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Constructed between 1941 and 1946 by the Brazilian entrepreneur Joaquim Rolla,[1] the Palácio Quitandinha is one of the most impressive architectural monuments in Petrópolis. It was built in the Norman-French style (outside) and the Rococo style (inside),[2] as the former is very much present in the architecture of Petrópolis due to West European colonization. The surface area of the hotel is 50 thousand square meters and has six floors, and the ground floor is 10 meters high. It has 440 rooms plus 13 suites with decor by Dorothy Draper.[3]


Interior of the restaurant.
When it was opened, Palácio Quitandinha was as the "Cassino Hotel Quitandinha", the largest hotel casino in Latin America for two years, during the period when gambling was permitted in Brazil, from 1930 until May 30, 1946, when the federal government under President Eurico Gaspar Dutra had outlawed all types of gambling from casinos to games of chance in Brazil, by his Presidential decree.[1]
This caused a severe financial crisis for the hotel and being unable to survive solely as a hotel, its apartments were gradually sold out. The hotel was reinvented as "convention center hotel" in 1989 and is used for many important conferences to this day. The imposing façade and the scenic surrounding of the hotel makes it an important tourist attraction itself. The Palácio Quitandinha is unique, that it is simultaneously a hotel, a convention center, and a museum.
Many famous guests who stayed at the include 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 and a dethroned King Carol II of Romania.
Source:http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palacio_Quitandinha

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