Parque da Costeira

Address: Av. Senador Dinarte de Medeiros Madiz, 1195, Natal, State of Rio Grande do Norte, 59090-002, Brazil | 4 star hotel
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This 4 star hotel, located on Av. Senador Dinarte de Medeiros Madiz, 1195, Natal, is near Ponta Negra, Pirangi Cashew Tree (Cajueiro de Pirangi), Forte dos Reis Magos, and Parque das Dunas.
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          Historical Traveler Reviews Parque da Costeira Natal

          We had a fantastic holiday!


          My boyfriend and I have just got back from spending 7 nights at hotel parque da costeria and we had a fantastic time. The hotel was great, the food and service good, the people/staff helpful and friendly. I must admit we were a little worried about going after reading some unfavourable reviews on trip advisor however, we found these claims of it being a poor hotel unfounded. I think one of the reasons we enjoyed the holiday so much was because it is a new resort for Brits and it hasn't been 'taken over'. I think the people who rated it poorly did so because they expect everthing to be the same as Britain e.g food, entertainment etc. Also we thought that it was really nice that they don't speak a lot of English (how refreshing!) Why do some people expect to go to these places and for it to be exactly the same as Britain??Holidays are for trying new things, experiencing a new culture etc aren't they??Please don't be put off you will have a fantastic time if you have an open mind!

          We would recommend having a massage at the hotel outside on the decking it is very reasonable and very relaxing!Also the gym, spa, sauna etc is very good! We went on the cashew and coconut trip this was a varied and fun day. We saw dolphins, saw the biggest cashew tree in the world, swam in a lovely lagoon and had a very exciting ride over the sand dunes. It was also a great way to top up the tan!! For a great night out take a taxi to bar street and go to salsa bar for cocktails and dancing! Enjoy...

          Not the Costa del Sol & all the better for it!


          Just returned from two weeks holiday 27/12/05 - 11/01/06. Hotel was very clean and food was fine and plentiful. English reviewers need to remember that not all countries believe food should be served at near nuclear temperature! Staff were always pleasant always polite - possibly because we were - and on the one occasion we needed to report a plumbing problem it was fixed within twenty minutes. Room was absolutely fine.

          Only problem we experienced was with the attitude of some other UK guests who seemed to mistake this for the Costa del Sol & demanded it become little England. I suggest they check their atlas next time they book or make a few allowances for a new tourist spot. Half the fun is being somewhere a bit different.

          Tried 4 excursions - hope the following helps

          Beach Buggy Safari

          Do this - it's great fun. Lots of racing around in buggies up & down the dunes. Probably not ecofriendly but a good way to see the surrounding area. You cross two rivers, one by ferry, one by raft & have lunch at a beachside restaurant (costs extra). Also stop at a freshwater lake.

          Pipa Beach

          Lovely day. This one is by coach. First to a local market which probably could be excluded as it was a bit boring then to Pipa which made up for it when we sat at one of the beachside restaurants & watched turtles in the waves. It's better to walk a bit further than the first place you see - I recommend Jacks on the Beach. Great food, lovely people, could have stayed there forever.

          Mangrove Mysteries

          A very full day. Coach trip takes over an hour you then pick up your boat which takes you around the mangroves to watch the crew digging for crabs (much more fun than it sounds). You can get quite muddy here so go prepared! Then off to a beach which we actually didn't see as we chose to walk away from the crowd & see the spot where the river meets the sea. Spectacular. Then its off to lunch which is included and then to an old farmhouse where you have high tea (very nice) and can see hummingbirds, marmosets & amazing gardens.

          Cashews & coconuts

          More buggy riding & boy were they fast - not for the fainthearted if you get the driver we had. Good fun though. Another fruit market but just a brief stop here. On to a distillery where they produce local sugar cane spirit and then a farmhouse which has seized on its marketing potential at an early stage. Nice bull though! Another freshwater lake with good swimming and lunch included at a disused railway station which is very pretty. Stopped at dolphin bay on the way back & did actually see some dolphins, also stopped at the largest cashew tree in the world.

