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“Do not accept house N° 6. Disaster!!!!”

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Suite Hotel Varandas Mar de Pipa
Ranked #27 of 64 Praia da Pipa B&B and Inns
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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“Do not accept house N° 6. Disaster!!!!”
Reviewed February 6, 2012

Being objective, i can rate this hotels as average, but truth is that for very similar rate you can go to places much better.
Hotel is nice, surrounded by gardens. It has about 25 houses of 2 levels each. Two pools and a restaurant.
We arrived in the night after leaving other passengers in different hotels. Lightning is cold and poor (they use cold light).
We were given house N°6, which is next to the limit of the hotel. The entire house was absolutely full of ants. Ants in the bathroom, in the living area, and specially in the groundfloor bedroom. Also into the sheets!
This situation persisted even though we talked to the manager and even to the travel company that sold the accommodation. They sais the hotel was full and also were all the other hotels they managed, as it was high season.
We spent our vacation surrounded by ants and poison spray to kill them. Althoug, a variety of insects and relatives visited us: starting with the enormous ants, and following with mosquitoes, tadpoles, cockroaches, and wall lizards.
Yes, you're in a forest, but it doesent justify the lack of mainteinance of this house.
Another story was one of the beds, that had a broken leg. just the third night a competent person gave a solution to that.
Lighthing inside the house, as outside, was poor. you can't read a book in the bedroom.
the air conditioning of the ground floor was old and noisy, very noisy.
We knew after all, that other houses were better and didn't have these problems. In every hotel you can have bad luck, we had the worst this time.
But having visited other othels in the area, and comparing prices, you can definitely go somewhere else.
One more thing....they have a shuttle to transport hosts to the center and to some beaches. Their time schedule is completely inadequate.After 2 days, you forgot this shuttle at all and use your oun way of transportation.
Finally, take in account that at about 17.30 is dark, so you have to get up early.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 2, 2010

The Hotel is very nice. Rooms are spacious and well cleaned. Breakfast is good. Apart from the usual (bread, cakes, fruits, coffee, milk, tea, juices) you could order different kind of cooked eggs and "tapiocas", which is a brazilian speciality. Staff is very nice, excepting the driver of the van. The Hotel have a free transfer service scheduled that can take you to the center of the village or to the beaches. Even if sometimes you miss it, it's about a 10 minute walk to the center of the village. You'll find some cocks and chickens walking around the garden. Don't forget to take a buggy ride.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 9, 2007

Varandas was highly recommended to me and my fiancée by friends who were there years ago. Not only for the view, but due to their great service.
However, even though the view was terrific - you can see all the blue waters of Baía dos Golfinhos from the bedroom and living room, we didn't receive that special service and all the comfort we were hoping for.
Room was quite comfortable and good size. Very good cable TV. The house has a small kitchen, although there was no tableware or kitchenware at all.
Our room had two twin beds put together with twin sheets, I had to request the double bed sheets every day since the maids didn't remember our preference each time they cleaned the room even though I've warned the reception desk.
We tried changing houses for one with a proper double bed, but the new one had a leaking and week shower, TV not working, so we decided to stay in the first one.
Breakfast buffet was OK. Fruits were amazing and some side orders such as omellets, grilled cheese and "tapiocas" were very good also. Despite that, 3 varieties of bread, 2 juices, 1 jam, 1 cake, cheese, ham, salami. Regarding Brazillian standards in a hotel like that we were expecting more variety and items.
Room service was a little bit confusing but good.
Employees are polite and gentle, manager not so much.
The hotel is far from the center (meaning is not walking distance). They have transportation to the city and 2 beaches.
Overall, I think the hotel can be good for familes and big groups - houses with 2 bedrooms are useful. As for me, traveling with my fiancée, next time I would probably stay in a hotel or pousada closer to Pipa's center. For us, staying far from the center must be really worthy - and we thought this hotel was just average.
Pipa by the way is WONDERFUL.

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  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: Suite Hotel Varandas Mar de Pipa
Address: Rua Sucupira 6, Praia da Pipa, State of Rio Grande do Norte 59178-000, Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Rio Grande do Norte > Praia da Pipa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #27 of 64 B&Bs / Inns in Praia da Pipa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Suite Hotel Varandas Mar de Pipa 3*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Varandas Mar de Pipa is at the entrance of the village of Pipa, Tibau do Sul offers a large swimming pool in the garden, a breakfast buffet breakfast daily and cozy bungalows with air-conditioning. With balcony and hammock, these practical bungalows have 2 floors and can accommodate up to 5 people. Include a TV, refrigerator and a bathroom with hairdryer. Furthermore, there is room service at your disposal. Located just steps from Pipa Beach, the Sea Varandas Pipa boasts panoramic views of the Bay of Dolphins. Private parking is free. ... more   less 
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