Crystal Palace Hotel
Small Hotel in Middle of Everything
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The first thing that you need to know is that there are several different classes of rooms here. I stayed in a normal room. Some of the rooms have a jacuzzi, and a few others have various other features such as a small kitchenette. My room had two single beds, while others have one larger bed.
The view out of the rooms varies as well, including virtually nothing (1st floor, facing the roof of the kitchen where a small set of planters is kept alive with much effort) to one or two that are apparently fairly decent (top floor, facing parts of the city). My room was intermediate: it faced the wall of the apartment building next door, but if standing in the right location it was possible to see a small part of the city.
The apartment building next door also provided a bit of entertainment and irritation: noise from crying babies and the occasional argument came right through their open windows and into my room. However, this dense living situation is part of life in Brasil, and if you don't like it tough (or, close the window and blast the air conditioner for a while).
The lobby has a couple of impressive artworks, including one carved into the wall in the lobby.
Unique Quality: Perhaps the most compelling case for the Crystal Palace is that it is located at the end of the Calçadão, which is the pedestrian mall in the middle of downtown Londrina. This means it is very easy to simply walk to just about anything you might want to visit, and if you do want to go somewhere that isn't walking distance it is easy to get a bus going in whatever direction you need.
The artwork on the walls of the rooms appear to be semi-modern Brasilian works, rather than the common impressionist era stuff that almost all hotels have.
If it matters at all to anyone, this hotel is also part of the Veronesi Hotel chain.
Shampoo comes in very small plastic bags, which means that it is harder to take home what you don't use.
Some of the rooms have a complete bidet as well as a toilet, but my room was instead equipped with a hose next to the toilet for washing things off.
Wireless internet is available on each floor, and there are two routers per floor. You may be presented with quite a list of potential network connections. You want the one closes to your room. This is a really great system that gets the network to reach into all the rooms.
The control panel between the beds controls the lights and also has music controls - which seems to be a standard feature in many older Brazilian hotels. It is quite convenient to be able to shut off more than just the bed side lights from the bed.
The restaurant that is part of the hotel is also quite good, and the breakfast included in the overnight stay features various fruits, at least one type of standard omelette (others may be made upon request from the hotel staff) and fresh pão de quijo - a wonderful Brazilian treat. There are typically several types of bread available that are fairly typical of Brazilian breakfasts.
Directions: Road on southern side of Calçadão is a one way street going west - Riua Pio XXI. Turn north on Rua Prefeito Hugo Cabal, and immediate left onto Rua Quintino Bocaiuva, and immediate left into hotel.
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Amenities at Crystal Palace Hotel
- Continental Breakfast
- Room Service
- Business Services
- Free High Speed Internet
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