Hotel das Cataratas, A Belmond Hotel, Iguassu Falls

Colonial elegance in the Brazilian jungle
The dashing good looks of Hotel das Cataratas, A Belmond Hotel, Iguassu Falls, an ice-cream pink colonial estate, are trumped only by the breathtaking natural wonder of its setting.

It is the only hotel inside Brazil's Iguacu National Park and from its restaurant terrace you can savor a refreshing caipirinha while watching the sun set behind the cascading froth of Iguassu Falls.

Inside, the marble and dark-wood interior is endlessly elegant; out the back you’ll find pristinely manicured gardens brimming with exotic trees and a brilliant-blue, deep-water swimming pool staffed by pool attendants who seem to know just when you're ready for another fresh coconut water.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • The spa showcases Brazilian products — Bel Col for facials and By Samia for body treatments such as the Essence of the Amazon and the Rainforest Scrub.
  • The Iguassu Falls hotel is all about the majestic falls and surrounding national park. At dawn and at dusk, guests of Hotel das Cataratas have the falls all to themselves.
  • An excellent in-house travel office can organize safari walks into the rainforest, bird watching, rafting and helicopter rides over the falls.
  • Time your trip well and, once a month, Hotel das Cataratas also offers the exclusive chance to witness the rare phenomenon of a lunar rainbow, where the full moon begets a multi-colored arc over the falls.
  • More traditional resort activities include tennis, swimming pools and a gym with large picture windows.
Things to Know
  • Tourists not staying on the property must leave the park every day, meaning hotel guests can unparalleled access to all of the sites.
  • You can walk out to the infamous Devil's Throat lookout platform, surrounded by the spray of the falls, with just the local wildlife for company, plus be back in time for an alfresco cappuccino before the first tourists of the day have even entered the park.
  • The spa is an ideal retreat after a sweaty day traipsing through the national park. Inside, the wood-and-marble décor creates a serene ambience illuminated by natural light from the garden windows.
The Rooms
  • The 187 rooms ooze traditional Portuguese style and range from Superior Rooms to Cataratas Suites.
  • All feature plush beds, dark rosewood floors and carved furniture, pastel trim, floral curtains and walls punctuated with botanical prints.
  • Moorish glazed ceramic tiles lend the bathrooms a light, attractive air.
  • The 898-square-foot Cataratas Suite is luxuriously spacious with two bedrooms and bathrooms, a separate living room and views of the jaw-dropping waterfalls from the balcony.
The Restaurants
  • The Taroba bar serves great beer and burgers with fries, and the refined Itaipu Restaurant features Brazilian-style haute cuisine.
  • For a wide variety, the light and breezy poolside buffet restaurant Ipê Grill is hard to beat. In the morning, its tables are filled with a cornucopia of jungle fruits, cereals, breads and eggs.
  • At dinner, feast on dozens of international favorites and choice cuts of meat from its churrascaria gaucho grill.
  • Fittingly, given the huge strides in South American wine making in recent years, bottles from Argentina, Chile and Brazil headline the wine list.
24-hour room service
Babysitting services
House car
Meeting rooms
Outdoor pool
Getting There
Rodovia Br 469 km 32, Parque Nacional do Iguaçu, Foz do Iguaçu, PR, 85863-000, Brazil
IGU (22 min)  
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