This hotel is located in a neighborhood called Moema, know by it's restaurants, shops and great ambiance. The hotel is not in the cheap rate, but is totally worth it. The breakfast is amazing and the room's are luxurious and neat.
If you like small, quiet cities, I might recommend going to Itu, about 2 hours away by bus (Rod. Barra Funda). It has a beautiful plaza, many, many fine place to eat, and several fine coffee houses for your afternoon break. Itu has many older houses along cobbled streets, as well as small shops staffed with people who seem to always have time to talk with visitors.
I agree with Mira about Curitiba. While not exactly on a direct route to Foz, Curitiba lies about 6 hours south of SP. It is a great town with many attractions, such as its Sunday fair at Largo da Ordem, to warrent a stop-over. (Be sure to check out the many local websites for special discounts on hotels in Curitiba!) From Curitiba you will find several bus lines to take you to Foz when you are ready to leave.
The Hotel Colonial in Itu is a small hotel about a 10-minute walk from the main part of town. It has an attractive pool, just perfect to sit beside and read, or to drink a cool capirana on a warm day. The rooms are well decorated, and beds are comfortable. The morning cafe da manha is a great way to start the day.
We had a fabolous stay at this hotel, located about four hours north of Sao Paulo and about 2 hours South of Rio de Janeiro. This hotel is a family orientated hotel with a great atmosphere, very relaxed and laid back with friendly service and lots of activities.
Firstly, as regards location, the hotel itself is loacted in the middle of nowhere, almost. Its on the road South out of main town Ubatuba. However, don~t let this put you off for the hotel itself has enough facilities to keep you going. Access to the beach is across a main road. The hotel lay out chairs and shade every day. The water and beach is clean though bits of bark and wood tends to drift in from a nearby island. You can visit the island on foot, the water was shallow enough to simply walk across to a small wee private beach.
the surrounding area is fabulous, with the characteristic Brazilian mix of mountains and dense forest on all sides.
The hotel has everything you may require. Meals are served three times a day, and are always a buffet style affair with lots to choose from and plenty of food. The quality is good and you can help yourself to as many servings as you like.
The rooms are basic and functional family rooms, with bunk beds and double beds and a facility to enter an adjoining room through an internal door for bigger families.
The location of this hotel allows for a quick car trip, (or hotel bus) to a pier from where you can board a boat and head out to one of the islands. A great trip not to be missed!
The facilities are excellent, including a lovely pool with various slides (don´t go on the red slide apparently, is the advice!) and another smaller pool for toddlers. There is a seperate pool for volley ball and another pool for children with a great Skibunda slide that should keep everyone entertained for hours! The hotel own the forest directly behind and there is a trail through it, beginning with a walk along an Indiana Jones esque footbridge.
There are lots of other activities, three snooker tables overlooking the main pool, arcade games, table for cards, table football, table tennis, a sand pitch for football, a bouncy castle, a little farm with animals, including an osterich, a pony, a poor sheep with a full set out wool, and some goats, a location for a b-que, a hall for parties and a type of absailing.
Each day the hotel puts on a range of activities, mask painting, games for the kids, parties at night, samba school, etc. and the whole thing is very enjoyable.
As this hotel mostly get used by people in transit it is not in the best area for shopping and site seeing. However the staff at the hotel is absolutely fabulous and you get your transport from the hotel to the airport for free.
For those requiring a selfcatering option Pousada Larimor nicely done selection of studios,one bedroom and 2 bedroom apartments including breakfast.
Or for those who would like an hotel by the beack Moby Dyck it is location right on the beach.
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