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Aquabarra Boutique Hotel & Spa
Ranked #28 of 100 Hotels in Armacao dos Buzios
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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33 reviews
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“It's all about good service and ornamentation.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2013

Just arrived from my 3 nights stay with my girlfriend at Aquabarra Boutique Hotel & Spa.

Overall it's a great place to stay while visiting Buzios for leisure. Aquabarra is well located near the famous Geribá beach (just a short walk and you reach the beach where they have an agreement with Bar da Praia so you can get a chair and relax without being bothered). The place is well decorated and offers the perfect environment to relax, take a nap and read a great book in the poolside.

The breakfast is also very good with a great assortment of fresh food and two options of squeezed juices. We had lunch at the restaurant once and the food was really good as well.
The owners (a very friendly couple) are always around to make sure that everything is ok.
June 1st was my girlfriend's birthday and the staff organised a small party (I've requested upon our reservation) but charged me R$ 160,00 (around 80 USD) for a small cake and 30 candies (a "little" bit overpriced but that's fine).

Our room (Superior room without beach view)) was cozy and well decorated but what really bothered us was the bed. They put together two beds in order to create a larger bed but the middle section hurt me every time I've tried to get closer to my girlfriend. It was very annoying. I did not like the mattress as well but this is just my opinion.

Upon our reservation we were able to choose the suite we wanted but they gave us a different one. In the end it was not a problem at all.

Aquabarra is a pet friendly hotel. The owners have two dogs and they have access to the pool area. The dogs have chosen this spot as their toilet so be aware of that to do not stuck your foot in the s#%t.

We would stay at Aquabarra again but there are some improvements they should consider.

Room Tip: -Good for couples with babies; -Pet Friendly; -Superior rooms numbers 10 and 11 are the best (in t...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Aquabarra, Gerente at Aquabarra Boutique Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, June 5, 2013
Google Translation
Boa Noite Sr. Vinicius,
Agradecemos muito pelos belos e sinceros comentários deixados aqui no TripAdvisor.
Gostaríamos apenas de aclarar alguns pontos para que não fique uma má impressão, pois o mais buscamos é a excelência para que nossos clientes fiquem 100% satisfeitos.
Nosso hotel é PetFriendly e não temos como evitar que os bichinhos façam suas necessidades por qualquer parte, mas tenho a certeza ou pelo menos gostaria de ter a certeza, de que se o sr chegou a ver algo no chão isso não permaneceu ai, foi no mesmo dia retirado por nosso pessoal. Esta informação inclusive é importante para saber com clareza como esta o trabalho de nossa equipe. O quarto UH12 hora reservado para o Sr era bem menor e mais antigo, pois isso das opções que eu tinha preferi coloca-lo na UH10, na verdade foi uma decisão pensada no seu bem estar e não um erro, peço desculpas se falhei em tentar melhorar sua estadia. Os colchões de nosso hotel são específicos para hotelaria muitos mais carros que os convencionais e com uma proteção na união para o cliente não perceba que ai estão 2 colchões de solteiro e não temos como fazer diferente, pois muitas vezes recebemos casais, mas muitas vezes é necessário separar as camas. De qualquer forma vou verificar pois pode ser que a proteção esteja fora do lugar correto e com isso a cama lhe pareceu desconfortável. Lamento que o Sr não nos avisou de imediato, pois tenho a certeza que seria resolvido de imediato. Com respeito ao valor da torta posso entender que o valor foi um pouco alto se comprado com uma situação diferente, pois o Sr não pagou pela torta apenas, lembre-se que o valor acordado previamente e nós tivemos que ... no meio do feriado com a cidade cheia ir ao centro da cidade comprar a torta e os doces que já havíamos encomendado 1 dia antes, trouxemos de volta, lhe servimos além de todos os custos operacionais de fazer com que tudo estivesse preparado na hora e local combinados ainda tenho que pagar impostos sobre o valor original de R$160,00, pois o valor esta declarado em conta bancária como receita, então somados todas as despesas, posso lhe garantir que o hotel não ganhou R$20,00, fizemos apenas para justamente agradar um de nossos cliente, pois nossos cliente são nossas joias mais importantes. Como eu disse no começo todos os comentários são muito bem vindos, mas acho que por sua estadia de uma modo geral nós merecíamos uma pontuação um pouquinho melhor. Sei que irão voltar e peço que me lembrem desta situação da cama, pois irei deixá-lo em nosso suite que tenha o melhor colchão de casal.
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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2013

A friend and I came here in January for two nights and found this place to be very mediocre.

We booked a King size room with a balcony view and ended up getting put in a room with a noisy AC unit. They graciously moved us to a lower unit which we had no problem with but did not compensate us in any way. Along with that, we had to remind them several times that we needed our luggages to be moved.

The property was very relaxing. They have great outdoor loungers that are perfect for reading, writing or snoozing. The pool could use an upgrade as it is small enough to maybe fit 4 people total.

