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Boa Viagem Praia Hotel
Ranked #35 of 55 Hotels in Recife
Franklin Park, New Jersey
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“Renovations Needed”
Reviewed 9 September 2013

The best feature of this hotel is its location across the street from the ocean. The accommodations are much to be desired. The rooms smell of mildew. The hotel hallway looks like a poorly maintained dormitory rather than a hotel. The hotel is in need of painting, cleaning and replacing windows and antiquated elevators. When I stayed at the hotel there was tape over part of the elevator panel where you select the floors. A sign read that the elevator did not go to certain floors. I imagine the sign is still there. I tripped when getting off of the elevator because it was not level with the floor. It was also difficult to lock the door. The good news is the staff was very nice; but it's too bad they work in such a poorly maintained facility. I cannot recommend this hotel until the management decides to make much needed renovations for the safety of their guests.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Reviewed 22 June 2013

What a pity. A wonderful location, a very nice staff, a clean towels and linned, reasonably clean room and bathroom. But some refurbishing is badly needed- room walls should have been painted some years ago, the air conditioning system IS noisy (as noticed in other reviews) and the common areas of the hotel look much worse kept than the rooms. The breakfast is a real disaster (butter and cream cheese individual packages were spoiled, for instance). The price is very affordable for the location. You will not find anything close to the deal they offer.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 19 May 2013

The hotel is located across the street from the beach and the view from my room was beautiful. The room itself was musty (there were black spots on the floor by the windows) and the twin beds were very uncomfortable. The draperies didn't close properly so light from the street streamed in. Breakfast was included, but not a lot of variety. Would not stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

I stayed here with two friends for three days while working with mangrove crabs. Even though I arrived way after midnight, the check-in was simple, and clerk was helpful and sent up warm towels and sheets for the third bed. Although crowded, the room was adequate with a good strong shower located in a reasonable space. I enjoyed the front room with panoramic windows, looking out over the sea and catching the sunrise. No noise from the street or corridor (room 402). Breakfast was great with caja juice, papaya and pineapple, scrambled eggs, french rolls and a variety of cakes and sweet buns, yoghurts, muesli and cheddar cheese with mortadella. The garage was tight but at least parking was off the street. In all, a bit run down but it was the right place for the right price for my needs.

Room Tip: If you want a view of the sea and walkway, ask for a front room. 402 was good
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 15 September 2012

Great location shame about the hotel. Dated and run down there are many others in the area that are much nicer. Bit far from towm but good bus service and taxis are reasonable and don't seem to take you ona world tour in Recife....

Room Tip: If you stay pay for a sea view
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 27 August 2012

Very bad room like a corridor with 3 single beds; it looked like a bad holliday camp from the 70s. Very noisy as the windows did not close properly and the door neither. In addition the room was close to the elevator and the bell was ringing every time it stopped.
We move to another hotel later which was the same price and a real 4*. So no need to spend that money at the hotel Praia. We also had trouble canceling our booking after the first night and being reimbursed. Bad experience!

  • Stayed August 2012
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Reviewed 6 August 2012

I wasn't enamored of the place, for sure. Others have mentioned a musty, moldy smell, and that was the case with us, as well. There were mildewy spots on the lampshade in the room. Our room was on the top floor, all the way in the back, which meant we had 2 windows. One faced the building next door, and the "city view" from the other was lacking.

The beach across the street was a narrow stretch of sand, definitely not a place for sunbathing, barely a space for walking. "Shark Attack" signs were prominently posted. However, the small outside bar almost directly across the street made a really good caipirinha and had musical entertainment two nights of our trip.

Breakfast was good and plentiful.

Internet connection was sketchy, intermittent, and enormously frustrating --- but also free.

The elevator lurched in a very disconcerting way at "take off" and "landing".

Pool is tiny.

Water pressure in the shower was amazing.

Easy to catch a cab.

Cool street/crafts fair within walking distance, open 6 days (?) a week.

Photographs submitted by the hotel are technically accurate, but misleading. The desk staff was not particularly helpful or friendly.

Room Tip: Beach view rooms seem to be huge. They're probably numbers 101, 201 ... 901. We were in 908, way...
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Boa Viagem Praia Hotel

Property: Boa Viagem Praia Hotel
Address: Avenida Boa Viagem 5576, Recife, State of Pernambuco 51030-000, Brazil
Region: Brazil > State of Pernambuco > Recife
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #35 of 55 Hotels in Recife
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Boa Viagem Praia Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 95
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