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Carima Hotel & Convention
Ranked #40 of 80 Hotels in Foz do Iguacu
Reviewed September 24, 2011

We were booked here by a tour agency called Latin Tours as part of our Iguazu experience.
This is definitely a very strange place that must be experienced to understand or better yet avoided entirely. The hotel has an attractive look from the outside, but once inside you are challenged with the dual concepts of massiveness and very bad taste. For unexplainable reasons the is an assortment of out dated movie projectors and old cars in the expansive lobby. The place felt like the hotel in a Steven King novel, huge dark wide halls seemingingly going nowhere. The art on the walls was exraordinarily bad and tasteless looking like it came from garage sale or worse. To make it even tackier the same work of a lying nude was repeated in the same hall within several yards of each other. The rooms actually were spacious but the old furnishings, cheap art, and bright over head neon lights made the stay unattractive. I must give the place some positive points on a very good buffet dinner and buffet breakfast. The was a very nice large outdoor pool, but we did not use it. Overall we had a good time marveling at the weird bad taste and other displays. It wasn't the worst place that Latin Tours booked. We would find that at Hotel Brevet in Rio.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 30, 2011

We stayed here at the end of April 2011, 2 rooms for 2 couples. here are a few points:

1. The hotel is old, windows looked like they were falling apart and in need of repair, bathroom clean but old and in serious need of updates. You definitely should bring some flip flops to step in those showers...
2. try to avoid eating dinner/ lunch at the hotel restaurant--it was the worst experience of our entire 2 weeks trip, both service and food.
3. The town (Foz do Iguacu) next door ( cheap taxi ride away) has numerous options that hotel personnel was wonderful pointing out to us.
4. Front desk personnel was extremely friendly and helpful, pointing out things to do and restaurant suggestions, getting us a cab and just welcoming in general

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 4, 2010

I stayed at Carima Hotel last week, and It was not a good experience.
First, the reception people are not helpful at all. Very rarely I saw a smile on them, serious all the time.
Rooms have are airconditioned, but they are not strong enough to control the room temperature. You have to put on its maximum power to make it a place to stay.
The Shower booth doesn´t have door, but you can see there was one in the history of the hotel cause the floor has some holes where doors should have been. Naturally, you spill water in bathroom when you use the shower.
I found constantly ants on the floor, and a couple of times spider in the room. I understand we are in the middle of the nature and that´s ok.
Restaurants are ok. And the hotel has a wonderful pool and interior park.

This hotel is one of the most famous one in the area (according to my guide) but these small details make this hotel not recommendable.

We want more smile at this hotel!!!

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled with family
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3  Thank SuperTraveller99
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Reviewed November 30, 2009

Not at all pleased with this hotel. Staff were not particularly helpful. Room air condintioning was barely functional. It was key-controlled so that it shut off when we left the room. Would return to a stifling hot room that took hours to cool off. Window led onto a flat roof that was accessible from ground level and the lock was broken. Sign in the lobby recommended against strolling on the hotel grounds because of the danger of assault and robbery. Located well away from downtown area. Bedding was minimal and well worn/ Not much to recommend about this place.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled on business
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1  Thank travellermike51
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Reviewed November 20, 2009

Nice rooms.common areas like POOL,reception
VERY friendly and efficient RECEPTION.
NICE INTERNET FACILITIES plus WI-FI ZONES.
GOOD SHOPS as well

Stayed: November 2009, traveled on business
1  Thank REGGIEBRAZIL
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Reviewed October 29, 2008

There are places in this world where the 70’s have never ended. One of these places is the Bristol Carima in Foz de Iguacu. I think the interior designer has a budget of only 5 pesos a year and is waiting desperately until the 70’s come back into fashion. In this monster of a resort we stayed in room 1900. Through wide halls with dark wooden floors we reached our room and were blinded by all the neonlight that could easily light a stadium. It was the first time during our holiday that we were tired enough to have diner in the hotel. Wrong choice. There was even more neonlight in the dining room and although the food was not very bad, I wanted to leave that room after 5 minutes.

Reception staff: Reception staff did not inform us that summertime was starting and the night would be one hour shorter, even though we had a flight the following day. Reception staff did not help me at all when I asked them to call my Brazilian speaking travel agency about the transfer to the airport. Reception staff arranged us a Brazilian non-communicative private driver, when we asked for a English-speaking talkative one. They did not even speak enough English to start a normal dialogue, reception staff was shameful, even the waiters in the restaurant had better knowledge of English.

Bristol Carima has it’s glorydays many years behind them. I would not even stay here again if they gave me a 100% discount. The staff was worthless, no internet access whatsoever, neonlight and hopeless oldfashioned furniture as far as the eye can see. This hotel is a joke, but I am not laughing!

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Willem_ter_Haar
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Reviewed July 30, 2007

We have stayed in Foz three other times, and this is the worst hotel we have been in. I imagine it was quite a tremendous place at one time, but it appears that most of the original furnishings (including mattresses and linens) have never been replaced. The floor was so poor, we had to put down blankets to walk on to keep from getting any more splinters. Someone was varnishing doors in our hall and the fumes made us all sick. After requesting another room, we were moved around the corner. Heat doesn't work in most rooms (we were booked with a group of 25) and their experience was the same as ours. Stay somewhere else until the Carima decides to move into this century.

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled with friends
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Address: Avenida das Cataratas Km 10 | Vila Carimã, Foz do Iguacu, State of Parana 85853-000, Brazil
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Location: Brazil > State of Parana > Foz do Iguacu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 Top resorts Hotel in Foz do Iguacu
#23 Business Hotel in Foz do Iguacu
Price Range: $53 - $96 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Carima Hotel & Convention 3*
Number of rooms: 313
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Carima Hotel And Resort
Carima Hotel Foz Do Iguacu
Carima Hotel Foz De Iguassu
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Carima Hotel & Convention Foz Do Iguacu, Brazil

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