Casas Brancas Boutique Hotel & Spa
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Hello from Brazil!
This is the last destination on our mammoth tour. Not a bad place to finish.
We started the Brazilian adventure in Sao Paulo. What a city! A city with over 11 million inhabitants. It has the most successful Ferrari dealership in the world, the highest number of billionaires and millionaires in …
We slept most of the night flight, which we were thankful for later when it turned out to
be the most stressful day of our trip.
We landed at San Paulo in Brazil and had 2 hours before our flight to Rio. Which would have been OK if LAN airlines hadn't decided to take our bags off the plane in Lima as the plane was too heavy due to a fault …
So we have arrived, in the appropriately named town of Buzios, 3hr north-east of Rio de Janiero. We flew BA from Heathrow to Rio, via Sao Paolo, and all went very smoothly. Getting out of the airport was a slightly different matter, negotiating between taxi drivers, car hire and private minibuses, eventually taking the option to travel with other …
After rush Rio and 3h bus drive, we ended up in Buzios. This place was discovered once by BB. It is clear from the 1st glance why BB loved this place so much! It is a marvelous, small, quite bay with millions of different colorful small boats parked around. There are only small boutique hotels and a lot of very nice restaurants, with open air terraces and live music, from Jazz till Soul. Feels like idilic place for honeymooners (as we are still ...
... up before the others and decided to join a couple of fellow backpackers down to the beach. This is what I was here for. There are over a dozen beaches around the peninsula of Buzios and the local one is only a short 5 minute walk, but it is quite spectacular. We stayed down there for a couple of hours going into the water twice. There is quite a strong current, but still enough to catch a few waves. By the afternoon it was time to leave ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Casas Brancas Boutique Hotel & Spa Buzios
My husband and I spent 4 days at Casas Brancas in November for our honeymoon. We agree with many of the comments here. The hotel is quite chic and stylish. We were greeted with champagne and were wowed by the incredible view.
Awesome honeymoon hotel
We knew this was going to be good when we were welcomed with caipirinhas and a tour! Our superior, ocean-view room (#6) was really cute, and we loved all the common areas -- including lounge, dining, spa and pool. Had fabulous and reasonably priced (by US standards) massages. Breakfast was awesome. The front desk staff spoke good English and was very helpful.
Another couple said their garden-view room attracted a lot of mosquitoes, so if you're bite-prone, definitely request somthing ocean-facing.
My wife and I were in Brazil for a wedding and spent 4 days and 3 nights at Casas Brancas. It was simply fantastic. We saw the other Pousadas in the area and none hold a candle to Casas Brancas. My wife had a spa treatment which was very affordable and quite good. It came with a free bikini and pair of havaiana flip flops. Breakfast was nice and always included. It is an absolute MUST that you request either room 14 or 21. They are the largest suites with huge balcony terraces. They were ridiculously affordable at about $220/night for how great they were. The town is VERY safe and fun to walk around with most shops staying open late. The various restuarants were also all pretty good.
We stayed at Casas Brancas for 3 nights in August. We loved it. The setting is incredibly beautiful. The restaurant, pool and sitting area overlook the bay / sea. Buzios is a very crowded, developed resort and Casas Brancas is in the middle of town but when hanging out on the terrace it is beautiful and relaxing. We found the staff to be very friendly and helpful. (We asked for a room change and they were very accomodating.) The food was wonderful including the breakfast. We are American but speak Portuguese and most of the staff automatically spoke to us in English. Some things to be aware of:
We had a fantastic stay at this hotel. Our room (17) had a balcony with 2 deck chairs overlooking the bay - absolutely gorgeous view! The furnishings while not the fanciest were appropriate for the room and the houskeeping service was excellent (twice daily). The breakfast, included in the rate, included omelettes and bacon & eggs along with the array of fresh fruit, breads and juices.
So we have just returned from a week at Casas Brancas. What will hit you when you arrive at the place is the view from the hotel...it is truly spectacular if not filmworthy!...nestled in the hills just above Buzios Bay with its picturesque fishing boats. Sunsets are unforgettable - enough said!
This is undeniably a lovely hotel. Having said that it was filled with some rather pretentious tourists who made a point of talking very loudly about lots of vapid and boring conversation which was really irritating! It would be easy to write this off as bad luck but I feel is characteristic of the hotel as a whole.
I had a wonderful time and totally agree with the reviews that were posted. It's the best place to say --We checked out all the other Pousadas in the area. One bit of advice would be to be clear on exactly the room that you are getting. We requested a veranda specificially and were only told after we went in our room that there was not a veranda available. Instead of being reimbersed they told us that the room we were staying at was the same cost as one with a veranda. It was not agreeable and any other hotel would have made the mix-up known first before waiting for us to complain. They did end up giving us a massage package for free to make it up. Despite this, we had a wonderful time and the hospitality of the staff was amazing! It is also very safe and secure -- there is security on the streets up to the hotel.
Nice Stay at the Casas Brancas
We stayed at the Casas Brancas for a few days at the end of December. The staff was very nice and helpful in terms of restaurants, etc. It has a great location near the main walking street for town and is also within walking distance of the major beaches as well. The rooms were clean, although our bathroom was a bit on the small side and there wasn't much closet space (that may depend on the room you get-we had a standard room with an ocean view). The pool is great with a great view and the restaurant is nice as well, with a great breakfast that is included in the rate. We would stay here again if we go back to Buzios.
Stayed at Pousada Casas Brancas as part of a 'travelbag' tailor made holiday. The approach to the place from inland initially was not promising, however, as soon as you enter the reception you are immediately impressed with the numerous nice, artistic touches of ornaments and the intricate design of the building. Then you pass through the building and see such a simply wonderful view of the bay. This you can view whilst eating [food absolutly superb] or lazing by the albeit small pool. We were there in August [winter] so for us brits the weather was perfect and the sunsets really spectacular. As it was winter there was building work in progress. To get the noisy work completed the management employed large numbers of workmen for one day and took the guests out on a sloop with drinks and food provided. This is really the best part about the place; the staff are absolutely superb, relaxed, professional and highly competent; not intrusive but very perceptive and attentive. Should we ever return to Brazil, this is one place we would revisit.