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“Classic Funky, Well Placed, Fun”
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Pousada do Sandi
Ranked #5 of 28 Hotels in Paraty
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 20 March 2015

We came across the hotel when we came to Paraty for a day visit. Loved the creative decor, filled with color and interesting items like a full-sized vintage movie projector. We booked online and came back for two nights. They sent a great letter in English and told us where to park (as the historic city is off-limits to cars). Amazingly, we found the parking place and two hotel staff came to carry our luggage on their shoulders over the very bumpy (and charming) cobble stones. Morris at the reception spoke English well; he recommended the best restaurant of our entire visit, Quintal das Letras. We enjoyed the breakfast, full of interesting fruits, cakes, juices, breads, and eggs if you wanted them. We sat in the bar and played scrabble in the evening and also sat in the lobby, which is comfortable and welcoming. Love the art and the eclectic and inventive decor! Reminded us of staying in the Ace Hotel (only a bit more upscale) in PDX or The Lancaster Arts Hotel in Lancaster, PA. The two little monkeys that came to our balcony this morning were also a highlight.
Downsides: Though there is clearly a history of film from Sandi, who used to run the largest VHS movie distribution in Brazil, and there are letters on the walls from Rita Hayworth and Alfred Hitchcock, there is no access to 350 films/DVDs as was promised in the write up we received. Ah well. The only other thing is if air conditioning is important to you and you are worried about mosquitos (of which there are a few, not too many but enough for my husband to be annoyed and cover his head with a sheet), ask about it before you retire for the night and choose your strategy. We tried the air conditioning option but it never really worked out for us. Frustrating to think about at 3am, when the effects of the caiparhinas have worn off! Also--we had a 12-hour power outage that the hotel dealt with very well. Candles in the hall ways and each room had candles in the drawer. It was very romantic and special instead of being a catastrophe. Sweet!

Room Tip: We were in Room 202 which has a king bed and a balcony facing into the garden. Lovely. The only down...
  • Stayed: March 2015, travelled as a couple
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PousadadoSandi, Gerente at Pousada do Sandi, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2015

Hi Renee.

We are so happy to read all that things from you and we gonna be much more happy if you come back.

And about the movies, we have all these 350 DVDs, but it's necessary go to the reception. Next time, do not hesitate to ask us.


Best regards.

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Reviewed 22 December 2014

Pousada do Sandi is historically one of the best Pousadas in Paraty, and I've stayed there a couple of times, however this time, I thought it had let itself go a little, no swimming pool a slight dissapointment, but still very pleasant, great breakfast bouffet and mainly great service from the reception and service staff

  • Stayed: December 2014, travelled as a couple
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PousadadoSandi, Gerente at Pousada do Sandi, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2015

Hi Christian.

We are so happy to know that you liked of Pousada do Sandi.

Unfortunately, for legal reasons and IPHAN standards, Pousada do Sandi has no more pool on the premises.

We hope to see you again!

Best regards,

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Reviewed 18 December 2014

The hotel has a very good location, at Paraty´s historical center...from the outside it looks nice...
The romm is big but it needs to be refurbished.
On our first and only morningt (we left the same day after booking 2 nights) we were woke up at 7 am with a horrible noise coming from the workers who were working in the church beside the hotel which last the whole morning.
The was not a capable manager to sort out the problem and just apologies was not enough.

Room Tip: Choose another hotel even if you have to pay a bit more.
  • Stayed: December 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Claudio E
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PousadadoSandi, Gerente at Pousada do Sandi, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2015

Hello, Claudio.

We apologize for what happened with you, but, unfortunately, in this case, we can’t do anything.

But we’re sorry, again, for what happened.

Best regards,

Pousada do Sandi.

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Reviewed 30 November 2014

Location is perfect! Large rooms and very clean. Staff was very helpful! Loved the decor. Breakfast was great with choice of egg styles made to order. I think the spa was under construction! Loved it!

Room Tip: We were on the ground floor and had no problems! Would have lived to see some of the other rooms...
  • Stayed: November 2014, travelled with family
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PousadadoSandi, Gerente at Pousada do Sandi, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2015

Good afternoon.

We’re so glad to know that you liked of Pousada do Sandi.

We’re hope to have you again!!

Best regards,

Pousada do Sandi!

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Reviewed 4 November 2014

We stayed here for 3 nights and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Location was fantastic, with everything we needed within a short walking distance. The common area was a great, fun place to hang out pre-dinner. Grab a drink at the bar then play a game of pool on the full sized table. The staff were very helpful and their English was quite good (our Portuguese was quite average!!). Room was big with all the usual amenities and with a rustic feel to the whole experience. We would stay here again :)
Only tip: bring mosquito repellent!!

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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PousadadoSandi, Gerente at Pousada do Sandi, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2015

Hello, Aussie.

We’re so glad to see all those positive points raised and that you liked of Pousada do Sandi.

We hope to see you again!


Best regards,

Pousada do Sandi!

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Address: Largo do Rosario 01, Paraty, State of Rio de Janeiro 23970-000, Brazil
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Region: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Paraty
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Paraty
Price Range: RM571 - RM1,193 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Pousada do Sandi 4.5*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
It is impossible to think of the historical center of Paraty without mentioning Pousada do Sandi, or Sandi's Lodge. Located in one of the most important historical building sites in Paraty, Pousada do Sandi is a reference in town. Known worldwide for its rich colonial architecture, Paraty's historical center is remarkable. The building that shelters Pousada do Sandi is a city picture postcard. We offer our guests: Sauna, Captain's bar (Pub), Game room, Cable TV and 300 titles of DVDs, Business center, Breakfast, Room Service, Private Parking, SPA All our rooms have conditioned air, telephone, TV, video, safe, minibar, private bathroom, the double beds are king-size. ... more   less 
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