Orient Express Brazil Copacabana Palace & Hotel das Cataratas

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  1. jbcarioca
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    These two hotels are among the best in Brazil although they are very different.

    The Copacabana Palace has been the best classic hotel in Rio de Janeiro for a few decades

    Hotel das Cataratas is the best hotel near the Foz de Iguaçu and is the only hotel located inside the park itself
     
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    Come on now- how about your review?

    And compare to Fasano in Rio?

    Hotel das Cataratas I have always wanted to visit- but never have met anyone who has even stayed there so it would be great to know how it is. Thanks jbcarioca.
     
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    Cipriani.jpg Restaurant Cipriani, one of the best Italian restaurants in Rio
     
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    Hotel das Cataratas has a long history as the only luxury hotel near the falls. It was taken over by Orient Express and renovated recently and is now by far the nicest hotel in the area. There are nature walks around the private areas and there is open access to the park after toursits are gone. I have stayed there and found it to be delightful.

    he only hotel located within the Iguassu National Park, Hotel das Cataratas enjoys an unrivalled location just a short stroll from the sensational waterfalls. Guests enjoy exclusive access to this magnificent sight in the evening and at dawn, when the park is closed to other visitors.

    A Portuguese-colonial residence, this classic Orient-Express hotel is redolent with the atmosphere of lazy days lounging on a veranda or beneath sub-tropical palms. This natural paradise also offers thrills and excitement in abundance: white water rafting, helicopter trips over the gorge and jungle treks to view amazing wildlife including colourful toucans and giant butterflies.
     
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    The reviews are obviously not finished. One need to be made for Hotel Fasano, Hotel Teresa, etc. I am just trying to get them going, not complete them.

    I have stayed in Hotel das Cataratas and am planned more details including my own photos. It is a marvel, in that there is no other real luxury hotel there. Until just five years ago it was not either, but then Orient Express took it over.
    I will have more details tomorrow, and hopefully other people will also.
     
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    1/2012 Stay Report

    Before planning my trip to Brazil and Iguazu, I searched high and low on MP and TOBB for recent reviews of Hotel Das Cataratas and found none. Hopefully, folks here find my review and advice useful.

    Booking: I checked rates in a variety of places, including Virtuoso rates, FHR rates and those on the hotel main site. Because of a hotels.com 20% coupon, I was able to knock the price of my one night stay in a superior queen room from approximately $500 to $375. While this represented a fairly significant cash savings upfront, on second thought I'd have booked through FHR for the early check-in, late check-out, continental breakfast, chance of upgrade and one-way transfer to the hotel.

    Getting There/Check-in: We landed in IGU at approximately 4pm and were in a taxi (45BRL/$25) to Hotel Das Cataratas within 10 minutes. It is important to note that travelers need to stop by the taxi stand to get a slip telling the driver where to go. Prices are fixed. There are public transit options, but given our lack of time at Iguazu Falls, we were in no mood to spend more time than necessary getting to the property. The ride from IGU airport the to the park gates is about 5 mins. Guests need to get out of the cab to buy entrance tickets to the park (IIRC, the cost was 40BRL or so per person). After purchasing tickets, its about 20 minutes of winding through the park until you reach Hotel Das Cataratas. Upon check-in, the Hotel Das Cataratas personnel remind you to carry your room key at all times and not to pay the entrance fee again. Check-in was a breeze and we were escorted to our room in the main building on the second floor.

    The Property: The classical and pink exterior reminded me quite a bit of hotels in the Caribbean such as the Fairmont Hamilton Princess in Bermuda. The landscape is beautifully maintained and the pool and fitness areas are quite nice. Open air areas in front of the hotel provide al fresco dining for the formal on-property restaurant, Restaurante Itaipu and the bar. Due to high occupancy during my stay, we were unable to make reservations at Restaurante Itaipu. We ended up eating at the poolside Ipe' Grill which had a buffet. Our Superior Queen Room was nicely appointed, lots of dark wood. It was 'quaint' (23 sq meters) but certainly met our needs for the 24 hrs that we were in Iguazu. For a longer stay, I likely would get a higher category room for the additional space.

    Park Access: This is what we came for and were not disappointed. After check-in, we relaxed for an hour to let the crowd thin and at about 6:30p we had free reign of much of the Brazilian side. We were able to walk to Devil's Throat and the platform areas with virtually no one else around. We also got a chance to see some of the resident animals move around, something that didn't happen the next day during our walk -- the crowds during the day are suffocating.

    All in all, we had a wonderful trip and would highly recommend Hotel Das Cataratas.
     
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    I stayed at Copacabana Palace and loved it. The only downside was the small rooms. Great space throughout, fantastic service.

    Great breakfast that was included in the Amex FHR program.
     
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    Going to stay at Hotel das Cataratas this weekend, any advice?
     
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    My wife and I spent three nights at Dos Cataratas. I highly recommend this hotel. We spent lots of time visiting the falls and touring the area.
     
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