LOCATION & ATTRACTIONS NEARBY *** Located on the beachfront in Natal’s Areia Preta beach (across the road) is quite convenient for relaxation, not that great for sightseeing if you don’t have a car. It looks quite interesting, but it’s a bit far to all sights. Beach is OK and very pleasant in the morning when only locals are around and fresh breeze from the sea wakes you up. Loved it.
It is approx. 12 km from the famous Dunas de Genipabu (dunes).
Secured car parking is located under the hotel.
HOTEL OVERVIEW *** It is quite basic (not 4* for sure) hotel offering large rooms, beach location and really good prices. Large structure facing the sea and small-houses-covered hill on the other side is maybe not the most sophisticated, but it’s practical and keeps you away from the street noise.
There’s small gym and also swimming pool.
PURPOSE OF THIS TRIP *** Leisure.
RESERVATION *** Booked via ebookers.ie as they had special discounted deals and also had additional coupons. That made my total price really low in comparison to any other agent to even direct reservation.
LENGTH OF MY STAY *** 2 nights.
CHECK-IN *** I arrived a bit earlier than normal check-in time, but reception staff was kind enough to give me my room. Unfortunately my Portuguese is non-existent, but we managed somehow to allocate my room. Check-in was quick and I was given my room keys and directed to the lifts.
LOBBY & RECEPTION *** Small, but clean and tidy (except glass in the lift which was awfully dirty from inside).
ROOM *** Room #1407 was a Deluxe Superior Room on the 14th floor, covering all site of the building. It had 2 bedrooms, living room with a kitchenette, 2 small balconies and a small bathroom. Independent air-conditioners were in the sitting area and in the bathrooms; easy to operate and efficient. Room was really spacious (enough for 4 people), but quite basic at the same time; more like apartment hotel room. In the kitchenette you had a fridge, microwave, but no plates or cutlery. I didn’t really get that as this makes this kitchen pretty useless.
BATHROOM *** Bathroom was small and clean, but you can see that this is close to the sea. It needs some renovation. There are some broken tiles, some stain etc. Good quality toiletries were provided.
BREAKFAST *** Breakfast is served in the restaurant downstairs in the room facing the sea. Everything would be great, if windows were cleaned and rubbish outside as well. It didn’t look well.
Buffet breakfast was quite inviting and tasty on both days. Only on the 1st day I noticed that all cakes were undercooked , but perfect the next morning. There was good selection of cold and warm meals. I was happy with that.
INTERNET ACCESS *** Wi-fi was complimentary, but quite weak in the room. It actually worked well only in the living room, in both bedrooms it simply didn’t work.
CHECK-OUT EXPERIENCE *** Quick and efficient. No hassle at all.
STAFF *** Nice, friendly and professional, but only some were speaking other languages than Portuguese which may be sometimes inconvenient for tourists not speaking their language (like me).
OVERVIEW *** Overall, I was happy with this choice. It wasn’t the best hotel I’ve stayed in Brazil for sure, but for the price I paid – I received everything I expected. Room was comfortable and views were great. Breakfast really nice (despite old and less pleasant breakfast room). Location was OK, but if you’re looking for more resort type hotel – choose something else. This is a city / business-orientated hotel with not that many tourists around.
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- Also Known As:
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