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“Hidden Gem with Great Hosts” 5 of 5 stars
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Pousada Guarana
Rua 5, no. 13 | Portal de Paraty, Paraty, State of Rio de Janeiro 23970000, Brazil   |  
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Ranked #1 of 23 Hotels in Paraty
London
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“Hidden Gem with Great Hosts”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

The Guarana Pousada is more like a small boutique hotel with 10 lovely rooms. We stayed in one with air condition which in the nice heat of Paraty was nice but the rooms are lovely and big with high ceilings and fans which do not really require air con! The rooms were spotless and even had a mini safe inside.

The Pousada does not look much from the outside but once inside it is like walking in a hidden garden with mature trees and plants. The swimming pool is perfect and refreshing after a day of exploring and the breakfast/lounge area around the pool is very nice. Breakfast is served around the pool and it has nice scrambled eggs and croisants etc and lovely juices and very tasty coffee.

The is in a very quite street about 10 minutes walk to the old town, or can use the free bikes on offer, everybody seems to cycle in Paraty!
The hosts David and his wife were great and very helpful in anything you need. Highly recommend this place for Paraty.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

My husband and I stayed at Pousada Guarana for four nights in Jan 2013 and really enjoyed our stay. We have been travelling through South America for over five months and would count this pousada as one of our best stays. The service was excellent. David and his staff were always ready and happy to help us with whatever we needed. The breakfast was ample and delicious, and the rooms and pool area were a great place to relax. All in all, the pousada exuded a lovely ambiance. We especially loved all the animals (especially fi fi the cat!). The pousada is located in a leafy and quiet location, a short 15 minute walk along the river to the historic centre. We would be happy to recommend this pousada to anyone wanting somewhere relaxed and peaceful to stay in Paraty. Thanks to David and his team for such a lovely stay!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013 via mobile

My partner and I stayed in this place for one week and we absolutely LOVED it! The owners are really friendly and always helpful. The place itself is fantastic! It's really quiet, the decoration is perfect, the breakfast is really good, anyway... we had a great time there. We also loved the pets they keep at the "pousada" - (all rescued animals). We highly recommend this place and next time we go to Paraty we'll stay there again for sure!

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

I enjoyed the charm and bit of mystery of the design and layout of the pousada. The greenery and trees were lovely. The yoga room was a great feature that we used a few times just to relax and practice some self-guided yoga. The pool was also nice and we enjoyed it on a few occasions. The breakfast was fantastic and the staff and owners were lovely and helpful!

There were a few issues that I found off-putting. I'm not an animal person so I found the numerous cats and dogs slightly annoying though I liked that they were mostly rescued animals that the owners had taken in. We were happy to have access to bikes but after a few minutes, we realized that they were in desparate need of tune ups so we only used them for a little while and ended up walking them back to our pousada! Our room was uncomfortable, muggy and sauna-like. It was hotter and more stuffy in our room than outside and each time we entered we did so with a bit of dread. The location wasn't that great, as the previous reviewer said. It's a bit of a trek to the Historical Centre so it would probably be worth it to spend the extra money to stay closer to town rather than spend 20 Reais each way by taxi. Also, it would have been nice to be able to to have access to some kitchen utensils. An employee did give us a few but it was because we asked for it.

In general, it was an okay experience but I'd probably select somewhere more central and with better ventilation in the room.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Pousada_Guarana, Owner at Pousada Guarana, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
We are happy to read that you enjoyed many aspects of our hotel. Sounds like overall we succeeded in providing to you our core focuses of quality service, great breakfast and relaxing environment. I especially like the charm and bit of mystery comment!

Now a little about the “but…”
Two of the main complaints you made are about the animals, and the distance to town.
Neither one of these are going to change I am afraid. We are committed to our animal rescue efforts in Paraty, and some of these lovely cat and dog rescues live on property with us. They are not obtrusive or allowed in the rooms and are very friendly. For most of our guests they are a big bonus, and often a main reason why they chose our hotel over another. Our location and distance to town is double edged but with good points too. It does take a 20 min walk to get to the historic center, but we are also in a green and quiet neighborhood that is away from the loud music, crowds and cars near the old town. We have bikes available that makes it just 10min, and we also have a bus stop one block away (most hotels are much further from the buses), making going to the best beaches, waterfalls or hikes easy and inexpensive.

