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“Wish we had stayed here - charming, reasonable, close to resturaunts”

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Pousada Vila Do Mar
Ranked #51 of 103 Hotels in Armacao dos Buzios
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Chicago, IL
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8 reviews
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“Wish we had stayed here - charming, reasonable, close to resturaunts”
Reviewed 28 January 2010

We stayed at the Vila Pitanga for 5 nights over NYE. That place was fine, we were happy with it. But every night we would walk about 1 mile to Centro, the main town area where all the restaurnts and many shops are. Our favorite place to eat is part of the Vila Do Mar - it's called Sinatra. I am writing to have them added to tripadvisor - the food and the service there blew all the other top rated places out of the water. To enter this hotel you walk up some steps to a second level where a reception desk is located. The pool is also located here. It is on the smallish size but it is inviting and charming. From here you walk up steps with lots of foliage located on either side of you and the guest bungalows are located on either side as you go up and up. They all seem like little stand alone places. I asked about the rate and for the period of NYE where all the places jack up their rates and require 5 night minimums, I thought the price they quoted me of around $240 US per night was pretty goo. (We paid close to $200 per night for Vila Pitanga. The rates there are normally more like $100. So I don't know what the non-holiday rate is at Vila Do Mar.) I only saw photos of the inside of the rooms and I can't attest to the cleanliness or staff. But, if the restaurant Sinatra that is owned by this hotel is any indication, I'd stay here instead if I could do it all over again.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Howard Lake, Minnesota
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2008

This hotel is absolutely gorgeous. When you walk in it is breathtaking. Stayed here for 5 nights, but hated the first two because there is a nightclub down the way that played loud techno until 7 am...not much for relaxation. That being said, there were so many other benefits of this hotel...the location, they had a wonderful breakfast, the service and employess were great, and the atmosphere was one of a kind. I could search the world over and would never find something that appealed to me like the Vila do Mar! There is a small pool set about 10 feet higher than the road below, which is set amid lush tropical gardens and a gazebo. The main level of the complex is actually set higher than the road so no one can see in. It is very private. There are gates at the steps. Stone steps lead you from the road to the desk area with the pool to the left and as you head to your rooms you slowly walk up another stone path with stairs surrounded by palms, flowers, and other colorful vegetation. Located just at the end of the main road. There are also common areas where people congregated and played games and cards. Very Well decorated as well.

  • Liked — Atmosphere
  • Disliked — Loud dance club nearby.
  • Stayed January 2008
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 10 March 2008

My friend and I stayed at Vila do Mar for two nights after being in Rio for 5 days. Buzios was a relaxing dream after dealing with Rio, and this inn is the perfect place to stay. The room was adorably appointed, with great art, nice linens, and comfortable furniture. The view to the ocean from room 3 is lovely.

The inn's grounds are idyllic. The swimming pool and deck are small, but very quaint and ideal for a post-beach evening swim. The breakfast every morning is one of the best parts about the hotel... wonderful fresh tropical fruits, coffee cake, breads, cheeses and meats, fresh-squeezed juices. It was scrumptious.

Early March was a perfect time to be on the beach in Buzios, though it seemed that the town was shutting down a bit. All of the restaurants were open, but the inn staff could not find a yoga class for me (and I would have loved if they tried a little harder). The nightlife was a little sleepy in early march, but that was fine with us.

  • Stayed March 2008
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new york
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Reviewed 27 June 2007

This is a charming, clean hotel located just off the Buzios' Centre square. Some will be reminded of Swiss Family Robinson by the manner in which trees, foliage and rooms are designed. Mario, the Argentine proprietor, also runs the annual Buzios film festival. Look for the programs and pictures that dot the common rooms. The staff is EXTREMELY attentive. the breakfast was one of the better ones we had while in Brazil. We also had a great view of the water from our room.

Yes, we had a great time at the Pousada Vila Do MAr

  • Liked — clean facilities
  • Disliked — small pool
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled with friends
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2006

I stayed at this hotel two summers ago. The rooms are the lobby are average, maybe there are too much plants. The people at the front desk is not kind, the pool is too little to enjoy it and almost outside the hotel. The location is fine but it is too expensive if this is the only point in favour.
You rather check on some other hotel, for example, Pousada Villegaingnon.

  • Stayed January 2004, travelled as a couple
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reviewed 2 March 2006

We stayed 11 nights at Vila do Mar and were very satisfied. We considered a number of other places and were happy to have chosen a location in the city. If you end up in Ferradua or Joao Fernandes you'll need to rent a car and will not have as many restaurants to choose from. Vila do Mar is perfect for families! Kids are welcome unlike at other more fancy places and you don't need two interconnected rooms as the apartment will accommodate a family up to five. We have three children and they enjoyed it as much as we did. The pool is small but most Buzios pousada/hotel pools are. Vila do Mar's atmosphere is wonderful and the restaurant is excellent - it's well hidden from the street but worth a visit.

  • Stayed February 2006
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London
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Reviewed 18 January 2006

For the price compared to other similar pousadas in Buzios, I thought the Vila do Mar was fantastic. Stayed for three days having come from the UK for a week and I was glad to have done my research and found this little gem!

The location is brilliant, right next to the main street but very quiet and seems very secluded when you go inside the gates. The rooms are gorgeous with a sort of treehouse feeling with low ceilings and steps up to the rooms. Even my standard room had a sitting area and balcony. Not five star by any stretch of the imagination but for a romantic weekend, privacy and location I thought the Vila do Mar was great.

  • Stayed December 2005
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Property: Pousada Vila Do Mar
Address: Travessa dos Pescaodres 88 | Centro Buzios, Armacao dos Buzios, State of Rio de Janeiro 28950-000, Brazil
Region: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Armacao dos Buzios
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#27 Romantic Hotel in Armacao dos Buzios
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Pousada Vila Do Mar 2.5*
Number of rooms: 18
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