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“Great location, very very basic facilities”
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Praia Mole Hotel
Ranked #85 of 96 Hotels in Florianopolis
New York City, New York
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Great location, very very basic facilities”
Reviewed December 14, 2011

I'll start with the good: the location cannot be beat. It is right across the street from the best beach on the island. It is close to the airport, downtown and Lagoa nightlife. The pool was also ok.

The rest is not so positive. The service at the front desk is un-helpful - not really because they are rude, just clueless. After trying the breakfast the first day, we opted not to eat at the hotel anymore. The room (in the main building) was poorly maintained and the shower was absolutely horrible - took forever to heat up and no pressure whatsoever.

The website, high prices and addition of the word "eco" to the name are misleading. This is a budget-quality hotel charging luxury (or almost-luxury) prices.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
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Florianopolis, Brésil
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed September 9, 2011

what a deception after booking a 1OO euros bedromm (2ad/1ch)! it looked like a ecological family resort front of ocean BUT : inondation in the lobby,limited wi fi access ,awful breakfast with powdered juices (in a tropical country), old ham and dry bread, dirty dining room with old styled fisher items, no hot water for 12 hours, none english speaking and impolite staff,tv out of order , don't serve dinner etc... could be ok if it was charged like "pousada"(2à euros on average per night)... skip it, save your money!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Miami Beach, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed April 21, 2011

If you are like me, you spend very little time in your room on this type of vacation. For Florianopolis, this location is very good. Across the street is one of the prettiest beaches you've ever seen and great for surfing, kite surfing or paddle boarding. Sure also good for just laying or walking on gorgeous rocks. The back of this huge property is on the lagoon looking across the water at the town where all the restaurants and shops are. I had a car and just found this place because of location and was happy there. People who say the rooms are dirty, etc are couch potatoes. This is Brazil at the beach and one of the prettiest beaches I've seen in the world.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled solo
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed March 17, 2011

First everyone had told me how wonderful going to floripa was and it was just not in this hotel...lets make a list..place smelled moldy and when you leave your clothes do to..expensive oK I did go a few days after carnival...AND then to the room we go..this elevator you pulled the gate to shut the door can we say 1960 in a elevator that barely fit you suitcase then they had light sensors that turn on hall lights that sometimes did not go on down a scarey old moldy hallway...to the door of the room which is a key and the door knob half on ...great then into our clean haha room with sand still on the tile (cold) floor ..the beds I can not even go there ...I slept only one night in with the plastic it was to uncomfortable and a burn hole on the pillow case WTF and the double bed was not a double but over sized single with a single bed also in room?? dont ask me why.. that was and undersized single...freak me out..NO pictures..NO clock...white walls and mold on the dresser and OH MY GOSH what was this stuck to my night stand a bloody bandaid ...I was almost sick they said they cleaned the room...the light next to the bed was a light BULB no cover and hanging off wall the light over head was unfinished also..it is next to nothing so if no car you can eat in the gross restuarant that NO ONE is in..otherwise take a bus to the nearest place 10-15 min away..this place cant even get 1 star ...we prepaid thru a travel company and could not get our money back so we decided to call friends in brazil and drive 4 hours to stay with them even thought we booked for a 4 day stay could not do it ...was the WORST PLACE i ever stayed...no lighting, mirrors cracked...and just a travel tip ... I have no problem with Gay men at all.. but ladies if your single never mind the only thing in this hotel is good looking gay men that will not give you a second look..they come for carnival and right a cross the road at the beach is there other home ...not bad to look at but what is in it for me...THIS PLACE NEEDS MAJOR WORK MAJOR Until that it is gross...I CAN SAY THE STAFF are the nicest people I ever met and totally understood my concerns but the father gave the hotel to his son...and look what happens

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
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Sao Paulo, SP
Level 5 Contributor
88 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed March 1, 2011

For the price you pay, you could stay in a nicier hotel in other areas of Florianopolis.
1) The hotel was probably one of the best during the 80s, but now is completely outdated. The entire hotel needs to a good refurbishment.
2) breakfast is ok
3) Is right inf front of praia mole. If that is your destinatoin, then the hotel has an excelent location
4) Best thing of the hotel: FRIENDLY STAFF!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed February 23, 2011