          So no it's not what you are used to but do get out & about & do pick up a bit of Portugese it really is easy & it is appreciated.We would go back tomorrow but

          book premium seats if you can it's worth it & talk to Gary the rep he was the nicest guy & full of information. Thomson take note - he was great!

          Be open minded


          We stayed at the hotel over New Year and feel that our experience was not the same as some of the other recent reviews.

          Our superior room was basic but spotlessly clean as was the whole hotel. The pool area was cleaned several times a day although the water did not seem chlorinated.There is a constant strong breeze on the coast here so things do blow around although we never saw rubbish in the pools. There were also staff cleaning any spillages in the buffet restaurant during meals although table clearing was slow at peak times.

          The food is aimed at the Brazilian market with no concessions to the British so if you want chips, pizza, burgers ,full English breakfast and nothing "foreign" then it's not the right place for you.Pigs trotters etc appeared once a week ,obviously considered a local delicacy as it is in other countries such as France but there were always other options including excellent quality meat freshly cooked on a grill which you could always have well done if that's your taste. We were prepared to try some dishes in the knowledge that you could always go back and try something else instead.

          We always received waiter service for drinks in the restaurant although the service could be slow at times. Salt and pepper was also always available but on the buffet tables in sachets and pepper mills rather than on individual tables so they not have been spotted .Some staff spoke excellent English but others were less confident which could be interpreted as unfriendly.At most meals there was an English speaking manager present and our rep encouraged us to ask them if anything was needed. Any attempt at speaking Portuguese was always appreciated . Creme caramel was always on the buffet but it's a staple dish for them a bit like always offering ice cream. On the occasions when we ate outside the hotel, we were disappointed and thought the hotel food was actually better.

          When we had a small problem with cold water in the bathroom it was rectified within an hour.

          We were aware that the beach was not suitable for swimming by researching before we booked , it is the Atlantic not the Caribbean!The hotel is not perfect and does need to make some more changes e.g the entertainment is repetitive as it seems to be aimed at Brazilians who only stay a few days. The resort and hotel are new to the British market so it's not the Spanish costas or Mexico/Carbbean where there has been plenty of American influence. The reason for us choosing to go was for somewhere different but if your choice is everything British but somewhere warm then it's not probably not for you.

          Spend your money elsewhere


          i went to this hotel for xmas and jan with my wife and two kids when we arrived we were given a room but as we were shown inside by the porter we had to refuse it on the grounds of it stunk of mould and sewerage we went back to reception and were given two more rooms to look at but they were no better the reception thought it was funny that i was dissapointed with the situation luckly our rep gary was there and he got on to it and we were at last given a acceptable room.

          food where do i start everything was cold not even tepid, pigs ears, tails, feet, raw meat soggy salads one dessert creme caramel every sitting never any salt and pepper nobody took drink orders you had to que at the bar and i mean que brazilians first thats the way its done tables filthy people without shoes/bare tops at night we tried, really tried but after three nights we decided it was better to pay taxi fares to ponta negra every day (gets expensive) after a while were the food is good forget the staff are friendly they clearly dont want us there they are rude and dissrespectful.

          the pools are full of plastic cups straws cigarette ends the only clean pool was the kids pool the beach is just a highway from a to b, we spoke to loads of other guests and they were as unhappy as us we all agreed that this place was not a holiday hotel but a travel lodge for conventions, i have been all over the world long haul with my family and have never wanted to go home so bad i have took time to write this review to try and prevent anybody from being as upset by this hotel as we were.

          brazil out of the hotel brill spend a little bit more money and stay in ponta negra or upgrade to a 5 star along the coast.

          parque de costeria stay away!!!!

