With just a couple of exceptions, the staff was very professional, which is not common in Fortaleza. Clean, comfortable room, good breakfast, but VERY limited food choices. Recommend explicitly requesting an upper floor: rooms on the lower floors have high noise levels (from the street) and no privacy on the veranda.
Overall I really enjoyed my stay at this hotel. I reserved it through Expedia without any idea of what it would be like. The staff was very friendly, the restaurant had good food, and my hotel room was nice although it was small. Right in front of the hotel is a beach. At night local teenagers play soccer. It's pretty cool to watch.
Enjoy the Brazilian welcoming character and wonderful stays at the Vela e Mar Hotel, a Fortaleza, Brazil 3 star hotel …More
Hotel better than expected, I think it should be 4*. Breakfast was very nice, our superior room was very comfortable. Room wasn't facing sea, but side view. Small bar in hotel sells cheap drinks, caipirinha was strong and nice! Overall hotel was excellent
For the World Cup, staff should've had at least one staff member that knows either English or Spanish as a second language. Very hard to communicate. The wifi was needs a lot of improvement.
The breakfast was good and was open until 10 AM which that was a huge plus.
A deserved vacation or a romantic retreat has never been as pleasant as in the Magna Praia Hotel. The Magna Praia is one of …More
Located just a block from the broad walk, restaurants and night life. Just a 10 minute taxi drive to central market for great bargain shopping. Only 15 mins. taxi drive to Prai de Futuro a water safe beach and resort style area. The hotel receptionists have plenty of brochures, maps and tour information, just ask. Sergio, Roberta and Lyenne speak very good English, if you see them on your stay. Otherwise one has to know some portoguese to communicate. Be aware a 4 star hotel in the United States has way different standards than a 4 star hotel in Brazil or a second world country. Not that is terrible thing is just a different way of life, more humble you can say. Overall great hotel, very nice staff, would definitely stay there again!
I loved this hotel. Staff were friendly, location was good (close to bars - check out Tres Cozinhas, run by Norwegians, restaurants, beach)...room had everything you need and was clean, air-conditioned. I was pleasantly surprised by the front patio - great of people watching, and then the rooftop lounge/cabana/pool area - with a TV and also workout equipment. There's wifi service (free) and also a computer on the ground floor if you don't have your own equipment.
There's no reason to stay anywhere else in Fortaleza.
Avenida Beira Mar (avenue bordering the sea in Portuguese) is just outside downtown Fortaleza on Brazil's northeastern coast. High-rise hotels and apartment buildings line the broad avenue on one side. On the other, a promenade runs along Meireles Beach. Stop by a beachfront barraca restaurant for a cool drink and snack, or visit the open-air fish market at the end of the avenue.
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