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Belmond Hotel das Cataratas
Ranked #1 of 78 Hotels in Foz do Iguacu
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Chulmleigh, United Kingdom
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162 reviews
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Reviewed December 31, 2013

A fabulous hotel in an incredible setting. Superb room(Tower Suite). Excellent room facilities including coffee machine, a proper bar of soap, readable labels on shampoo etc.
Excellent food, especially dinner buffet. Wonderful service from all staff. Lovely pool.
Setting amazing and exclusive. The falls are beyond description.
For a first class hotel very good value regarding room, food and drinks.
Bird park and helicopter ride strongly recommended. Other trips can be disappointing if overcast or wet. Full moon view of falls incredible and you can walk pathway yourself but watch out for spiders webs!

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Reviewed December 31, 2013

The Hotel while built in the 50s has been beautifully restored and has large rooms and bathrooms
Location is unbeatable as only hotel in the park where can visit falls with a 5 minute walk outside park hours early in the morning and late afternoon and avoid the huge crowds and the heat.
Hotel is like a resort with great swimming pool and spa and the food is exceptional.
Brazil side has best panoramic view of falls and no need to spend hours going to the Argentinian side as you are just on top of the falls and dont get the great view.
Instead of paying to go to the other side better to get the helicopter trip which is an unforgettable experience as is the boat trip to the falls

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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed December 31, 2013

We had a fantastic 4-night stay at Das Cataratas over Christmas, during which we were blessed with blue skies for almost the whole time.

Being located in the Iguassu National Park, just a short walk away from the first viewpoint of the falls, the location could hardly be better. And being able to wander around before the Park opened and after it closed was a definite advantage, allowing us to avoid the crowds. (Apparently if you stay in the Sheraton in Argentina you are confined to the hotel after the Park shuts.)

The Das Cataratas would therefore be worth staying at if it were only average, but given the charm of the building itself and the standard of its facilities, I would put Das Cataratas in my Top 3 favourite hotels in the whole world based on the quality of the hotel itself combined with its location.

(If you're interested, the others in my Top 3 are The Royal Livingstone on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls, and Hayman Island in the Whitsundays. Chateau Lake Louise might also be up there, but although I have been there more than once for lunch, I have yet to stay, so can't pass judgement.)

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 24, 2013 via mobile

Das Cataratas is truly exceptional. The location is unmatched for visiting the falls as you can walk to them in 5 minutes and avoid the crowds by visiting outside the park hours. The building is picture postcard Agatha Christie colonial hotel, immaculately restored. The food is fantastic. What flaws does it have? The rooms are on the small side but a price well worth paying for the overall experience. It isn't cheap but you most certainly get full value for what you are paying. It is unquestionably the place to stay if you can afford it

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 24, 2013

This was our first trip to South America and what a trip it was. Iguazu waterfalls and hotel were highlights of this trip. Unbeatable service levels, great food . .. and views. Difficult to think of anything that was not perfect. Only regret that we were there only few days before full moon that was supposed to be unbelievable… well … certainly a good excuse to come back! Strong recommendation to stay in this hotel, even if prices look steep - experience and memories worth every penny.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 21, 2013 via mobile

We debated this rating quite a lot between the two of us.....

Enjoyed the stay and staff generally were out to please. Worth a stay for the location (you get the park to yourself in the morning and evening outside of visitor opening times) but we were 2 nights which was enough. Full moon tour is a must if you are there at the right time.

But... check-in was a bit of a hassle and incredibly time consuming, getting anywhere (town or Argentinian side etc) is pretty expensive so you really rely on the hotel for everything. And it really frustrated us that you had to pay quite a lot for water other than 2 little bottles left in your room each evening - especially when so hot and humid - and given the price of the room, larger/more or indeed all complimentary water is hardly going to bankrupt them!

So all in all, a lovely hotel and the staff are lovely, but if we did it again, we would spend one night here, and one in town on the Argentinian side.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Berkshire
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Reviewed December 20, 2013

If you are creating your own `bucket list` then place this hotel at the top. Its charm and character embrace you as an old and dear friend with staff so attentive yet discrete that you forget you are not the only guests. Add to this the most awe inspiring location with the majestic falls a stones throw away and you may begin to believe in heaven on earth. Forget the expense...you will not be disappointed.

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Property: Belmond Hotel das Cataratas
Address: Rodovia Br 469 Km 32 | Iguacu National Park, Foz do Iguacu, State of Parana 85855-750, 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 Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Foz do Iguacu
#1 Romantic Hotel in Foz do Iguacu
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Foz do Iguacu
#1 Family Hotel in Foz do Iguacu
#1 Luxury Hotel in Foz do Iguacu
#5 Business Hotel in Foz do Iguacu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Belmond Hotel das Cataratas 5*
Number of rooms: 193
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Facing the spectacular Iguacu Falls in Iguacu National Park, the 5-star Belmond Hotel das Cataratas provides free Wi-Fi internet access. Guests can enjoy a cocktail by the swimming pool or play a game of tennis on the provided court. The falls can be experienced by speed boat, rafting or by a helicopter flyover. For excitement and adventure, guests can enjoy abseiling, rock climbing and canopy walks. Walking tours allow for the surrounding lush rain forest to be explored. Belmond Hotel das Cataratas offers traditional Portuguese styled rooms with a flat screen TV, dark wood furniture and warm natural tones. Some rooms provide a balcony and seating area. The two restaurants on-site provide views of the falls and of the hotel's pool. They serve a selection of international and local Brazilian cuisine. In the evening live music can be enjoyed in the downstairs bar. The Iguacu Falls lie between the Brazilian state of Parana and Argentina. The Brazilian side offers postcard panoramic views, while the Argentinian side provides varied, up-close views. The hotel is located in a privileged position, alongside the Iguassu Falls. It is in fact the only hotel situated in the Iguassu National Park. Because of its prime location, the Belmond Hotel das Cataratas offers its guests a unique experience - taking walks along the trails by the falls which may be done at any time during the day, with the added advantage that from 7 a.M to 9 a.M, the trails are for guests of the hotel exclusively. ... more   less 
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Das Cataratas Hotel
Tropical Das Cataratas
Hotel Das Cataratas
Hotel Tropical Das Cataratas
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