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Pousada do Ouro
Ranked #3 of 28 Hotels in Paraty
Certificate of Excellence
Vancouver, Canada
2 reviews
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“Loved this place”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

This place was so nice. My Wife and I are from Vancouver BC Canada, I've been all over the world and hands down this was one of the nicest boutique hotels I have stayed in. The pool and bar area feels like your in the Amazon. The front desk staff speak really good english and all their food and restuarant recomendations were spot on. Breakfast was great here and the feel of the place was just awesome. They also booked us a private boat trip and provided us with a really nice operator. Great place to stay, highly recomend it.

Room Tip: Book early, we were lucky to get a room. This hotel seems very popular.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sao Paulo, SP
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Reviewed December 18, 2012

The place is quite charming, very elegant and the staff is sweet and helpful. For me, it had a critical aspect which is "QUIETNESS". Paraty is a very cultural town and when the cultural events take place, that's the best place to stay.
Although I found it a bit pricey, it is worth every penny.

Room Tip: All the rooms are great. Get the standard one and you will be fine.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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seattle, wa, usa
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5 reviews
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

I really can't say enough good stuff about Pousada do Ouro and the charming town of Parati. We stayed for 4 nights in one of the "superior" rooms and were very pleased. The room was charming, clean and comfortable and had air conditioning and a TV with CNN (which came in handy for watching election results as we were there for during the American election (and I am a political junkie). Breakfast was generous and offered everything for which you could possibly hope.
The staff was over the top helpful and accommodating. The front desk staff helped us to arrange a private boat tour to nearby beaches, reservations for dinner, and even helped us out when the shuttle service we had booked back to Rio didn't show. We had the best Caipirinha's of our whole trip at their bar and especially loved enjoying them by their relaxing and quiet pool.
Parati is an oasis of calm and Pousada do Ouro is a wonderful option in a great part of town. I will say that the hotel has a lot of rules (beach towels must be signed out, they insist on a quiet time after 10pm, the insist you leave the key at the front desk when you leave the hotel). We personally are not bothered by such things, but if you like to feel free to do as you will this might not be the place for you. We appreciated the rules as they guaranteed that we were able to enjoy our relaxation time at this charming guest house.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Basel, Switzerland
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed November 6, 2012

Pousada do Ouro was a very good decision to stay while visiting Paraty! My husband, my 12 year old daughter and I enjoyed this quiet and peaceful place, in the historic center of Paraty, very close to the harbour, center and restaurants very much! The rooms are very clean, nice and very colonial! We had a "special suite quadruple" and it was fantastic! The staff is very friendly and helpful and so is the owner, who also was around these days.
We will recommend this pousada to others (and do certainly not agree with the negative reviews of others!)

Room Tip: For rooms selection/choice I suggest to refer to the web site of Pousada Ouro.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

This place gets five stars with the only complaint being they could not extend my two night stay as they were fully booked! To give context - I am traveling alone, and am a male in my 30s.

This is a classic (colonial) type building with serious amounts of character. Don't come here expecting your normal 5star type rooms, they are simple but in a classy way and also spotless. The bathroom is great too. Bfast was on the money, everyone is constantly smiling and very happy to help, the pool is great and the bar at night provides a very romantic venue for a drink with a loved one. Anyone that I know would love staying here but this is a must if you are with a partner as is Paraty in general. In short - have traveled the world and - personally speaking - am struggling to think of a place I have liked as much as this - it is alive with character.

As for the bad reviews - I would say that this Pousada and Paraty in general for that matter are not the places to come if you want to go mad - do that in Rio - come hear to chill out and relax. I was certainly not given a list of rules to follow. Thank you for a fantastic stay - hope I have the chance to come back!

Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

The Pousada do Ouro is nicely situated near the seafront in a restored colonial building with antique furnishings and delightful sitting rooms and garden around the pool. The staff are extremely helpful in recommending tours and restaurants. We loved the beaches at Trindade, about an hour´s bus ride from Paraty down the coast, as well as the boat ride to the offshore islands. Although they do not have a restaurant, they will serve food from a nearby restaurant in the garden bar. A great place to relax away from the bustle of Rio!

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

Arriving at the beautiful pousada d'ouro, our party of four friends read a list of rules and regulations which advised silence after 10pm and dire warnings of fines if towels were taken to the beach and not returned. On the day we left, we were asked what we had taken from the mini bar. However our word was not enough. Maids were dispatched to the rooms to check. This was one of the more expensive pousadas we had booked in Brazil. The breakfast was fabulous, the rooms were clean, the beds were comfortable and the lovely swimming pool is surrounded by a beautiful garden but we would not recommend it to others. There was little welcome and the staff barely smiled. There was an officiousness about the pousada that we did not encounter anywhere else in Brazil. What a shame. Paraty itself is glorious.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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ulivh, Owner at Pousada do Ouro, responded to this review, October 23, 2012
Dear Janel60,
First of all, we would like to thank you for your comments about our personnel and the pousada.
As much as a compliment a complaint is welcome and gives us the opportunity to improve or if necessary, to change our way of doing.

All hotel establishments usually have standard procedures and regulations in order to guarantee a professional service and to guide the personnel in their conduct and behavior, avoiding inconveniences during your stay.
It’s also part of the check out process to send a maid inside the room. She follows a certain pattern confirming for example if our guests have forgotten any personal belongings.

I am very sorry to hear that you did not feel comfortable with our service. In fact, as other reviews show, one of our main strengths is our smiling service. We suppose a series of unhappy coincidences and we hope that we can change this vision to a more positive one on a next visit.

Kind regards,
Pousada do Ouro and team
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Property: Pousada do Ouro
Address: Rua Dr. Pereira 145 | Historical Centre, Paraty, State of Rio de Janeiro 23970-000, Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Paraty
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Paraty
#4 Romantic Hotel in Paraty
#4 Family Hotel in Paraty
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Pousada do Ouro 3.5*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the middle of cobblestone streets and horse-drawn carriages you can find the 18th-century colonial house: Pousada do Ouro. Translated as "Guesthouse of Gold," it lies directly at the waterfront at the historical centre of Paraty. There are 27 nicely decorated rooms: All have air conditioning, minibar, telephone, LCD TV, safe and hair dryer. Pousada do Ouro also offers a pool, sauna, spa, bar, pool table, TV and DVD room, assembly room, wi-fi and own parking facility. Break free from your routine and come to see Paraty! ... more   less 
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