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“Outside and inside don't match” 2 of 5 bubbles
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Pousada Bambu Bamboo
Ranked #23 of 28 Hotels in Paraty
Miami Springs, Florida
2 reviews
“Outside and inside don't match”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2012

The outside area of the hotel was very charming as the pictures show, the rooms themselves however were very disappointing. The bathrooms were horrible and need to be redone. There was no soap and the toilet was breaking apart. We had to change rooms as the first room we were given had no tv reception and the fan was not working. Needless to say I was disappointed.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sadie C
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Sao Paulo, SP
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35 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2012

We loved bambubamboo! Our room was exactly what we expected and always very clean. The hotel manager Mari was very loving and gave great tips about beaches and sightseeings. If you are looking for a cozy and peaceful place to stay with your family in Paraty, this is it.
Muito obrigada por tudo, nós adoramos e esperamos voltar!

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank NicolleVET
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Ellesmere Port
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19 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2012

Firstly the 3/5 stars on Tripadvsior is described as 'average' - that is unfair in this instance, I would describe this place as 'good'. Also, it's worth noting that during my stay the owner was away on holiday himself so I didn't get chance to meet him.

The Pro's: Nice spacious room, excellent pool area, good breakfast choice in a lovely setting, polite staff, quiet location, comfortable communal area.

The Cons: Shocking wifi connection considering how luxurious the Pousada is - this is a common theme in Brazil but if some, even lower end places can get it right then so should everyone.

The staff who were working at the resort whilst Ben was away were, as stated all very nice people. But....they spoke no English. None. One might ask why should they? I'm not arrogant, I have motivated myself to learn a reasonable level of Spanish and it's wong in some instances to expect people to always be fluent in English. But this is the tourist industry and my suggestion would be that they are encouraged to learn - perhaps a condition and in my view a bonus of their employment should involve English lessons. Everyone would win.

The place can feel rather souless. When I learned Ben was from Birkenhead - a town only 10 minutes from where I live I kind of expected some kind of indication his heritage lay on Merseyside. Perhaps a photo of Camel Laird in it's hey day or a ferry docked at Woodside. But there's nothing from either England or Brazil - and lets remember that Paraty is a pretty colonial town. That's just a thought though.

My last negative would be that staff should cover ALL and not some of the breakfast items up to protect from insects. We can't prevent them being there but it would be easy to cover the food up 100% - the breakfast was very good otherwise.

In summary I would recommend this place. The journey to town is a 30 minute walk or 20R$ Taxi but then guests will know that before they book. I would say the walk is safe but it is poorly lit after dark. Take a taxi.

If people are looking for an affordable and pleasant place to stay then Bambu Bamboo is good solid option and hopefully the owners may read this review and consider some of the points I've made going forward

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Walkidio
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2012 via mobile

I am sorry for did not read previously the poor reviews.
I agree with all comments about the negatives points... We were dissapointed since the pictures in the site suggested a charm and cozy place.

When we get there, we have found a smelly room,... Bed sheets smell dusty and bathroom urine.

In the breakfast we found flies over the food. Butter was tasting bad...I think it was spoiled.

Also, in the entrance almost all the time you can find no one.

The advertising does not match with the reality.

Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2012

Great breakfast and nice setting but pool could have been cleaner, facilities could have been better explained, and the rooms need to be aired - they smelt musty. It was all just a little tired and needs refurbishing.

Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank Alan C
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Trondheim, Norway
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62 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2012

We went back to BambuBamboo because we love this place. Its so relaxing to be there due to the lovely staff, garden, svimmingpool, sauna and not to forget the number one spa in Brazil!
I am not able to explain how Luciane can make you so well, almost like newborn after been treath so well. The owner do everything so your stay will good. Thank you!
And dont forget the breakfast, its so delicous and its so nice to be there surroned by palms, flowers and look a lot of colorful birds.

