Can you imagine stepping out of your front door and being greeted by one of the most spectacular gardens and waterfalls in the world? Welcome to paradise on your doorstep. It is no longer your imagination; heaven is actually in your front yard when you stay at the Hotel das Cataratas in Brazil.
Hotel das Cataratas is the only hotel located inside the Brazilian national park, with a blessed position atop the canyon, nestled in the rainforest and overlooking Iguassu Falls. One of the most exciting benefits of a stay here is that you get to play at the falls any time you want, including when the park is closed to others.
Step out of the hotel, go across the yard, and within two minutes you are greeted by a panoramic view of Iguassu Falls. The Hotel das Cataratas leverages class, character and this convenience to deliver the best “natural wonder” experience possible.
The most convenient way to reach the hotel is arranging with the reservations department to have one of the hotel drivers pick you up. You may also elect to take a taxi or rent a car. Personal cars are not allowed, so if you rent a car, plan on parking at the park’s visitor center and making use the hotel’s free shuttle.
Once inside the park gates you are looking at a short scenic drive along well-paved roads that meander through the rainforest. Keep your eyes open because you may spot wildlife looking for food on the outskirts of the forest.
If you choose to be picked up at the airport by one of the hotel drivers, you will begin to discover the hotels canny attention to details. Staff will greet you by name as you arrive, retrieve your bags and escort you to the front desk.
It is hard not to develop an affinity for the Portuguese colonial style architecture of the Hotel das Cataratas. From the moment the pink tower and marble foyer greet you to the last day of your stay, you will savor every detail such as the use of hardwoods throughout the hotel, including in your room, which maintain the same elegance and character wherever you are. See a comprehensive list of Hotel das Cataratas Pictures.
The hotel is primarily U-shaped with two additional wings off the two ends. If your room is located in the front, you may see the falls from your window. Otherwise you will be enjoying views of the rainforest or the hotel’s courtyard gardens. Everyone has access to views of the falls through the observation area inside the tower.
The hotel is all about character, class and style, which you will soon discover when you have dinner. There are two restaurants. The first, Itaipu, allows you to enjoy succulent entrees while dinning outside, watching the sun fall into the rainforest over the falls. Try to arrive just shortly before the sun sets, and then sit back for a memorable encounter with first class food and first class nature.
The second, the Ipe Bar & Grill, also serves as the hotels restaurant for breakfast and lunch and features both indoor and patio dining overlooking the pool. If you decide to eat dinner here, you will be treated to a luscious buffet. If you get hungry outside meal times, you can visit the pool bar and order sandwiches and other lighter meals.
Details are important here. When you make your way to your room for the evening, you will find that your bed has been turned down, the room tidied up, and freshly made chocolate or evening sweets wait to say goodnight. If you open your window, the distant roar of the falls becomes a soothing methodical sound that serves as natures lullaby for a wonderful nights sleep.
The hotel’s excellence is exemplified in the award-winning spa. Treatment options are comprehensive, but you should try the signature “Essence of the Amazon” and see if you can actually melt away and become part of this tropical paradise.
The professional tour services located in the lobby of the hotel are called Iguassu Experiences and they equip you with all the information and help you need to get the most out of your rainforest adventure. The guides are happy to share their wealth of knowledge about the environment and wildlife.
Hotel das Cataratas was designed as a luxury hotel in the 1930s but war delayed completion until 1958. Several million dollars were then invested in a masterful refurbishment that was finalized towards the end of 2010. Go to Hotel Website.
The refurbishment maintained the original integrity of the architecture while delivering a first-class touch in every detail. The hotel is part of the Orient-Express collection delivering the quality that travelers have come to know and value. It features junior, superior, tower, and waterfall suites combined with three room types that include superior, luxury garden and luxury forest. The result is 193 varying spacious room options for couples or families.
All rooms feature a 32” LCD TV, DVD player, clock radio, central heating and air conditioning, hair dryer, mini bar and a spacious bathroom that does not leave you wishing for yours at home. In addition to the top-class dining and spa experiences, the hotel provides guests with a beautiful relaxing pool, a sports fitness center, a tennis court, reading rooms, and golfing at a nearby course.
Hotel das Cataratas does not just help you enjoy this wonder of nature on your doorstep, it is dedicated to protecting and enhancing it. As a reflection of its efforts, the hotel was certified for ISO 14001 and SA 8000 in 2011.
Management and staff take steps at every turn to make a difference – to protect the world they call home. Trash is collected for planned recycling, guests are offered the option of forgoing fresh towels to reserve water and energy, and energy controls are utilized to maximize efficiency. Furthermore, the hotel supports the “Iguacu Carnivores” program, which is a multi-level partnership with government and nonprofit organizations committed to restoring the jaguar and puma populations and ensuring that the species survives.
Without question or hesitation, it is fair to say Hotel das Cataratas offers the best base for a visit to Iguassu Falls. And to top things off, you can stay here with a clear conscience knowing that the hotel is not only caring for you – it is caring for Iguassu Falls.
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