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“Lifetime of great memories from Carnaval 2010 at this hotel!”
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Martin Pescador
Ranked #94 of 105 Hotels in Armacao dos Buzios
Reviewed 22 February 2010

We heard we had to come to Brazil for Carnaval so we spent a week in Bahia, and then a week in Buzios - for Carnaval. Both are terrific resort locations on the ocean. We found some very unspoiled beaches in both towns with great food and hospitality from the Brazilian people!

Weather was perfect, sunny & hot every day.

This boutique hotel was recommend to us from some friends in London who had just been there over New Years, and we were not disappointed. My boyfriend and I were looking for a nice place to relax and this was the spot!! Everything was great, from the service & hospitality of the hotel's staff including Reception, the Manager, and wait staff. they were so FRIENDLY and HELPFUL with EVERYTHING - day and night.

We met the Head chef and he shared some of his family recipes with us. (We are avid foodies!)

They arranged for a private car to pick us up at the Rio airport Gate where we arrived, and gave us complimentary cocktails when we go there. The rooms were simple, clean, and had wonderful views! They served us drinks and snacks with a smile per Room Service late at night - 2AM in the morning. They kept breakfast buffet open until late morning. We found the selection of fruits and meats and breads and pastries to be more than adequate. No problem with the air conditioner, which was important because it was very hot during the week there.

We were walking distance to a couple of very nice and quiet beaches, and also to some fine restaurants in a new development about a 10 minute walk from the hotel - along the beach!

On check-out, they gave us a "late checkout" so we could go to the beach one last time all day. This, despite the fact that they were obviously very busy during high season.

To sum it all up, this was the best vacation we had ever taken!! The other couple who were with us are coming back to Martin Pescador Boutique Hotel next year, and we hope to also.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 January 2010

On first impressions the Martin Pescador seems like a very relaxing hotel. The staff, even though they spoke very little English were very welcoming to my wife, son and I. But when we looked around the hotel we realised that the hotel didn't match up to the amazing pictures and description on the website.
Having a 13month year old and not wanting to drive everywhere in Buzios we were very disappointed to discover that the town centre, with all the facilities was too far to walk. Also the beach outside the hotel was not actually a beach but a rock pool and the hotel pool was about 5meters across.
Also, the whole hotel is in dire need of some money spent on it, in our room many of the facilities like the safe, aircon, lights & shower were either not working or beyond repair, so having booked 9 nights we decided to leave after 1 and move to the Hotel El Cazar in central Buzios, which ticked all of the boxes that we expected of a holiday in Buzios.
To summarise, the Martin Pescador is a beautiful location if you want to relax and read a book while looking out to sea, but if you are looking to explore the amazing town and beaches of Buzios with a little one while not driving everywhere this hotel is not for you.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled with family
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1  Thank lorenzo46
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Reviewed 25 January 2010

We found the staff very helpful and friendly. The rooms were not luxury but very nice and clean. The location is peaceful with great ocean views. It is not so close to town so better to have your own car, we had a great stay and would recommend the hotel.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled with friends
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4  Thank Billybruns
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Reviewed 23 January 2010

Location is okay but not fantastic compared to some of the other nearby pousadas leading directly onto the beaches. The beach directly in front of hotel is just okay. Taxi service poor, slow and bit of a rip off in context of what you pay in Rio. Breakfast poor quality buffet with flies crawling over cooked meats etc. Staff are very friendly but overall the hotel is run down....I can tell character from run-down and it was definitely not character that led to windows and glass tables that had not seen a cloth in months, broken lampshades and noisy fridges and ac units. Poor quality overall.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Londonguy33
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Reviewed 15 January 2010

I arrived at the 18 room boutique hotel in Buzios to be greeted by Andrea, the lovely manager of Martin Pescador. My bags were taken down many steep steps to my room, which was understated simple elegance, bare stone floors with a double bed raised on a platform & a divine sea view .

