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Insolito Boutique Hotel
Ranked #44 of 105 Hotels in Armacao dos Buzios
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 8 April 2013

I have been to Insolito twice and would recommend it without the shadow of a doubt to anyone who wants to get both luxury and peaceful mindset. My first time there was in 2010 and it was also my first time in Brazil: Insolito turned my experience into a pure moment of pleasure, so when I was planning on my vacation to a warm place for New Year's Eve 2013, I naturally decided to come back to this paradise.

Everything was perfect from the beginning to the end. The warm welcome and enjoyable discussions with the owner of the hotel around one of the pools with a stunning view over the bay, the permanent smile and attention of the staff who only thinks of making your desires come true, the precious and restful atmosphere of the hotel, its luxurious facilities. Once, we wanted to hit the ocean to have lunch on a hidden exquisit beach we heard about: Insolito arranged us a boat trip with their sailor to make this happen. And how nice was it when we left our room at night after a wonderful massage and discovered live bossa nova singers playing at the hotel bar, while sipping a glass of champagne... Just the thought of it makes me want to come back right now!!

Insolito made us feel relaxed. We went back from vacation perfectly serene with the feeling that we lived a unique experience, and I couldn't thank Insolito enough for that!

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with friends
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3  Thank Kevin L
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Insolitobo, Operations Manager at Insolito Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 20 May 2014

Dear Kevin,

Thank you for the kind words. Being a boutique hotel we focus on the guests unique experiences the most and are glad to hear that we succeeded in this case. Please be so kind to follow us, comment, share, post and like our social media pages to keep in touch with what is happening at Insolito and we look forward to welcoming you again in the near future!

Kind regards,
Eduardo Lang

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Reviewed 11 March 2013

What a shame and disappointment, but I don't wanna get too much into details, because I actually think the photos I have added to this review will speak for themselves.

While the staff is certainly very friendly and welcoming, the actually beautiful hotel shows in almost every corner a lack of maintenance. But fancy furniture and a hip design alone doesn't justify 5-star-hotel prices, even though the hotel's character gets described as "relaxed atmosphere and informal luxury." The Brazilian climate can be tough on certain materials; but it's not that difficult to avoid this.

Another important information some guests should be aware of: the only place you will receive access to the hotel's free Wifi is right at the reception. There is no signal in the rooms, not at the pool nor in any other public area of the hotel - at least not a useful/working one!

In case you are not exactly a fan of mosquitos: be careful! Due to the great location of the hotel in the middle of the beautiful, lush nature, at almost every spot of it's premises and at almost every time of the day you will be eaten up by mosquitos. A mosquito netting over the bed? No chance! As it is very typical in Brazil (I live in Brazil) there are huge gaps between the windows and the walls in every room, and hence mosquitos have easy access to the rooms. Although Insolito offers free repellent and mosquito spray, it didn't help at all - sorry, but it simply sucks waking up every night, and either to chase the nasty insects, or to scratch oneself sore the next day.

Just look at the photos I have added, and make up your own mind whether it's worth to pay at least US$ 650,00/480,00 € per night.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank KerryEdmonton
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GRelationsInsolito, Gerente de relações com clientes at Insolito Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2013

Dear Mr. or Mrs. KerryEdmonton,

Thank you for your review on Insólito Boutique Hotel. It is very important for us to have reviews such as yours, in order for us to always improve. We are very sorry to see that you didn’t fully enjoy your stay in our hotel.

As you well said, Brazilian climate can be tough on some materials, such as iron, wood and mattresses. We close our property once a year to update maintenance, renovate rooms and furniture. As you know, most of our furniture is designer made, and we need to have specialists to renew them.

As per the Wi-Fi, it is true that we have signal in the Lobby, and we have USB 4G modems that are available to our guests, in order to ensure comfort is access to the internet in the entire property is a key issue for it.
Concerning mosquitoes, we are aware of their presence in our property, and our housekeeping team always prepares the room twice a day, with special candles, body and room repellents. They also clean the floors with citronella oil, specially made to avoid their presence. We always advise our guest to keep their terrace doors or windows close by nightfall, which is when they usually enter the rooms.

Once again, we are very sorry that you didn’t enjoy your stay. Our main goal is always to ensure our guests satisfaction, and we kindly invite you to come back in our hotel, so that we can try to change your mind.

I remain at your entire disposal if you have any enquiries or further remarks.

Kind Regards,
Guest Relations Department

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Reviewed 6 February 2013

I had a wonderful dinner with my wife last year at Insolito's restaurant, very romantic... I thought I would be able to repeat that experience again, last week. But unfortunately the crew couldn't keep the same level of service. To start off, the starter, a salad, came at the same time as the main course... The starters in the menu were far less sophisticated than those we had last year. The main courses were fine, but nothing special. The dessert, a caramel mousse/cake was tasteless. Our overall experience was disappointing...

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank luiz_mario
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Insolitobo, Operations Manager at Insolito Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 20 May 2014

Dear Luiz,

Firstly apologies for the late reply. Never the less thank you for the comment. It is important to hear the comments from our guests in order to improve on a daily basis. For this reason we have closed the hotel before the world cup for 2 weeks in order to redesign all menus for both food and beverages and redesign the furniture in the beach lounge. We ensure that the standard will be right up high again as soon as we open again so we would be delighted to welcome you again for a romantic dinner in the near future!

Kind regards,
Eduardo Lang

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Reviewed 8 January 2013

Insolito was a gorgeous boutique hotel. Never have to worry about getting a spot at the beautiful pools, and sometimes we even had the whole place to ourselves. I loved lounging on their modern couches in the morning, they made delicious Capirihanas, and the food was wonderful. This was the perfect final stop on our honeymoon through Rio, Salvador and the Amazon :) Would absolutely recommend...

