Palácio Quitandinha

The Palácio Quitandinha is a historic former luxury resort hotel in Petrópolis, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 1947, the Palácio Quitandinha was the site of the Rio Treaty, attended by United States President Harry Truman.

Palácio Quitandinha
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Palácio Quitandinha.
General information
LocationPetrópolis, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Coordinates22°31′38.16″S 43°12′46.01″W / 22.5272667°S 43.2127806°W / -22.5272667; -43.2127806
Technical details
Floor count6
Floor area50,000 square meters
Other information
Number of rooms440
Number of suites13
Quitandinha Palace - Petrópolis Foundation of Culture and Tourism


Designed by Italian architect Luis Fossatti,[1] and constructed between 1941 and 1946 by 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.

Notable guests who stayed at the hotel included 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 and king Carol II of Romania.[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. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 December 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Cassinos do Brasil. "Palácio Quitandinha – Petrópolis". Cassinos do Archived from the original on 22 March 2016. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  3. ^ Francoise Klingen; John Malathronas; Sue Chester (2009). Michelin Travel Guide Rio de Janeiro. MICHELIN. p. 208. ISBN 978-190-626-195-5.
  4. ^ Life (1947), Life magazine, p. 30, Time Inc, ISSN 0024-3019

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