Hotel Pousada Arte Urquijo Hotel 0 star
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Rua Dona Geralda, 79, Centro Histórico - Paraty - RJ, 23970-000 Paraty, Brazil -
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Located in the heart of the magnificent historic centre of Paraty, the Arte do Urquijo pousada is a charming small family business, very welcoming. Art lovers will not be disappointed with the very detailed decoration.

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

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    Location 8.06 /10

    In the heart of the Paraty historic centre, 174 miles south of Rio, a 4-hour drive. The international airport is 170 miles away. You should anticipate 4 1/2 hours by car. No traffic jams but BR 101, the only highway to Paraty, is rather winding. In clear weather, the panoramic view over the strings of islands and islets, below the green Bocaina mountains is, in certain areas, unrestricted.

    Accommodation 7.45 /10

    There are six rooms over two levels, three by three. In the centre, a wood floor landing displays wooden furniture. It is accessed through a small spiral wooden staircase. Please use caution, it is steep! Inside the rooms, decoration is similar to that of the lobby. Simpler, less cluttered with art, the house artist's work are hanging on the whitewashed walls. The rooms are small (160 square feet in average); all have a television, a free safe, individual air conditioning, a bathroom with shower, welcome toiletries. Toilets are in the bathroom. Please note that a minibar-refrigerator with refreshments is available to clients on each landing. Request a room overlooking the elevated terrace (accessed through steps inside the rooms) which offers a splendid view over the marina.

    Overview 8.20 /10

    You enter Pousada Arte Urquijo as you would a family home: take your shoes off in the lobby, where you will receive slippers (straw sandals) to wear inside. With six rooms spread over the two upper floors, this pousada is ideal for a quiet stay. Far, very far from Rio's high-class hotels and resorts. The owner's mother is an artist. Her colourful canvases decorate the walls. The lighting brings out decoration items, which are African, Indian, and Portuguese. A comfortable bar, the restaurant and patio (by the tiny swimming pool) are lined up in a row around the small lobby counter. The floor is ochre and the walls are in exposed stone. The entire decor is original and authentic.

    Food and drink 7.20 /10

    A tiny restaurant, with exposed stone and panelling painted in pink, furnished with small round tables made of wood and wrought iron. The setting is well-done. Only breakfast is served. Local and international gastronomy. You will love the homemade fruit juice and pastries. On request, the cooks will prepare sandwiches for lunch and dinner.

    To know

    The hotel is located at a short walk from a gorgeous marina overlooking the Bocaina mountains which shelters a protected natural forest. Nearby, numerous fine art boutiques, restaurants and retailers are open during the day. A great opportunity to bring home nice souvenirs.
    Praia do Pontal, the beach of Paraty, is located at a few miles from the historic centre hotels. You can access the beach by foot or, better, on a bicycle. The owner of the pousada, an Argentinean who moved there with his family, created a receptive agency called Paraty Tours, located a few miles from the pousada. Today, it is the ultimate agency for excursions, bicycle rental or diving.

    Equipment

    • Swimming pool

    advantage

    • An authentic colonial house, beautifully decorated
    • Pousada located in Paratay's historic centre
    • A welcoming hotel

    disadvantages

    • Access to rooms through very steep stairs
    • The small swimming pool
    • Few amenities

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