Room Tip: Each room is unique & gorgeous - try for one of the rooms higher up for better views.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Kristin R
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GRelationsInsolito, Gerente de relações com clientes at Insolito Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2013

Dear Kristin R,

Firstly I would like to thank you for reviewing our hotel as we take all guest reviews deep to heart, and I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed our secluded and private hotel.

We take a lot of pleasure in welcoming guests for special moments in their lives such as honeymoons, birthdays and anniversaries, and I thank you once again for choosing our property to celebrate this occasion.

If you plan to come back to Brazil in the future, do not hesitate to contact us so that we can arrange to provide you with an even more memorable experience!

Best sunny regards,

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Reviewed 5 December 2012

This well located group of low dark pink houses is perched on the rocks at the eastern end of the very calm "Horseshoe" beach so it get wonderful sunsets. It was a luxury private beach home but has been extended and re-adapted by its affluent European owners into the most exclusive Possada in Buzios. It has about 20 double rooms all quite large and the whole place is beautifully decorated with eclectic '60's 70's 80's furniture that the owners have apparently found in and around Brazil. It has 3 pools and a tiny 'secret' beach plus a beach lounge area with DJs, so it's easy to find a quiet area and be alone. Helicopters can land at its own Helipad so it's very popular with the 'Cariocas' that fly in (35 mins) from Rio at weekends, the hotel also offers helicopter service. The food is very good but the menu is a bit limited if you're there for more than 3 or 4 days and choose not to eat out, but the chef will make anything and the veg soup was delicious! The staff are all friendly and professional. We will definitely return...in fact we're booked in for the "New Year" party...review to follow!

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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Marc F
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Enzo G, Gerente de relações com clientes at Insolito Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 13 December 2012

Dear Mr. Marc F,

Thank you for the time to share your kind review about your stay at Insólito Boutique Hotel. You have summarized our hotel in a great way! We are glad that you enjoyed the calm and quiet that the Insólito can provide to our guests.

We look very much into welcoming you once again for New Years Eve!

Best sunny regards,

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Reviewed 24 October 2012

I've been to Insolito for 5 days on october to spend some private and relaxing time with the person I love ! It was a kind of honey moon trip!!! hehe

I live in Rio and I had already been to Buzios before, but never to Praia da Ferradura (which is, by far, the best one over there ! Warm water, no waves and EMPTY!)
We went there from monday till friday (on weekend Buzios is always crowded) and we loved every single second...
When we first arrived, in the morning, the hotel didn't have the "something extra" that makes it worth...

The room was amazing and we made a tour, yet in the morning, around it... wasn't so surprising... Until the afternoon ! Somehow, in the afternoon the hotel looks different ! Everything looked much better! So don't be upset if you arrive in the morning and don't feel imediately the experience ! It'll come after noon !!!

The breakfast was wonderful with a great vegetable omelete (gets better when you add bacon on it)... Having a chef at the restaurant from 12pm till 12am is also another highlight in the hotel... The food there is great! By last, but not less important, the nicest girl MONIQUE, who works at the restaurant! More than friendly and helpful! With her nice smile she can definetely gain your heart !!!

4 meters pool and the hitting pool are great to relax and play some games! The view from all the parts of the hotel are amazing !

The private beach is not so great because of the many rocks they have there... but is also nice to relax !

Unfortuately the lounges were not open when we were there, but they also look nice!

The conclusion: Insolito hotel is an amazing hotel ! A little hard to find on the first time, but with great rooms, service and amenities! BUT, my comments might not be valid, since my truth happiness was being next to the person I love! So everything was looking perfect !!!

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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank LKluss
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Insolitobo, Operations Manager at Insolito Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 20 May 2014

Good afternoon,

Thank you for the kind words. It is great to hear that your honey moon was successful! We appreciate the feedback - both positive and negative - as we strive to improve day by day. We would be delighted to host your next anniversary too. Do not hesitate to contact us for any further information.
Kind regards,
Eduardo Lang

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Reviewed 12 October 2012

Great Hotel - supurb food , the hotel itself is amazing , great pools all with amazing views - good location and nice beach - staff are also excellent - nothing was too much for them . Very chilled atmosphere - one of the best hotels I have stayed in ! Thanks !

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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank Lee K
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Insolitobo, Operations Manager at Insolito Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 20 May 2014

Dear Lee,

Thank you for the kind words, we appreciate all positive and negative feedback in order to improve on a daily basis. We would be delighted to host your next vacation to Buzios. We some some really exciting events coming up with a new refurbished beach bar (Eden Beach) and new food and beverage menus all around the hotel.In the meantime indulge yourself in our social media pages for photos and articles.

Kind regards,
Eduardo Lang

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Additional Information about Insolito Boutique Hotel

Address: Rua E1 - Lotes 3 e 4 | Praia da Ferradura, Armacao dos Buzios, State of Rio de Janeiro 28950-000, Brazil
Region: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Armacao dos Buzios
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Armacao dos Buzios
#11 Luxury Hotel in Armacao dos Buzios
#14 Romantic Hotel in Armacao dos Buzios
#15 Spa Hotel in Armacao dos Buzios
#28 On the Beach Hotel in Armacao dos Buzios
Price Range: £253 - £2,413 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Insolito Boutique Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Authenticity and charm in an exclusive location, this is the mixture that makes Insolito Hotel unique. Placed on one of the most beautiful beaches in Buzios, Praia da Ferradura, the Insolito is like a leap over the sea. A subtle luxury, fruit of its comfort, modernity and charm, manifested in all five senses, compose the Insolito. Living the Insolito is more than just turning that most special dream into reality. Living the Insolito, truthfully, is to have never awakened from that dream. ... more   less 
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