Hotel das Cataratas

, Foz Do Iguacu, Brazil
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Hotel das Cataratas

, Foz Do Iguacu
4 star

Rooms: 203

Parque Nacional de Iguacu - Foz Do Iguacu - 85863-000 - Brazil 45-2102-7000
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Reviews - Hotel das Cataratas

Why the complaints? Superb!!
Submitted by: James in 19/02/07
  • Age Group: 60 +
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Luxury Traveller
The view is impeccable, our room had an unobstructed view of the falls. The restaurants were both excellent and not expensive. The hotel staff was gracious and helpful without exception. The location presents wonderful hiking through the jungle, spectacular walks around the falls and all the other park facilities within a short distance. This is a marvelous hotel.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Hotel das Cataratas

Unique experience

from Ozgraeme
We planned a trip to Iguazu Falls after a hectic schedule in Rio so were looking for somewhere to relax and unwind for four nights, but also experience some of the delights of the National Park. In doing our research for where to stay, we had read the reviews on TripAdvisor that were polarized strongly for and against Tropical Hotel das Cataratas, and nearly decided to stay elsewhere.

We are so glad that we gave the hotel the benefit of the doubt since we had a truly wonderful experience. The staff were attentive and gave us assistance when needed. And there was always someone to bring drinks pool side with a smile!

If you would like to wake up with a view of the falls and look out of your hotel window and discover toucans in the tree outside; if you would like to discover iridescent humming birds in the hibiscus just 20 meters from the swimming pool, then do what we did: forget about the expense and enjoy it.

Yes, the hotel is expensive and is not for the budget traveller, but shop around a few web sites and you can get a deluxe room for not much more than the standard room price. It is in colonial architecture with dark parquetry floors, but this is part of the atmosphere.

Forget about pre-buying the room with a package tour; you will do better using the tour operator in the hotel and you can decide where to go when you know what the weather is offering. There is a drought at present and with the reduced volume of water in the Iguazu River several of the trips on the standard guided tour schedule are not worth taking. The local operator advised us what to do and we were rewarded with a great experience.

Avoid this place

from lottierob
We had originally booked the Sheraton but were put off by reports of noisy, ongoing work so decided to change to the Tropical. What a mistake that turned out to be!
The Tropical is, indeed, wonderfully situated right by the falls, and the exterior of the building and the grounds are beautiful. However, the hotel does not by any means live up to its spectacular appearance, and is ridiculously over priced.
Our superior room was large but drab, in need of a coat of paint, with no drawers and inadequate hanging space (only 4 coat hangers provided). The bathroom was small and ill equipped, there was nowhere to hang towels or to put soap. The room was oppressive because of the poor airconditioning system which could not cater for individual rooms but was set for the whole floor, so hard luck if you wanted a cooler room than the person next door.
The worst part, though, was the food which was truly awful and incredibly expensive. At breakfast, we swore the fruit juice had been watered down, the coffee was self-served from urns like some cheap canteen, cornflakes soft, etc. The evening buffet was appalling and we spent £25 on the worst bottle of wine i've tasted for many years. The trouble is that the hotel is the only place to eat in the evening as it's set several miles from the nearest facilities so there is no alternative. Also, it seems only to be focussed on the tour groups who only stay for a day or so and the food is targetted accordingly.
We found the hotel policy curmudgeonly in many ways. For example, I was refused the use of an iron, for the first time ever, and told I would have to send my clothes to laundry service and pay for them to be done. Also, we noticed that the signs advertising the Happy Hour - with its great choice of one cocktail- were religiously removed at 6.29 p.m every evening to stop anyone going a minute over time.
Finally, the hotel charges for any organised trips were just exhorbitant and we ended up hiring the driver who'd brought us from the airport to take us over the Agentinian side. This saved us over $50 and gave us complete flexibility.
Incidentally,on that day we went to the Sheraton. Ugly looking but far superior in every other respect and we had a superb lunch there, too. Do yourself a favour and stay there instead or, probably even better, stay at one of the hotels outside the parks which are much, much cheaper and all provide services or drivers to take you into the parks.

