"Beautiful pousada in tranquil surroundings"
I have travelled a lot for both business and pleasure and can safely say that Eliconial Pousada is the best accomodation of it's type I have ever stayed in. It's very safe, private and set in beautiful, peaceful and homely surroundings. My wife and I spent 5 nights there between visits to Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.
Firstly, the staff (Roberto, Ricardo, Yvan, Cristina and Antonia) were extremely welcoming, friendly and helpful. Between them they speak Portuguese, English and French. Also worth a mention are Louis the dalmation and Caio the parrot!!!
The pousada is set within lots of tropical plants, trees and flowers and has been decorated and furnished in keeping with it's homely, understated feel.
At the heart of the pousada are the pool, jacuzzi and sauna which are modern and immaculately clean. After a day of sightseeing it was a fantastic way to end the day. The jacuzzi is a must!
We stayed in a standard room which, although not luxurious is tastefully decorated and, like everything else, very clean. The bed also had the option of a mosquito net, not that we came across many bugs while we were there.
The breakfast was excellent. Plenty of fruit, yoghurt, juice, cereal, bread and cakes. Cristina and Antonia will also make eggs and crepes to order!
Even though it's not in the historical centre, we didn't find the walk from Jabaquara too demanding or unsafe and if you have a car or bike then it's no problem at all.
We loved it and would recommend it!
Mike from Northampton, England