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Insolito Boutique Hotel
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Reviewed January 20, 2011

An unforgettable rteveillon party 2011. Well run new chic Boutique Hotel with a great Beachlounge.Fantastic Restaurant with excellent cuisine at the Poolside, overlooking beautiful Ferradura Beach

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank ottoweisser
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Insolitobo, Operations Manager at Insolito Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 20, 2014

Dear Otto,

Thank you for the kind words! We have some great plans for the world cup and the upcoming big events this year so please do not hesitate to contact us for further information! For now follow us on the social media sites and like our facebook page and instagram!

Kind regards,
Eduardo Lang

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Reviewed April 27, 2010

Stayed with my wife on honeymoon for a few nights in April and I have nothing but good things to say about the Insolito. Make no mistake this place is very expensive, so one expects very high standards, and the Insolito delivers.

The location of the hotel is stunning and unique, facilities absolutely unrivalled for a hotel with just 14 rooms, the staff look after your every need and the food is brilliant.

My only slight complaint is that the hotel restaurant is pretty expensive (wine especially) but the food is genuinely delicious.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank vedev
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Insolitobo, Operations Manager at Insolito Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 20, 2014

Dear Guest,

Thank you for the feedback regarding your stay at Insolito Hotel in April 2010. Please note that we have new menus and new prices now. Also we have undated our experience guide within Buzios and the hotel itself so we would be delighted to welcome you here again in the near future. We have some nice plans for the world cup period! Follow our social media sites and do not hesitate to contact us at any time for further details!

Kind regards,
Eduardo Lang

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Reviewed January 2, 2010

The Insolito is well known in Brazil. When we told Brazilians we met in Rio that we were going there, they were really impressed. The Insolito is perfectly located at a quiet and beautiful bay in Buzios and has perfect views. It only has 14 rooms or so, and the staff caters to every wish. The hotel has all amenities of a larger hotel, like sauna and steam bath, several Jacuzzi's, three swimming pools and a lovely lounge / living room. Front office staff is professional. It is hip without being overly trendy, the terraces are lush, the pools fine for a refreshing dip. One thing that is truly perfect, is the food! Don't miss out on the restaurant, the best I have been to in Brazil. Some details were not up to standards for a hotel in this price range. There was building activity going on, with only a small card in the room stating this would 'only' last two days, without any form of pro-active compensation (cocktail? dinner? anything?). One other thing was that there was no booklet with the hotel services. As an example: we found the well hidden gym only after three days when our favorite barman toured the hotel with us (thanks Daniel!).

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Insolitobo, Operations Manager at Insolito Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 20, 2014

Dear Roeland,

Apologies for the late reply! None the less thank you for the kind words! We are glad that your stay was memorable at the Insolito Boutique Hotel. We have done some refurbishments and have more rooms, more services and a new beach lounge! For more information please visit our webpage and social media sites and plan your next trip here again! We look forward to welcoming you here again! We have a whole experience guide for both buzios and adventures within the Insolito Hotel.

Kind regards,
Eduardo Lang

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Reviewed October 4, 2009

We always knew that our stay would be pricey and I would not accuse the hotel of hiding additional costs. However, increased room rates naturally lead to increased expectations and I am afraid the Insolito came up short.. very short. And to be honest it was all very avoidable so, bizarrely, I would still encourage people to at least consider this hotel as a possible venue.
Much has been said of the attentive staff and I would endorse this. Whilst we were the only visitors for much of our week we genuinely felt all the staff were keen to make our stay as enjoyable as possible. However, this did not stop the management from instigating a comprehensive agenda of hotel renovation/construction during our week. From a business prespective it makes sense - do it when fewer guests. But they made zero effort to notify us and there was genuine inconvenience to us - persistent noise and one of the pools was completely out of service. The problem was exacerbated when they tried to maintain that the works were unscheduled and were rather immeidate repairs.. repainting the pool!
We were offered 2x spa treatment gratis of which we took one - they then tried to bill us.. for both. In fact I would strongly encourage visitors to check their bills as quite a few errors on ours.
Food was of good quality but pricey in comparison to town alternatives and for some reason our order was consistently taken incorrectly.
Room was great and location is truly breathtaking.. but could have been so much better.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank JGDNyc
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Insolitobo, Operations Manager at Insolito Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 20, 2014

Boa Dia,

Firstly I would like to apologise for the late reply. None the less I would like to thank you for your feedback. We encourage guests to be open about their experience in order for us to improve the weak points. It is unfortunate that you stayed during a refurbishing period and we apologise for not informing you well. Indeed the errors on bills is a problem though now we have much more advanced systems and have trained our staff better so I assure you that you stay will be better when we have the pleasure to welcome you again at Insoito Boutique Hotel. Have a great week!

