Where to stay in Ciudad del Este – A guide to South America’s busiest border city
Ciudad del Este is the second largest city in Paraguay.
This great Paraguayan city is located in the Eastern Region of the country, next to the tripoint between Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina.
Ciudad del Este is the capital of the department of Alto Paraná, located 327 km from the capital of the country. It is the country’s main gateway to Brazil, and the International Friendship Bridge, on the Paraná River is one of the busiest international borders in the Americas.
The Paraguayan city is the largest city of the “Triple Frontier” area, which also includes the towns of Foz de Iguazú in Brazil and Puerto Iguazú in Argentina. These three cities together form a large urban conglomerate of almost one million inhabitants.
Ciudad del Este is famous for being a commercial city and one of the largest tax-exempt areas in the world. Daily, thousands of Argentines and Brazilians come to Ciudad del Este to shop.
Guaraní International Airport, Paraguay’s second most important air hub, is another important point of entry to the border city.
Public transport in the city is dominated by local buses. Additionally, multiple taxi lines and mobile applications operate in Ciudad del Este.
As for the best areas to stay in Ciudad del Este, the central area of the city is the best area to stay. In addition to being close to the main commercial centers, it is very close to the Brazilian border. See accommodation in central Ciudad del Este.
Here’s a guide with the best areas to stay in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay.
The best areas to stay in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay
1. Our favorite area: Central Ciudad del Este (close to the Brazilian border)
Ciudad del Este’s Trade Zone is located on the right bank of the Paraná River.
Thanks to the popularity of Ciudad del Este as the number one shopping destination in the region, this area offers the best amenities for shopping tourists or travelers in search to rest before continuing their trip to Brazil.
It is the most active commercial area of the city, with several shopping centers and commercial streets.
The central area of Ciudad del Este has a large first-class hotel offer, restaurants, casino and nightlife centers.
It is close to the Friendship Bridge, which connects Foz de Iguazú in Brazil and indirectly to Puerto Iguazú in Argentina, its excellent offer of shopping centers and its large number of hotels and entertainment places, make this neighborhood the best area to stay in Ciudad del Este.
Why we love this area for a stay in Ciudad del Este
- Close to the border
- Wide range of hotels
- Shopping options
Accommodation options in this area
Rio Hotel by Bourbon Ciudad Del Este
Offering a terrace, Rio Hotel by Bourbon Ciudad Del Este is located in Ciudad del Este, 19 km from Itaipú. It is less than 1 km from San Blas Cathedral, a 20-minute walk from the commercial center and 1.7 km from the Friendship Bridge. There is free WiFi.
Hotel Piazza Centro
Hotel Piazza Centro is located in Ciudad del Este, 19 km from Itaipú and 1.2 km from San Blas Cathedral. Free WiFi access is available. The Friendship Bridge is 1.4 km away. The hotel provides a 24-hour reception and luggage storage.
Hotel Casino Acaray
The Acaray is located in the center of Ciudad del Este, just 5 minutes’ drive from the commercial area, with large windows and free Wi-Fi. In addition, there is a swimming pool, restaurant and free private parking.
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