Located inside the grounds of the national park, and with a decent view across the water to the falls in Argentina, there is no place anywhere in this part of Brazil that comes even close to comparing to Hotel das Cataratas.
That is also true when it comes to the prices to stay here.
Naturally, there is no way on earth I would stay here unless I had a really good reason to pay that much money.
Maybe one day.....
Minimum of 2 nights stay is required, with a minimum price of $250 a night.
Although we were staying on the Argentinian side of the falls, we did have the opportunity to drop in on the most famous hotel on the Brazilian side of the falls, the Tropical das Cataratas. This opulent hotel is located onsite within the Parque Nacional do Iguacu, which makes it an ideal location for that early morning hike to a viewing point of the Falls. The hotel had a beautiful garden in the back, including a famous heart stone known for spreading love. Rooms are fairly reasonable at a rate of 150USD per night as of 2008. Even if you choose a less expensive route, it is still a nice place to take a break from the falls for a minute or two while you wait for the bus back to the front gate of the Park.
The only thing I can say about this hotel is its perfect location. The fall is just opposite to the hotel. You can even hear the falls when you open your window inside the room. It is convenient as the trail is just opposite to the hotel. You can do the walk any time you want, morning, evening and even at night. Apart from the location, I would say that the hotel does not really worth the price. Though the outlook is great, the inside is a bit too old. The food is not very good either. Because it is inside the national park and only authorised vehicles are allowed to go inside the park, it would be difficult for you to go to downtown. So if you stay at this hotel, you should be prepared to spend all your time there with the falls, no matter you like it or not. You simply have no choice.
I spent 2 nights there. But I arrived very late on the first night. Then I spent the whole second day at the falls and was very tired on that night. So any entertainment would mean nothing to me. I left early on the third day.
- Rooms are located in rows of houses on a huge ground with hammocks
- Lively atmosphere
- Swimming pool, with bar
- Internet available
- Organises tours to the Iguacu Falls
- Good buffet breakfast
- Excellent buffet dinner (extra)
- Football field
- Tranquil as it is in the countryside
- On the way to the falls, so it is easy to catch a bus heading there
- For conveniences like post office, bus-ticket, banks, etc... need to take a bus to the main road, before catching another bus to town. Can be tedious to get in and out of hostel
Dorms : R$12 (2002)
We didn't stay there, preferring to stay in town, so, the only thing I must say is that this is the only hotel at walking distance from the falls.
One thing you have to decide: If you want to stay in the middle of nowhere, just to "live" the falls and its jungle, this is your place (if you can afford it).
If you want a more lively place (not much...) you better stay in town and come by car, having in mind that this town follows American standards, which means that everything is spread and distant.
This is the best-located hotel to stay in if you're visiting the falls at Iguaçu so of course it doesn't come cheap, but we thought it was worth paying the extra for. It's in a brilliant location actually inside the national park and only a few minutes' walk from the falls. Although large and sprawling, the traditional style ensures that it has a bit of character, and the amenities are good.
There's a bar with a terrace overlooking the gardens leading down to the river, and a more traditional interior with dark wood and a piano. The restaurant serves fairly standard tourist buffet food, but you can choose to splash out on dishes from an á la carte menu which we did one evening and had a very good meal. There's also a reasonably sized pool if you haven't got wet enough already walking by the falls!
A room for two in October of this year (2008) would cost just under $189 according to the hotel’s own website (see below) but I reckon you could find cheaper by shopping around. Since our visit the hotel appears to have added a spa to its list of facilities, but I imagine you would pay extra to use this.
When we spent a couple of hours by the pool one afternoon we enjoyed a visit from a pair of coati – their antics kept us amused for quite a while!
This hotel is located at the enterance to the park a 5 minuet walk to the buses. It is nicely decorated but the Aic Conditioning can be a hard thing to find outside of rooms. A large buffett supper is included in the stay also.
We didn't stay here but visitors wanting to stay right inside the park might take a look at this hotel which is within walking distance of the Falls. I'm pretty sure if you stay here you don't have a view of the Falls from the hotel since the hotel is not very tall.
If you want to stay inside the National Park on the Argentine side, take a look at the Sheraton Internacional Iguazu Resort.
This hotel is located about 2/3km outside Foz do Iguacu next to a busy dual-carriageway that you don't hear at all from inside your room. The hotel reception is very spacious and likewise so are the rooms. In fact they're HUGE! My only gripe about the rooms was the noise from the upstairs room as they all have tiled floors which echo noise through the ceiling. Apart from that, the room was superb. Breakfast was very plentiful which breads, cakes, fruit, jams (including banana which became my favourite), coffee, tea, juices etc. I had dinner one night in the hotel which was a buffet and again was very good. The hotel has a large swimming pool which was lovely to get into after a hot days sightseeing. The only problem with the hotel is the location but there is a public bus service that runs into the city centre and to the main bus station.
We stayed here because it was the only hotel in the Brazillian National park. Unfortunately, we didn't know that there really isn't anything to the Brazilian side of the park...everything is on the Argentinian side.
On the Brazillian there is just a single trail (actually a concrete walkway) that is about 1/2 mile (1km) long. It has very nice views of course, as the falls are quite impressive, but once you've walked the trail a couple of times, there is nothing else to do. By contrast, on the Argentinian side there are miles and miles of trails that take about two days to really explore. If I had it to do again, I would have stayed at the Sheraton on the Argentinian side where you have the entire park at your disposal.
