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The Bristol Brasil 500 Hotel offers comfortable accommodations in the heart of a nice neighborhood. Situated in the wealthy Batel area, the hotel's distinctive building is located directly across the street from Shopping Curitiba. Restaurants, recent renovations, and outdoor seating make this mall a favorite with locals.
Curitiba is the capital city of Parana, one of Brazil's southernmost states. This progressive university town has a rapid bus system that's an international model for forward-thinking urban planners. There's even a bus line designed exclusively for tourists: The Linha Turismo stops at more than 20 different attractions. Pay once, and you can get off and reboard at 4 of the sights. The tour bus stops near the Bristol Brasil 500; ask at the front desk for details.
In the mood for culture? The Museu de Arte Contemporanea is just a 15-minute stroll away. You can appreciate modern creative works at one of Parana's national museums. Sightseeing and art gazing can make a person famished. You can walk across the street to grab a meal, or you can stay in. Cidade Grill (on the first floor of the hotel) dishes up contemporary Brazilian fare within a setting reminiscent of a rainforest. Mornings, the eatery offers a complimentary breakfast. If you're not on holiday from your exercise routine, you can keep up with your workouts in the fitness center. Weather permitting, take a dip in the small outdoor pool. (You can warm up in the sauna beforehand.) Keep in touch with family in the business center, or log onto the complimentary wireless Internet access (available in the common areas) to check out area attractions. You can step into the bar if you want a nightcap. Guests who drove will appreciate the parking (surcharge).
Back in your room, you can make use of the complimentary wireless Internet access or catch the news on TV. You can also use the DVD player and watch a movie. If you're hungry, order a snack from room service (available limited hours), or warm one up in the microwave. If you want, you can crack open the minibar and pour yourself a cocktail to go with that snack.