Hotel das Cataratas = 5 ***** +

Trip Start Dec 07, 2010
Trip End Jan 14, 2011

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Parana,
Monday, December 13, 2010

What do I say about this grand old hotel? This was my indulgent birthday treat for myself ... 2 nights in real comfort. The little extras. Service with a smile. The refurbishment by Orient-Express was beautifully done. This Portuguese colonial classic hotel is oozing with the atmosphere of lazy days lounging on a veranda or beneath sub-tropical palms by the pool.

My other entries have more details about my stay here.

Was it worth it? YES. True. Won't say how much a night it was. To stay right inside the national park and as already mentioned to effectively have it all to myself both in the morning before the tourists arrive and again after they have left was really worth it. The trail head was only a short 10 minute walk away and to spend an evening here with the sun setting to the west was truly magical. I couldn't turn the thunderous noise of the water off but that really added to the experience.

The hotel and grounds were oh so clean and why the armed police were here on their motor cycles. I now know why as at the airport I found out that the next day, members of Mercosur (South American trade bloc) with heads of state and leaders from Brazil Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, and the bloc's associates Bolivia and Chile, as well as representatives from Venezuela, Australia, New Zealand, the United Arab Emirates and the Palestinian Authority were having a summit at the hotel. Who would be staying in my room? Someone's private aide?

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