More about Hibiscus Beach Pousada Buzios
Great Place to Unwind
The hotel is not 5-Star, but my wife and I and our two teenage children very much enjoyed our stay at Hibiscus Beach last month. Our main impressions were
Friendly service in English.
Clean, comfortable rooms.
Well placed, close to the beach.
Very good value for money.
We liked the privacy of the individual bungalows.
No complaints, and it´s a hotel we can recommend.
The choice of airline staff
I am the director of a travel company, based in Rio de Janeiro. We specialise in receptive tourism, mailnly for European clients. One of our clients is Air France, and we are responsible for placing their personnel in good hotels in the area. For the past four years, when visiting Buzios, the Air France staff have insisted on the Hibiscus Beach pousada. They like it because it is close to the best beach on the peninsula; it is comfortable and well-maintained;it has interesting details of local crafts and architecture; and they say that it combines "bon gout" with "bon prix". i.e. good taste at a fair price.
I visit Hibiscus Beach several times a year to check on the standards of service and cleanliness. My last visit was in December, 2005, when I took some photos of the hotel to send to Paris.
Because I have noticed that someone is using the internet to run a negative campaign against the hotel, I would like to recommend it to holiday-makers everywhere. I have also added some of my photos to the review.
Clean and friendly
Our pleasant, 5-day stay in early March, 2006, coincided with the end of Carnival--the high season for Brazilians to get out of Rio and other cities and head for the beach. So prices were sky high and the beautiful Joao Fernandez Beach nearby was packed with people, chairs, unbrellas, and boats. It was a great place for people-watching from the adjoining open-air restaurants, but not for relaxing on the beach. A number of other nearby beaches were much less crowded, and after all, you have more than 20 to choose from in the area.
The pousada was well-kept, with a nice breakfast included in the price. Management was friendly, English-speaking (rare in Buzios), and very helpful. We would certainly return there in a less crowded time. The price seemed about double the normal rates, and while the rate was quoted in dollars, the charge on our card was in Brazilian reales, driving up the actual cost another 5% or so. But we were well aware of the price when we booked. Did I mention Carnival time is not the best for low prices and sparse crowds?
You must live out of your suitcase here since, as in many pousadas and small hotals, there is no chest of drawers. But what a minor inconvenience, considering the cleanliness, the hillside view of the sea from the breezy little veranda outside, and the immaculate care of the grounds and small swimming pool.
There may be some overbooking here, because we overheard one conversation in which an arriving couple were told there had been a mixup in the bookkeeping and they were being "upgraded" to the pousada next door, with Hibiscus picking up the difference in price.
The seaside village is charming, with plenty of shops and places to eat. We never had a disappointing meal in Buzios, but a place call David topped them all for quality, value, and friendly service. Ask for Carlos and take the tables on the wall to the right as you walk in. First class food and service ar reasonable prices.
UP ON CLOUD NINE
We stayed at Hibiscus Beach last month, and were lucky enough to given bungalow number 9, which is the highest one of all. At first, the climb looked a bit daunting, although the guy carrying our suitcase up wasn´t even out of breath. When he opened the door to the varanda and we saw the view of the sea, with smoky blue mountains on the far coast, we new we had struck lucky. The view from # 9 is panoramic, and probably from 10, 11 and 12 it must be similar. Definitely not for elderly people though, who would be better off in the rooms with low numbers.
As well as the stunning view, we were more than satisfied with the hotel. The staff were very friendly, and always seemed to be smiling; the rooms were clean and bright, and we enjoyed the buffet breakfast. There are several hotels nearby, and we ckecked out two of them. Although no one spoke English, we did manage to find the prices, and our impression was that they offered less and cost more.
Hibiscus Beach is a good deal and we want to recomment it.
We live in the oil town of Macaé, which is just under and hour´s drive north along the coast from Búzios. Several times a year, my husband and I, and our daughter, go to Búzios for a weekend break, and for the last three times we have stayed at the Hibiscus Beach pousada in the João Fernandes area. Having been to Búzios several times in the past two and a half years, we now know that the beaches with clean water are well away from the town centre, in areas like João Fernandes, Geribá and Ferradura. There are many nice hotels in the centre, and on the Morro de Humaitá, but the beaches there are polluted.
We have settled for Hibiscus Beach because we can leave our car in the car park and walk the 100 yards to the beach. We like the privacy of the individual bungalows, and never tire of the sea view from the balcony. The rooms are comfortable and very clean, and we have got to know the staff, who greet us with a warm welcome. Also, unlike some hotels in Búzios, the cost of a room doesn´t burn a hole in your pocket.
The only problem that once happened to us, is that because the hotel is small, it is not always possible to book a room at short notice.
We would like to add our voices to the list of people who have discovered, and want to recommend this hotel. It´s becoming our weekend retreat.
Their double bed is just a full bed, not a king size bed. Needless to say, two people WILL sleep uncomfortably. My boyfriend had to sleep on the sofa in order to get some zzz.
Bathroom: Taking a shower floods the bathroom floor. There is a knob for the bidet that sticks out right next to the toilete that stabs you in the thigh while you are taking care of business. The bathroom windows don't close, so people walking by can see in and the lizards can get in as well. In addition, there are innumerable ants crawling into the room and it is easy for mosquitoes to get into the room because there aren't any screens on the windows. Also, there are endless stairs to get to your room. Finally, their breakfast was not very good. The bread was old and they leave the milk sitting out.
The staff is very friendly and helpful.
Location: It is pretty close to the beach
It has a nice view.
Great location, great view, good hotel
We stayed at the Hibiscus Beach Pousada in Buzios. Here's a quick rundown of the pluses and minuses of the hotel:
! The view from our terrace was wonderful
! The staff was friendly and extremely helpful
! Breakfast was good
! A very short walk from Joao Fernandes Beach
! A 20 minute walk to Buzios center - or you can jump on a mini-bus by the beach
! We stayed at the beginning of December and the rates were very reasonable
! There are a lot of stairs (but the view is worth the walk)
! The rooms are a little rustic. The windows open completely (or you have have the windows open and shutters closed to allow air to flow). This gives the hotel its charm, but if you are looking for luxury accomodations, this isn't it.
! I'm not sure why all hotels don't do this, but they didn't post the weather forecast. My hotel in Rio didn't either, but it really helps for travellers that don't have internet access.
! Small TV with few channels. We were lucky with the weather and didn't care (we didn't go to Buzios to watch TV) but if we were rained in, it could have been annoying.
When we arrived we thought it was a bit rustic -- in comparison to our modern room in Rio -- by the end of our stay we found it to be charming. We had a great time in Buzios and a good stay at Hibiscus.
We stayed at the Hibiscus Beach in November in bungalow 9 from where there were stunnning views across the sea to the distant mountains known locally as "The Himalayas of Brazil". The simply furnished accommodation proved to be homely comfortable and certainly good value for money. Staff were very pleasant always willing to offer advice on local restaurants etc. Two particular eating places of note were Davids and Brigittas where the food and atmosphere were excellent.
Buzios is a charming place to wind down and relax after a visit to Rio and we would highly recommend a stay at the Hibiscus Beach
Hibiscus is a great property. The location is very nice, it is close to the beach and about 25-30 minutes walk from the center. The staff is very friendly. They offered us nice dining options in the center. We occupied a flat which did not have a view, but it was convenient for four of us. The room was simple and clean, yet decorated tastefully. Insects did not bother us at all. The breakfast was not as much as you would find in a big hotel in Rio, but you are staying in a small pousada, and you are not in Rio anymore. Anyway, the breakfast was more than enough. Overall, we were very happy with our choice.
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