It was our fourth time beeing there so we know what we want to do during the stay. First we only like to take it easy and relax, then we can go to one of the beautyfull beaches neraby Paraty by local bus or with a guided tours. Every day a lots of sconners went out from the harbour and let you se everything from the sea. The boat stop several times so you can swim or be with a little boat to ver nice beaches far from people. First time we think its smart to take a guided tour. The guides are very clever and tell you about Paraty's history, plants, trees and people. And not forget just walk aurond in Historic Center. It's so nice walk among old houses from the 1600. Its a lot of nice restaurants there.

Thank to everybody at BambuBamboo making our vacation so nice!!!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jonandbrit
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Vancouver, Canada
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75 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2012

I was using four guide books on Brazil when I started to look for a pousada in Paraty for this trip about three weeks ahead. All the pousadas in the town listed in these guides were booked by that time even though it was low season. After seeking the reviews of this place, I was happy to find they had a spot. Many reviewers mentioned Ben as very helpful which was an attraction as we speak no Portugese and would have little time to figure things out. Before we arrived, I had to decide whether or not to stay over Sunday night (which was our preference at that time) or travel back Sunday evening. The issue was getting back to Rio for our noon Monday flight to Manaus. I emailed Ben for his opinion and he advised against even though he had space at the pousada. In this way he won me over even before we arrived as giving trustworthy advice which was not strictly in his interest.

When we arrived in Paraty, we were travelling fairly light having left our big cases in our studio apartment in Rio and since it was mid day we elected to walk to the pousada. I would not actually recommend this as it is farther than I thought. It is certainly walk able but a bag can start to feel heavy after a bit and it is 20-30 minutes. However, the main issue and one that you need to be aware of is that Google maps had messed up the location, confusing it with somewhere else I guess and we had all the directions and street names wrong. Eventually a Brazilian family took pity on us and delivered us to the pousada in their car. Ben was somewhat concerned as apparently it is not generally a great idea to accept rides from strangers.
We saw that residents of Paraty were very inclined to get around on bikes and there are even separated bike/pedestrian lanes in some places. We decided to rent bikes and this proved a great way to get back and forth from the pousada to Paraty. About half of the route is along the river and is scenic. The walk (without luggage) is very doable but we were glad to have the time saved as our time here was short.
The pousada felt like paradise when we arrived with its spacious white room off the garden and its swimming pool. Ben sits every guest down to orient them to Paraty and is very helpful. He was himself a little stressed as he was flying out to England the next morning but he cared for his guests to the last. We shared a cab into town with him to Paraty tours where he came in and helped negotiate rates to rent bikes for the whole weekend.
The weather was poor on arrival and was actually starting to rain. We were not deterred and decided to ride up to the waterfalls which is supposed to be an hour with a flat terrain and just a steep bit at the end.
We left too late in the day really at 3:30 pm since it gets dark at six. The rain got heavier and we were soon drenched and then we missed the turnoff to the falls and went kilometers further up the mountain than needed. The falls when we finally found them were distinctly anti climatic and we could only stay minutes in any case as it was getting dark and we had a rainy downhill ride in the dark ahead of with no bike lights. (Paraty tours has lights. We just forgot to get them.)
We arrived back exhausted and soaked and the pousada had comforts waiting for us. We showered, used the pool and steam room and then Ben ordered us a delicious pizza from the place next door (17 reales). The pousada usually will sell you wine but they were out. We had a choice of beer from the mini fridge or an offer to make us caipirinhas which were the best we had had in Brazil this far.
Bed comfortable, breakfast good. (they will make you eggs or waffles and the continental is great)

Great pousada!

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank ConValerie
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Property: Pousada Bambu Bamboo
Address: Rua Glauber Rocha no. 9 | Portal das Artes, Paraty, State of Rio de Janeiro 23970-000, Brazil
Region: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Paraty
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Paraty
#5 Spa Hotel in Paraty
#7 Romantic Hotel in Paraty
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Pousada Bambu Bamboo 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A modern, comfortable and relaxing pousada close to the Historic Centre of Paraty. Highly respected for providing guests with genuinely friendly and personal service. Twelve comfortable suites (Garden Suites complete with private patios and garden). Superior Loft Suites built on two floors complete with two bathrooms and living area. Aircon, quality linens and original art works come as standard. ... more   less 
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