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October 1, 2009) Today, Orient-Express proudly re-launches Hotel das Cataratas, following renovations which have raised the hotel to international standards of style, design and service.  The eagerly awaited hotel offers an unbeatable retreat next to the stunning Iguassu Falls, which lie on the border of Brazil and Argentina.

First opened as a hotel in 1958, Hotel das Cataratas is an elegant two storey Portuguese colonial building with one of the most impressive and enviable locations in South America.  The world famous Iguassu Falls is just a two minute stroll from the hotel, and the property is surrounded by nearly 700 square miles of national park. As the only hotel within the national park, Hotel das Cataratas has an unbeatable location, allowing guests to enjoy exclusive access to the falls each morning, before the park opens at 9am.


The décor of the 193 guest rooms, including 15 suites, was inspired by the traditional Portuguese style and feature paintings of the local flora and fauna by well known Brazilian artist, Ludmilla de Montes.  Traditional Azulejos painted tiles, specially designed for Hotel das Cataratas, have also been used throughout the property, further enhancing the Portuguese history of the hotel.  Many of the 16 Cataratas Deluxe Rooms boast lovely views of the falls, as do the Tower and Cataratas Suites.


A new spa opening at the end of October will offer an array of treatments from the Brazilian brand, Natura, which uses tropical fruits from the area, as well as ingredients sourced from the Amazon.  There will be five treatment rooms as well as a relaxation room and a sauna.


Hotel das Cataratas has two restaurants.  The Restaurante Itaipu serves a blend of Brazilian and international cuisine at breakfast, lunch and dinner, located on the ground floor of the main building, with a veranda for al fresco dining.  By the main pool, the Ipê Bar & Grill is named after a local wood and serves light snacks throughout the day and a churrascaria (South American style meat barbecue) with live music for dinner. The terraces surrounding the hotel have been extended, allowing guests to dine al fresco.


On the hotel’s grounds is the Belvedere Look-out Point, which offers unparalleled views of the falls and a perfect photo opportunity. 


In 1986, UNESCO listed Iguassu National Park as a 'Natural Heritage of Humanity' area.  The park comprises 700 square miles of forest reserve and is preserved to maintain the area for future generations.  The Iguassu Falls are a spectacular collection of 275 waterfalls extending over a length of almost three miles in an enormous canyon on the Iguassu River.    There are 19 major waterfalls, the largest of which is the “Devil's Throat,” with the drop of over 290 feet.  Only three of the falls -- Floriano, Deodoro and Benjamin Constant -- are located on the Brazilian side with the majority located on the Argentinean side facing Brazil.


Local activities which can be organized through the hotel include helicopter tours over the falls, boat rides through the rapids, four-wheel drive jungle adventures and nature walks within the national park.


Rates for a double room at Hotel das Cataratas start at US$375* per room per night, including breakfast.


Orient-Express acquired Hotel das Cataratas in September 2007 and is the company’s second business in Brazil, where it has also owned and managed the Copacabana Palace hotel in Rio de Janeiro since 1989.


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Orient-Express, (NYSE: OEH, the name behind an elite collection of travel experiences, first came into being in 1883 as one of the world’s most exciting and indulgent train journeys.  Today those same two evocative words also embrace hotels, cruises and other luxury rail adventures in 25 countries, across five continents.  The Company has offered exceptional luxury travel experiences since 1976, when it first purchased Hotel Cipriani in Venice and then shortly afterwards, recreated the celebrated Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, linking London, Paris and Venice, along with other European cities.  Today, the Company owns or part-owns and manages 50 businesses, 40 of which are highly acclaimed hotels, each unique in style, from the Mount Nelson in Cape Town and Rio’s Copacabana Palace, to the Grand Hotel Europe in St. Petersburg and Maroma Resort & Spa on Mexico’s Riviera Maya.  There are two restaurants, including ‘21’ in New York, two river cruise operations and six luxury trains. 


*Prices are based on the exchange rate at the time of going to press, but the final price, payable in local currency, will depend on the exchange rate at the time of booking. 


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