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Belmond Hotel das Cataratas
Ranked #1 of 80 Hotels in Foz do Iguacu
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 13 May 2009

Ignore the negative reviews of the past which nearly put us off booking this hotel. Orient Express are doing an amazing job of restoring this lovely Colonial building to its former glory. The place looks wonderful, the rooms are very comfortable, the new pool area is lovely and the evening BBQ absolutely delicious.The staff were all great too. I wish I could remember the name of one particularly helpful gentleman at the front desk so that I could commend him personally. The good location of this hotel was never in dispute and having the falls to yourself before the crowds arrive is a definate boon. We stayed 2 nights and wish we could have stayed longer.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 May 2009

We spent three nights in April 2009. What we loved:

The location cannot be beat, the building is charming and fits perfectly in the natural surroundings (unlike the concrete eyesore of the Sheraton on the Argentinian side). The isolation means that the atmosphere of the place is absolutely fantastic in the evening. The watchtower on top of the entrance is a great spot for sunsets, but so are the various viewing points along the road to the falls. And by that time all the non-residents are gone so you have the place pretty much to yourself!! Just the sound of the nocturnal fauna and the falls to fall asleep to...

We stayed in a renovated room. The relatively small but very cosy and comfortable rooms are served by wide hallways and the whole atmosphere is plush and luxurious. Nice botanic prints on the wall, soft colors and tasteful furniture. The bathroom was well equiped and nicely decorated. Some people might miss the bathtub but the oversize showers make up for it. The Amazonian bath products are smell and feel really good.

The renovated swimming pool is beautiful and the perfect way to relax after a day of hiking on the Argentinian or Brazilan side of the river. Full poolside service is available, including free water and some free cocktail samples offered by the staff.

Breakfast is fantastic, in the beautifully renovated poolside restaurant: huge selection of delicious foods.

There is free internet in the lounge behind the lobby.

What we didn't like so much:

The ongoing renovation means that the main bar and main restaurant were closed.

While beautiful and lush, I hope the gardens will be renovated as well. The current landscaping is a bit old fashioned and doesn't really emphasize the natural beauty of the flora and the elegance of the hotel buildings.

Based on previous reviews, we chose not to have dinner on the premises and look for other options in town. This meant a 30 to 45 minutes drive (each way) at night. We found good food at really cheap prices in Foz de Iguazu.

Finally, we hated having to leave the place after three nights!! ;-)

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 May 2009

After the tackiness of Foz do Iguacu, a city built on profits from the falls and day trips to Paraguay, the Cataratas Hotel is an oasis of civilsation. Even though it is currently undergoing major renovations by its new owners (who also own the Copacabana Palace in Rio), the work in no way compromised our stay. When it is finished, the hotel will be luxurious in the extreme.

The bedrooms have been beautifully done up, with fabrics reflecting the lush flora and vibrant colours of Brazil. No neutral hotel brown in sight, thankfully. As a family with children aged 11 and 10, we had two rooms at the end of a corridor, which could be shut off with an external door, making a kind of suite. It was perfect. The only discordant note in the rooms concerned the huge flat screen TVs, ostentatiously framed and facing the bed in each room. If you have better things to do than watch TV, you are inescapably left looking at a large black rectangle in a gilt frame. We would have preferred another botanical print, like the beautiful ones elsewhere. Minibar items are even more astronomically expensive than usual - including 300ml of still water for R$6.

Bathrooms are luxurious and sparkling - full of deliciously scented traditional Granado and Phebo products. In true Brazilian tradition, though, there are no baths - only showers. We liked the special children's bath robes - and the havianas (flip flops) which were provided, in the right size, for each of us.

The public areas of the hotel are generous and tasteful and the gardens are glorious - although there aren't as many coatis roaming around as there were 15 years or so ago. We particularly liked the pool, which is properly deep and surrounded by comfortable loungers. There is a poolside bar and periodically, we were offered skewers of fresh fruit by very attentive staff. The hotel's manager is obviously genuinely interested in guests' views too - he responded very promptly to comments in our customer survey form.

Although only the poolside restaurant was open, the food - whether buffet or a la carte - was of a consistently high standard. Breakfast was sumptuous, with everything you could possibly think of on offer.

