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“Reasonble hotel” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Rio Buzios Beach Hotel

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Rio Buzios Beach Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Rua Joao Fernandes - 301 | Praia de Joao Fernandes, Buzios, State of Rio de Janeiro 28950, Brazil   |  
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Ranked #20 of 91 Hotels in Buzios
shrewsbury shropshire
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Reasonble hotel”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2007

We stayed at the hotel for 3 nights at the end of January. First impressions are not outstanding as Reception is in a rather bland area whiuch looks like whitewashed breeze blocks. Staff are helpful and pleasant and speak a smattering of English.The standard room was spotless if a little basic - plenty of room, large balcony, fridge and safe. There was an excellent bathroom with a separate wash basin/dressing area. One complaint was the noisy air con unit which was highly effective but kept us awake half the night even on the lowest setting. The rooms also have VERY thin walls - every conversation could be heard next door, you could even hear the toilet seat being put down/lifted!!
Having the word beach in the name is stretching it a bit. You can barely see the beach which is down the hill and round a corner. If you book a seaview room you may be able to see it in the distance but don't expect a stunning view across the beach and sea! Anyway the beach is very narrow. It is covered in parasols that touch each other and you would be lucky to put your beach towel down on it. We spent the days by the pool area which is nice.They provide beach towels but are a bit stingy in that you can only have one for free - anymore you have to pay for . We stayed on the top 5th floor reached by several steps or a quaint but effective "funicular" railway. I should think any floor lower than the 4th would be noisy as the hotel overlooks a busy road on a hill of cobblestones. Breakfast was good with a reasonable joice as were the bar snacks. We ate out in the evening. The town is a very pleasant 20 minute walk down hill. Beware of the cobbles. The whole town has been done in them and they are killers on the feet! There a dozens of restaurants in town - you will never starve in Buzios. The hotel runs a complimentary shuttle bus to the town each night starting at 8.00 and returning on the half hour. If you plan on walking into town and getting the bus back ,make sure you know where to pick it up. We got caught out twice by this as it did not pick up where the hotel told us it would. the third night we got the bus into town and the pick up was where we got dropped off but this was nowhere near where we were told.
As soon as you get there book yourself on the Buzios Trolley tour which goes 3 times every day for a 2 hour tour US$15. Its a great way to see the area and very enjoyable.
Overall we would recommend the hotel and would stay there again if we ever went back to Buzios

  • Liked — Cleanliness
  • Disliked — thin walls, noisy air con
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2006

The hotel is good but I thought it would be better.
The room was nice and clean and had a big balcony overlooking the pool but it was too small for three people (the additional bed was really petite). The decoration was very simple. Bathroom was nice.
The pool area is very nice surrounded by a lot of vegetation but only a minimal part of Joao Fernandez beach can be seen from there.
Breakfast was very good with a lot of variety, dinner buffet looked really tasty but we didn’t try it, we only ate sandwiches and salads at the hotel and they were very good, also from the restaurant a very little part of the beach can be seen. Caipirinhas at the bar were excellent.
Service was very slow although all the staff was extremely friendly and kind.
The elevator it’s very slow but I don’t think many hotels or posadas in Buzios even have one, so it was ok.
The beach is just a block away from the hotel but it’s a 25-30 min. walk to downtown.
This is a good hotel overall, but the lack of sea views was disappointing, there is no place in the hotel where you can really enjoy the view, unless you book an ocean view room which are only the half of the hotel.

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Additional Information about Rio Buzios Beach Hotel

Address: Rua Joao Fernandes - 301 | Praia de Joao Fernandes, Buzios, State of Rio de Janeiro 28950, Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Buzios
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#9 Family Hotel in Buzios
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Buzios
#14 Romantic Hotel in Buzios
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Rio Buzios Beach Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 64
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located just a few steps from Joao Fernandes beach, the most international beach in Buzios. Calm and warm waters make this beach the best out of Buzios 23 other beaches. Our staff is committed to making your stay truly memorable. ... more   less 
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