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Mar Hotel Conventions
Ranked #10 of 55 Hotels in Recife
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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55 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“No competitive advantage”
Reviewed February 20, 2014 via mobile

Perhaps except for the nice pool, good conference rooms for large seminars, and short distance from the airport I would not recommend to stay here.

Internet is poor, no ocean view for ocean view price, and 4 blocks from Beira Mar (when most other hotels are over that road) do not make it an ideal choice.

In my case the reason to stay here was because the seminar I attended was at the hotel.

Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
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PontesHoteiseResorts, Gerente geral at Mar Hotel Conventions, responded to this review, February 26, 2014
Dear Mr. Mariano,

We appreciate your choice to stay at Mar Hotel Recife and for sharing with other travelers your impressions about our hotel.
Sorry about what happened during your stay with us. We are happy to know that your stay was enjoyable and we managed to surprise you with our infrastructure.
We hope to welcome you again soon.

Regards,
Andreia Misael
General Manager
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed February 6, 2014

Like quite a few Brazilian 3-4 star hotels, this one looks like it hasn't seen a lick of paint since the 70s. Rooms are in poor condition, Internet works only intermittently and breakfast was lousy. No view of the sea, just concrete blocks, and the area seems a bit iffy at night. Service is good, which is so often the case with sub standard Brazilian hotels. Why can't the owners invest some money in to making it nicer? Surely it can't me that hard.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
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PontesHoteiseResorts, Gerente geral at Mar Hotel Conventions, responded to this review, February 26, 2014
Dear guest,

We appreciate your choice to stay at Mar Hotel Recife and for sharing with other travelers your impressions about our hotel.

We would like to know better about their observations, it would be possible for you to send us your contact to our e-mail marketing@ponteshoteis.com.br
We hope to welcome you again soon.


Regards,
Andreia Misael
General Manager
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South Daytona, Florida
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Reviewed December 11, 2013 via mobile

A. Great hotel located near the airport, beach and restaurants. They are expanding and have a 5 story garage and adding a new wing. Apartments are well appointed and comfortable. Beautiful pool and lobby. Great restaurants and bars also.

Stayed December 2013, traveled on business
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PontesHoteiseResorts, Gerente geral at Mar Hotel Conventions, responded to this review, February 26, 2014
Dear Mr. Dennis,

We appreciate your choice to stay at Mar Hotel Recife and for sharing with other travelers your impressions about our hotel.

We're delighted that your stay was enjoyable and we managed to surprise you with our infrastructure. We appreciate the positive feedback about our renovations.
We hope to welcome you again soon.
Regards,
Andreia Misael
General Manager
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Sao Paulo, SP
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed December 6, 2013

This is a good hotel, with polite staff, 24-hour room service, a swimming pool available until 10pm, a bar, a good restaurant, a cafe and so on.
But the room I stayed in wasn't very spacious, considering we were a couple. There was one chair, one small table, and enough room for one person's luggage. The beers available in the room were of very bad quality (and I'm sure they can do better, because the restaurant had more options).

We also had a problem with our reservation: when we arrived, the only type of room they had available was with two twin beds. After looking at the room, I confirmed with the staff that we wanted a room according to our reservation (with a queen-size bed). They then offered to join the twin tables, using a "special" sheet to cover the hole between them.
It was OK, but not what we expected from one of the most expensive hotels in Recife.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Klosters, Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed November 24, 2013

Location is not as good as the hotels right on the beach but 10 mins crossing a couple of busy roads will get you to the sea on foot.
At the moment there is a lot of building on the side facing the sea (although you can't see it) so I suppose any rooms like mine with even numbers would suffer same fate.
Building starts early, before 7 and Goes on all day so it's a bit noisy. Also the windows are not sealed so any road noise comes in and people start early in Recife.
I was on floor 13 pf 15, and I suppose lower floors are noisier.
Gym is pretty dismal but has some OK kit. Seems to open at 6 am weekdays and 9:30 Sunday's.
Like other posts, I agree breakfast is good with large selection of fruit, mangoes being great.
People friendly but only the head bar staff and reception speak English.
Internet was intermittent.

Room Tip: Odd numbers to avoid the building noise perhaps
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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1 Thank zaplocation
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Cancun
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38 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed September 26, 2013

I spent one night before the flight back and I think it was nice and comfortable, it is about six blocks from the beach, unfortunately the buildings at right and front were in construction and the view was not very nice.

Room Tip: higher rooms, better view, but takes a while in the elevator to get there.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Bristol, UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed July 6, 2013

My husband took me to Mar Hall for a surprise 2 night break in June 2013.

I loved the hotel, the setting was gorgeous, the main building was grand yet welcoming and chilled out at the same time. The breakfasts were great, no probs at all with my request for gluten free toast. Lovely big rooms (we were In the spa wing) with well appointed bathrooms also.

I've only given 4 stars because the bed, huge as it was, was hard - I was expecting something that you sink into but supports at the same time, alas no. Also, the car park has a lot of pot holes - definitely needs resurfacing. Lastly, the spa restaurant is v disappointing, no atmosphere and a very limited menu, they need to work on that.

Saying that, if I lived closer, I'd definitely go back as it was so friendly and relaxing. I'd just ask for a mattress topper ;)

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Mar Hotel Conventions
Address: Rua Barao de Souza Leao 451, Recife, State of Pernambuco 51030-300, Brazil (Formerly Mercure Recife Mar Hotel Conventions)
Location: Brazil > State of Pernambuco > Recife > Boa Viagem
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Recife
#3 Green Hotel in Recife
#4 Business Hotel in Recife
#4 Romantic Hotel in Recife
#7 Family Hotel in Recife
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Mar Hotel Conventions 4*
Number of rooms: 379
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