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Quitandinha Palace Congress and Convention Center
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Owner description: Once the summer home of Brazil's last emperor, this enormous palace houses furniture, paintings and jewels from the Brazilian empire and is used as a convention center.
Reviewed November 9, 2011

Gorgeous building. Did not go through the inside.

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Reviewed October 3, 2011

That´s a good sample of Alsacian architecture right in the main entrance to Petropolis. The facade is amazing, beautiful, sumptuos and an afternoon tea at one of its historic halls worth it, though the inside decor is a bit old-fashioned! Even with the last big make up, the hotel, a former casino, keeps needing modernizing its facilites to be more than an old charming place. So, nowadays, just go there to a quick meal or visit and avoid staying.

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Reviewed September 13, 2011

I've been twice to this place. Once during, and now after the renovation works.

First of all. The Owner description is totally wrong: "Once the summer home of Brazil's last emperor, this enormous palace houses furniture, paintings and jewels from the Brazilian empire and is used as a convention center."
The Imperial Palace in the heart of Petropolis is the place where the emperor and his family once lived during summertime. It's a museum, not a convention center, ... and it's a top attraction.

The Quitandinha Palace was in the forties probably the largest casino in South America. The outside looks great and refers to French traditional architecture (Normandy, Elzas, ...). A lake in front of it with a lighthouse and swan paddle boats, and the mountains behind make this place a unique setting. However, the interior by Dorothy Draper is totally over the top and a weird mixture of Brazilian Baroque and Hollywood Art Deco. Plaster ornaments, ugly paintings, a giant dome, an ice skating rink, a giant bird cage, ...
A brilliant display of bad taste.

Over the last years, everything has been carefully renovated and is waiting for your comments ;-)

5  Thank fietslogies
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Reviewed August 16, 2011

It seems to me that Palacio Quitandinha is overlooked by visitors while in Petropolis... Three words of advice: don't overlook it! Although there isn't much to see, it's beautiful to see this kind of architecture up close in Brazil, and although you can't really go beyond the lobby, looking in the side rooms and looking at all the decorations in the place, it's really impressive! The small lake in front is very peaceful also, and we heard that if you look at it from above, it looks like the map of Brazil! Very cool place, and you don't need a whole lot of time here.. Maybe just 15 mins... Since most people come from Rio on BR-040, to get to downtown where all the main Petropolis attractions are, you have to drive by Palacio Quitandinha, and definitely make a stop there!

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