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PortoBay Buzios
Ranked #11 of 104 Hotels in Armacao dos Buzios
Certificate of Excellence
Las Vegas, Nevada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Such a perfect place”
Reviewed 8 April 2011

I still fail to get a clear grasp to how does a Hotel can merge all the good things of any countryhouse where you are met with the outmost familiarity and kindness, and all the professionalism and excelence that it's due to the turism industry.
I really have to say that it is wonderful! The weather is always great in Brazil, the beaches are great, you have to love all the rooms, they are so quaint and really cozy, dreamy even.
To someone of good taste, one knows that many times the way you are served can really make the difference and at Búzuios they are quite aware of that fact and to not take it lightly. You are met with very high standards and with the outmost politness.
Furthermore I have to say that I absolutely loved spending time there and will be sure to recommend without restrictions to anyone searching for a "rose in the desert" down in South America.
Good Times Travelers!

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  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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Reviewed 4 April 2011

I decided to book this hotel using the recommendations of Tripadvisor. Usually, they are good, but sometimes I miss something. This time, I was really surprised with my choice. Porto Bay is close to "Stone Street", major place to do things and see people in Buzios. I wanted to have a "honeymoon" weekend with my wife and this hotel was the best match for it. Rooms are truly clean, reception guys are great and service level is excellent! I do recommend this hotel.

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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Bergen, Norway
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2011

We felt very welcome in this small botique hotel (18 rooms). The service was great! Rooms are nice with balkony facing the ocean but you only have a view of the ocean if you stay at the top floor (same level as entry and lobby). If you stay below you have a balcony facing the garden and swimming poll area. Swimming pool and sun deck is very nice with several possibilities for a more private cabana. Breakfast is also served poolside which is very nice.

A little pricy but then again Buzios is pricy. We were unlucky with our room as it had a strange smell to it (said to be due to renovation of neighboring room). Hotel was fully booked over the weekend but you did not really notice the other guests due to a large garden and area around the pool.

We would stay here again due to the great service and warm welcome by the 2 receptionist and the nice couple that runs the hotel (from Portugal).

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Reviewed 22 March 2011

Warm and beautiful! We feel at home! We were treated wonderfully!! The rooms are huge, clean and beautiful!

Breakfast was always a pleasant surprise!!

I hope to return next year and still find the same managers!! Thank you for everything!

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled with family
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Reviewed 18 March 2011

I just visited the Porto Bay Glenzhaus in February hotel and I loved it!

The beaches are amazing, the view from the hotel is truly beautiful and Buzíos is a really nice place to visit.

When we arrived at the hotel we were welcomed by a really nice front-desk employee, who explained us all things concerning our room, the places to visit nearby, where was the pool, what time breakfast was, etc. Our first impact was great, as the staff we encountered was always smiling and were very helpfull with every question we had.

During our stay we had the chance to meet the manager, Bernardo, who was young but experienced and told us a little bit more about the hotel.

Our room was great, very clean and the bed (one of the things I value the most at a hotel) was big and comfortable.

When we woke up after a very relaxing night we went to have breakfast which had a variety of foods to choose from - and I am very picky when it comes to hotel breakfasts.

Again, the lady who was working at breakfast was nice, always smiling and the service was really efficient.

After breakfast we went to the pool and stayed there for a while, feeling more relaxed than ever.

In the afternoon we went to the beach, and that is basically how we spend our days.

One of the things that really pleased me and made me write this review (which I don't do very often) was how nice all the staff were. I've been to many hotels so far, but nothing feels as good as being well treated and feeling that the people working at a hotel really care about us, what we need and what we want during our stay. In every request we made, we were promptly helped and everything turned out great. I definetely recommend this hotel!

As far as internet services and any other services concerning work, we didn't used them as we were on vacation - and, I might add, our days at Porto Bay were some of the best we've ever had!

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with family
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Hamburg, Germany
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Reviewed 7 March 2011

As not too many Germans are coming to Buzios, I will write this in English, so excuse any mistakes I make.

