Pousada Hibiscus Beach
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Historical Traveler Reviews Pousada Hibiscus Beach Buzios
During a recent trip to Brazil my wife and I were lucky enough to finish our trip at this hotel in the little town of Buzios. After a hectic trip around the major attractions of Brazil and Argentina, we decided that we needed a few days at the end of the holiday just to relax: the Hibiscus Beach Pousada was the perfect place to do that. The hotel itself has a lovely position in Buzios, built on a slope down to the sea, and we had a fantastic ocean view from our terrace. Within the hotel, the rooms are spacious and are kept scrupulously clean. In addition, the hotel staff are exceptional. I'm a keen golfer and one of the best courses anywhere in Latin America is just a few minutes drive from the hotel: the staff were very helpful in obtaining low cost green fees for me and also in organising some transport to take me from the hotel to the course. Overall, this is a lovely, well-kept, well-run hotel with very high levels of service, with a superb location by the sea set within beautiful grounds. Highly recommended to all: five stars.
Ugh, this ain't no flower
We travel frequently and this is our 2nd trip to Brazil but 1st time in Buzios. We highly value TripAdvisor review and stayed at the Hibiscus largely based on what we read in the earlier reviews. We disregarded the 1 negative one since the others seemed so contradictory. This was a mistake - and I don't see how the positive ones can be real.
The hotel seemed to be very different than their web image.
Besides the poor facilities. The main problem seemed to be a war between the owner and the staff. Since I have only experienced pure politeness from Brazilians, I can only believe that this is due to the owner who was incredibly rude at both check-in and check-out.
Since the staff appears to take their revenge in the room cleanliness and the kitchen, you can imagine how awful it can be.
Very unfortunate since Buzios was such an amazing place to be.
We plan on going back to Buzios, but you would have force us at gunpoint to stay at the Hibiscus.
Clear evidence that the author is the same one who wrote the February review entitled "These other reviews could only be from the owners", is laid out, point by point in the following analysis:
1. Our hotel did not accommodate any guests from Florida in July, 2005.
2. In both reviews the owners of the hotel are attacked.
3. In both reviews the absurd rating of 1 out of 5 is given in all categories.
4. The same infantile grammatical errors are made in both reviews. For example, when the writer begins his sentences in the singular and finishes them in the plural e.g. "the staff appears to take their revenge" (sic ) instead of the staff appears to take its revenge.
5. In both reviews numbers are always represented with figures and not with words, e.g. 1 and 2, instead of one and two.
6. In both reviews the writer alleges that any review that does not agree with his cannot be genuine.
7. In this latest review, the writer makes reference to our hotel kitchen, which although immaculately clean, is far from the access of guests, so this is obviously a lie.
8. Owner/staff relations are excellent at the hotel, and proof of this is that all employees have worked here for at least four years, and some, as many as ten, (in a hotel which opened its doors 11 years ago ).
Fantastic stay at Hibiscus Beach
My wife and I have just got back from paradise! Our stay at Hibiscus Beach was exactly that. A wonderful warm welcome, exellent and efficient service in a clean and relaxing environment. I can thoroughly recommend it and would like to thank everyone there for a fantastic holiday.
We stayed in July at the Hibiscus Beach and were very pleased with all the facilities. The bungalows were extremely clean and comfortable. The staff were very friendly and helpful. I would not hesitate to recommend this accomodation to anyone visiting Buzios.
Home away from home
In June I spent two weeks at the Hibiscus Beach Pousada for the third year in a row.Buzios is a great getaway,three hours from Rio and usually having better weather.The pousada is located at the end of the peninsula,so there is easy walking access to beaches with calm waters or beaches with waves.The pousada consists of fourteen bungalows set into a hillside.The terraces offer beautiful views of the ocean and the opportunity to enjoy the birds that live in the large area of native vegetation.The English,Argentine,and Scottish owners haved lived for fifteen years in Buzios and are well traveled in Brazil as well as internationally.The rooms are clean and comfortable with the airy,high ceiling design of architecture that makes Buzios such a unique place.
Re February 2005 - a different review
We stayed at the Hibiscus Beach Pousada recently and found no trace whatsoever of the comments made by the earlier review. The rooms are clean and comfortable, no stains on the bed linen and no sign of mould. The swimming pool was clear and there certainly was no dark stains. The owners made us very welcome and nothing was too much trouble for any of the staff. Our bungalow had a great view of the sea and the gardens were lush and obviously cared for. We mainly used the beach which was a few minutes walk from the pousada and the centre of Buzios is well within walking distance along a panoramic seafront. We would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel and intend to return.
These other reviews could only be from the owners
We stayed here in January 2005 and our choice of this hotel was somewhat based on the two prior great reviews.
In reality, there is one word to describe this place: filth.
The room was moldy, the bed linens were stained, we encountered at least 5 crawling bugs a day in the room, the dishes at breakfast were spattered with food from the previous day, the pool had large dark stains, the furniture was of goodwill quality.
We have been to Buzios 2 other times and had great experiences. The problem is not Buzios. We would highly recommend travelling there and the previous places we stayed were the Colonna and the Mykonos.
One telling sign is the owners had a certificate from a web marketing course hanging in the office - maybe they learned web marketing a little too well. Perhaps they should concentrate on their guests instead.
Perfect combination of comfort and bohemian feel
Hibiscus Beach was our last stop in Brazil and was the perfect way to end a perfect trip. Not too overdone- simple enough not to detract from the natural beauty. The Pousada was clean and had amazing views and was just up the street from one of the best beaches in Buzios. Great value (we booked through hotels)- about $60/night.
Hibiscus Beach Pousada
I would like to recommed the Hibiscus Beach Pousada in Búzios. It has beautiful sea views, and is just 100 mts. from a lovely beach, the Praia de João Fernandes.The staff are very friendly and the service was excellent. Its a wonderful place to relax and unwind and is very good value for money.
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