Looking for a quick and easy weekend get a way? The city of Petrópolis (also known as The Imperial City of Brazil), is a town in the state of Rio de Janeiro about an hour drive from the city. The drive up through the mountains is beautiful, very green and the higher you go, the more crisp and clean the air becomes. Petrópolis, is nestled among the forested hills of the Serra dos Órgãos, in the valley of the Quitandinha andPiabanha rivers, providing stunning scenery. There are only a handful of hotels so I am going to make this easy for you.
Option 1. The Grand Hotel, which is located in the center of the Historical District, it easy to walk to many of the incredible historic sites, including the Imperial Palace, Rio Negro Palace, the Cathedral and many more (which I will cover so keep checking back!) from the hotel. The main street is lined with malls, shoe and electronic stores as well as pharmacies and padaeria‘s, personally, it felt a lot like walking down New York’s Broadway starting at Prince and working your way to Chinatown. The hotel is a landmark which was recently reopened after being closed for 45 years (pictured above & below). There are 67 ‘apartment’ style bedrooms, and each suite has its own living room area so it really does feel like you are in an apartment. FYI The morning complementary breakfast was one of the best I have seen in Brazil!
Option 2: Solar do Imperio Hotel, also in a great location, walking distance to everything, and is definitely the nicest and most expensive hotel in Petropolis. The hotel is in a beautiful renovated 1875 building, has a stunning garden (below) and a stylish restaurant (didn’t make it there but have heard great reviews).
Option 3: Hotel Casablanca Imperial, also located in the historic district, it is close to Casa da Iprianga, but it is a little further away from the main attractions and is situated inside a beautiful colonial style house with a nice deck area.
Option 4: Pousada Tankamana is tucked away in the mountains in the Itaipava district. The ideal place for a quiet get away secluded in the hills. Looks beautiful, definitely a place to consider staying if you visit Petropolis in the summer as it gets quite cold in the winter (trust me, I was wearing whatever hoodie I could get my hands on!)
Petrópolis is a beautiful city, jam packed with history, and I have plenty more information coming your way so please keep checking back!