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“fall asleep to the sound of rushing water”
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Hotel Warabi
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Itatiaia
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 5, 2014

We stayed at Hotel Warabi in January 2014 for three nights. Although Maua is a little hard to get to (we ended up splurging and getting a private transfer from Paraty) it's well worth the trouble. Warabi offered us a very reasonable rate for their own driver, Philip, who spoke excellent English and with whom we shared a really enjoyable drive. He pointed out loads of interesting things along the way, stopping to show us an amazing view, and also to show us a fresh spring where we filled up our water bottles. He is also very humorous and good natured, and also left plenty of time for staring out of the window and trundling along in companionable silence.

The hotel was amazing. I loved falling asleep to the sound of rushing water (the river was right outside our chalet), the jacuzzi on our porch, and the kimonos for our use in the room.

Breakfast was a totally unexpected Japanese affair - complete with sushu rolls, and either seared tuna or delicious fried trout, miso soup and then jasmine tea and a little tea cake. They also have plenty of the standard Brazilian fare too (pao com queijo, papaya, cheese/ ham/ fruit juice etc).

We had dinner there twice as we found the other restaurants a little primpy and toy-towny, and most things were empty as it was out of season. The sushi at the restaurant is incredibly good. We eat a lot of sushi in London and this was of a very high standard and excellent value for money.

We wanted to travel next to Belo Horizonte but as we do not have a Brazilian tax number we were unable to book anything online (hotel and travel). The lady who runs Warabi was so kind she booked and paid for our tickets on her own credit card to get around this problem. In the end the booking was rejected (Brazil really needs to sort this one out before the World Cup) and the money refunded to her, but we were really touched by her generosity and the not un-significant amount of time she took doing it all online.

As our plans for Belo Horizonte were scuppered, we decided to head back to Rio (on a bus from Resende) and then on to Saquarema for the weekend. We asked for a private transfer again, but she told us to catch the local bus as it would only cost us Rs 5 each. This was very nice of her, as she could have made loads of money out of us. She also got up early to prepare us a packed breakfast to take with us, and came out to the bus stop to make sure we knew what we were doing!

All in all these touches of good humour, generosity and kindness meant a great deal to us and, (although the rooms were a bit dusty, and the pool quite small) we will remember the warmth of Warabi for a long time.

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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

Excellent place to stay. We had the 'casa do vinho' (wine chalet) which is the lower floor of a cottage that houses two apartments. This chalet is very spacey and has a private hot outdoor pool, a pool table, a gas fireplace and a large wine cabinet. The chalet was very clean and was just what we needed for a relaxing stay. The private outdoor pool is a very nice extra on this chalet and will be heated on request. We made use of it nearly all days, it was very clean during our stay. The owners are very nice and helpful people, they are always on-site if you need help.

Breakfast is very good. You have a choice between two types of breakfast: japanese or colonial. Both are delicious and when you are with two persons or more you can also choose to have a combination of both. During our stay in September, the restaurant only served diner during the weekends. Througout the week, you will have to go into town to have diner - where there is also ample choice of restaurants. The diner served by the owners is excellent, especially if you like the Japanese cuisine.

The location is also nice, close to a small river and at the end of the village. The road from the main road towards the village was being restructured at the time we were there, so in the near future you no longer need to go over unpaved roads to get there. During your stay you can head out to the nearby waterfalls during the day. These are easily reachable by car or by foot if you like a hike. Lots of natural beauty around.

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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 13, 2012

This hotel is comfortable, elegant, private, peaceful, cosy and in the middle of nature. It is a perfect spot in Mauá. There are only some cabins (I think 6), all well equiped and stylish. Each cabin has its own specific characteristics, for example, the cabin I stayed had one private hot swimming pool, a pool table and wine cellar, my mother stayed in a cabin that had a japanese ofurô and private sauna, and my brother's had a whirlpool tub. So each cabin offers a different experience.
The hotel has its own japanese restaurant (which is very delicious, the owner herself is a japanese immigrant), a swimming pool, a sauna and massagist. The hotel is very ecofriendly!
The site is incredible, the hotel is very green with lot of nature around, and has its own access to a beautiful river that runs behind the hotel. In this area up ahead there are some nice waterfalls to visit.
The service is also great. The owners are always there, it is a couple and their daughter works there too. The staff is very attentive too and everybody welcomed us perfectly.
This hotel would deserve 5 points if not for some (unfortunately) faults. The cabins have low lights, which some people like but other don't (like me). Our room had some spider webs, which is common around because it is not a urban place (but anyway they could have removed some).
I disagree with "cristiana b" comments. The place is very safe and there were some kids in the hotel and nothing wrong happened with them.
I totally recomend this place. Take a look at their website, I think the pictures are reliable: http://www.viscondedemauaturismo.com/hotel.htm
Soon I'll upload some pictures I took on my flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/duda_arraes

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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Stayed: November 2017, traveled with family
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Room Tip: Os quartos são lindos e diferentes. Não recomendo o tal quarto que fica longe do hotel.
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  • Stayed: April 2017, traveled as a couple
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Stayed: November 2017, traveled with friends
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Stayed: May 2017, traveled as a couple
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Address: Estrada da Maromba 7. 5 Km | Visconde de Maua, Itatiaia, State of Rio de Janeiro 27580-000, Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Itatiaia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Itatiaia
Price Range: $82 - $203 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Warabi 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The breakfast is served with about 20 small dishes including fruits, breads and cold cuts. The menu changes every day. All dishes are decorated, we call it 'Cafe Gourmet'. Can also be served in your room for a fee. The equipments of leisure for rental are motos, bikes, kayaks, horses, tubes, quadricycle and buggy motor. Best location (400 meters) near the main village (Maringá). ... more   less 
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