Was astounded to find a place recommended by the New York Times, with a website as sleek as any I've seen, to have such utterly terrible accommodations. We stayed in the Vista Mar building, expecting something similar to the website. Not the case - more like a Motel 6 than a Oceanside resort. The pool had murky water, though the bar staff was friendly, and the breakfast spread (very expensive) was tasty. There was also a hotel Goat we named Stanley who minded his business and was entertaining. Don't pay for such expensive rooms - If you must be near Praia Mole, this is the closest, but there are much better places around Floripa.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
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Bangkok, Thailand
Level 6 Contributor
89 reviews
71 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
Reviewed November 17, 2010

Staying at this resort feels like travelling in back in time, and not particularly in a good way. I don't mind the way it looks in terms of design, it could be charming. I was not expecting a modern hotel in anyway. But the room has a stuffy moldy smell, the air con makes so much noise, and most of the bathroom fixtures seriously need to be replaced.

Not that there are that many great choices though if you want to be on or near Praia Mole. So what we did was just deal with it. Because Praia Mole is really great and this hotel's location is just so ideal. As much as you want to complain about the standard and upkeep of this hotel, you really do have to love that you can just walk across the street and go to this gorgeous and fun beach. Driving is a real pain in Florianopolis, traffic was always bad anywhere you go, but there's no other way of getting around, so not having to drive to get to the beach is a huge plus. If you stay on Praia Mole late enough, Bar Do Deca is especially fun when the sun is starting to set.

One very important piece of advice -- be extremely careful when you rent a car in Florianopolis. Pay more and go with a reputable company. We rented our car from Lino's Rent-A-Car and was cheated and scammed big time. We paid decent money to ensure we get a good car with air con, power steering, and enough space for all of us and our luggage. The car that we got when we arrived at the airport was a decrepit old car with no air con, 2 doors and was on the verge of falling apart. The kid who delivered at the airport said he couldn't do anything and for us to just take it now since it was late at night and call the company in the morning. When we called in the morning they were unwilling to do anything and brushed us off. When we returned the car on our last day we complained and the guy said they will refund us partially for giving us an inferior car to what we had booked. We never got that refund. What's worse is several months later I got ANOTHER charge on my credit card from them, even though we paid the whole amount during our trip and have not been back since then. The credit card company is now investigating them for false transaction. Don't rent your car from LINO'S!!

Sorry, I know that the above paragraph has nothing to do with the hotel, but I thought I should share my experience which could be useful to other people.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with friends
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Property: Praia Mole Hotel
Address: Rodovia Jornalista Manoel de Menezes 2001, Florianopolis, State of Santa Catarina 88061-700, Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Santa Catarina > Florianopolis
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #85 of 96 Hotels in Florianopolis
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Praia Mole Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the South Atlantic, the Brazilian coast, the island of Florianopolis and Mole Beach Hotel. To get here, you do not need a large map; you need to have at heart the desire to get in touch with the best that nature and human beings can produce together in harmony. The Mole Beach Hotel is located in Florianopolis, one of the tourist destinations of Brazil. The hotel's neighbors could not be more noble: we are in an area of ​​permanent preservation, in the most privileged point of the island, in a gorgeous location between Praia Mole and Lagoa da Conceicao. Here you will find comfortable accommodation in apartments, suites and cottages for up to 6 people. The decor has a rustic style, like a farm hotel, but guests are just steps from the sea, the pool, the mountain. Are 78 housing units (UH`s) between cabins and apartments overlooking some of the largest postcards of Florianopolis Island. In the vicinity, you will find bars, restaurants, craft, ideal areas for practicing various sports or just to relax. Florianopolis will seduce you as well as comes enticing thousands of Brazilian and foreign tourists every year. Be Welcome! ... more   less 
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Praia Mole Eco Village Hotel Florianopolis
Praia Mole Eco Village Florianopolis
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