for 4 days. While it was great - there was no time for relaxing - there was just too much to see and do. So when we got to the small town of Buzios and then found that our new adventure was complete with the most delightful and quiet hotel we could not have been more grateful and excited.
We had one of the rooms over the pool (12). And it was perfect. The white certainly gives you a calm feeling. It was not the biggest and most luxurious we have seen, but it was super clean (and you know it always will be... being all white there is no alternative). The bathroom and shower left something to be desired, but you aren't there for the bathrooms. The bed was soft and comfortable. There was an awesome fan above the bed that we loved, however, to turn it on you had to give it a good hard tweak. So it was a bit in disrepair. The same can be said for the blue tiled pool. Some of the tiles are falling off. So while from far away it looks just incredible, there are some repairs needed to be made to make it perfect - as it stands it just feels a bit old. Sometimes the pool area filled up quite quickly and there was no room for us to sit out by the pool, but during the week we had it to ourselves - which was great. The staff was very friendly and helpful! Just a note on their child policy: we love kids but were so disappointed in Rio when we couldn't swim because of the massive game of Marco/Polo going on in their pool, so we were actually quite grateful that we were able to enjoy a nice quiet time at this hotel without yelling and screaming (there is a time and place and a honeymoon is not the time and place). I agree with other reviewers that the hotel is perfectly located.
Side Note: The "buggy" company recommended to us by the hotel really left us disappointed. The guy was very nice and spoke English, however the buggy we got had no power steering (not sure if that is normal) and the clutch, gas and brakes had no rubber on them. So driving it was very difficult and when we looked in other buggies they seemed to have both power steering and rubber pedals. I had a huge bruise on my shin from my foot slipping off the clutch at one point (rubber would have prevented that).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Vila d’este is an exclusive beautiful Italian-style property which enjoys gorgeous views of the ocean. It is full of charm and elegant touches, both in the public areas and in the rooms. Beautiful handcrafts pieces carefully placed around, creating magic scenaries.Only 15 individually decorated rooms’ guarantees a calm and relaxing stay. The Sunset Bar & Restaurant Egeo offers delicious Brazilian breakfast and Mediterranean cuisine with fine wines, as well as stunning sea views – perfect for an evening meal as the sun goes down. A romantic touch is given by candle lightening. Two ocean front swimming pools at different levels, one of them heated and beautifully shell shaped, with hidromassage area and connected with an ocean view steam. The fancy solarium is the perfect place to read a book while taking a traditional capirinha drink.Relax & massage lounge, that’s surrounded by tropical gardens, ready to offer several massage styles. Business Center with two computers available 24 hours with internet free.A delightful Master Ocean Front Suite with private Jacuzzi and fine décor; ideal choice for honeymooners. Vila d’este is within walking distance of the bars, restaurants and shops of Buzios’ Rua das Pedras Main Street and the best beaches in the surrounding area are also within easy reach. One of Vila d´este highlights is its staff and service. Brazilian warm hospitality is a must here. A word to define Vila d´este would be LOVE. Love can be appreciated in every single detail and attitude, creating a smooth atmosphere. Facilities:Restaurant • bar & pool bar • lounge • sundeck • pool • heated pool • steam • massage lounge • free internet business center & wireless area • laundry service • local information & tours ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vila d`Este Hotel Buzios
- Vila D'este Buzios, Brazil