Without question the place to stay if you visit Iguacu

from TAMemberUK
We had originally booked to stay at the Sheraton partly because of the terrible reviews of the Tropical that had been posted but also because the Sheraton was supposed to have better views of the falls. The rooms at the Sheraton doubtlessley have a falls view but they are distant in comparison to the Tropical. The only reason we changed was because of advance warning (from this site) of major refurbishment at the Sheraton - When we arrived at the Tropical we were so relieved that we changed.

Our room was airconditioned, clean (no damp smell), spacious and well furnished, the bathrooms were large and modern, the beds comfortable, the room had a balcony overlooking the pool. Yes the furniture and floor was dark wood but this is a colonnial hotel that is the style - this hotel has a lot of character. The pool area is a great place to relax after a days exploring the falls/jungle .

Following the other reviews we were prepared for surley staff and no service - We found NO PROBLEM with service, the staff were friendly and whilst appreciative of attempts of Portuguese would more often than not reply in English. I can't offer comment on indoors evening meal dining but we had an excellent BBQ outside by the pool on our first night. There was excellent choice at the BBQ and the quality of the food was great. We had one brief experience with a grumpy waiter who initially reluctantly showed us to our table but what the hell we ended up with a different waitor and never saw him again we were well looked after in the end. The buffet breakfasts had good choice of standard fare (Fruit, cereal, pastries, eggs, bacon etc) and you could choose to sit on the terrace overlooking the falls.

Iguacu Falls is an amazing place of outstanding natural beauty. This hotel is the only one located within the national park and on the Brazilian side unquestionably commands the best views of the falls. The advantage of this hotel is that you can visit the falls as often as you like morning noon and night from various viewing platforms, there is a clock tower within the hotel that offers a good elevated view. The hotel is architecturally splendid and with its classic colonnial features blends into its surrounding landscape perfectly unlike the grey concrete of the Sheraton located on the Argentinian side of the falls.

t know what everyone is complaining about!

from AntKazStoke
We were initially put off staying at this hotel because of some of the reviews, and instead were booked into the Sheraton on the Argentina side. However due to the renovations going on there we decided to switch and we're so glad we did. I really don't know what everyone is complaining about - the hotel is superb.

The views you get of the falls are awesome and right on your doorstep. It's not damp at all and the rooms are brilliant, clean, comfortable and large. Also the pool is a fantastic retreat after a day by the falls. We had 1 grumpy waiter but everyone else was lovely and very helpful.

If you get chance then you should stay here - it's much more enjoyable and has more charm and character than a big chain hotel like the sheraton. Plus you're much closer to the falls so the view is considerably better.

Well located hotel, just a shame about the service

from UKTAdvisor
We recently returned from a 2 night stay at this hotel. It is perfectly located right next to the Brazilian side of the falls and certainly within close walking distance. Its a shame that the service really lets this place down as the hotel itself is a classic piece of architecture. The staff just didn't seem interested, and every night we sat down to dinner we literally had to beg to be served. Even with a few words of Portuguese thrown in it was very hard to raise a smile let alone get a simple thing such as beer by the pool. We really felt as if we were a burden on the staff!

We had an initial problem with our room in that we had reserved a double, then at check in the staff member gave us our keys and after a 5 minute trek to the room, we found that we had been given a twin room. The rooms were not luxurious, old wooden furniture & a dark, 'bunker' like sitting room that we used as a luggage store in the end. Our room certainly needed a refurbishment.

The food was okay, nothing special. Breakfast was served on a lovely sun terrace overlooking the falls which was very nice.