The biggest advantage offered by the hotel, however, is free access to the park before the hordes arrive. Two mornings in a row, we stood alone on a viewing platform and looked out over Iguacu Falls - which are surely one of the wonders of the natural world - ringed with rainbows in the early mroning sun and we had the place to ourselves. It was magical.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 April 2009

We stayed at this hotel during it's renovations. It is a beautiful old style of building , quite elegant in areas if you like all the dark heavy wood pannelling and beams. I think we were the first guests in our newly refurbished room and it was clean, comfortable and airy despite there only being a small window. The bathroom was well set out with a huge shower with seat. Work was continuing in adjoining rooms in our wing so there was a strong smell of paint , varnish etc at all times and a lot of noise and workman, they started at a reasonable hour though and finished at 5 pm. There were also interruptions to power and hot water supply on a very regular basis. Sadly the bar and meals area out by the beautiful pool were still being renovated and so no services were available at the pool.
The lobby, restaurant and bar areas in the front of the hotel were all functioning but service for drinks and afternoon tea was very slow. There only appeared to be two bar staff to look after several tour groups and other guests filling in a rainy afternoon. We waited an hour for our second drink and gave up. The beautiful view including glimpses of the falls from the verandah kept us there that long.
The buffet dinner and breakfasts were very good.
There is free internet service.
The feature of this hotel is it's location. As it is within the park guests are free to walk the path to the falls or wander around the forest paths and hotel grounds without the hordes of visitors before 9am and after 5pm. The falls are spectacular and the tranquility of the location outside park hours makes for a wonderful relaxing stay. On a 6.30 am walk we spotted a number of birds and an interesting looking animal, not a coati, of which there are a large number in the park and even some that come into the hotel grounds.
When the hotel is back in full working order it will be a wonderful place to stay and enjoy one of the most spectacular natural spots I've been too.

  • Stayed: February 2009
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Reviewed 31 March 2009

Just returned from an amazing stay with our 8 and 16 y/o daughters. We were not expecting the incredible experience we had at this hotel based on the rating and some of the earlier reviews. What an amazing place! It's absolutely beautiful, our rooms were gorgeous and looked right over the falls. Ongoing renovations were no bother. Incredible sunset views from the tower, warm friendly staff, gorgeous pool, coati toucans and butterflies everywhere. Did I mention the falls? Rafting into the waterfall was thrilling! We were the only ones there in the early morning, and on the magical hike in at 8 am we were greeted by all of the creatures above and also saw some small capybara-like things. Food was fine, breakfast included. We were charmed.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 February 2009

The rooms of this hotel may have not been up to standard in the past but you should see them now. Beautifully decorated, wooden floors, air conditioned, flat screen tvs, walk in shower.
I think that all rooms should be refurbished by mid 2009. There was only one restaurant open offering an expensive set menu with average food but you could get good snacks and sandwiches in the bar. The second restaurant near the new swimming pool is still being built. Make sure to take an early morning walk to the falls before the park opens. It is a fantastic experience and you will see wildlife such as racoons and tucans.
I highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 January 2009

Visited Foz de Iguacu in March 2008 for 3 day/ 2 nights.

Location: AMAZING – the hotel has an uninterrupted view of the Brazilian side of the falls and is the only hotel located inside the park (on the Brazilian side). We had a standard/basic room and somehow we ended up with a room with a direct view of the falls – very lucky!

Food: Breakfast was in the main dining room which had all the windows & doors open, which added to atmosphere, but unfortunately most of the cheese & fruit was covered in little bugs – Yuck, not very pleasant.
On the first night we had dinner in the dinning room which was very average and the service was hap hazard.
On the second night we had dinner at the pool side BBQ – which was OUTSTANDING! There was an excellent selection of food, a great location and good service. The only issue was the price, from memory around $75 US dollars each – Very expensive. But it was worth experiencing for one dinner.

Reception: Staff friendly, informative and helpful

Rooms: Very old, very dated and most of the furniture looked like it would break if touched. But everything was clean and functional – big plus! Also at night the bathroom had lots of little bugs around the basin.

Overall the hotel rooms needs a big face lift, we were told that the hotel had recently changed hands and was now owned by the Orient Express group who were doing a major overhaul of the rooms, which I think if it happens will make this hotel amazing. But what we appreciated the most was the amazing location of the hotel and that the falls were literally two steps outside the front of the hotel which we believe was worth the money.

  • Stayed: March 2008, travelled as a couple
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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 Luxury Hotel in Foz do Iguacu
#1 Family Hotel in Foz do Iguacu
#1 Spa Hotel in Foz do Iguacu
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Foz do Iguacu
#1 Romantic Hotel in Foz do Iguacu
#5 Business Hotel in Foz do Iguacu
Price Range: £227 - £470 (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
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