          Parque de Costeira disappointment


          Just returned from Parque de Costeira in Natal Brazil for our Xmas/New Year Holiday. Very disappointed as Hotel is clearly not able to provide for British AI customers. Rooms very, very basic even superior rooms. Food was unappetising and mostly cold, wine not drinkable. Can walk on beach but not sunbathe or swim. Unfriendly atmosphere and poor service at the bars. Pool and Bar areas not adequate and a bit scummy. We ate out most of the time and found the local restaurants excellent and local people very friendly - nothing wrong with Brazil - just Hotel.

          Hot, but needs more activities.


          13.12.05- 27.12.05, party of 2 adults.Thomsons.First impressions were excellent, but soon found we were rather isolated.Trips out are necessary,& Mauricio's in Ponta Negra offers more variety than Thomsons.Dune buggies can be suicidal or boring - depends on your driver.We had both.Cashews trip really good value & variety - don't be put off by the title.Horse riding & quad bikes both good.Told not safe to hire own car,but buses & taxis plentiful.Hotel clean & spacious, but food & evening entertainment very repeatative.Below standard of our usual AI package.Main pool too small,& sea very rough.Nothing outside hotel,so can't stroll out to the shops & bars - they don't exist.Taxis become expensive over 2 wks.Everyone expects a tip.Wonderful climate,but resort needs to offer more,without losing its charm.Shopping:Free bus to Malls,so go to Praia,then step to RHS of it to find a huge & wonderful array of market stalls(3 storeys high)selling quality wares - no tacky tourist junk. Not many Brits there,& don't expect everybody to speak English.Wonderful experience,but need to see other parts.Suggest non AI so you can move around the country more.

          Isolated hotel


          Hotel is not within walking distance of any shops or bars, town is 10/15min taxi ride away.

          Food is very good and rooms average, some don't have a balcony though.

          Staff are very friendly but not many speak English.

          Beach is ok with rock pools, strong current in warm sea.

          Kids liked the pools and entertainment, also a games room with table tennis/pool.

          You can't change money at reception, best to take the Real or USD which you can change in town. You can't change pounds here at all.

          Use hotel reception for any trips and save money, they are very good and will get you a better deal than the tour operator.

          We did a excellent buggy trip (it's a must) and saved 30%, the guy can be mailed at -----, buggy quite new and in good condition and Celio speaks some English.

          Loved it!!


          We stayed at the Via Costeira and we loved it. Ok the food wasn't brilliant and the entertainment was poor but the hotel was clean and staff were friendly. Yes there is a language barrier but you can't expect everyone to speak English all of the time. We went into Ponte Negra a few nights, where we found the people to be friendly and drinks and food were cheap and we went to lively bars and clubs.

          We went to Pippa on a excursion where we went to a local market and to Dolphin Bay where we were fortunate to be in the sea with dolphins playing in the waves less than 60 metres away from us... The beach buggies are also an absolute must, flying over the sand dunes and stopping at some picturesque sights on the way.

          We enjoyed this holiday and a holiday at the end of the day is what you make of it...!!!

          Hotel Parque da Costeira -basic but clean


          My wife and I went to Parque da Costeira on the first UK package tour with Thomson on 1st November 2005

          Location : The Parque da Costeira hotel is quite isolated , however there is a free shuttle bus to the local shopping areas and taxis are reasonable.


          Cleanliness. The hotel and surroundings were very clean and well maintained. There were no unfinished areas or protruding wires here.

          The rooms were quite basic. We paid a surplus for an upgrade to a superior room with balcony. We were on the third floor however the view forward was obscured by palm trees which also blocked the sun. There was a slight view of the sea to the right from the balcony, which was only just wide enough for the two chairs. The sun also disappeared to the other side of the hotel at 4 pm so don't expect sunny evenings on your room balcony sipping cocktails.

          The sun rose early here, about 5 am in November and it was quite hot by 7 am which became the start of our day.

          There is a fridge in the room with cans of soft drinks and water , however for some strange reason there is a charge for these as they are not covered by the All- inclusive.

