Palácio Quitandinha

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Palácio Quitandinha
Palácio Quitandinha, Petrópolis.jpg
Palácio Quitandinha.
General information
Location Petrópolis, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Coordinates 22°31′38.16″S 43°12′46.01″W / 22.5272667°S 43.2127806°W / -22.5272667; -43.2127806
Opening 1944
Technical details
Floor count 6
Floor area 50,000 square meters
Other information
Number of rooms 440
Number of suites 13
Quitandinha Palace - Petrópolis Foundation of Culture and Tourism

The Palácio Quitandinha is a historic former luxury resort hotel in Petrópolis, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The former hotel rooms are currently privately owned condominiums, while the hotel's lavish public areas, considered among the masterpieces of famed American designer Dorothy Draper, have been recently restored.


Designed by Italian architect Luis Fossatti,[1] and constructed between 1941 and 1946 by the Brazilian entrepreneur Joaquim Rolla,[2] the Palácio Quitandinha is one of the most impressive architectural monuments in Petrópolis. The exterior is in the Norman-French style,[3] while the interior is a mix of Brazilian Baroque and Art Deco.[1] The surface area of the hotel is 50 thousand square meters. It has six floors, with a 10 meter high ground floor. It has 440 rooms plus 13 suites with decor by Dorothy Draper.[4]

The hotel was, for many years, probably the second most famous hotel of the country, after the Copacabana Palace Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, which is only about 65 km from Petrópolis. The scenic artificial lake in front of the hotel, loosely resembling the shape of Brazil, was built to provide a source of water in the event of a fire.

Interior of the restaurant.

When it was opened as the "Cassino Hotel Quitandinha", the Palácio Quitandinha was the largest hotel casino in Latin America. Gambling had been permitted in Brazil since 1930, but it was outlawed on May 30, 1946 by decree of the federal government under President Eurico Gaspar Dutra. The ruling outlawed all types of gambling from casinos to games of chance in Brazil.[2] As a result, the casino closed after only two years.

The famous guests who stayed at the hotel included stars like Errol Flynn, Orson Welles, Lana Turner, Henry Fonda, Maurice Chevalier, Greta Garbo, Carmen Miranda, Walt Disney, Bing Crosby, politicians like Eva Perón and President Getúlio Vargas of Brazil, a dethroned King Carol II of Romania and Otis Phil Warner.[2]

The hotel eventually closed in 1962 and its rooms were sold as private residences in 1963. The imposing façade and the scenic surrounding of the hotel makes it an important tourist attraction itself. The building's enormous public areas were restored by Sesc, a Brazilian commerce organization which had taken them over, beginning in 2007.[1]



  1. ^ a b c "The New Quitandinha" (PDF). Art Deco Brasil. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Cassinos do Brasil. "Palácio Quitandinha – Petrópolis". Cassinos do Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Francoise Klingen; John Malathronas; Sue Chester (2009). Michelin Travel Guide Rio de Janeiro. MICHELIN. p. 208. ISBN 190-626-195-4. 
  4. ^ Life (1947), Life magazine, p. 30, Time Inc, ISSN 0024-3019

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