I really struggled to write this review...the staff here are wonderful and (generally) very helpful...but we had so many issues and problems.
Island specific: we arrived to a thunderstorm, which had caused an island wide black out. Water was streaming off the mountain and we had to wade in places in knee high water. Over four days, we had three power outages. Mosquitoes...lots of them. Once the rain stopped (very briefly, and the skies never cleared for our four days), we were greeted with sewerage on the streets, as septic tanks had overflowed, we weren't brave enough to swim at the main beach. Restaurants are expensive and the food just average. Laundry services are very expensive, we paid US$30 for one load. With the rain, it was impossible to do anything other than stay in our villa and venture out for food.
Hotel specific: as I said, the staff generally tried very hard. But this hotel wasn't cheap at US$200 per night. We had a large room, but the furnishings are VERY basic. We arrived and unpacked at about 7pm (once we finally found a luggage porter at the pier to take our bags in a covered trolley) only to find there was a leak in the roof. They kindly gave us a different room (although not sure what they would have done if the hotel was full), but didn't help us move, so we had to move all our luggage in the dark, down a flight of stairs from upstairs to downstairs, with a two year old. The serve a nice breakfast and have a nice garden and pool. The wifi is VERY slow...
The bed is reasonably comfortable, but there's not a lot of room for a family with luggage and very limited storage...eg there were no hanging racks, cupboards, chests of drawers etc.
I would give Ilha Grunge (as we took to calling it) a miss, and therefore this hotel as well. It was the lowpoint of our five week stay in Brazil (there are much better beaches and adventure destinations...maybe for young backpackers it is a cool party island like Ios in the Greek Islands), but for a family with young children - no way. When we walked around, it looked like there were nicer lodgings around town, but if we were paying US$200 per night, I dread to think what those lodgings cost.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our Inn Recanto das Estrelas (engl. Corner of Stars) on Ilha Grande waiting for you. Our suites have big stars names in Brazilian popular music (Braz. MPB) such as Pixinginha, Noel Rosa and Altamiro Carrilho and others. The accommodations are large and practical for couples, families and even for groups. Confortable suites with garden view The suites accommodate 2-3 people with a double and a single bed. The rooms offer a balcony or terrace with hammock and are equipped with air conditioning, ceiling fan, 32 "LCD TV, minibar, luxury shower with hot shower. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pousada Recanto Das Estrelas Ilha Grande/Vila Do Abraao, Brazil