          However you can get your A.I. drinks free at the pool bar and put them in the salad box of the fridge without any problem. (But only between 10am and 1045pm)

          The bedroom was a bit on the dark side as there is dark wood half way up the walls. The wardrobes / cupboards do not have doors on and there are no drawers so all your clothes etc are on permanent display.

          The maid service was good and linen and towels changed daily.

          We only had one problem with a blocked sink and this was sorted out fairly quickly.

          There were plenty of sunbeds, mostly on the grassed area next to the boardwalk raised up from the sea which is where we chose to sunbathe as there was a permanent strong cooling breeze. Towels were available however there was a daily charge for these.

          The beach was half sand, half rocky, quite nice to walk on but not suitable for much else apart from fishing. Some of the hotel guests hired rods from somewhere nearby.

          The sea was quite rough with strong currents so not suitable for swimming.

          The sea is tidal and at high tide most of the beach is covered by the sea. It is possible to walk along the beach for a long distance towards Ponta Negra to the south and Natal to the north.

          Reception: The staff here could speak good English and were helpful. You can change US dollars / Euros into the local currency but not travellers cheques.

          The bars:

          A reasonable variety of drinks available, however the service was sometimes slow due to lack of staff who for the most part did not speak good English.

          They were friendly though and I think things will improve as they get used to the British guests.

          The AI drinks finished quite early at 1045pm . There is no waiter service, you have to queue at the bar for drinks.

          The restaurants.

          Breakfast was the best meal by far and there was plenty of choice for every taste. One problem , there were only two toasters which took two slices each , not enough.

          The omelettes were cooked eight at a time on a hotplate and were not cooked to individual options. There was also a lengthy wait for these on occasions.

          Lunch and dinner buffets were adequate but not brilliant. Chips were invariably cold

          and there was not a great deal of choice. There was not much variety with desserts but if you like crème caramel and a gateau every day then you will be suited.

          You find your own table and a waiter takes your drinks order which is brought promptly. Used plates etc are removed quickly. We tipped our favourite waiter near the end of the stay and he must have appreciated this as the following day he went out of his way to please, bringing extra drinks and coffee. (He got another tip).

          There was an option to eat in the Italian and French restaurants one night for each week as part of the AI which we did and thoroughly enjoyed. It was a set menu but excellent food, well presented and first class service from the waiters. A nice change from the buffet.


          Rio de Janeiro

          We pre-booked the trip to Rio de Janeiro when we booked the holiday, which was fortunate as the rep at the hotel informed us that this excursion was fully booked for the next 3 months. We left the hotel at 2.30 am on the first Saturday. The flight was not direct, we changed planes at Recife, and got to the hotel at 11 am. We were told that our rooms would not be available until 3pm and we had to leave our bags outside the front of the hotel until then. (This changed for the next excursion with a later flight time).

          We had a walk to Copacabana beach, stopping for lunch at Lord Jims, an English pub, on the way. There was a red English telephone kiosk outside the pub. We had a walk on the famous beach then got a taxi back to the Sheritan hotel for 3.30 pm.

          The hotel is nice but close to the slums on the hillside which make for an unusual backdrop. Surprisingly there were no tea or coffee making facilities in the room.

          At breakfast coffee is dispensed by jug by the waiters- eventually.

          The first evening we went to the Hard Rock café by taxi which cost 40 Reais each way.

          On the Sunday we had a guided tour of Sugar loaf mountain, a good lunch in a restaurant and a train up to the statue of Christ the Redeemer (Corcovada) which we were lucky to see as low cloud kept surrounding it at times blocking it from view.

          It can sometimes be completed obscured from view.

          We really enjoyed the day. This excursion was one of the main reasons for visiting Brazil, and the guide,Christina, was excellent.

          Football Match

          Although not much of a football fan I it was good to see the atmosphere at a Brazilian match. There was a crowd of 20,000 fanatical supporters for a local game and the pre-match fireworks, Mexican waves, etc was fascinating. The football game was pretty poor though. Score 1-0 to the home side Americans goal scored in final minutes.(After a lot of the crowd had left).