The location is good- close to the beach and the "HOnest Bar" was a cool concept I have never seen before but overall OVERPRICED!!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Twickenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2013

We returned to Aquabarra this April with my Brother in law and Nephew and had the same excellent service, lovely clean and bright rooms and a terrific time during our stay. Perfectly located in Buzios, Geriba remains my favourite of all the beaches and my Brother in law managed to get some surf too, which was a bonus. The breakfast is substantial and tasty and the general atmosphere is cool, chilled, relaxed and homely. My Nephew fell in love with Chico and Wanda, the resident pooches, and overcame some of his phobia to dogs, which was a wonderful added bonus. Would highly recommend and hope to stay here again.

Room Tip: We stayed in the garden rooms again, which are below the deck, but are perfectly set out and have a...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Aquaboutique, Owner at Aquabarra Boutique Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, April 18, 2013
We are very glad for your nephew feelings
Sure Chico & Wanda miss him
Thanks again for your review and hope you can come again
all our best
Lily
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2013

I came to enjoy Buzios with a friend and found that hotel we booked turned out nothing like the reviews or the photos of it indicated. Luckily, we were recommended Aquabarra, and this was a perfect fit. The owners are a fun, worldly couple who run this boutique hotel like a home, and one receives not only personalised attention, but also a feeling of total relaxation and acceptance. While others guests hurried to the beach, we opted for staying on the premises, this is how tranquil and pleasant this spot was, even at the height of the tourist season. If we are ever back in Buszios, we will definitely come back to Aquabarra. A great value for money, and a lovely spot.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2012

Spent 4 nights as this gorgeous and uniquely decorated boutique hotel and loved every second. I'd go back in a flash! Every nook and cranny around the pool reveals a different type of day bed or sofa to relax on.

Only 5 minutes on foot to the beautiful Geriba Beach and a perfect place to come home to, refresh in the sparkling swimming pool, relax and unwind.

Highly recommended !

  • Stayed December 2012
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Twickenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2012

This was our first experience of a Boutique hotel and of Buzios and it was absolutely superb. Couldn't fault the hotel; the staff were so helpful and yet you hardly noticed them around, the rooms were spacious and unique and homely and modern and kitsch all at the same time. The outside areas are so calming and chilling, with a multitude of seats and seating arrangements and beautiful artefacts and decorations - we would have been happy just to stay on the outside deck all day! Buzios is great and Geriba beach, just a short walk from Aquabarra was my favourite, although on the slightly cooler side, and a short drive or taxi journey away you were in a vibrant, touristy resort village with a multitude of shops, bars and restaurants. We will definitely be going back.

Room Tip: We stayed in a lower room beneath the pool area which was nice and cool but the upper areas had balc...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Aquabarra, Owner at Aquabarra Boutique Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, October 29, 2012
Dear!!!
Thanks a lot for being so charming....we realy try to put our best to help you feel fantastic
My staff and me are happy to have again "home'
Please come again !!
warm regards
Lily
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2012

This september was our first time in Buzios and also in AQuabarra. Buzios is great but Aquabarra is the best way to enjoy this paradise. Take note: ask for room # 3, it is wonderfull, big and very well decorated (like the rest of the hotel) but the view is incredible with a great deck who invite you to stay watching the sunset. Breakfast had many options of pastries, cheeses, juices and fresh fruits. Also the staff is like a group of friends. I know many boutiques hotels in the world, this is one of the best until now. Very romantic, relaxing and enjoyable place. We will be back soon.
Very important: ask for Lili, she knows everithing you need to know.

Room Tip: Any room is a great room but can ask for # 3 or # 6.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Aquabarra Boutique Hotel & Spa
Address: Rua da Colina de Geriba 16 | lot. Sitio do Campinho, Buzios, Armacao dos Buzios, State of Rio de Janeiro 28950-000, Brazil
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Location: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Armacao dos Buzios
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#10 Spa Hotel in Armacao dos Buzios
#11 Romantic Hotel in Armacao dos Buzios
#14 Family Hotel in Armacao dos Buzios
#19 On the Beach Hotel in Armacao dos Buzios
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Aquabarra Boutique Hotel & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aquabarra Boutique Hotel & Spa, with its authenticity and charisma will make it a unique place for your next vacations. It is located tree blocks away from the exclusive Geriba beach and 5 minutes from the famous Rua das Pedras (in car).Aquabarra offers a subtle luxury, focused on the comfort and the careful selection of each detail. Every corner features various objects, art pieces and special collections from our travels and experiences, aiming to reflect our personal style and emphasizing design, harmony and serenity.Our services include restaurant, lounge, bar and good music. Solarium, gazebos, ocean-view pool, sauna, and Spa area with excellent professionals. We count with 15 suites, all with different views and uniquely decorated.A very complete and delicious breakfast buffet is included in our rates. ... more   less 
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