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Casagrande Hotel Boutique
Ranked #42 of 103 Hotels in Armacao dos Buzios
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Sydney, Australia
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“Great Place to Stay”
Reviewed 26 March 2012

Very Friendly and helpfull Staff. We had a great time in Buzios.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 June 2011

Excellent place to stay.
The beach is fantastic.
Ask for a room with view.
It´s like been in your house.
Be aware if you have locomotion difficulties because the hotel is on a small hill.
Don´t expect a huge swimming pool (is something about 3 m x 5 m).

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 29 May 2011

Casa Grande is a very romantic place to stay. We had a room with great sea view that gave us a very romantic feeling. When we arrived the owner directly suggested us a homemade Caprinha that we consumed while we could see the sun go down in the sea. The rooms are quite, romantic, but modern and gave us a nice Riviera the Maison feeling. Unfortunately there wasn’t a little minibar or refrigerator available. In the morning we had a great breakfast with fresh fruit, fresh baked croissants, pain and sweet muffins and cake. Offcourse completed with fresh juice and delicious Brazilian coffee. The service is great here and makes you feel like Brigitte Bardot herself. Allso the internet is very quick around here and available at every place. We planned to stay here for 2 nights, but after all we stayed here for 6 nights. We would definitely come back here when we’re in Buzios again.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Berlin, Germany
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Reviewed 6 February 2011

We stayed in CasaGrande for New Years and really loved it!

The Pousada is situated on a little hill, with a killer view and sunset in the evening. Or rooms were very cute and cozy, designed in a country-house style and cleaned every day. Having breakfast on the terrasse was very nice and the were extremely friendly and caring. The staff were super friendly and helpful and we all fell in love with Toga, the cute housecat. Compared to the rest of Búzios, which was CROWDED with people over New Years, it felt like a great little retreat.

What might disturb some people is that the pool is indeed very small and there are only 2 sun chairs next to it. We didn't mind as we preferred spending the days at one of the beaches in Buzios and just came back to enjoy a sundowner Caipirinha on the terrasse. Joao Fernandes (the beach right next to CasaGrande) was ok for swimming and snorkling but I would not recommend it for spending the whole day there - to small with WAY too many people and (but this might vary according to the season). The pousada was also quite hard to find so make sure you take some good maps.

I would definitely go back there!

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with family
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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Reviewed 13 October 2010

I agree with what some people said before me: the fact that the hotel cannot be classified as boutique, the size of the pool, the steepness of the cobble hill (you have to leave the car down below on the street when it's raining), the boring breakfast (they charge extra for things like eggs, granola and yogurt), the lack of a fridge in the room, the lack of sign-posting and directions to the hotel on their website (I suggested this to management and they said the reason they don't have any directions is because most of their guests are Argentines who are picked up by vans at Rio de Janeiro Airport and taken straight to Buzios).
I am Brazilian and I have to say I am a little prejudiced against Argentines (as almost all Brazilians are) but the people who manage the hotel (Lucia and Patricia and Santiago who is not a manager but mans the hotel at night) are good-blooded (as we say in Brazilian Portuguese). They've been living in Buzios for a long time, mingled with the locals very well and are very attentive.
We went there with two small children because friends had recommended and I got very disappointed at first. The hotel is up in the hill with staircases everywhere, the swimming pool takes up almost the whole entrance space, there is a steep cobble hill to park the car (you have to hold the doors with your back if you want to take anything or anybody out of the car), old carpets you can trip on, the slow and (agree) boring breakfast served individually on the tables which makes it slow (my husband got really impatient after waiting 40 minutes to be served breakfast).
However, all these details were camouflaged by good customer service during our stay and our experience at the hotel ended up being very positive.
Our children were treated with affection and care by everybody, we loved the informal atmosphere, all our requests were fulfilled promptly. The room we stayed (room 1 next to the kitchen) was very spacious with a lot of storage cupboards (very important when you're traveling with children) and the cleaning was impeccable - I put a painting I didn't like under the bed and when I looked for it to put it back on the wall it was no longer there!
All in all a good place to stay in Joao Fernandes.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 October 2010

Let me state what I understand by "Boutique" to describe a hotel.
At a basic level it will provide the amenities of the big chains i.e. great rooms, clean bathrooms stocked with good quality soaps, good food, great local knowledge.
In addition, to classify as boutique, there should be friendly personal service, rooms that are above the chain "average", bathrooms that have had additional care put into them, food that is fresh and cooked to order, perhaps DVD or IPod connections in rooms etc

Casa Grande Buzios fails on both levels.

The rooms are very poor. Old fixtures and fittings, cracks in walls, cracks in baths. Cleaning that barely cleans. TV's that have 4 very fuzzy channels. Rooms with no fridges. The same basic breakfast every day. A Swimming pool that is barely 5 metres long, with cracked tiles. Non-existant service.
We really could go on.

After the first night my wife and I wanted to leave. I found another hotel 5 minutes away from Case Grande that was closer to the beach, had much better rooms, better facilities, better pool etc. for 20% less than what we were charged at Casa Grande.
Unfortunately we could not leave. We had paid 50% upfront, with the remaining 50% on arrival. We talked to the management about our unhappiness and they let us move room to the best in the hotel (for no additional money). This room was much better than our first, but still not worth what we paid and the hotel was still awful.

Buzios was a great place - we know becase we spent so much time outside of the hotel.

Casa Grande has a very slick website. Please ignore it, as it in no way represents the hotel. For the money they charge there are lots of hotels near by that are so very much better.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Buenos Aires
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Reviewed 3 August 2010

I highly recommend this Hotel. It's attention was perfect, the rooms very nice and comfortable, the pool and terrace with a great view to the beach, all of my friends and I we spent an unforgetable week here, willing to return soon!!

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with friends
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Property: Casagrande Hotel Boutique
Address: Rua 8, Quadra B, Lote 18 | Praia Joao Fernandes, Armacao dos Buzios, State of Rio de Janeiro 28950-000, Brazil
Region: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Armacao dos Buzios
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#10 Family Hotel in Armacao dos Buzios
#12 Romantic Hotel in Armacao dos Buzios
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Casagrande Hotel Boutique 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casagrande Hotel Boutique is a small design Hotels in Buzios, of special attractive charm and managed by its owners. Casagrande guests find themselves from the time of arrival with a personalized and friendly welcome, and this is the way Casagrande Hotel Boutique enhances the adventure of traveling. Sensitive travellers with a defined personal taste, lovers of the genuine and sophisticated, involve themselves into a minimalist atmosphere of an unquestionable exclusive design, making of Casagrande their choice for their next holidays. Casagrande Hotel Boutique stands out not only because of its old italian villa style, and the magnificent uninterrumpted 180 degrees views of the sea; but also because of the terraces with balusters, the arches and columns facing the ocean, the staircases of italian granite surronding the property; all of these, framed by palm trees and grounds of great beauty.. All the best for your accommodation in Buzios. The interiors of asian furniture, wooden ipe wood, and watercolour paintings of renowed artists are just some of the details used to create favourable lasting impressions and enjoyable moments for those people who get pleasure from stayind in small design hotels and wish to experience the adventure od travelling in a different way. At only 50 mts. From the Joao Fernandes the trendiest beach from the and just 10 minutes from the renowned "Ruas das Pedras". Casagrande Hotel Boutique lodges those travellers who appreciate with their full a memorable experience. Casagrande Hotel Boutique is the brand for you. ... more   less 
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