The Majestic may not have the awareness and profile of some of the more centrally-located -- and more glam -- properties in Aguas de Lindoia, but to me it's the kind of place where the thoughtful traveler would want to stay. Rooms are simple, large, beautifully maintained and exceptionally clean. The bathrooms work, both figuratively and literally. In-room internet connections are good. But what really sets the property apart are the buffet-style meals and the staff who serve them. The food is as good as any you'll find in Brazil. And the service, well, it would make Downton Abbey proud.
Keep in mind this is really a hotel by and for Brazilians. I'd be surprised if anyone on staff speaks English. Any English. And, get this, they don't accept credit cards -- or at least didn't when I stayed there in June 2011. Which means you can either pay with a check drawn off a Brazilian checking account or with cash. That kind of cash. Like paper money, bills, banknotes. Remember them? Ah, only in Brazilian Reais too.
Another point. The hotel is located in a quiet, semi-residential district a hundred or more meters climb up from downtown Aguas. The trek can be done by car, but most often seems to be done by foot on a paved trail that runs through a wooded park. It's a huff-and-puff, a slow and steady climb with not much in the way of places to stop and rest. Only at the top, a block shy of the hotel, is there a public-access font spouting the local mineral water. Make sure you're in shape, and bring your walking shoes.
But if you can handle the language, the slightly off-kilter location and the rather quaint payment system, you'll look forward to every meal as if it were your last. And every contact you have with hotel staff helping serve the meals will make you wonder what you did to deserve treatment, courtesy, kindness and attentiveness at such a wonderfully high level. So hard to find in today's world! The Majestic's staff, from reception to restaurant, really know how to treat their customers right.
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Hotels.com, Expedia, HotelQuickly and Booking.com so you can book your Hotel Majestic reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Majestic Aguas De Lindoia, Brazil