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“Nice experience” 4 of 5 bubbles
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El Gordo
Ranked #8 of 12 Hotels in Trancoso
Certificate of Excellence
Sao Paulo, SP
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142 reviews
102 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“Nice experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2014

Keep in mind it's an expensive village. El Gordo is amongst the cheapest ones well located in the "Quadrado" historical area, but you'll still pay for that convenience.
Pros: location, comfortable rooms (nice bed, linen and towels), incredible views, courteous service, tasty breakfast.
Cons: rates, noise (if you stay in one of the rooms close to the restaurant), food & beverage prices, distance from the beach.
I understand it's an overpriced town, but charging R$50/person for breakfast is absolutely outrageous considering the offer. Also, none of the individual main courses cost less than R$80 and their standard service charge is 11% instead of the usual 10%. Food is good, but this just doesn't make sense.
I must say staff is always very friendly and although net being able to offer me a late check-out, they let me use a room to shower and freshen up before my flight.

Room Tip: Room number 5 has incredible views form the porch, but if you're a light sleeper the restaurant...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Cadi C
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Lisbon, Portugal
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2013

comida muito boa, serviso simpatico....pousada LINDA!!!!!! TOP!!!! Place its with amazing view, all people there are very nice and helpful, food one of the best i eat in Brasil. Beaches in Trancoso look like paradise :) perfect place for vacations!!!!!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank sylwia c
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Sussex
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113 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2012

Stayed the weekend in this little gem of a hotel lovely food, the room was extremely comfortable.
Really not a bad word to say about this hotel. The setting with the Trancoso quadrant is peaceful and offers a view over the shoreline. You can if your picky and look to closely at the decking and pool where you can find a tired few bits but call it shabby sheikh and just enjoy.The staff are friendly we were welcomed with a smile and every one was really helpful. Well done to you all my octopus starter and lobster with truffle oil pasta is reason enough for me to visit again thanks chef.

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank mimosaSussex
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Lisbon, Portugal
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2012

Honestly, there is no point say good or bad, you just have to go and see for your own eyes :)!

The perfect experience all around

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Sassaa
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Belo Horizonte Brasil
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52 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2011

It's located at Quadrado, the main place of Trancoso. You are close to the beach (10 minutes walking). as well as to the most of the restaurants.

We stayed in one room close to the entrance, reception and pool, so we were accompanied by a lot of noise. And that with just than two or three more rooms with guests. The room was clean, well equiped and decorated. Great shower.

There are rooms located far from the entrance, with a beautiful view. Probably silencious. But they are too over priced.

The staff needs more training and kindness. You feel they don't really like their job.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank RicardoJP
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Lisbon, Portugal
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2011

Its one of the best locations in the quadrado, very good views of the sea.
Rooms are average, definitely overpriced and the ones on top are very noisy. The ones down (9 and 10) have amazing views but as they are in the jungle you can have all sort of animals inside. Internet in the rooms is through cable but they are not in the best of places and the wifi that was suppose to exist in the bar area never worked.
Service is not as friendly as other places in Trancoso, not attentive to detail, not what you expect for a luxury place.
Restaurant is very good, maybe one of the bests in Trancoso, but the price of the wine is abusive. They are mostly portuguese regular wines and you can be charged 70€ for a wine that you buy in a supermarket by 4€ in Portugal. Trancoso is an expensive place but in this case you do feel like someone has stole your wallet.
Definitely a place to visit, specially for a restaurant or a drink in the bar in the end of the day but i would not recommend it to stay as you don't get value for money.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank mmcn2009
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Brasil
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2011

Cool, beautiful, design hotel, in a great location (at "quadrado", where the best restaurants, stores and bars are located). Excellent service and restaurant. European style in the heart of Trancoso.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: El Gordo
Address: Praca Sao Joao 7 | Quadrado, Porto Seguro, State of Bahia 45810-000, Brazil
Region: Brazil > State of Bahia > Porto Seguro > Trancoso
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Trancoso
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — El Gordo 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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