While Tripadvisor is a great tool, it’s best when used completely. Some may just choose us because of our rank but didn't actually read any of our 250+ reviews to see if our hotel style would fit their personal style. Take a look and you will see nearly all the reviews mention our location and that we have animals. We don’t like surprises for our guests, and are very proactive on these points as well and clearly state from our first correspondence our exact location and walking distance to the historic center, the cost of taxis, and that we have friendly animals. This is as far we can reasonably go to help prospective guests decide if we are right for them. If anyone thinks our location or animals may be a problem, we understand that we may not be the right fit. We would even be glad to help recommend some place to suit you better!

I am sorry to hear you were uncomfortable with the temperature in your room. It doesn't happen often but in early January 2013 there was a heat wave in the whole state of Rio with record temps. As you were in our least expensive basic rooms, they are the most susceptible to heat waves as they have fewer windows. We do have airier and cooler apartments with big double doors to a private gardens and other rooms with air conditioning, but perhaps they were not available when you booked.

Best wishes,
David and Jimena
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

Whilst there is no denying the oddly beguiling, slightly hppie charm of this place, the excellent breakfast and the charming, helpful, informative owners, there a few buts: and they are quite big ones.
First, the owners are pet lovers ,and so there are several dogs and cats that have the run of the place. They are very friendly and attention-seeking, but if you are not into pets, be warbed
There are no drawers or cupboards in the rooms , so nowhere to unpack.
There is no air con, though it is to be fitted, so it can get very hot and uncomfortable, particularly as Paraty is rightly renowned fot mosquitos.
Finally the property is a good way from the historic centre of Paraty, where all the sights and most of the restaurants are:indeed it is as far from it as is possible whilst still, technically, being in Paraty. This means a 20-25 minute walk each, slightly longer if you take the more scenic route along the river. This is not so good when it rains (frequently), when it is dark, when you have luggage, or after a long day out. There are loads of taxis, that charge 20Reals each way. This can soon mount up and needs to be taken into account when comparing rates for other places nearer in.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

We stayed at Pousada Guarana for one night while traveling from Trindade to Rio. After a month in South America, this was by far the loveliest place we stayed. Out of sheer luck, we managed to get a room for a night at the last minute and honestly wished we could have stayed longer.

There was nothing we could fault about the place - hammocks were plentiful, the pool area was quiet - a great place to relax with a book, the breakfast was varied and delicious (home baked cakes, cheese, fruit, eggs, homemade smoothies etc) and the rooms were airy and tastefully decorated. The staff were all awesome and really helpful. The location of the pousada was great for us - away from the busy town centre but close enough to walk or cycle.

Thank you so much David for your hospitality (and letting us hang out with your lovely animals) and I really hope we can come back to stay for longer one day!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

Posada with a wonderful athmosphere. It has the feeling of an old original pousada but the quality and finish of a modern and carefully designed hotel. Situated in a quiet part of the city (15 min walk or you can borrow bikes) you feel like you are in your own little part of the world, created for you to have a place to relax. Wonderful pool area/garden with quiet chill out music. Beautifull rooms (ours with a little private garden with a hammock). Breakfast with home made bread along with fruit, cake, egg, granola .. Everything. And the owners and staff are doing everything to make you feel not only welcome but at home. We cannot recommend this place to highly

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Address: Rua 5, no. 13 | Portal de Paraty, Paraty, State of Rio de Janeiro 23970000, Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Paraty
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Paraty
#1 Best Value Hotel in Paraty
#4 Family Hotel in Paraty
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful and quiet Pousada, perfect for couples and friends to relax and recharge. Enjoy our large comfortable rooms as well as our exotic gardens and artwork from around the world. Lounge in a hammock or at the pool. Wonderful breakfasts served daily as well as tea service in the afternoons. Located right off the main avenue to Paraty's historic center, bus station and boat pier. ... more   less 
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