Kind regards,
Eduardo Lang

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Reviewed September 2, 2009

We arrived in Buzios after three weeks traveling from Argentina, Iquazi falls and Rio, and were looking for a relaxing beach boutique hotel where we could chill out by the pool but also not be stuck in a 'honeymoon hotel'. After being let down by a couple of the hotels on our honeymoon (I only mention it was our honeymoon as I think it helps descibe the sort of holiday we were on), we were over the moon (no pun intended) when we arrived in Insolito!!

We walked into the reception and were greeted as though we were guests at a good friend's home. We were given champagne whilst checking in, then shown to our room. We didn't think it could get much better but when we saw the panoramic view from the windows we were totally in heaven . We were given a bottle of champagne in our room and then shown around the restaurant, spa, gym and told there was soon to be a beauty room added. I can promise you that the website to this hotel does not do it justice- the rooms particularly are so much bigger than they look online. We stayed in 'Oca' and I think it was the best position for views, although we didn't see in the other rooms so can't confirm this (manager said he thought it was the best though :). There are two pools and we had one of the pools to ourselves during the whole stay (It was during quiet season though so not sure how busy they get in the Summer).

I have to say though that although the hotel itself to us was perfect, it was the staff that made this hotel more than just a pretty face! There was not a thing that any of the staff wouldn't do for you and with a genuine smile on their faces. You could tell that they really loved working there. The reception staff were fantastic. I think the reason for this was that the owners of Insolito are obviously nice people employing other nice people. The owners were there during our stay and came over to introduce themselves and make sure our stay was going well. When the weather turned a bit crap, they told me that they had put a WII game console in the Yoga room for anyone to use. I know that's not exactly unique, but I thought it was a nice touch considering it wasn't their fault they couldn't control the weather!!

We are the sort of travelers that spends hours researching into hotels and we have stayed in many luxury boutique and larger hotels throughout the world, and Insolito is now in our top boutique hotels (Soho hotel, London, Anglers resort, Miami and La Mas Candille in France are others we love, to give you an idea of what we like). The other hotels we had travelled to on this honeymoon were chosen by the travel company we booked with, so I'm glad we looked into this one independently.

We always research hotels in advance and include looking into tripadvisor for the good reviews of a hotel, but unfortunately the negatives reviews always seem to grab more of your attention. I don't think there is one thing I can say that is bad about this hotel!!

Before we left on our honeymoon I read that the only downfall about this hotel was the distance to other restaurants. We normally like to be in walking distance but it made no difference in the end as there was a shuttle bus on demand to take us to 'Centro', and the journey was only 5 minutes (they take you home too).

We also thought Ferradura beach was by far the nicest one on the peninsula. It had a lovely friendly family feel to it, and the little bars on the beach during the day were so relaxing. (you can walk there from the hotel in seconds from the beach access).

We visited Casa Brancas hotel one day for lunch and couldn't believe our luck with Insolito in comparison. If you're looking for a nice place to stay in town then go to Casas Brancas, but if you want the BEST place to stay in a MUCH nicer side of Buzios, go to Insolito (though maybe if you are single or on a budget, you may prefer to be in Centro).

Insolito is not just for couples. There were groups of friends staying and familes coming for lunch and dinner.

There was live music on the weekends even though it was the quiet season. :)

Other info on Buzios:-
Buzios is a smart resort, with some posh restaurants but still quite young and trendy. For food I would try to stay away from the posh and go to the Brazilian restaurants in 'Centro'. They had the best atmosphere and the food was fantastic. (We liked David's in particular. The Hotel recommend the tourist spots but we liked the traditional ones the best ). We were out of season though so maybe the other restaurants would have been better in high season (food was great everywhere we went, just not enough atmosphere).

I think I have made it clear that we loved this place. we will hopefully return soon and will be bringing the whole extended as they would love it too (we love villa holidays and I think this hotel would be perfect as a substitute).

It is a great place for couples, familes (young and old) and groups of friends!!!

Thanks for making our honeymoon perfect!!!!

Buzios is not good for those on honeymoon that want Maldives type quietness and no kids.

Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
3  Thank essbarry
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Insolitobo, Operations Manager at Insolito Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 20, 2014

Boa Dia,

Thank you so much for the kind words. I would like to apoogise for the late reply! None the less we are glad your stay was outstanding, after all we strive to make each experience tailored and unique to the guests' expectations. Please be so kind to follow us on the social media sites and feel free to post some nice photos of your stay. We look forward to welcoming you in the near future again!

Kind regards,
Eduardo Lang

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