The first morning was bright blue sky & I walked up & down the beach side stepping the tide. Got caught out on the way back from lunch, the biggest prawn salad I have ever had!

Lie by the pool under Palm trees swaying in the wind & watch the birds fluttering by in all the colours of the rainbow, as children splash about in the pool.

Smell the sweet scent of freshly mown grass while watching the sunset in a back drop of acres of crimson sky, lying on a white leather mattress of a four poster bed draped with white linen over looking the sea...

Explore the town & beaches of Buzios by a short taxi ride or hop on the local bus for a couple of reals. Beware of the many biting insects though, especially if you react to bites, as I do! The fridge/freezer is very noisy but you get used to it after a couple of nights.

It's a very relaxed informal atmosphere, there were a few storms while I was there. It was like watching fireworks, with the thunder & lightening dancing over the ocean in different shades of white..

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled solo
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3  Thank ZenOm
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Reviewed 12 January 2010

The hotel has been recently painted white and the garden is in good shape. Ordinary rooms with a nice bed, but no extras (TV with 3 channels, old fridge, ac noisy and ugly, ceiling ventilator very noisy and old, no art on the walls). Nice swimming pool - sufficient for bathing and jumping in. Breakfast was every morning the same, meal service on order was very kind, but not very good organized, nor even cheap. Hotel is recommendable only with car, at least during high season (waiting time for the taxi up to 1 hour) Driving time to the centre 15 min. No beach, but very nice view over the sea. During low sea walking along the properties to the harbour. Walking distance to the closest beach (Geriba, very nice) 20 min. The hotel could do much better with a little bit of management skills and leading abilities for the staff (for example cleaning the windows or the glass table - obviously nobody feels responsible. Lamps old and broken, would be not a big deal to replace them. Guests pay expensive daily rates and expect some beauty for that. A hammock on the terrace instead of cheap plastic chairs or some art could improve the charme as well. After all the hotel is ok as an ordinary one with a nice view over the sea but far too expensive for what it offers.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 January 2010

Wow! My wife and I just got back to the States from a long trip through 5 countries in South America. We travelled with my brother and his wife.

Our favorite country was Brazil, our favorite location was Buzios, and our favorite hotel was the Martin Pescador Boutique Hotel.

While the hotel is relatively small (19 rooms) and boutiquey, the 4 of us were blown away by service, the food, and most of all, the gorgeous setting, right on the waterfront. The employees went out of their way to treat us like royalty.

We stayed in the House (3 bedrooms, kitchen, dining room, living room, plasma TV) which is a 2-story duplex home connected to the main hotel building. What a bargain for us 2 couples!! Plenty of space, lots of privacy, and the 8 days we spent passed in a flash. The staff served breakfast in our House every morning, and we enjoyed watching the sun set from the "crow's nest" balcony on the second floor of the House.

Hotel has all the amenities including swimming pool, sauna, free internet (wireless), breakfast buffets, pool table, waterfront lounge, poolside bar, terrific food, etc etc. What we loved was the location - away from the hustle and bustle of the downtown.

We did go downtown a few times (about 5 minute buggy ride) for dinner and drinks, but we really felt at home on the property. The property is walking distance (5 minutes) along the beach to a new hip and trendy development which has shops and many fine restaurants.

Our favorite beach was Tartaruga (Turtle) Beach, which was about a 10-15 minute walk, or 5 minute ride by buggy. We highly recommend you rent a buggy. Buzios has 20+ beaches and lots of stuff to see.

We highly recommend this hotel and will be back next December for sure.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank mountainman1968
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Address: Enseada do Gancho, 15-A, Manguinhos, Armacao dos Buzios, State of Rio de Janeiro 28950-000, Brazil
Region: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Armacao dos Buzios
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#40 On the Beach Hotel in Armacao dos Buzios
Price Range: £50 - £164 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Martin Pescador 2.5*
Number of rooms: 18
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