We spent an extended holiday weekend with our two kids in Buzios and decided for the Serena because of its location, close to the beach (one block away is the beautiful Geribá beach) and also because we like the "boutique hotel"-flair.
The weekend was beautiful and we had a very good time at the hotel, enjoying the nice layout of the hotel grounds and the relaxing atmosphere. The kids loved the pool, although a rather small one, and the kids corner.
Food at the restaurant was good, the Picanha was excellent; the breakfast buffet was very complete. However, the staff could be a bit more attentive (e.g. when we were sitting by the pool, they never offered pro-actively any service; yet if we asked for it, we always got what we wanted)
The rooms are very nice, however the bath-room is minuscule, way too small.
The hotel offers a transfer to the city's restaurant area at night, which is quite convenient.
Wifi is free and available all over the hotel with good quality.
One negative aspect was the smoking: the hotel is Argentinean owned and there is a large presence of Argentineans in the hotel, which actually adds a nice international flair to the hotel. Yet, they seem to care less about not smoking in public areas and the hotel staff did not bother either. Thus, frequently people sitting by the pool or on the terrace of the restaurant were smoking and it was frequent to find cigarette butts in the garden or in the sitting area by the pool, which was not very nice.
This place tries to be posh, and you might feel a little uneasy when you arrive as a backpacker. Otherwise it is a brilliant stay!
+ Superb design of the entire place
+ Best breakfast in 3 weeks
+ Nice, clean and spacious room
+ Nice music playing in the background
+ Cat :)
- if you have no car it is a little distance to the beach and to the town (including steep roads)
- people working there do not need to be supper happy for me all the time. that does not feel very natural.
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We spent 10 days at Corais e Conchas. Our children loved it as they enjoyed daily activities in the pool and playing sports with two excellent activities coordinators. The breakfast was excellent and there was also a 5 pm tea time courtesy of the posada. The rooms were comfy and clean (with both aircon and cealing fan). We enjoyed the proximity of the hotel to Geriba beach one of the biggest around (one can go for a quick run early in the morning which is indeed beautiful), and close to transportation to town and many other nice beaches as well. The sauna was always working and the bar was open til midnight everyday (with excellent caipirinhas, fruit juices, and else). The hotel restaurant is pretty good with simple food for children (can´t go wrong with pizzas and pasta, and burgers) and a good enough menu for adults with fish and meat dishes, salads, and typical food from Brazil. So in all, we could indeed relax and our kids were sad to go. We would go back.
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Geriba is a go-to destination for water sports enthusiasts of all kinds. The strong waves are perfect for surfing and body-boarding. Those who prefer land-based entertainment can enjoy a lively game of volleyball on the beach. After working up an appetite, visitors can grab a bite and a drink at the Fishbone Café, which transforms into a trendy nightclub when the sun goes down.
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