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Hotel Praia Dourada
Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in Maragogi
Curitiba
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“It's not even 3 stars! Bad located, far from everything...”
Reviewed March 21, 2009

Me and my boyfriend took a week of vacation, and before arrive there, we looked the photos from the hotel, and the location, looked great!
But...... As soon as we arrived we went to our room, and there came the first disapointment... The beds were not so good, and the shower the worst ever! The water was too hot or too cold, and it changed from one to another very quickly, it means that it was very easy to me burned by the hot water (and it happened to us), also the room in general was not good, didn't look like a 4 stars hotel room. Despite these things, the noisy was terrible, the loud music from the swimming pool was lasting until late of night, so we asked for another room, and then the things started to get better.The other room had view for the sea, and was very silent, no noise, and good shower, but even so, it didn't look like a 4stars hotel...
The second point is the swimming pool, despite it was big and beautiful, the ceramic tiles were without grout.
The staff was very nice, kind and polite, only the people from the reception were not. Also we got sick during our stay, and the hotel dind't have any medicines for the guests, it was late of night, and we had to ask strange people to help us with the medicines for fever, the staff from the reception didn't offer a taxi or something to go to a drugstore... We felt very bad treated, and like if we were in the end of the world, grounded, far from the civilization...
The third point was the food. The breakfast was not so good, the cheese and ham, for ex., passed the impression of something that were there for hours, already sweating, and not attractive. Only few kinds of bread, 3!!! The juices were not natural, but pulp of the fruit. There was "tapioca" (one of their typical food), but only the salty one, they didn't prepare the sweet tapioca. And the rest was very normal, like a 2 stars hotel.
The dinner was not bad, the flavoring was good, but very simple.
The forth point was the colour of the water of the sea, this is not a problem from the hotel, but there was a river that passed by the side of the hotel, and it flowed to the sea, so, if had rained in the previous days, the colour of the sea (only in front of the hotel), became dark, brown, mixed with the blue turquoise of the sea, not as beautiful as the other beaches located 500metres from the hotel... So, you need to pray not to rain, or the sea in front of the hotel will not be so good for shower.
And the last point that I remember, is that the hotel is far from the center of Maragogi, it takes 5 Km, and its no possible to go walking, it depends on the tide, if the water is high you cannot go by the beach, and by the road is dangerous (because of the cars), so you feel a little grounded on the hotel....
So, if you can stay in a small city, with drugstores, supermarkets, stores, restaurantes, etc, like Porto de Galinhas or Maceio, I think is better option, because you can go visit Maragogi (but you don't need to stay there like for 7 days, it's not worth).
But the beaches from Maragogi are very beautiful, amazing! The biggest problem was the location and the quality of the hotel...
If you can choose another one, specially at Porto the Galinhas that's near Maragogi, I think you will not regreat.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Brooklyn,NY
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed April 15, 2008

I am from Brazil and booked this hotel online.
The site shows a very nice hotel.
Thank god we rented a car otherwise we would be stuck........
They took us to a room that was not cleaned yet. We decided to have lunch ( the rice looked pre-heated and not fresh; the meat was dry and tasteless.)
When we returned to our room, the air conditioner was not working. We moved to another room and at that point we decided to drive around to look for another hotel. We stopped at an internet cafe and a young man recommended the Salinas resort which was very close.
We returned to sleep at the Praia Dourada hotel and moved to the Salinas the next day. The Salinas was expensive but worth the stay and piece of mind.
The Praia Dourada had a nice swimming pool. This hotel has seen better days but now needs a complete renovation.
I had sent a deposit of 2 nights and the front desk tried to keep the extra night deposit that I had paid but I insisted and they paid me back in cash.
After all my vacation was well spent at the Salinas Resort.

Stayed March 2007
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Rio de Janeiro
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed December 8, 2007

Dirty rooms, dirty pool, dirty kicthen, unfriendly, really nasty rooms, terrible food..!!

Beautiful beach, which is were you will be all the time trying to avoid spending time in the terrible hotel. 1 out of 10.

Take a note of meals and drinks bought in the hotel check your bill very carefully at check out for meals and drinks. Ours was RS150 over charged. No apology offered.

Avoid if at all possible.

Letter of complaint written to travel agent, three pages long, need I say more..????

  • Liked — Location next to the beach.
  • Disliked — Dirty rooms, dirty pool, dirty kitchen - Hotel in need of large cash investment.
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
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7 Thank MikeyRio
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Karlsruhe, Germany
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed November 27, 2007

Mid size beach resort which rooms have seen better times. Very good location at one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. Location is a bit isolated, you need a taxi to go to town for shopping.
Rooms are basic but clean, bathroom tiles are dark grey, which gives an unfriendly impression, however the are presently being repainted in white. Beds were good, however a bit short. A/C is noisy, but some rooms have already a new quiter one.
Reception staff was average, but Bar and Restaurant staff were very friendly.
Breakfast was good, Dinner buffet was o.k., we have always found something we liked.
During the weekend the Hotel was full, then they had problems with seating in the restaurant during Breakfast and Dinner. The Hotel was also very noisy during that time, so avoid holidays/summer weekends if you prefer it a bit more relaxed.
Take a sea view room, surcharge is marginal, if any, and the view is great.

  • Liked — Beach, Pool, Bar and Restaurant service
  • Disliked — Bathroom, size of bed, service when fully booked
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled with family
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3 Thank Schlumbumba
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Porto Alegre, RS
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed July 26, 2007

Very well located in Maragogi area, in the sand of Burgalhau Beach (i think it is the best beach in that region). But very simple accomodations, nothing else is special. If you love to be "wellcomed", go elsewere. We had demi-pension (with dinner), but even having payed for it, we gone outside to dinner. The top rated day-trip to "Galés" was disturbed by an unexplayed enormous delay in the hotel boat.

  • Liked — Good location.
  • Disliked — Just the average in all other aspects.
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
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Property: Hotel Praia Dourada
Address: Rodovia Al 101 Norte Km 130, Maragogi, State of Alagoas, Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Alagoas > Maragogi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in Maragogi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Praia Dourada 4*
Number of rooms: 117
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