This is a little magical place in the heart of the old-town. It is still the original building and it adds to the charm of the old-town.
Because it is in it's original building, it comes with those characteristics, smaller passageways, thinner walls, smaller bathrooms. Don't expect the N.American size rooms/bathrooms. You won't find that here, thank goodness ;-). There is tons of good energy floating around this place :).
The reception area is a wonderful Gallery showcasing the owner's artwork. Something that I found lovely, was that they provide you with slippers to wear while in the Pousada. This is a wonderful way to keep the Pousada clean. The bath products are some of my favorite, L'occitane. The breakfast that is provided was well done. Be aware that they will make you a homemade apple pancake which takes some time to prepare...so, don't fill up on the cakes and nibbles that are on buffet :).
I wouldn't recommend this place for families with small children as the staircase to the rooms is a bit precarious. Also, if you have trouble with climbing stairs, request a room on the 2nd floor. The 3rd floor has the beautiful Asian-inspired room (low ceiling), but getting to the 3rd floor might be difficult for some.
Please note that you won't find much English-speaking staff, unless you have the pleasure of meeting the owner. Be patient and have your Google Translate at the ready. I hope you will enjoy your stay as much as we did.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in an old restored "sobrado" (two story house) where its architectural style and the preservation of original materials, including stonewalls, wooden furniture and many wooden details stand out. Some of the woods come from species now extinct. The Pousada is located in the historical center next to the Santa Rita Church, with panoramically view of the bay of Paraty and the Bocaina Mountains. It has a secret view of the roofs of the magical town. This is the perfect place for those who come to Paraty looking to unite with nature. Paraty is the most charming historical port town in the country, its geographical location and natural aspects captivate the tourist and inspire painters and photographers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pousada Arte Urquijo Paraty, Brazil