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Charming Places to Stay in Florianópolis


Updated on April 18, 2013

Florianópolis, an island state capital and one of the top summer destinations in Brazil, has several hotels, pousadas and guesthouses with charming traits all their own. Scenic locations, integration with nature, special themes, and upgraded comforts are among the best features of these places to stay.

The décor at a given charm pousada or hotel might not appeal equally to everyone, but there's enough variety to increase the chances of finding a getaway that feels just right.

Adding to the charms of each place to stay is the local vibe. Floripa's safe atmosphere and the islanders' welcoming attitude make it a top destination for family vacations, solo journeys, and romantic travel. There are attractions for everyone, from young surfers to senior travelers. The city is also one of the gay-friendliest destinations in Brazil (read more about it in Brazil Ecojourneys and read an interview with co-owner Marta Dalla Chiesa).

Here's a roundup of charming choices in several areas of Florianópolis, in a wide range of prices.

To get your bearings, see this Florianópolis map on the city administration website.

1. Quinta das Videiras

Photo courtesy of Quinta das Videiras.

Where: Lagoa da Conceição

Old World inspiration permeates this boutique hotel near the lovely Lagoa da Conceição and some of the island's best beaches.

Besides having cozy guest rooms, Quinta das Videiras has nice amenities such as ofuros and breakfast served in the guest rooms.

Rua Afonso Luis Borba 113
Lagoa da Conceição
Florianópolis - SC
Phone: 55-48-3232-3005

2. Pousada da Vigia

Photo courtesy of Pousada da Vigia.

Where: Lagoinha de Ponta das Canas

Beachfront Pousada da Vigia, on the island's northern end, is the only Florianópolis member of Roteiros de Charme, Brazil's charm hotel association.

The décor takes a seat back to the views from some of the guest rooms, the restaurant or the deck. The pousada keeps up several sustainable and inclusive practices, such as the use of green cleaning products, and community projects.

Rua Cônego Walmor Castro 291

3. Villas del Sol y Mar

Photo courtesy of Villas del Sol y Mar.

Where: Jurerê

The 24 suites at Villas del Sol y Mar are spread over four towers with design inspired in the Emerald Coast in Sardinia, Italy.

English and Spanish are spoken at the hotel at the end of Jurerê Beach known as Jurerê Tradicional.

The suites have mini kitchens, Nespresso machines, a pillow menu, and LCD screen TVs.

At the other end of the beach, Jurerê Internacional is Floripa's posh summer party center.

Villas del Sol y Mar is particularly appealing to upscale family travel or trips with a group of friends because the hotel also comprises the stunning Villas Residências, houses with two to five suites for up to 10 people.

Rua Jorge Cherem 84
Florianópolis - SC
Phone: 55-48-3282-0863
Twitter: @VillasJurere

4. Pousada dos Chás

Photo courtesy of Pousada dos Chás.

Where: Jurerê

Tea (chá) is the theme at this pousada, once its owner's summer home in Jurerê Tradicional. The guest rooms at Pousada dos Chás are named Ginseng, Peppermint, Anise, Chamomile and so on; afternoon tea is served every day (a silver tea set is used), with some tea made from herbs grown in the pousada garden and homemade cakes.

Though one of the coziest places for couple in Floripa, some of the rooms have twin beds and can fit up to three guests. Box spring beds and Egyptian cotton towels, a small pool and a hot tub are some of the comforts.

Rua Francisco Gouveia 54
Florianópolis - SC

5. Pousada dos Sonhos

Photo courtesy of Pousada dos Sonhos.

Where: Jurerê

With broad beach views and comfortable suites, Pousada dos Sonhos is great for romantic travel - but it's also one of the top places in Florianópolis for family vacations thanks to its roomy two-story cabins and the quality of the beach (Jurerê Tradicional).

Travelers looking for upscale summer partying are a walk away from Jurerê Internacional, at the other end of the beach.

Rua Jornalista Haroldo Callado 25
Florianópolis - SC
Phone: 55-48-3282-1002/ 3282-1025

6. Pousada Vila Tamarindo Eco Lodge

Photo courtesy of Pousada Vila Tamarindo Eco Lodge

Where: Praia do Campeche

The beach is very simpática and so is the pousada: Praia do Campeche, with just the right mix of natural beauty, summer party vibe, and casual hospitality to make it one of the top beaches in Floripa, is home to pretty Pousada Vila Tamarindo Eco Lodge.

Surrounded by tropical gardens and just a ten-minute walk from the beach; colorful and with a free carbon seal; welcoming to international guests (English, Italian and Spanish are spoken), the pousada is what a lot of travelers associate with island life.

Every year the pousada closes during part of the winter for improvements and renovations. In 2012, it will be closed during most of August.

Avenida Campeche 1836
Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis - SC
Phone: 55-48-3237-3464

7. Pousada Pénareia

Photo courtesy of Pousada Pénareia.

Where: Praia da Armação

Not only is Pousada Pénareia a toes-in-the-sand at one of Floripa's most beautiful beaches, but it's also a departure point for several other attractions, including the secluded Lagoinha do Leste, Matadeiro Beach and Campeche Island.

Owner Klaus Greiner, an avid Brazil and world traveler, enjoys sharing his deep knowledge of the island and organizing tours, as well as helping guests with tips about everything local, from ecotourism to bistros.

Breakfast rich in homemade items and cozy ambience are other perks at this pousada which is particularly suitable for couples with a love for adventure travel.

Rua Hermes Guedes da Fonseca 207
Praia da Armação
Florianópolis - SC
Phone: 55-48-3338-1616

8. Pousada Colinas da Lagoa

Patricia Ribeiro

Where: Lagoa da Conceição

Though not fancy, Pousada Colinas da Lagoa wins the guest with its comforts and colors and a quiet location a short walk from the best points at Lagoa da Conceição.

Rua Manoel Isidoro da Silveira 179
Lagoa da Conceição
Florianópolis - SC
Phone: 55-48-3234-5999

9. Janela de Márcia

Photo courtesy of A Janela de Márcia.

Where: Lagoa da Conceição

News of Márcia's hospitality have traveled far via word of mouth. Janela de Márcia, her whimsical B&B with en suite rooms - each with its own entrance from the garden - is one of the best-loved places to stay in Florianópolis among international travelers and featured by pousada pro Alison McGowan on Hidden Pousadas Brazil.

Rua Doutor Alfredo Daura Jorge 131
Lagoa da Conceição
Florianópolis - SC
Phone: 55-48-3304-5610

10. Pousada Casa Sin Nombre

Where: Jurerê

English, Spanish, Italian and German are spoken at this small pousada with a very international vibe on the border of Jurerê Internacional and therefore close to all the area's best summer party and nightlife scene at lounges such as Café de La Musique.

In Mediterranean style, the pousada has lots of nice corners for reading and chatting with friends; the terrace with a view of the ocean is one of the best. The guest rooms have box spring beds, hair dryers, mini refrigerators and wireless internet access.

Rua dos Polvos 58A
Florianópolis - SC
Phone: 55-48-3209-6109

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