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Hotel Gran Marquise
Ranked #1 of 95 Hotels in Fortaleza
Niteroi, RJ
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“Very good hotel - great view”
Reviewed November 19, 2012

The hotel is very good, although you might not consider it a five stars. I've stayed here for a conference held at the hotel, so it was very convenient. Rooms are comfortable, spacious and clean. Service is also good and the staff is helpful. There are some good restaurants at the hotel. Food is good, but expensive. There are also some restaurants nearby. Breakfatst is also very good, and you have free wifi all over the hotel. My room had a nice lateral view of the sea, which was ok. I recommend a pleasant walk on the beach, one of the best things to do in Fortaleza in my opinion.

Room Tip: I believe higher floors are better (less noise and better view)
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed November 7, 2012 via mobile

I stay on many hotels worldwide and was looking forward to my stay in Fortaleza. Having stayed at wonderful hotels all over Brazil, I had similar expectations for this property. Unfortunately the facilities are not on par with other hotels in the price range in other cities. While the lobby is grand and the hotel located on the beachfront, the rooms are tired and musty smelling. The plumbing is a mess making hard to shower in water that isn't way too cold or way too hot. The air conditioning is noisy and the bed pillows hard like I've never encountered before. There were no instructions on how to operate the in room safe and multiple calls were required to make the staff understand my problem. English is not really not understood or spoken by most of the staff, although they do try. While the staff seem to genuinely want to be helpful, the language barrier makes this challenging, especially in an aging facility that is in need of serious renovation. Understanding this is one of the best hotels in Fortaleza, I would rather stay in Rio which has beautiful beaches, fantastic dining and performing arts, shopping and world class hotels right on the beach.

Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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São Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
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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Marbella, Spain
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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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Sao Paulo, Brazil
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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.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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Geneva, Switzerland
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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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Reviewed September 3, 2012 via mobile

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
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Property: 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 Luxury Hotel in Fortaleza
#1 Spa Hotel in Fortaleza
#1 Romantic Hotel in Fortaleza
#1 Business Hotel in Fortaleza
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Fortaleza
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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Also Known As:
Sol Melia Fortaleza
Sol Melia Hotel Fortaleza
Fortaleza Sol Melia
Hotel Gran Marquise Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil

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