Saturday, March 29, 2014

Dom Alfredo José Pousada, Campos do Jordão Review

A small bed and breakfast located above the city, the Dom Alfredo Jose Pousada is a hidden gem perfect for any romantic getaway. Located just a short drive from the city center, the Dom Alfredo Jose is the perfect choice for those who don't want the noise or the high prices that come with being in the city center.

A larger bed and breakfast with plenty of variations in accommodations, the Dom Alfredo Jose offers various options for any budget. Luiz and I stayed in their highest level suite, the Suite Especial- Luxo, as it is called and we didn't want to leave after only one night. Featuring a full sized fireplace, balcony, dining area, hydro massage tub, and more, this suite really did have it all! Although some may find the decorations to be dated, I thought that they were cute, cozy, and exactly what a bed and breakfast should be.
(Taken from Pousada's website)
The pousada in general offers common seating areas on every floor, a large reception with a grand fireplace and comfortable couches (where it's easiest to pick up the free wi-fi), and an attached breakfast room with bay windows facing out towards the valley below. For those of you that plan on going with a car, there is ample parking in their lot behind the pousada as well as on the street out front, both of which are perfectly safe and included with your stay. Also included, is daily breakfast which goes until 11am and features a wide range of typical Brazilian breakfast foods like fresh bread, cheese, meat, fruits, pastries, and juice as well as made to order eggs (scrambled, fried, or omelets) and crepes (the nutella crepe was to die for).

If all of that isn't convincing enough, I should also add that the staff was wonderful! Every single person that worked there was so kind and really did go above and beyond to make our stay perfect. While in Campos do Jordão, we had some bad luck and ended up getting our car stuck in the mud at the bottom of a hill for 4 hours while it was pouring rain (more on that in our upcoming post on the city) so when we arrived back at the bed and breakfast before dinner we were both covered in mud and Luiz, who only brought 1 pair of jeans, was in desperate need of a washing machine. Although there isn't one in the building, the receptionist called out to a dry cleaner who came and picked up his clothes to wash and they were dropped back off and ready to go in an hour.

To top all of that off, the most amazing part was what the staff did for Luiz's proposal. While we were out to dinner, they were busy preparing the room with dozens of rose petals, candles, chocolates, strawberries, and champagne so that when we returned the mood would be set and everything would be ready to go. It was so beautiful and romantic and I can't thank them enough for all that they did for us. It will be a night to always remember and we are both so happy that it was there!

Our recommendation: Get a room with a fireplace! At night it's chilly and the fireplace is perfect for keeping the room nice and toasty. Also, if you're considering the Dom Alfredo Jose, definitely make sure that you will have a car since public transportation didn't seem to come frequently and it is quite the walk (downhill on the way there and uphill on the way back) from the downtown area. Although we made our booking last minute, if you are planning on visiting in the Brazilian winter season (May-August), we recommend booking early so that the rooms aren't sold out and you can get better prices.

Alameda Turmalina, 45, Campos do Jordão - SP 12460-000 - Brazil
Reservations: By Phone: +55(12)3663-4001 By Email:
Price per night: When we stayed there in the beginning of March, the rooms started around US$100-150 per night for the average suites. Prices may increase during the Brazilian winter months (May-August) when the city becomes a popular winter tourist destination.

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