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Belmond Hotel das Cataratas
Ranked #1 of 78 Hotels in Foz do Iguacu
Certificate of Excellence
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Extreme luxury”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2013 via mobile

If you're going to splurge, stay here. You'll be treated like royalty, with complimentary Havianas (flip flops), complimentary water, nightly turndown service, extremely friendly staff, and direct access to the falls. A full day (ie 2 nts) is enough time to see it all, but expect to pay around $750 USD daily for room and meals.

Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Horsham, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
32 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2013

Wonderful location being the only Hotel in the Park, so that you can have the Falls to yourselves early morning, late evening .
To really enjoy this hotel you need to ensure that you do not have a room at the back of the Hotel overlooking car parks or staff facilities , do not eat in the buffet style restaurant. The buffet was excellent, ambience was nil, the chef looking after the BBQ style meat, spoke little English and did not make you aware as to what was on offer. The meat was also very disappointing considering the reputation of Argentinian meat, dried out., too long on the spit.
This of course will cost you to avoid.....
Relaxing by the pool was different altogether. Heaven. Free snacks and sun lotion constantly being offered the pool staff.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Trusler
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New York
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83 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2013

This hotel could be a paradise; nice rooms and buildings, beautiful gardens, and above all the falls just for you after 6:00 PM !

But in regards to the cost and the image of this hotel, several serious issues happened during our 3 nights stay.

1 - the reception staff main task seems to give to the new arrivals the worst rooms on the back of the hotel with view on the maintenance department or so. However they patiently showed us several other alternatives for changing our first rooms (with an extra cost however, no free "upgrade" for a decent room, even if the hotel was not full).

2 - the fancy restaurant was closed during 2 evenings during our 3 nights stay. The other only option in this case was the pool side buffet which looks like a noisy, busy and cheap style casino "all you can eat" eatery with kids paying around and clients in jogging suits. Nothing fancy for the price in the large but banal choice and even the beef meat is dry, overcooked or burned , which is insane in this part of the world.
More, when we asked for a table outside, we were told that we had to make a reservation... When there no other option for the dinner 30 kilometers around!

3 - to avoid this trap we ask a shuttle + a taxi reservation at the gate of the national park (thay are not allowed to reach the hotel) + a booking in a local churrascaria in the far away local town Foz di Iguazu. Happily we double checked before leaving in the evening: the lady at the reception forgot to book the taxi and the restaurant.

4 - finally the last evening we called the reception (Tatiana was her name I think), the lady even asked me if I needed a second safety call 15 minutes later that I agreed ) for having an early awake call as we had to go to the Argentinean side for taking our flight. We awake by ourselves just a few minutes before the shuttle departure because they forgot to call us. Rush packing, rush check out, no breakfast, no shower and the only excuse at the reception was " you have not asked for a awake call".

Orient Express imperatively has to train again its staff . Never again Das Cataratas Hotel.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Adelaide, Australia
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25 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2013

If you are on a budget save the money elsewhere and stay in the only hotel in the National Park in Brazil.
It is a wonderful place, the hotel, the staff, the food, and above all the ambience.
Get up at dawn and wander down to the falls - wait until dusk and wander down to the falls - by being in the National Park you can enjoy the experience before and after the crowds - there are not many places in the world where you can have that experience.
Having been to both Niagara Falls and Victoria Falls as an overall panorama of falling water Iguacu (or Iguazu if you're Spanish or even Iguassu if English is you're thing) tops them all and this hotel is certainly in keeping with that experience.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Orlando, Florida
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26 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2013 via mobile

It is a beautiful hotel, the value is the location; it is worth to pay to have the Iguazu falls just for you for an early morning walk or for a sunset walk. Food: expect to pay about 180's reals per person at the restaurant with the falls view, about 120's reals at the buffet by the pool after 6 pm and at least 60 reals for lunch, big breakfast with good choices. Overprice tag for airport taxi 90 reals (take a taxi at airport yourself for only 30 reals, it is fast, and easy to get to hotel). Argentina side you can do it by yourself in a private taxi that could take you there and pick you up (if you are USA, Canadian don't forget to pay for the fee to enter Argentina $160 dollars and print the receipt before going that way). Staff was awesome and very attentive. Rooms are comfortable and beautiful. Very nice and peaceful pool area.
I would stay here again and would recommend the hotel to my friends.

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Edinburgh
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34 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2013

This is a wonderful hotel with a great pool and excellent food. This setting inside the Brazilian side of the Iguazu park is very exclusive. Rooms were very spacious and comfortable. The only thing we could fault was that the check-in was inordinately slow. Drinks on the terrace overlooking the sunset with a view of the falls was very special. You probably wouldn't stay here for more than a few days but it is very luxurious and staff exceptionally helpful.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Horsham, West Sussex
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43 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2013

Spent 2 nights at Das Cataratas during visit to Brazil. The Iguacu Falls are spectacular and no better way to experience them than from this hotel which is situated 100mtrs from the falls and 11km inside the National Park. During the day there are many visitors, but outside the Park's opening hours, residents have free access to view the falls at their leisure. For us this included an organised midnight walk to view the lunar rainbow.
Hotel is colonial-style. Well finished with a great pool area. Basic rooms are small - ours was a 'superior' room in the Tower Wing (which means at the back of the hotel). Expect to pay a hefty premium for falls-view.
Breakfast is buffet-style as is the evening BBQ meal in the restaurant by the pool. There is also an upscale restaurant. Food is OK rather than spectacular. Service by the pool and in the bar/terrace in the evening - was excellent.
A hugely memorable stay - but for the falls rather than the hotel. Expensive and not the best Orient-Express hotel we've stayed in, but you can't fault the magnificent location.

Room Tip: If you wish to view the falls from your bedroom, then you'll have to open your wallet wide!
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Belmond Hotel das Cataratas
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 Family Hotel in Foz do Iguacu
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Foz do Iguacu
#1 Luxury Hotel in Foz do Iguacu
#1 Spa Hotel in Foz do Iguacu
#1 Romantic Hotel in Foz do Iguacu
#5 Business Hotel in Foz do Iguacu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
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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Also Known As:
Das Cataratas Hotel
Tropical Das Cataratas
Hotel Das Cataratas
Hotel Tropical Das Cataratas
Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas Foz Do Iguacu, Brazil - Parana

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