We had planned a longer stay in Rio but on the advice of a Brazillian work colleague we opted for Buzios and chose this location on the basis on TripAdvisor reviews.
Arriving early in the morning at Rio from Colombia our private transfer was waiting for us - this was arranged by e mail through the hotel (USD205 / R$400) and worked really well. The trip took about 2.5 hrs for the 180km trip.
The hotel is arranged on numerous levels and we had a smallish room just down from the main dining room, but it was perfect. Beds comfortable, aircon worked well and lovely view over the bay. The sheets and towels were 'tired' and needed to be replaced. The bathroom, whilst rustic, needed some work and some attention to maintenance / mould was required.
The staff were all very helpful and we managed well with our few words of Spanish! The day started with breakfast up at the pool deck which was absolutely fine for a small hotel like this one. We had lunch and drinks around the pool a few times and everything was delicious...the food service was a bit slow but we were not in a rush! The hotel has a shuttle to the beach and town, but we didn't use it and found it easy to get to where we wanted to go by foot. A word of advice - don't expect to find cash machines here and bring either enough local currency or USD. It is easy to change money in the town but the hotel will not change it (but usual credit cards are not a problem).
Down at the beach is a fantastic experience and not too commercial at all. We got 'free' beach chairs and an umbrella with the deal that we would have luch at the local restaurant - we did this and the food quality was out of this world.
We ate dinner once in the hotel dining room ( a Saturday night) where a fixed menu is offered - the meal was very good but we later found out that the starters, main course and desserts were all individually charged.
For those prepared to take the trip out here, it is absolutely worth it and this area is a gem (although we were told that in the summer holidays in Dec / Jan it is very crowded). Our car driver picked us up bang on time and dropped us at our hotel in Rio.
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- Also Known As:
- La Pedrera Buzios
- La Pedrera Hotel Buzios
- La Pedrera Small Hotel & Spa Armacao Dos Buzios, Brazil