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“Nice quiet property away from the bustle but close enough to walk”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Porto Bay Buzios

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Porto Bay Buzios
Ranked #10 of 100 Hotels in Armacao dos Buzios
Houston, Texas
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“Nice quiet property away from the bustle but close enough to walk”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2013

This is a small and beautiful property with a very friendly staff. Joåo was especially helpful and spoke excellent English. I will use this property again when I visit the beautiful city of Buzios. If you come to Brazil, this is definitely a destination you should make time to visit. Just 2 1/2 hours from Rio, it's full of beautiful beaches, nice stores and restaurants and of course, beautiful people. A branch of the famous Ibiza nightclub Pacha is there and the downstairs disco is a blast.

Room Tip: Every room is quiet and discrete
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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PortobayRI, Gerente de recepção at Porto Bay Buzios, responded to this review, 7 April 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your preference in staying at Porto Bay Búzios and for sharing your experience here at Trip Advisor.
We are really happy that your overall impression about the hotel was excellent, specially your lovely comments about our staff.
We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you again soon.

Best Regards,

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Belgrade, Serbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2013

Town Buzios itself is very impressive. It is a combination of rural environment, luxurious board and lodging (`pousada` in Portugese), a very lively center with shops and restaurants and numerous beaches along the whole peninsula. The hotel is actually a complex of apartments which are situated on a slope. At the bottom of the slope there is a swimming pool, and an open restaurant is on the other side- they serve buffet breakfast. The apartment consists of a hall with a big wardrobe, bathroom, tea kitchen with mugs and kettles, enormous bedroom with king- size bed and the sitting area-sofa, armchair and a coffee table. We insisted on a double-bed room, but as there was no available one at the moment they brought another single-bed in. It fitted perfectly into that huge room without any problem. Along the room, there is a terrace at least 2m wide. Underneath, there are palm trees, and we could see the sea and nearby islands in the distance. The only thing that bothered us were swarms of mosquitos.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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PortobayRI, Gerente de recepção at Porto Bay Buzios, responded to this review, 27 March 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your preference in staying at Porto Bay Búzios, and for sharing your experience here at Trip Advisor. We are delighted to know that you enjoyed our services, it is pleasing to receive such comments as yours and to know we are caring for our guest properly. We all hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you again very soon!

Warms regards from Porto Bay!

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Moscow, Russia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2013

Very cosy and comfortable, stylish and relaxing.
The standard room is quite big and has a sofa and an armchair. A big tv-set, safe, air conditioner. We lived in room 15. I need to mention that the bathroom need a bit repairing.
All the staff is friendly and almost everyone speaks english. Especially I wanna say about Alexandre - he is helpful and told us a lot about where to go and what to see.
Unfortunately breakfast is not very various: fried eggs and small scones with cheese, different types of bread, cheese and ham, fruit (mango was fantastic!) and some cornflakes. But eggs disappeared on the second day and appeared only in a week. No problem for me but for those who is used to large breakfast with many dishes this one can seem a bit poor.
Bar menu and snacks are not very expensive if we are talking about hotel prices. Cheesburger is delicious, and do try caipirinha with passion fruit - it's awesome! Thanks to the guy who prepares it, sorry don't know his name.
The hotel is very close to the centre, only 10 min walk to Rua das Pedras. The road to the Brava beach is not easy when it is hot but okay. The beach is 15 min walk. If you take a
Buggy , you can reach all the beaches quite quickly (we took a buggy in a place recommended by hotel. The buggy was old and it can be found cheaper in other places).
What else to say? Two days before leaving the rack in the bathroom fell off. Asked at reception to all smb to fix it, but when we arrived from the beach the rack was still on the floor. I called to reception but they told they didn't have some things to fix it but they would buy and fix. Well, when we were leaving the hotel nothing changed. We still put the showers on the sink shelf.
Again - no problem for me, really, but I think the service in a boutique hotel has to be better.
You can take books to read at reception and the dvd to watch in the room (though we did't find the player). Also they have chess and some games in the lobby.
I am in the other hotel, in Rio now but I miss Porto bay Buzios, because it was silent, very much like home. Thanks for everything!