          Historic Natal

          A quick coach trip round Natal pointing out some of the Colonial buildings with lengthy stop-offs at souvenir shops. Disappointing.

          Pipa Beach

          Stopped at local market which was mainly food then on to nice beach. The guide bought some of the fruits which were explained and sampled. Lunch was not included. The beach itself is very nice, sandy all the way and gently sloping so it stayed shallow quite a way out. The sea was warm with waves suitable for boogey boarding or a bit of surfing.We stopped at expensive supermarket on way back.

          Coconuts and cashews

          Good day out, beach buggy excursion to market, sugar cane plantations, lunch included (drinks extra but cheap) sand dunes and largest cashew tree in the world.

          There was a stop at a bay where Dolphins could be seen (from a distance) Note some of the cheaper excursions have four passengers in the buggy. Thomsons only have three and you can have a buggy for two passengers if you are willing to pay extra.


          There was some form of entertainment on an evening , usually a man with a guitar singing in Portugese, sometimes accompanied by a woman. Sometimes a group and a couple of times a large group of Brazilian dancers / Capoeira. Finished at 10 pm.


          Hotel basic but clean. Quite enjoyed the holiday despite feeling that the resort is not safe. I put on half a stone so you're not going to starve.

          Having enjoyed experiencing Rio once (main reason for the trip) I wouldn't bother going back to Brazil. We were impressed with the Police action following a robbery (they caught the men responsible). Saw a lot of Police around so they are trying to protect tourists.

          I would suggest keeping credit cards and money , keys etc in money belt under clothing, wear minimum of jewellery and cheap watch, carry a "dummy" bag /purse containing small amount of cash / cheap items you can surrender to a thief, take taxis at night and be careful. Even on the beach at mid-day.

          What a boring place


          my wife and I went to this hotel on 1st nov.We were the first british tourists on Thomsons inaugeral flight.There was a reception at natal airport where we waited for an hour when all we wanted was to get to our hotel.Check in was quite efficient,however our room was facing a brickwall and had no balcony.We went straight back to reception and requested a change.No problem we were told,go and have dinner and come back.On returning we were allocated a different room with sea view and a balcony.A promising start.The room was small but adequate,but had no drawers and an open plan wardrobe{ie no doors}.There was a fridge stocked with soft drinks and beer,but these were not included in the all inclusive deal we were on.The food was buffet style and was OK but not mouthwatering as per Thomsons brochure.The drinks in the restaurant were waiter service and could take some time to get especially if the waiter spoke no english.Afterward there were two bars ,the lobby bar which shut at 10pm and was limited in available drinks and the main bar which was quite small and rarely had more than two people serving.this bar also provided icecream and coffee.So there it could be quite frustrating trying to get a drink with the locals just pushing in.The problem was worse at weekends when the hotel seemed to be full of locals or people on conventions.

          The pools were quite small and it was forbidden to jump in upsidedown!The beach in front of the hotel was rocky and the sea rough unsuitable for bathing.

          The entertainment was low key and repeated weekly so if you are there for a fortnight forget it.

          In my opinion the trips offered by thomsons were a total rip off and no way resembled their handout descriptions.If you want to go on any of the trips I would reccomend you go to the local travel agent in ponta negra{Maurices} where the same trips are offered at a fraction of the thomson price.We were told the trip to Rio was fully booked months in advance but were able to book the same trip locally at half the price thomson were charging.

          I see in one of the forums a women was mugged,well we were never informed of this and were told it was safe to walk to ponta negra or natal.

          all in all I was very disapointed with my first trip to brasil.

          The problem with this hotel is mainly its location,in between natal and ponta negra neither of which have any great attractions.

          I would recommend if you go to brasil you try Recife or Rio and steer clear of Natal and the Parque Da Costeira.

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