The Mercure Hotel Fortaleza is located on one of the better sections of the Fortaleza strip along Av. da Abolição, Fortaleza. It’s also one of the safer areas in town during the night. It served as a refuge from my AirBnb rental from hell – the last minute booking price was $70 (which is rather high for Fortaleza).
Check in was friendly and in ‘airport English’. It took a good 15 minutes until the agent was able to find my reservation and check me in. I was upgraded to a Junior Suite – not a big deal at a Mercure I thought but I ended up with two bedrooms and bathrooms a huge living room for my first night. It was at the far corner so no WiFi in the room except just behind the front door.
The WiFi was capped at 2MBit but worked somewhat well once I set up my laptop right behind the door.
The AC was refreshing and quiet. The bed mattress way too soft though. There is a safe in the dresser for any valuables to store, which is a good idea in the city while you are out.
The next day I changed rooms to a remodeled standard room which was indeed very newish looking. It had an odd setup with a huge hallway and smaller room area for the bed. The shower pressure again was enormous – too much actually to shower without incident.
The hotel overlooks the busy Av. da Abolição and it gets really loud even at a higher floor. You will need earplugs to sleep past 6 AM.
I just took a quick look at breakfast on my day of departure but did not eat It seemed a bit ‘triste’ though.
Right next door to the hotel is the Pizza Vignoli Fortaleza which makes excellent thin crust pizza. It has a pretty settings me a lovely outdoor patio. It’s a great place to eat in Fortaleza and it’s right next door.
All in all this is a decent place to stay in Fortaleza – the city isn’t blessed with many International chain hotels. I found the staff and rooms lackadaisical – I feel you could do more with this property!