I wanted this to be a super end to a great trip. Not so unfortunately. Some really good aspects to our stay here and some not so good. Not worth the nightly price we paid; not even close. I would give a 3.7 but have to round up. In the US it would be no better than a 3.
The good: breakfast was plentiful with a good selection and TERRIFIC mango and papaya; rooms very clean; beautiful pool; clean and relatively secluded beach with easy access; pleasant and helpful staff; lots of staff and large grounds with few guests (even though hotel was full); easy to get cabs to get into town; good burgers and sandwiches on lunch menu.
The not so good: LOTS of mosquitos particularly at the north end of the hotel (not nearly as many near the beach or dining area); tile floors and an AC unit which was either providing too much or not enough cool air (no one I talked to could get the control correct with even 1 degree cooling difference); other meal buffets not terrific; you HAVE to take a cab to get into town (4 minute ride costs $10 US each way, most expensive cab ride we found anywhere in the country); most rooms seem to be designed for couples-very few with 2 beds for families; very few English speakers (this is a comment not a complaint but taking Best Western name and claiming to be a resort it would be nice to have better communication with staff); we booked through Booking.com and the hotel charged our card 5 months AFTER our "you can not cancel" reservation confirmation (and this caused some problems with our credit card shortly before our trip).
Bottom line is it is a beautiful hotel grounds, rooms are clean and provide enough space and the staff is very pleasant and helpful despite having few English speakers. It is a good hotel for a quite and relatively secluded romantic weekend. For us not a great hotel for family travel. A good but not great experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Vivá Hotel is located by the seashore; only 600 meters away from the natural pools of Praia do Cupê. Classified as a 4 stars superior hotel, this accommodation is ideal for families and honeymooners searching for tranquility, sophistication and entertainment. Built according to sustainable best practices that allow an efficient use of energy, water and other resources, the hotel homes 7 swimming pools, 4 for adults, one of which is semi - Olympic, 2 for kids, and a heated pool in the SPA. By the seashore gazebos it is possible to order drinks and snacks. And for those on their honeymoon or celebrating a special occasion, a private room for a romantic dinner is also available. The proposal includes a restaurant by the pool, 2 sports courts, entertainment for adults and kids, game room, cinema and Kids Club. The main restaurant accommodates 450 people. After dinner, guests can enjoy the night bar and some live music, as well as the recently inaugurated Beer Cave. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Viva Porto De Galinhas Brazil