After a 2-week-South-America-Trip bringing us to Peru, Bolivia, Argentinia and Brazil, my wife and I wanted to relax some days.

We decided to drive by bus three hrs. from Rio to wonderful Buzios, once a small fishing village, today a still charming place. There a a lot of boutique hotels there, but because of the horrible exchange rate of the Real with the Euro we couldn't book the most recommended – and wonderful – hotels like Casas Brancas.

Still, we were lucky in finding the "Porto Bay Glenzhaus" in our German TUI catalogue and booked it directly with TUI for a reasonable price.

After the well organised bus tripp from Rio we arrived on a Sunday afternoon and were greeted by friendly staff.

Here are some impressions:

Staff
Very friendly! When it was raining one day the manager drove us around in his car for half a day to show us the best spots in town! His colleague organized the bus trip back. Everybod, really everybody had a smile for us.

Rooms
We stayed in the upper category rooms with a big terrace. As we like to have two beds, the staff put an extra bed in the spacious room immediately. One thing, though: There's an Espresso machine and a water boiler in the room, but they charge for every tea bag and espresso. One guy in a comment criticized this. My opion: It is clearly stated in a letter next to the machine, that they charge for it. Just don't do it, if you don't feel like it.

Hotel
Nice feeling of an inimate, small hotel. Nice Pool-area with breakfast terrace.

Location
For us: The best in Buzios. The wonderful Praia (= beach) Brava is five minutes away by foot. On this beach you will find the wonderful bar "Rocka!" where you can spend all day long lounging on matrasses or deck chairs. Pure bliss.
It's ten minutes to town – which is great. A lot of other hotels are in town and, therefore, much to loud. Porto Bay Glenzhouse, however, is on a hill and you have a great view ot the bay with the cruise ships anchoring there (max. 3 / day).

Fitness Room
There is one with a bike and a jogging device. Both not very new.

Breakfast
Wonderfully served by a friendly waitress. Best scrambled eggs we ate on our long trip. Fresh fruits, dark bread, cereals, cakes... Not a full city hotel big breakfast buffet, but it was very niced presented in baskets and tasted delicious.

Again, a big thank you for all at Porto Bay Glenzhaus: It was a great stay and we will come back. Let's just hope, that the Real is not so overvalued then :-)

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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AVieiraRiodeJaneiro, Front Office Manager at PortoBay Buzios, responded to this review, 18 March 2011
Dear Guest,

Thank you for choosing to stay at the Porto Bay Glenzhaus Hotel.
All your informations are very important for the improvement of our services , focusing on
offerring unique services and making each stay the best experience to our guests.
If you require any special assistance during your next stay, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Sincerely,

Aline Vieira
Front Office Manager.
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed 24 February 2011

In the room stood a kettle with coffee bags and tea no milk. we are used that the coffee is complementary and took 1 bag of coffee and 1 bag of tea. At checkout they charged us for that. We think that it is small minded

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: PortoBay Buzios
Address: Rua 15, n0 10 | Centro - Armacao de Buzios, Armacao dos Buzios, State of Rio de Janeiro 28950-000, Brazil (Formerly Porto Bay Glenzhaus)
Region: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Armacao dos Buzios
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Armacao dos Buzios
#5 Luxury Hotel in Armacao dos Buzios
#16 Romantic Hotel in Armacao dos Buzios
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — PortoBay Buzios 4*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Born as a small fishing village, today Buzios is a paradise for those who love gastronomy, art and ecology while at the same time boasting an amazing night life. PortoBay Buzios* is a boutique hotel in the city centre of the of Buzios. 21 Suites in a sumptuous tropical setting are a certain recipe for peace and quiet, all with silent air conditioning, free internet access and minibar. Breakfast can be served near the pool leading you to one more unforgettable moment... This boutique lodge is near the beaches that surround the peninsula and a few steps from the famous Rua das Pedras. Here you will find a huge variety of traditional stores, different art galleries, traditional handcraft and some amazing restaurants where you can appreciate the simple pleasures of food A corner of paradise...* Previously named as Porto Bay Glenzhaus ... more   less 
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