If the name Londrina sounds familiar, that’s because the second city of Paraná state was christened Little London by British immigrants who settled here in the 1930s. They were followed by a steady influx of Japanese, Italians and Germans, who left their mark with faux-Bavarian houses, Italianate churches and parks dotted with torii gates straight out of Tokyo. The city is green with parks and has one of the largest student populations in the country. Not sure where to stay? We know the best hotels in Londrina – bookable on Culture Trip.
The Thomasi is in the small Londrina commuter town of Maringá, about 40 minutes’ drive from the city. It’s a comfortable affair, done out in corporate-cool style. Rooms come in a palette of browns and taupes, with polished floor tiles and small windows overlooking the busy Avenida Colombo highway, which connects Maringá with Londrina. A large buffet breakfast is included in the price, and the hotel has a spa with heated jacuzzis overlooking an outdoor pool and a restaurant. If you fancy dining out, you needn’t go far, as there’s a choice of dining spots a 10-minute drive away.
Cedro is well positioned a few blocks from the city center, next to the Paróquia Nossa Senhora Rainha dos Apóstolos church and its leafy park. Overlooking Avenida Juscelino Kubitschek, Londrina’s principal urban highway, the rooms are motel-simple, with a bed and a scattering of patent leather furniture set against an unfussy color scheme of whites offset by polished floor tiles. Stays are good value, with breakfast included in the price, and there’s a gym and sauna as well as on-site parking.
Hotels in Londrina don’t get much better than the Blue Tree, which occupies a tall tower in the prosperous neighborhood of Jardim Higienópolis, next to the city center. Rooms are modern and rather anonymous in style, with off-white walls, polished laminates and smart fitted wooden furniture. Book a suite and you’ll get a balcony. For tired limbs there’s an efficient spa with a decent-size pool, saunas and steam rooms; expect, too, a restaurant and an upper-floor sun deck with expansive views of the cityscape and surrounding countryside.
It’s worth upgrading to a suite in the Boulevard, which holds pride of place in a tall glass tower right in the center of Londrina. Decor-wise, they’re the same as the standard spaces – polished tiles and lashings of taupe – but the extra outlay gets you a jacuzzi bath for two and separate living and dining areas, and the suites on the upper floors have some of the best views of any hotel in Londrina. Explore and you’ll find a small rooftop pool and a meat-focused restaurant. There’s also on-site parking.
Comfort Suites can be found on the outskirts of the city, next to the Catuaí Shopping Londrina mall. It’s perfectly positioned for rapid access to the airport and downtown. Other than the mall, which has a good choice of restaurants, there is little nearby, but you can easily join the main freeway to Curitiba and Foz do Iguaçu – and the hotel has parking. Expect lots of laminate and white, with faux-pine work desks and a bedside table. There’s also a pool, and a generous breakfast is included.
This Londrina hotel overlooks a busy urban highway on the outskirts of the residential neighborhood of Shangri-Lá. There aren’t many restaurants nearby, but book one of the flats and you’ll get a kitchenette and dining table; the sparely furnished standard rooms are surgically white and compact. Meanwhile, a breakfast big enough to last until the evening is included in the price, there’s ample guarded on-site parking and the hotel is well located for rapid access to the interstate highways going east and west.
Few hotels in Londrina have a better location than the Sumatra, which enjoys a convenient location on Avenida Juscelino Kubitschek, meaning rapid highway access to the airport. It’s in the heart of the business center, but leisure travelers are also welcome. Rooms come in a palette of soft whites, with dark-wood laminate floors and unfussy furnishings – desk, bedside tables and a chair, while the ensuites look the part with lashings of polished stone and box showers. The hotel is popular for weddings and is often busy with large groups.
The rooms in this cheapie on the edge of the city may be backpacker-basic (with plain taupe walls and furnishings amounting to a bed and bedside table), but they’re good value. Need to catch an early flight, or sleep after a hectic arrival? The hotel is close to the airport and right next to the interstate highway going north and south, and there’s a large shopping mall – with plenty of stores, restaurants and a cinema – a few minutes’ walk away. The price even includes a buffet breakfast.
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