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Refugio da Vila
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Loteamento Aldeia dos Pescadores | Lotes 6, 7, 8 -Quadra 39, Praia do Forte, State of Bahia, Brazil   |  
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Bodrum, Turkey
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19 hotel reviews
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“very disappointed”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013 via mobile

We were very much looking forward to staying here, imagining a peaceful refuge. However, it is IMPOSSIBLE tl sit bythe pool, the pool and garden borders a noisy road where lorries and buses pass constantly and because it is on the bend they love to use their hydraulic brakes. Our room -2- was not able to pick up wifi,despite the advertising of wi fii in every room and the air condition unit was held together by bits of sticky tape and made more noise than the nearby road.. We requested a move and did stay in a room where both wi fi and air con were wofking, but what would happen if this small hotel was full. We are happy to have only booked one night.

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Ribeirao Preto, SP
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013 via mobile

Coffee without orange juice, tapioca and ice. We were waiting for it (only orange and ice) because they bought outside the hotel. This kind of mistake is not acceptable.
I were here one year before and it was wonderful. This time we are facing with much noise made by children. In the beginning this kind of hotel (roteiro do charme) didn't accept child. I don't know what's happens.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013 via mobile

The hotel is very charming, the staff is always keen to help and very friendly. The location is just perfect as its just 5min walk from the village center. We can easily enjoy the quietness of being outside the main tourist attraction and at the same time close enough from the beach and restaurants. One aspect that we really appreciated was the constant presence from the hotel owners that were always making sure that guests were receiving the treatments that they deserve. From the small gifts in the room to the amazing fresh breakfast served everyday this hotel is the perfect combination to a perfect holidays. Only one thing to improve the wi-fi coverage in the hotel is pretty bad and quite slow. But I guess this is more a problem coming from the country infrastructure that the hotel itself.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

We are a family of 6, we visited Praia do forte, from salvador and were so pleased we decided to stay a night... The poussada was really first class in its attention to detail...food was really good, and the service was of a 5 star hotel level...:-)

We loved the pool, the grounds...just a short walk to the beach. We did not notice the noise, but maybe as a family we contributed to the noise. Very family friendly, but also great for couples.

Rooms really well done, all toiletry essentials and great mini bar...

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Wimbledon, London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

We were delighted with the Poussada- really a chic boutique hotel, we have stayed in Rio, Recife - Olinda, and Salvador...so seen a few Poussada's! For a short stay it was fantastic, and for a quad room for the children the rate was great, also checked out the Tivoli a 5 star, BR 1300 per night, so BR 350 and a short walk to the beach- which is superb was great for us. Lovely staff and great food...you will enjoy it.

Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Milan, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2011

I have just been at Refugio da Vila, Praia do Forte in august and it was a perfect chioce. The hotel amenities are beautifully integrated with the green Brazilian nature, using local woods and ideas that although simple, show you that local design is a plus. They keep the bahian style not letting go the comfort. Breakfast is absolutely fantastic, lots of fresh fruits and natural juices, good food and home made sweats. Plus the staff is great and always willing to help. Internet is free. The only bothering points were some ants we found running free in the room and bath and the fact that the watter from the jacuzzi is as cold as the swimming pool. But maybe in the high season they change that.
The beach is not far and the area is safe, a little bit to turistic. Anyway, as we were walking in the Village we noticed that Refugio da Vila was the nicest structure of all.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2011

Hotel was very romantic and convenient to the bars and restaurants. Extremely clean with very nice rooms. Staff was also very nice. Included great breakfast.

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Loteamento Aldeia dos Pescadores | Lotes 6, 7, 8 -Quadra 39, Praia do Forte, State of Bahia, Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Bahia > Praia do Forte
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Praia do Forte
#4 Romantic Hotel in Praia do Forte
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Refugio da Vila 3*
Number of rooms: 30
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Refugio Da Vila Praia Do Forte, Bahia

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