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Belmond Hotel das Cataratas
Ranked #1 of 79 Hotels in Foz do Iguacu
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 30 December 2012

This might be the best hotel I have ever stayed in. Upon arrival we were informed that we had been "upgraded" and from there the stay got better. The staff could not do enough to help us (Fabio & Ligia get a special mention) and the location cannot be faulted. Having the ability to wander through the National Park in the evening when the crowds had gone was fantastic. We even saw monkeys in the trees. The food in the restaurant was brilliant and the wait staff excellent. My only regret was not staying longer. Internet was not very good in our room but apart from that the hotel was flawless. Anyone going to Iguacu Falls must consider this as the place to stay!

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 December 2012

Whilst the location is the major attraction of this hotel, and so it should be, this is also a very, very nice 5 star hotel. Everything about this hotel eludes class and quality. You are transported from the gate of the hotel by shuttle to hotel entrance. Whilst I appreciate it is a national park the fact no taxi's can even take you to reception I do find a little a little strange. That said it is a pleasant 20 minute ride to the reception area.

In terms of decor the reception is beautiful as are the bar area and the general decor and cleanliness of the hotel. The pool area is lovely and the restaurants are also top notch. In terms of the rooms they are very nice although the shower over bath is not perhaps what you may expect in a hotel of this calibre.

In terms of food what we had was very, very good. We chose the hotel BBQ where you choose what you like. All the meat was of top quality and the selection of everything else was very good. In the morning the breakfast buffet was top notch.

What really seals it for this hotel is that the park itself is only available to hotel guests between 6pm and 9am. This means you have the beautiful views of the Brazilian side of the falls all to yourself. Well worth getting up early for.

All in all a must stay hotel if you are coming to Iguacu.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 December 2012

Our choice of hotel for visiting Iguaçu Falls was Hotel das Cataratas and it was an excellent choice, if for no other reason than we had access to the falls at dawn well before the National Park gates opened. But the hotel itself is excellent in every conceivable way: the food is delicious, the rooms are luxuriously comfortable, the hotel is kept in pristine condition and the staff are unobtrusively attentive and efficient.

While staying there we took time to visit the town of Foz du Iguaçu which was quite disappointing and not really worth doing. Also, we had not realised how many interesting waterfall trails there were on the Argentinean side and wished we had allowed a really early morning start for the day.

Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 December 2012

Staying in the park is a giant win. You can visit the falls when the temperature is a little cooler at each end of the day and most certainly with less crowds, I walked to the falls for sunrise and was the only one there (started to see other guests when I was walking back). The moonlight tour is interesting but could be done on your own once you know where to go and have a torch (plus if you are trying to take long exposure photographs you won't have distracting camera flashes going off).
The downside is that it is the only place open in the park after hours so you are a captive audience. Fortunately the two restaurants are good. Ipe has a Brazilian BBQ which is nice to do once and Itaipu has an a la carte menu. Food at Itaipu was excellent (alligator terrine was very good). It also has a number of wines by the glass.
I wouldn't spend the extra money for a room with a falls view as you need to go outside to get a good view.

Stayed: December 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 28 December 2012

First Impressions : Service is everything, and you get it in bucketfuls here. Warm, friendly, well trained staff that all bend over backwards to assist. ( Please go and train your sister hotel, the Copacabana Palace ) .

We only booked a superior room here....but it's perfectly fine. Right outside our window we have views over the rain forest, and trees that have Tucans in them. Our room - gorgeous wood floors, free Wi Fi, flat screen TV, 2 chairs, a desk, and queen bed. All are of good quality. Had a good nights sleep on a firmish bed, but not rock hard. The bathroom is on the small side, however has a very deep bath which is unusual these days ( although very much appreciated) Bathroom products are made from local supplies, and smell slightly unusual....but we are in a unique place, so kind of goes with that! Air Con in the room hums quietly along and is fully adjustable.

restaurants : so far we have visited the breakfast restaurant which is just lovely, and it's situated by the pool. Breakfast Buffett had so much choice, and all the juices were freshly made. They make omelettes to order, along with all the other choices of hot food. I ordered an omlette, and it was served in under 5 minutes! We also went to the lunch Buffett, and again, so much choice, and all of exceptional high quality.

we also ate at the bar one night...well priced for the location. the bar itself is very olde world, loved it!