Room Tip: Room 15 is okay, it is a standard room
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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PortobayRI, Gerente de recepção at Porto Bay Buzios, responded to this review, 27 March 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your motivating and helpful feedback. We greatly appreciate your thoughts and opinions regarding our friendly staff. All your informations are very important for the improvement of our services , focusing on making each stay the best experience to our guests .
We really appreciate your constructive comments, because feedback such as yours truly enables us to reinforce the quality of our Standards.

We were delighted to have you as guest.

Best Regards,

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2013

Stayed here for 4 nights mid Jan after the hustle and bustle of Rio. Lovely charming hotel, small and personal with great views over the town into the bay from it's hillside location. Very relaxing with all you need for a short break. Breakfast good, plenty of choice, wide choice of bar snacks at very reasonable prices, lovely pool area.
Room, Royal Suite, very large, but surprisingly small bathroom. Could have done with some comfy sun loungers on the very large balcony area, WI-FI in room didn't work, but fine in reception, other than that, no problems.
Staff very friendly, good English (unlike Rio) and nothing too much trouble.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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4 Thank Patchesmum
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PortobayRI, Gerente de recepção at Porto Bay Buzios, responded to this review, 28 March 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your preference in staying at Porto Bay Búzios, and for sharing your experience here at Trip Advisor.
We are so glad to learn that you enjoyed our breakfast, and your lovely comments about our staff will be certainly shared with everyone.

Warm regards,
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Sedona, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2013

This is a small very attractive hotel in Buzios and this was our second vist. The host Alexander is attentive and helpful and the entire staff service oriented. The primary staff all spoke English. The rooms are large and comfortable and clean. The patios are large and have a tropical view outside, which is a welcome respite from a warm day at the beach or shopping in Buzios. The hotel is within easy walking distance to a beach and several good restaurants. It is a good value in an area that can be pricey during the high season.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank LIZ250
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PortobayRI, Gerente de recepção at Porto Bay Buzios, responded to this review, 28 March 2013
Dear Guest,

We are really proud that your overall impression was excellent. Thank you for your choice to use our services, and in order to achieve this aim, it is always important to know your opinion on it.
We will be informing all the staff about your positive observations to motivate them even further.

Sincerely Grateful,
Porto Bay Hotels & Resorts
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2013

Having travelled direct from London to the hotel, the long journey felt worth it, as we were greeted by a team of truly dedicated people offering a level of service you expect in a 5 star luxury offering. From the GM to the breakfast team, you feel they all are willing you to have the best experience possible while you are there. Location is ideal for a stroll into town or to the beach if you can drag yourself away from the comfort of the hotel's relaxed surroundings.

Room Tip: Royal Suite is the way to go!
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank Paul_H_Ldn
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PortobayRI, Gerente geral at Porto Bay Buzios, responded to this review, 28 March 2013
Dear Guest,

We are very pleased to read that you had an enjoyable stay in our hotel. It is encouraging as our guest’s satisfaction is our primary concern.
We all hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you again very soon!
Warm Regards from Búzios!

Sincerely Grateful,
Porto Bay Hotels & Resorts
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São Paulo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2013 via mobile

The hotel is very beautiful, very quiet and very comfortable. Ideal for our honeymoon! The room was big, comfortable and clean, but the hedges in front of the window impeded any view of the ocean, which can be seen from the lobby or the higher locations. The breakfast buffet was decent in choice, and good quality. But the lunch menu was very limited and service during that time was greatly delayed by lack of staff. There seemed to be a general lack of saff, to say the truth. Our room was not cleaned until noon or early afernoon. Also, wifi was available only from the lobby, and was very slow.
But as I said, it was a very comfortable place to stay, very peaceful, relaxing. Staff was extremely helpful and very courteous.
I would look forward to returning and experience the place with no staff shortage.

  • Stayed January 2013
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2 Thank rosyce
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PortobayRI, Guest Relations Manager at Porto Bay Buzios, responded to this review, 5 February 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you for your preference in staying at Porto Bay Buzios, and for sharing your experience here at Trip Advisor. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed our breakfast, and your lovely comments about our staff will be certainly shared with everyone. In reply ro your descriptions about the delayed to clean your room, I would like to appologize, our Housekeeping works during the hole day, so some rooms will be cleaned earlier and some later, but we realy appreciate all your suggestions.
Warm regards from Buzios!
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Property: Porto Bay 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
#4 Luxury Hotel in Armacao dos Buzios
#16 Romantic Hotel in Armacao dos Buzios
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Porto Bay 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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