Belem has a few really posh city blocks – the Golden Tulip Belem is located in one of them (two blocks further things change drastically). The hotel clearly wins in terms of location on a hill close to the Boulevard Shopping.
I wasn’t able to check in at 11.30 AM – fair enough – rooms need to be cleaned before they can be given out.
Once i was able to check in the room came in ‘typical Brazilian fashion’ a bed and a sofa on the other side separated by a work desk with a TV on it. The room was huge and so was the bathroom. Excellent water pressure made the much needed shower much more pleasant.
The Internet was terribly slow though – this might have been the room that was in a corner and received a bad WiFi signal. I did not get it to work while Internet at the lobby was existent – not fast though.
The whole room had very well done finish and warm dark colors. Everything seemed the right mix of modernity and efficiency.
At check out the agent would not be able to verify that the room I had reserved was prepaid. I had done most reservations prepaid via an OTA while in Brazil. However it seemed most Brazilian guest never use OTAs or at least never make a prepaid booking. Payment is done (usually in cash!) at check out. I presented my screen shot which was admittedly a bit ambiguous. It took 20 minutes of back and forth until she started to believe me and the stern look would go away. So much drama over $50.
Room rates were just about $50 for the hotel which is a steal (if you find enough things to do in Belem – this is a great base for a city exploration).