But it's not just the park, my real problem is with the hotel itself. It is far more expensive than it should be (although it is priced as if it were a 5-star resort, it's definitely not luxurious and is actually kind of shabby). The worst part is the food. The hotel is owned by an airline, which probably explains why the food is so bad. It was probably the worst food I ate in Brazil, (and ironically was among the most expensive). Since you're stuck there, you have no option but to eat dinner in the hotel (the town is about 20 miles [50km] away). They offer a a buffet for R$55/person or you can order off the menu. Neither option is accetable. What you get is institutional-quality frozen food (like you would find in a hospital cafeteria) at ridiculously expensive prices. On our last night there we decided to cut our losses and order pizzas in the bar. This was even worse. They cost R$20 each and were microwave pizzas!
The hotel claims that it has "nature trails" that you can walk but this is a lie. What they call a nature trail is actually a service road which dead-ends at some electrical transformers and a garbage dump.
The whole experience was like being stuck on a really bad cruise ship with your grandparents. Bad food, bad lighting and overpriced drinks.
That said, the falls are definitely worth visiting. They really are amazing in ways that words and pictures can't capture. But if you want to splurge, splurge on the Argentinian side or if you don't want to splurge, simply stay at a cheaper hotel outside the park (since you have to take a bus to the Argentinian side where everything is anyway). The Brazilian side can be seen in a half of a day.
I was here in the "Off Season" so this 5 star hotel was more like the hotel in "The Shining." We roamed the endless labyrinth of halls searching for other signs of life, but to no avail. We were backpacking at the time - and my friends Mom is a travel agent in Brazil and she set us up with this place. Even though it was relatively cheap, I felt very out of place and unsettled. If you are not the backpacker type - this place would be perfect. Also, I was with another dude, albeit my best friend, but this isn't the kind of place 2 hombres go to stay.
Very Nice pool area - just make sure you go during their summer. The rooms are very nice and the service is great.
A beautyful place to stay and for lovers of old classic hotels without budget constraints definately the second best location to stay in.
Situated directly on the Brazilian side of the falls, you can hear the falls from your open hotel window, which has maze to protect from insects.
Due to the fact that most tourists only come in groups and only stay for one or two nights and never ever come back, the entry hall feels like a big airport arrivals hall.
All restaurants are extremly expensive and the service and food quality is pretty poor though acceptable. This hotel is pretty much a simple moneymaker for its owners. If you care servicewise and foodquality wise about value for money, which is relative, I would not recommend this hotel and expected better. What we did on our second night was buying delicious argentinian redwine from a local shop and ordered only little food on room service.
Breakfast is fine. I do recommend this hotel for those "early birds" who would like to stroll along the brazilian fall side without other tourists (picture). The park opens for the general public only after 8:30am. So you have plenty of time almost alone and may enjoy more peace and quiet, animals, birds and the rainbows upon sunrise.
The location is unique. You step out and can feel the falls.
With a population of about 300,000 people, compared to the 30,000 in Puerto Iguazu, Foz do Iguacu offers many more choices when it comes to Accommodations or anything else you can think of.
We only visited the downtown area of Foz for just under 2 hours, the day before our Brazil-side Falls tour, so we did not actually spend much time there. However, it was evident from the skyline and signage that there is no shortage of good places to stay here on the Brazilian-side.
The streets were very attractive and the city seemed friendly enough in our brief experience. They actually have a 'tourist patrol' of some sort that approached us to give us some friendly advice as we stood there looking like, 'tourists' I guess!
The 118-room, 4-star Esturion Hotel, located in Puerto Iguazu, Argentina, was selected for us by our Argentine internet tour organizer, Ripio Turismo. The hotel is located almost at the end of the streets in Puerto Iguazu, on the point of land where the Iguazu and Parana Rivers meet. It is also the spot where Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay meet each other!
The hotel is located only a few minutes drive from the international bridge over the Rio Iguazu leading into Brazil. From there, it is another short drive to the entrance of Parque Nacional do Iguacu.
We liked the looks of the place as soon as we drove in through their big gate in the fenced-off hotel grounds. Nicely manicured grounds, clay tennis courts off to the side and a beautiful swimming pool at a lower elevation with colourful bougainvillea vines climbing the walls. It was looking good already!
Since we were pre-paid as part of the package deal, we never actually paid a room rate, but an internet site (details below) quotes their single and double rooms at about US$70. After a hot day walking around the national park at Iguazu Falls, we really enjoyed the pleasures of this hotel swimming pool!
Honestly... I did not stay there! (And probably never will...)
Honestamente... no me hospedé allí! (Y probablemente nunca lo haga...)
Low budget travellers of the world... This place is not for us!!!!
Situated in the middle of the National Park, surrounded by the forest, with a spectacular view to the waterfalls... Wow!
Never mind... probably the noise of the waterfalls does not let you sleep!!!!
The picture was taken by me... from a helicopter!!!!
Viajeros de bajo presupuesto del mundo... Este lugar no es para nosotros!!!
Situado en medio del Parque Nacional, rodeado por la jungla, con una vista espectacular de las cataratas... Guau!
No se preocupen... probablemente el ruido de las cataratas no deje dormir!!!
La foto la saqué yo misma... desde un helicóptero!!!
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