Belmond Hotel das Cataratas

Iguaçu Falls, Brazil

Overview

The only hotel located within the Brazilian national park, the Belmond Hotel das Cataratas has perhaps one of the most exclusive locations in South America. Belmond guests are the only visitors with access to the falls before and after the official nine-to-five park opening hours. Given that Iguaçu is one of South America’s most visited destinations, this is no small advantage. The sensation of standing alone by the falls in the early morning light is simply indescribable, and more than makes up for the early start.

The hotel’s architecture could perhaps best be described as 1960s Bossa Nova meets plantation chic. A baby pink paint job blends effortlessly with Portuguese tiles, vintage botanical art and antique furniture. As you would expect from a five-star Belmond property, the rooms are supremely comfortable, carrying on the colonial vibes with high windows, wooden floors, tropical print cushions and handcrafted wooden furniture.

A large outdoor swimming pool provides the perfect location to relax and soak up the surrounding tropical nature, and for those looking to decompress even further, the spa offers an extensive range of massages and treatments. Besides taking a taxi into town, in house dining is your only option here, but fortunately the two hotel restaurants are the best in the region. The more casual Ipê Grill offers a traditional Brazilian barbecue experience as well as an extensive, and daily changing, fresh buffet, that kept even our most demanding vegetarian researchers happy. Itaipu is a more formal, fine dining affair serving creative international cuisine with the falls in the background.


The Dehouche opinion:

the Pros
  • The only hotel within the Brazilian national park boundaries means exclusive early morning and evening access to the falls.
  • We love the sunset views of the falls from the terrace at the Itaipu restaurant.
  • You are truly surrounded by nature here with a large abundance of bright coloured tropical birds easily spotted in the hotel gardens and terraces.
  • Beautiful pool and gardens makes the hotel as much of a destination in its own right as the neighbouring falls.
the Cons
  • Despite its proximity to the falls, only nineteen of the hotel’s rooms have direct views. Nonetheless all of the rooms in the property have beautiful views over the gardens and surrounding forest, and several have partial views of the falls as well. All guests can enjoy the views from the hotel terrace and panoramic tower.
  • Being located inside the national park means that private cars or taxis are not able to drive all the way to the hotel. Transfers need to be with specially accredited vehicles.
  • The nearby town is around a 30-minute taxi ride, so most guests choose to eat at the hotel during their stay. The options are excellent though and with an average stay of two to three nights, you won’t run out of choices.

Price:

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Facilities & Services

  • WiFi
  • Swimming Pool
  • Two Restaurants
  • Bar
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Tennis courts
  • Games Room
  • Laundry
  • Business Centre

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