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Pousada Mariola
Ranked #1 of 118 Ilhabela B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 20, 2011

Pousada Mariola was the perfect base for a relaxing getaway to Ilhabela. Rooms had everything you could need (including a fantastic view) and were very clean. Service was impeccable, the hotel staff couldn't do enough to help from arranging tours to making sure you had enough towels, mosquito repellent (a must!) etc. Extremely reasonable priced for the standard and location, I wouldn't hesitate in returning

Room Tip: All rooms have a good view, I stayed in room 3 which had an uninterrupted view of the sunset
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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 30, 2011

My wife and I stayed at the Pousada Mariola in March 2011. We had some difficulty in getting to the property but once we arrived it was an absolute pleasure from start to finish. We arrived after midnight but Gilmar greeted us with a broad smile and showed us to our room, and introduced us to the pousada and the surrounding area which was great. After a great night sleep in the huge and very comfy bed we then enjoyed breakfast in the main property's dining area and conversed with some of the other guests which was nice.

The property comprises of (I think) 8 seperate pousada's set on a steep mountain, all having a wonderful view of the ocean and Sao Paulo's mainland. Our property was at the rear, and had a wonderful view from the balcony. The room itself was large, and barn-like which we thought was great. We also didn't come across a single mosquito or bug which is rare in properties of this type, so another BIG plus point. The swimming pool has been built within the past couple of years and only invites you to take a dip, especially when the weather is hot and sunny!!

Ilha Bela has a variety of exceptional beaches and is voted the 3rd best city (in this case island) for beaches in the whole of Brasil, according to Guia Quatro Rodas's beach guide to Brasil (2011/12). Fortunately, Pousada Mariola is in a great location to many of the suberb beaches, including Curral and Juliao (Prainha). Another notable beach is Bonete, only accessible by foot (takes a laborious 4 hours to walk there, so if attempting it, start early and take plenty of chocolate to keep going) or by boat, however, Bonete has been voted the 8th best beach in Brasil (also according to GuiaQuatroRodas's beach guide to Brasil 2011/12). The pousada is also very close to the lively part of Ilhabela where you'll find the restaurants to fill up and people watch. If staying for a week, it may be worth getting the boat back to the mainland and enjoying some other local towns, such as Sao Sebastiao, Caraguatatuba, Ubatuba or even Paraty (150km away but a lovely place).

My wife and I absolutely loved our stay at Pousada Mariola, despite the weather being unkind for much of our stay (though it was during Brasil's winter!) and we can only recommend this wonderful place to all, and thank the wonderful staff for making our weekend's stay so memorable.

Room Tip: Enjoy a pizza at A Redonda Forneria.
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  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 3, 2011

Wonderful owner and great staff. This inn has been only recently built in a high location overlooking the mainland of San Sebastian. We stayed for a week and would recommend this as a nice getaway if you are looking for an alternative to the city. 92% of the island is a state park.

ONE CAUTION--there are insects outside that don't like non-locals (the locals have no problems). Don't underestimate this problem (like we did) and keep slathered with protectants when you leave the hotel or stay on the balcony, especially if you are visiting the rainforest.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 18, 2010

Ilhabela is full of hotels on the rocky mountain. This is one of those.
it was low season so we paid 156 reais per day, 80 - 90 dolars. But it worths.
Nice place, clean, roomy, beautiful view, air conditioning, fridge, nice bathroom, nice bed, quiet.
If you don't have a car, this is not the place you should go. The road to get in this hostel is really steep, not close to the beach.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 24, 2010

Amazing view, the room was beatiful, clean and comfortable. Delicious breakfast. The only problem, the pousada is in the top of a little hill, so the access was kind of difficult.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 1, 2010

Been there 2 week ends and my mum stayed there a week. We have been delighted by this lovely pousada. Extremely well located, short walk to the beach, short walk to the city center (villa). The rooms are really nice, very well done and comfortable, they all have a balcony with an amazing view. As the pousada is pretty new (opened in november 09), everything is in perfect state. And you will have a shower facing the sea!
What made our stay even nicer was the perfect and adorable service. The manager, Amelia, has a wonderfull team working with her and they are all comitted to make you feel at home.
And as the price is very reasonable, I can only recommend this pousada for your stay in Ilhabella!

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 30, 2010

- Rooms: clean, charming, cozy...
- Service: Very good, courteous staff

It´s a perfect place for couples. Since you wake up, you just face an amazing view from your window, fantastic...

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Address: Rua Chico Reis 304, Ilhabela, State of Sao Paulo 11630-000, Brazil
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Location: Brazil > State of Sao Paulo > Ilhabela
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 118 B&Bs / Inns in Ilhabela
Price Range: $87 - $413 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Pousada Mariola is in a prime location. Nestled in the mountains and near the sea, from where beautiful landscapes are revealed and one has a perfect interaction with the exuberant nature of Ilhabela. All this close to the beach and The Vila with its varied shopping, bars and restaurants always nice from simple to sophisticated. ... more   less 
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