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Hotel Gran Marquise
Ranked #1 of 95 Hotels in Fortaleza
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 6, 2012

If you absolutely must go to Fortaleza, Brazil. This is the hotel to stay, It bears more than adequate facilities, like a 4 star hotel in the US. The Rooms are spacious and clean, everything was in order when I went here in late october 2012.

Service is good, with room service being good in a city without that many gourmet options. I was rather surprised to find such a good hotel in a city like Fortaleza.

That said Fortaleza is an extremely poor city, that lacks a proper taxi fleet, good restaurants and even natural attractions. It is probable the last city I would recommend for anyone willing to do tourism in Brazil, and I know a bunch of bad destinations in Brazil.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

Stayed here for a week, this hotel is an average four star, the entrance and lobby are the best bits, very helpful staff.
Great beds, very comfortable.
Room was a bit old, the fridge clicked all night, A/C is very loud,
and the bathroom was grubby.
The gym is the same old and grubby.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

Stayed here while on a recent business trip to Fortaleza. The rooms are impeccable and service is simply outstanding. In room ammenities, pillow, menu. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a first-class hotel in Fortaleza.

Room Tip: Gran Class Rooms have top-rate service
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled on business
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2  Thank rbastos
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

My wife and I stayed here for 3 nights in September 2012. This is a very good hotel, and the best (of 5) we stayed in during this trip to Brazil.

The huge lobby lined with granite gives the impression of a grand hotel, and the rest of our experience confirmed that accolade. The receptionists were friendly and helpful and spoke at least 2 European languages besides Portuguese (a remarkably rare situation in Brazil). All the other staff we encountered were also helpful and friendly.

We had a superior room with a side sea view. The hotel has a skyscraper right next to it restricting the view but that didn’t bother us. The room itself was nicely and tastefully decorated, with a large comfortable bed and a reasonably sized modern bathroom. The TV had many channel choices and the mini bar was well stocked.

The buffet breakfast was excellent, and you have the option of sitting on the terrace overlooking the beach. Our only complaint was the long queue for the omelette chef! We had dinner in the hotel the night we arrived and were lucky enough to find it was pasta night. The food and wine were excellent. The pool is bigger than in some of the neighbouring hotels, and has a nice seating area in the shade which we used when taking good coffees and fruit cocktails from the pool bar. Another plus is that wifi access in this hotel is free and very fast.

There are quite a few hotel options on the beach front in Fortaleza but we would highly recommend this one.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Swiss_voyagerII
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

Been to Fortaleza 3 times in as many months. 1st stay at Gran Marquise and it will definitely not be the last. If its good enough for Bill Clinton then it is good enough for me. Staff brilliant, room excellent and buffet breakfast ....great. Enough said, I think!

Stayed: August 2012, traveled solo
3  Thank Stephen H
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

I have stayed at this hotel multiple times over the past year and always had a exceptional experience. The staff was very good and helpful. However this trip was different. I realize that a hotel can have a bad week but this is more than that. The entire front desk staff has been turned over and it seems that there may be new management. I was extremely unhappy with my stay due to problems with the shower, unfriendly desk staff and feeling like even though I was paying for my stay every simple request was a favor I was asking for. I will look for another hotel to stay in for my frequent visits to Fortaleza.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled on business
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3  Thank born2travel58
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Reviewed July 17, 2012

I've been there 4 days during a business trip. It has been one of the best hotel i visited in Brazil. The reception is very big, well mainteined with a nice piano bar. People at the reception are very nice and professional. Rooms are at the same level, clean, big with a comfortable bed and a good internet connexion (very important during a business trip).
A special word for the morning breakfast with a wide choice of fruits and other foods (i've seen lot of morning breakfast in Brazil and this is one of the best). Absolutely suggested for every kind of trip, business or holiday

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Hotel Gran Marquise

Address: Avenida Beira Mar 3980 | Mucuripe, Fortaleza, State of Ceara 60165-121, Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Ceara > Fortaleza
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Fortaleza
#1 Business Hotel in Fortaleza
#1 Romantic Hotel in Fortaleza
#1 Spa Hotel in Fortaleza
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Fortaleza
#1 Luxury Hotel in Fortaleza
Price Range: $116 - $306 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Hotel Gran Marquise 4.5*
Number of rooms: 230
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Gran Marquise Hotel is classified as a luxury 5-star hotel. It is situated on Avenida Beira Mar, on the Mucuripe beach, about 7 km from the center of Fortaleza, the Hotel offers a complete structure for business and vacation trips, has 230 rooms, a lobby bar, a swimming pool, a fitness center, a SPA by L'Occitane, a business center and spacious rooms for events with a capacity of up to 1,300 people. It also has two segmented restaurants: and the Mucuripe l, specialized in pasta, risottos, salads, grilled meat and which, on Saturdays, serves the best feijoada in town, voted for eight consecutive years by the judge panel of the magazine Veja Fortaleza; the Mangostin, specialized in Thai, Chinese, Korean and Japanese cuisines. ... more   less 
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Hotel Gran Marquise Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil

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