So in conclusion I would recommend the hotel purely for its location. After the park closes and all the 'outside tourists' go home, you can just wander freely and enjoy the falls at dawn/dusk/whenever! But be prepared for surly service and mediocre food. I optimistically filled in a customer survey form at the end of our stay, but I think they have a secret room where they store them all and gather dust....


from _Minx
Like Raffles in Singapore this hotel is a wonderful anachronism, full of dark wood, pastel shades and an isolation from the outside world that leaves one feeling very welcome in stark contrast to the chaos of the falls across the way. Our standard room was spacious and comfortable. The hotel was quite at night and lively around the pool of an afternoon but one is not there for the excellent facilities. The draw here is the unlimited, unhindered, 24 hour access the the Iguassu Falls clearly visible and audilble form the front of the hotel. The falls look different in morning, midday and evening light and only staying here gives one the opportunity to take it all in - and, my word, is as moving as it is powerful and awe inspiring.

Great Location

from A TripAdvisor Member
The Hotel Tropical Cataratas is at a great location and all you have to do is walk out of the front door and within 2 minutes you are at the falls. Having breakfast with a view of the falls is also delightful.
The hotel, however, is unnecssarily and ridiculously expensive. The food is atrocious and also ridiculously expensive. The rooms are adequate. The service is mediocre. Overall you cannot beat the location but it is best to hire a driver to take you to the nearby city of Iguacu for lunch and especially dinner. Contrary to the prices at the hotel hiring a driver is relatively inexpensive.


from juandarien
This is the place to stay if you visit the falls, being the only hotel right at the falls. You can see the falls from some rooms and can can just walk outside and look at them. The Sheraton, on the Argentine side, has a distant view. All other hotels are in town.

Being able to walk outside at night and see the sun set, and then the moon over the falls, was outstanding.

The hotel is older, sort of like a tropical Greenbrier, with large rooms and great service. Perhaps some of the rooms have not been redone, I do not know. Our room was completely redone.

The food is adequate although not great.

Iguacu Falls is a destination in itself, not just a side trip although it certainly makes a good one.

Antique hotel, great service

from A TripAdvisor Member
If you want to stay at what would be the tropical version of the Coronado hotel, Das Cataratas is a great choice.

Nestled in the middle of the subtropical jungle in southern Brazil, it borders the Parana river with an unmatched view of the Iguaçu falls.

It's the kind of hotel you want if you don't care much of the service and food (which are actually quite nice), if you want to feel secluded and if you are planning in staying there for more than a couple of days.

We got the opportunity of seeing all sorts of animals (from deer to tucans) in the wild a few yards from the hotel which war rather a nice feeling.

Great Location ..

from TonyDW
The location is stunning and in its day the hotel must have had the same impact. Now it is just the grand buildings that impress. The interior is of a previous age and looking tired in many respects, which is not surprising in view of the large numbers of people spending such short stays in the hotel. Nor was the service anything special, little incidents took the edge of what should have been an exquisite experience. And book early for dinner or you will wait! That said we were there to see the falls and there could not have been a better location to stay.

Top Local Tips for Foz Do Iguacu

What to wear We were advised to take waterproofs to wear to the Falls. When we arrived we soon realised that this was totally unnecessary - it was 92 degrees! Although on the boat trip, which I definitely recommend, you do get soaked, you never get cold and dry off reasonably quickly. You will swelter in a raincoat and i'm sure would feel uncomfortable. Shorts, t-shirt and trainers is the best and make sure you have high sunscreen.

Magnificent Falls lovely old hotel Try to match up the domestic airport of arrival and departure with the starting point. IE: If you are coming in from BA Argentina choose the Ushuaia airport in Argentina and then take a taxi across the border into Brazil. Whatever you do don't get into BA international and then have to struggle with your bags and a long expensive taxi ride into BA Aeropark domestic terminal. However if you are coming in from Sao Paulo or Rio choos the Ushuaia airport in Brazil and a short taxi ride to the hotel.

The falls Take a helicopter ride - $60 for 10 mins per person!! And see both sides, the Argentinian side has the best views and boat trips


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  • Address: Parque Nacional de Iguacu - Foz Do Iguacu - 85863-000 - Brazil
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