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Harbor Hotel Colonial & Spa
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Das Cataratas Highway, Km 20, Foz do Iguacu, State of Parana 85853-000, Brazil   |  
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Ranked #33 of 72 hotels in Foz do Iguacu
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“Felt like a joke”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

This was by far the worse of the 12 hotels we stayed at in South America during this trip. Usually I give the reviews based on the budget allocated for the hotel as well. Considering we paid so little for the room I was not expecting much but it was even worse than expected. The corridor was dark and gloomy, furniture was old, beds were not comfortable, the room was dirty (few minutes after it was "cleaned" we got in and there were dead bugs and lots of hair on the floor), the bathroom had mold. The surroundings would have been beautiful but they were also not taken care of. The pools were VERY dirty, full with dead bugs, dead leaves and greenish algae. Even the indoor one (which had very warm water, would have been a nice touch if it wasn't full of dead bugs!). Everything is highly overpriced (for ex. drinks cost more than then do inside the attractions) and there's also an extra 10% that gets added at the end (so it's even more expensive).

The food was mediocre at best (the beef steaks are the only ones even worth considering). My husband got a frozen lasagna! It was just warmed up on the exterior and the interior was frozen. He complained, they took it back and brought it 10 minutes later again. Same plate. Would have been funny if it wasn't sad.


In the first evening, we had just landed so we decided to get the dinner buffet (it seemed that it was the only option, we discovered afterwards that they also had a menu and then had the beef steaks mentioned above). According to the information booklet it was starting at 7. We waited until it turned 7, asked one of the waiters if we can start, was told yes so got in to chose a table. When we wanted to move towards the buffet selection another waiter told us we had to wait until 7:30 as it only starts then. I was a bit pissed but decided to wait due to the lack of options. 5 mins later they decided we could start. Well, we left in under 30 seconds, all the choices from the buffet were a few pasta dishes. Not even decent sauce for the pasta, some weird indescribable sauces that looked bleah. Again, would have been funny if it wasn't sad.


For the last day we enquired about one of their touristy trips. Asked about the total price for the tour (it was 130 r$ for 2), decided on all the details and then they said I need to pay so that they're sure I'll go. No problem, I bring the money but.. it's too little! They ask for 260 r$. I had to pay another 130 r$ for transportation, costs that were somehow magically not mentioned during the half hour discussion we just had. It's good I didn't decide to put the trip on the room, would have been a nice surprise at the end.


Except for one waiter at the cafeteria, the rest of the staff was really unfriendly. Also, you have to pay 2 r$ for each of the pool towels. Ok, not so much. We took them to our rooms without even using them (decided to skip the pool at the time considering it was so dirty) and the cleaning lady just took them away from the room without leaving replacements!!! Yup, another one of the funny moments.

Honestly, don't stay here unless you NEED to be very close to the airport or the Brazilian side of the falls.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

We were looking for a standard hotel with a good price, although is geographically near to the falls, you definitely need a car/bus or tour to go to the other places, no walking distance to anywhere, said that, is a good place, no complains at all... considered as a nice budget hotel.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

The staff was very friendly and helpful and the hotel is located in a beautiful area, the grounds were well kept but the rooms were in need of improvement and modernization.
Breakfast was very good and so was the food at their cafe (I did not try their restaurant).
Was a bit annoyed on the last night as I woke up with the loud noise from a youth group arriving late at the hotel. It was 1am and they were talking loudly and slamming doors.
The travel agency in the lobby gave good tips and they offer several options in local tours.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

I do feel there are pros and cons to the Harbor. The pros are they pick you up from the airport and will help you plan you day out at the falls. The cons were our room was very muggy and had a damp smell, the shower flooded the entire bathroom, the ac did not work well and the room wasn't very clean and was very rundown (as was the entire hotel). The hotel I also charged you for rides to the falls (the walk there is 20 minutes uphill). If you are looking for a budget stay, this would be for you. I, Personally would not recommend it.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed at Harbour Colonial for five days in May13.
Staff were nice and helpful. Travel agency in the lobby of the hotel gave us useful tips about the tours (we did By-Night Argentina, Argentinian side of the Falls, and Itaipu transportation with them). The hotel is walking distance to Parque das Aves (Birds Park) and Iguaçu Falls (Brazilian side). We really liked the decoration of the bar of the hotel - food was quite good as well. Rooms were simple but very clean. Being far from downtown is not a big deal, because downtown area has no tourist spots at all. Even so, in case you need to reach there, just take #120 city bus in front of the hotel. The bus costs R$2,90 (May13) and passes every 25 minutes, approximately. The same bus line can take you to the falls, in case you don't want to walk - just take it on the other side of the road.
Important: transfer in (airport->hotel) is for free (make your reservation in advance), but transfer out costs R$20,00 :(

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

it’s 2 km from the airport and is in the middle of a lovely green area far from the regular town. Rooms look humdrum- they can be easily spruced up with some corful bedspreads and better aesthetics in paint. But this is offset by the general cleanliness and the beautiful grounds . we could see the lovely garden and a papaya tree full of ripe fruits just outside our window. Just 1km from the Brazilian side of the falls and the Bird Park and buses ply. The hotel also offers tours to the argentine side starting from 9am, But we were out by 8am, took a local bus to reach the crossing of roads and walked to the border booths on our way to the Argentinian side. The bus stop is conveniently located in front of the hotel. We liked the breakfast spread though it was not as fresh and varied as our hotel in Rio

Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

The hotel is old and modest, but it is clean and the rates are a great deal. Make your reservation on the web and get better rates. The hotel is good enough for a weekend stay. Is near the airport and the Iguassu National Park - on walking distance.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Das Cataratas Highway, Km 20, Foz do Iguacu, State of Parana 85853-000, Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Parana > Foz do Iguacu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #33 of 72 hotels in Foz do Iguacu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Harbor Hotel Colonial & Spa 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"Facilities devoted to the Fun and Relaxation." Located 1 km from the International Airport of Foz do Iguacu and near the Falls, the Harbor Hotel Colonial was designed to provide the best and most complete recreational facilities. Besides all the infrastructure for leisure, Harbor Colonial Hotel, offers spacious apartments with air-conditioning, music, cable LCD TV, private telephone, minibar and Free Wi-Fi. At Harbor Colonial Hotel, you will not only enjoy an environment with elegance and comfort but also may hold your event with all the infrastructure that conventions and events deserve. It has a room designed for up to 200 people and a choice of coffee breaks. Restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Comfortable and warm environment with air-conditioning. ... more   less 
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