"The Hotel Quitandinha" Brazil Off The Beaten Path Tip by traveldave

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Located about five miles (eight kilometers) outside of Petrˇpolis, the Hotel Quitandinha was constructed in 1944 by entrepreneur Joaquim Rolla to be the largest hotel-casino complex in Latin America. It was constructed in the French-Norman style of architecture, which was popular at that time and place due to large numbers of German immigrants who settled in the area. The six-story building contains 440 rooms (originally hotel rooms but now apartments) and 13 large halls.

Unfortunately, a few months after the hotel's inauguration, gambling was outlawed by the administration of then-President Eurico Dutra. In order to protect his investment, Joaquim Rolla sold the rooms as private apartments. Nowadays, the building serves as a condominium and social club. It also hosts conferences, concerts, and other events. It has a restaurant that is open to the public, as well as the largest ice-skating rink in Latin America.

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  • Updated Aug 14, 2010
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