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Hotel Parque Da Costeira Hotel 3 star
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Avenida Via Costeira, Km 7parque Das Dunas, Ponta Negra Natal, Brazil -
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As you may have guessed, the Parque da Costeira is located in one of the main tourist regions of Natal, on a large avenue by the sea in the middle of the sand dunes park. The swimming pool area is worthy of note, both for it spaciousness and pleasant atmosphere, but also for its seaside location. In addition, the establishment has a gym and a massage parlour. As far as the accommodation is concerned, the interior decorating is a bit disappointing. However, the size of the suites is impressive: they can easily accommodate an entire family. As for the atmosphere, you should probably know that there is a band that plays every night, and you'll dine to the sound of different tunes every evening. It's probably not ideal if you are looking for a relaxing and quiet meal.

This hotel review is a translation from the French version published on our French site Easyvoyage.com.

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      Parque Da Costeira   -   © M. Challe / EASYVOYAGE

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      Parque Da Costeira   -   © M. Challe / EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 6.47 /10

    The Parque de Costeira stands at the very beginning of Vía Costeira, one of the main hotel districts in Natal, right by the sea. The hotel is approximately 13 mi from Natal Airport and a little over 3 mi from the city centre.

    Accommodation 6.95 /10

    There are lifts to take you up to your room. Some of the rooms, especially those exposed to the sun, can turn into furnaces at certain times of the day. The Parque da Costeira has 330 guest rooms spread throughout 4 stories. They're decorated in the rural style that is typical of beachside hotels. They have white ceramic floors, whitewashed walls, a doorless wardrobe, a TV set, a minibar, a small marble table with two leather armchairs, and colourful paintings. The bathrooms are completely white and unsettlingly simple. They include nothing more than a hair-dryer and two bars of soap. Finally, the standard rooms have just a shower. Thanks to a sofa bed in the sitting room, the junior suites can accommodate up to 4 guests. Also, they boast an extra TV and an extra bathroom and toilet. Awaiting arriving guests in the entrance is a cookie jar and a fruit basket. In general, the junior suites command the best view, be it of the swimming pool and/or of the sea, and their size makes them an ideal choice for families. Decorated in various styles, some are more simple, whereas some are a bit more elegant. One has a large 'Empire'-style table, a plasma-screen TV, a large gilded mirror, a sculpture, and a tray with wooden feet.

    Overview 7.45 /10

    Made up of two buildings connected by a third semi-circular building, the Parque da Costeira opened in 1990 and a third wing was added in 2001. The reception area is located in the main building and is a huge room that is both spacious and airy (and fortunately there are no windows looking onto the car park). From the reception desk you can see the sea and the swimming pool area. There are 3 computers connected to Internet available to guests opposite the reception desk, where you can hire a car. White leather sofas and white and brown wicker armchairs are strewn about the place. On the far end there is a boutique selling the traditional Brazilian flip-flops, Havaïnas sandals, sunscreen, bathing suits, and sweets. In this wing, the last one to be built, there are other sitting rooms decorated in the same rural style (white and blue armchairs, wicker objects, and Naive art) that look out onto the tennis courts.

    On the ground floor, the large swimming pool area is undoubtedly one of the hotel's main assets. In addition to the large rectangular swimming pool, which is ideal for a swim, there is a seawater pool with a slide for children. There are numerous chairs and deckchairs so that you can work on your tan and relax. Next to this area, there is a children's club open all day long in a small room with colourful drawings adorning the walls. It has games, drawing workshops, and cartoon and movie screenings.

    Past the swimming pool area, there is a gym by the sea. It has 15 exercise machines, but they're not exactly the latest models. In the same spot is an area dedicated to well-being (the interior could have been designed with more care) with indoor and outdoor jacuzzis, a massage parlour, and a relaxation area. If you arrive by car, don't fret, as the Parque da Costeira has a free car park for 200 cars.

    Food and drink 6.70 /10

    Located on the ground floor, next to the swimming pool area, the hotel's main restaurant is decorated in a simple manner: a marble floor, white and brown wooden tables, and a pair of colourful paintings depicting local scenes. The breakfast buffet is served daily from 6:00am to 9:45am and includes pastries, fresh fruit, juice (beware, it's not fresh fruit juice), various hot dishes, ham, cheese, jams, and the traditional tapioca prepared on the spot. The buffet is varied but the quality is average. In the evening, the buffet includes a variety of salads, meat, and fish, and beverages are billed separately. Furthermore, you can choose to have dinner in the French or the Italian restaurant.

    Beach 6.70 /10

    The hotel offers direct access to the Vía Costeira beach, down a a short flight of steps at the end of the garden. The Parque da Costeira does not have a beach service, and depending on the tides and the time of the year, the beach may only be accessible for 6 hours a day. A large stretch of fine sand with warm sea water, the beach is nevertheless a bit narrow and highly exposed to wind. There are various types of algae in the sea, but of course this depends on the time of day and season. You should find out about the prevailing currents before taking a dip.

    To know

    The nightclub is open every evening during the summer and on weekends only during low season. There are plans for a new mini-golf course in 2011.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      sauna, massage, spa

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      gym, sports, tennis, football, fitness

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The size of the junior suites
    • Location facing the beach

    disadvantages

    • The swimming pool bar closes at 5:00pm
    • The noise

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