If you are coming to Iguacu National Park, you must stay here. Guests at the Cataratas have access to the falls outside of opening hours, and they are the only hotel that can offer that. We spend our evening walking around the falls last night....and we were the only ones! Considering 7000 people visited the park that day, it gives you an idea of how good it is to be staying here.

Facilities : Restaurants, bar and swimming pool are all 10/10. Impressed with the Wi Fi. we are 1000s of miles from anywhere, yet the Wi Fi is really fast. Every staff member we have spoken to has been great, and only to happy to assist. Stay here. It's worth every penny.

Room Tip: We only have the basic room here, and it's fine. I thing based on that all rooms would be good.
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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 December 2012 via mobile

Only 30mins after check in we were by the pool and on the phone back to our travel agent trying to extend our stay at this hotel. Just the tonic after time spent trekking through South America. Can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Reviewed 26 December 2012 via mobile

Best hotel in the area by a long shot. It's not on a par with eg the Orient Express' very top end places like the Splendido or the Cipriani - partly it's too big to feel that exclusive - but then it's a quarter of the price. Beautifully done up; lovely rooms; very professional staff; perfect location on what we felt to be much the better side of the falls; lots of nice luxury touches (refreshing scented flannels to cool you while lying by the pool.) Attractive building too, unlike the carbunkle Sheraton eye-sore across the river. It is pretty pricey - lunch, supper and a pre-supper cocktail may almost double your already expensive room. But that's said its decent value and if you feel like splashing out you won't regret it.

One word of caution - be wary of spending more on the expensive rooms; we were upgraded to "delux" which they said had a "partial falls view" which turned out to be a tiny gap between the trees where you could just make out some water. We wandered into an even more luxury room which wasn't much better. I suspect the really to end ones have proper views but I also suspect they'd cost a small fortune.

Also - and this is more about the place than the hotel - don't expect too much of Iguazu. It's pretty, and certainly in a more scenic location than Niagra, but we felt it was way overhyped ("must see destination, natural wonder of the world etc"). Worth going if you're in eg Rio, BA or Sao Paulo and feel like a change of scene but I wouldn't plan your holiday around what is basically a series of big waterfalls!

  • Stayed: December 2012
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Address: Rodovia Br 469 Km 32 | Iguacu National Park, Foz do Iguacu, State of Parana 85855-750, Brazil
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Region: Brazil > State of Parana > Foz do Iguacu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Foz do Iguacu
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Foz do Iguacu
#1 Family Hotel in Foz do Iguacu
#1 Romantic Hotel in Foz do Iguacu
#1 Luxury Hotel in Foz do Iguacu
#5 Business Hotel in Foz do Iguacu
Price Range: £232 - £458 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Belmond Hotel das Cataratas 5*
Number of rooms: 193
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Facing the spectacular Iguacu Falls in Iguacu National Park, the 5-star Belmond Hotel das Cataratas provides free Wi-Fi internet access. Guests can enjoy a cocktail by the swimming pool or play a game of tennis on the provided court. The falls can be experienced by speed boat, rafting or by a helicopter flyover. For excitement and adventure, guests can enjoy abseiling, rock climbing and canopy walks. Walking tours allow for the surrounding lush rain forest to be explored. Belmond Hotel das Cataratas offers traditional Portuguese styled rooms with a flat screen TV, dark wood furniture and warm natural tones. Some rooms provide a balcony and seating area. The two restaurants on-site provide views of the falls and of the hotel's pool. They serve a selection of international and local Brazilian cuisine. In the evening live music can be enjoyed in the downstairs bar. The Iguacu Falls lie between the Brazilian state of Parana and Argentina. The Brazilian side offers postcard panoramic views, while the Argentinian side provides varied, up-close views. The hotel is located in a privileged position, alongside the Iguassu Falls. It is in fact the only hotel situated in the Iguassu National Park. Because of its prime location, the Belmond Hotel das Cataratas offers its guests a unique experience - taking walks along the trails by the falls which may be done at any time during the day, with the added advantage that from 7 a.M to 9 a.M, the trails are for guests of the hotel exclusively. ... more   less 
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Das Cataratas Hotel
Tropical Das Cataratas
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