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“Nightmare” 1 of 5 stars
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Mar Hotel Recife
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Rua Barao de Souza Leao, 451, Recife, State of Pernambuco 51030-300, Brazil   |  
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Ranked #5 of 53 Hotels in Recife
Brasil
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Nightmare”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2010

What a terrible bedroom, old, smells horrible.
Everything seems to be from 40 years ago there.
What a terrible experience.
Recife does not have good places to stay...

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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jaipur
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2010

What was great about the hotel suit was the space. It was grand - the furniture, the bedroom, toilet, the ambience all that.

The breakfast was just superb. However, the restaurants did not have much choices so far as the dishes were concerned. And if you are a vegetarian, you have extremely limited options. And the prices were high for the menu and the preparation, compared to similar places.

The other drawback was that not many hotel staff could understand you in english. It has a business centre but frequent breakdown of its fax services.

It was noisy during the day hours because of somekind of tournament or the other goin on in the swimming pool. Off the hours it was quiet.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2010

I stayed at this hotel at a business trip, and I can only say that this is one of the many hotels in Brazil that claim to be top of the range, but are actually not even good standard (maybe it was 30 years ago). You find them in Recife, but also in Brasília, a few of them in Rio.

The rooms are actually not shabby, but very old-fashioned. You find the good old shower curtain in the bathroom, besides the telephone next to the toilet and the installed cheap standard hotel plastic hairdryer that no western premium hotel would leave installed nowadays. The bathroom has an open sink underneath the wash basin that disseminates an off odour.

And last but not least, at least in my room there was the typical old-fashioned door to the neighbor room. Although there are actually two doors and your neighbor would have a hard time to open the door to your room, I did not very much like the doors and the fact that at least my door was not looked. They should lock it and only open it upon request.

Not recommended at the rate they normally charge.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2010

My husband and I went to Mar Hotel for our honeymoon. Actually, I also got ready for my wedding in the suite, which was spacious, clean, and beautifully decorated. The bathroom looked like it had been renovated recently and the shower was excellent!

The pool was really big and it had an amazing waterfall, which made it 5-stars!!! We spent only a couple of days at the hotel, which wasn't enough to take full advantage of all it has to offer (i.e. we didn't use the gym, didn't dine at the hotel's restaurant (food looked great) or shopped at the shops by the reception). The staff was helpful, efficient and pleasant.

Breakfast is included. There is a huge variety but it wasn't overly tasty, which was the only let-down of our stay.

Definetely recommend this one. But try to book on-line as you can find great bargains! Our stay ended up costing us only US$100 a night, which was a lot cheaper than some other rates for the hotel I have seen advertised!

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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João Pessoa
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49 reviews 49 reviews
43 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2008

I've been to Mar Hotel for the 4th time last week. What i saw is a decadent "once a 5-stars" hotel, now not worth a 3 stars.

Old furniture, old TVs, dirty bathtubs, service OK, breakfast OK.

It has aged like Recife, today a unsafe, violent city, which i DO NOT recommend.

  • Liked — room size
  • Disliked — almost everything, old furniture, old TV, my outside view was a old buiding wall
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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San Marcos
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2008

I stayed in the Mar Hotel for a conference for 3 days in July 2008. It charged like a 5 star hotel, but the facilities were hardly up to the standard.

First, I reached there on a Sunday night at 9:30pm and found that they had no restaurants open. My only choice was to either order the overpriced room service or to go out (I went out -- there is a pretty nice Chinese place within 5minutes).

Secondly, the internet connection is terrible. They claim to have "High-Speed" internet, but the connection is worse than dialup. My room wasn't the exception, everyone at the conference was complaining about the internet connection. If that is important to you to conduct business, be very careful.

The location isn't that great either. Its not bad, it seemed safe, but it still a good 5 minutes walk to the beach. On the positive side, it is very close to the airport and takes only 10minutes from the airport.

The rooms are average. The floor in the bathroom wasn't very clean -- if you walk around barefoot your feet will pick up dirt and some basics such as ironing board and iron weren't available.

On a positive note, the front desk was friendly and efficient and there is a tourist agency in the hotel that can supply you with maps and they also organize city tours. The breakfast is plentiful.

  • Liked — proximity to airport
  • Disliked — terribly slow and unreliable internet connection
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Brasilia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2006

I stayed there more than four times since 2002, after staying at Atlante Plaza for the first time in Pernambuco's capital city. And I do intend to stay there again every time I visit Recife.

There's nothing I could complain about this hotel - everything is just great! The rooms, the swimming pools, the restaurants, the staff, even the location - very close to the airport.

But there's one thing that made me love this hotel forever: the breakfast. Celestial food!

I enthusiastically recommend this hotel.

  • Liked — The great breakfast
  • Disliked — The gym was kind of abandoned but it seems they fixed it up
  • Tips/Secrets — Pay attention to the neighborhood - although good district, thefts are frequent
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Mar Hotel Recife

Address: Rua Barao de Souza Leao, 451, Recife, State of Pernambuco 51030-300, Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Pernambuco > Recife
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Recife
#3 Business Hotel in Recife
#4 Family Hotel in Recife
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Mar Hotel Recife 3.5*
Number of rooms: 379
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Also Known As:
Mar Hotel Boa Viagem
Mar Hotel Recife Brazil

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