A smart choice for extended stays or family holidays, the all-suite Hotel Flat Petras stands on a quiet street about a 5-minute drive from the city center. Curitiba's "Old Town," 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles) away, is the setting for a lively street fair on Sunday mornings. Browse the stalls selling local artworks and jewelry, sample a savory snack, and stop to watch the street performers. Fashionistas flock to the Crystal Plaza shopping center in the upscale Batel neighborhood, 1.6 kilometers (1 mile) from Flat Petras. 2 popular pedestrian-only streets are within a 20-minute walk: Rua 24 Horas, "the street that never sleeps", offers shops and eateries open 24 hours a day, while Rua das Flores bustles with restaurants, major stores, and flower vendors.
Curitiba's cultural and architectural highlights are also within easy reach. The Wire Opera House (Ópera de Arame), a striking round structure with a transparent ceiling, is 2 kilometers (1.25 miles) from the hotel. You'll cross a footbridge over a lake to access the building, which is set amid lush greenery and waterfalls. About 5.6 kilometers (3.5 miles) southeast of Flat Petras, the Botanical Garden of Curitiba, with its iron-and-glass greenhouse, is on most visitors' must-see lists. You can get to these and many other top attractions via Curitiba's modern transit system, a model for urban planners worldwide.
Wherever you're heading, start your day with a complimentary breakfast. When it's time to unwind, take advantage of the outdoor pool. You can keep up with your workout routine in the gym, or catch up with work in the business center. And if you've worked up an appetite, stop by the restaurant, open daily until midnight. Barbecue grills are provided too, if you prefer to prepare your own dinner in the fresh air.
Speaking of food, each suite includes a convenient kitchenette with cookware. Step out onto the balcony, or relax in the living area. Suites also feature complimentary wireless Internet, in-room safes, desks, and cable TV with premium channels. Bathrooms are equipped with showers and hair dryers. Connecting rooms and rollaway beds (surcharge) are available at this family-friendly, smoke-free hotel.