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Vela Branca Grand Hotel
Ranked #69 of 98 Hotels in Porto Seguro
Reviewed 13 April 2012

We stayed at Vela Branca for the family wedding of very good friends. That seemed to go well and so I will start with the good stuff:

The ocean views are fantastic, our room was large and had the best sea view - and was furthest from the music at the bar. The gardens are beautiful and well-maintained. The pool would be small if the hotel was full.

But. . . .
Maybe about 20 of us arrived the day before the wedding - but management had not thought these newcomers might want food, so they omitted to organise adequate kitchen staff to cook our dinner. The result was that dishes came individually and intermittently, and some people has eaten and left well before the last few were served anything. Several of our group spoke the language and it appeared that the hotel had never expected anyone to want to eat there! That filled us with foreboding.

Next morning we rinsed a few clothes in the basin, with the hotel soap. Big mistake, everything turned blue. Management denied this had ever occurred before but laundered the offending items free; which came back a fetching shade of light blue-grey - something in the waters I suppose.

And the safe in our room was defunct. We told management about this several times a day - and to their credit it was repaired - moments before we left 4 days later (actually they had sent a workman to do some repairs, 20 minutes before the wedding service when, understandably I hope, we were getting dressed and preferred to do that without the audience. However, they do seem to take security seriously as there are numerous uniformed security guards patrolling the chainlink perimeter fence at 15 minute intervals; and a manned barrier on the entrance.

Wi-fi was promised, and the passwords were handed over, but nothing actually worked, ever, even at the reception desk.

There is a town beach, which is dirty from the river flowing past the boat docks, so people seem to rent taxis to travel further up or down the coast - where the beaches are idyllic.

Reception also seemed incapable of changing money.

As we left, we tried to negotiate some sort of discount for the first night meal debacle, but the one anglophone receptionist was absent and the remainder were intransigent.

So we left with a sour taste from what might sometime be a lovely place - if management could only get its act together.

Oh, and the airport is really very close. . .

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 May 2010

I stayed in Vela Branca with a friend in May/2008 and our welcoming couldn't have gone worse: a brazilian guy was complaining he had been stolen while in the room. "I hope it won't happen to us", I thought. But in fact it did. Two days later my shaving machine was gone from where I left it, to be returned in the last day by a sorry employee, and after I having said I wouldn't pay the bar expenses and would present complain in the police office. The pool was in construction and most of the hotel was closed because they told me it was low-season. The only good thing was the restaurant, with so-so food. The employees where either thiefs or rude. So, never again!

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 July 2005

We Just got back from Brazil and we stayed at this hotel for 4 nights. The hotel is located above the town and the view of the ocean is unbelievable. It was a 15 minute walk to the beach, but the views of the beach during the day, and the city at night were worth it. The restaurant in the hotel was very good. They had a buffet each night, and while I would not call it a lavish spread, it was certainly sufficient and it did change each night. The breakfast was also buffet style and this too was decent. The fresh fruit, particularly the papaya was the best we ever had. The service in the restaurant was good also. The hotel has a great pool with great views also.

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Reviewed 5 March 2017
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Room Tip: O hotel como um todo deixa muito a desejar em todos os aspectos
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  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled with family
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Stayed: January 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 November 2016
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Room Tip: Com vista para o jardim
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  • Stayed: January 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 September 2016
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  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Vela Branca Grand Hotel

Address: Rua Doutor Antonio Ricaldi 177 | Cidade Histórica, Porto Seguro, State of Bahia 45810-000, Brazil
Region: Brazil > State of Bahia > Porto Seguro
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 Top resorts Hotel in Porto Seguro
Price Range: £41 - £172 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 125
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
O Vela Branca Grand Hotel e cenario de um dos mais importantes polos turisticos do Brasil: Porto Seguro. Um dos mais importantes hoteis da Costa do descobrimento. Sua completa infra-estrutura proporciona tranquilidade e conforto para quem esta viajando a lazer ou mesmo a negocios. Unico hotel localizado no sitio historico do descobrimento, ocupando uma area de 120 mil metros quadrados. Sua posicao estrategica edificado sobre uma falesia, garante uma visao deslumbrante da orla e da cidade de Porto Seguro. Sao 125 apartamentos, sendo 49 apartamentos standard (03 para deficientes fisicos), 09 apartamentos Luxo, 61 apartamentos Luxo Mezanino, 06 suites (02 standard, 01 master e 03 luxo). Todos os apartamentos sao equipados com fechadura eletronica, ar condicionado split, controle remoto, frigobar, tv a cabo, cofre, secador de cabelo, alem da varanda com rede. O Hotel oferece uma otima estrutura de servicos: . 2 Bares . Restaurante . Business center . Brinquedoteca . Fitness Room . Heliponto . Lavanderia . Estacionamento . Mensageiros . Servico de quarto . Recepcao funcionando 24 horas - SOB CONSULTA (terceirizados) . Agencia de viagens . Locadora de veiculos . Loja de conveniencia . Servico de farmacia . Salao de beleza . Massagens de relaxamento ... more   less 
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