Juma Opera Hotel
An evocative and charming hotel just steps from the Opera House in historic central Manaus.
Set alongside Manaus’s central square - the broad and stately Praça São Sebastião - the elegant Portuguese colonial-style building which accommodates this pleasant hotel reflects the affluence of the 19th century rubber boom era, when the city was among the first in the world to run trams in streets illuminated by electric lights.
Behind the arched windows of the belle époque façade are spacious sound-proofed guest rooms, many of which have a close-up view of Manaus's world-famous icon: the ornate, golden-domed Opera House. Décor is contemporary but with a nostalgic twist. The restaurant is set in a steel and glass dome structure with a superb view over the theatre.
The rooftop pool, where you can relax in shaded loungers, offers vistas over the city towards the Rio Negro. Other facilities include two shops and a fitness room. In the evening, you might pop outside for a drink in one of the square's lively bars and pavement cafés.
What our clients say
Most Memorable Moment?: Trip to Mount Corcovado & Sugar Loaf but many memorable moments.MB, Bishop's stortford
Iguazu Falls, both sides spectacular, getting a flavour of Rio and being taken such good care of as a single traveller.MB, Thatcham
Most memorable was the approach toward the Falls on impossibly built metal walkways you could not have imagined the spectacle laid out before you. Our guide who sat on the prow of the boat and the atonishment as he leaped into the water distracting a Cayman and bringing it on board tightly held The view from the top looking down on Rio from the location of the Redemmer.AC, Saffron walden
Highlight: The wildlife at Mutum - tapir, caimans, anteater, capybara, massive range of birdlifeDL, London
Rio - the ultimate party city. The Pantanal - fascinating wildlife. Iguacu - Wow ! And the Andes - Incredible. We ran out of superlatives to describe what we were seeing.PM, Stamford Brook
Highlights?: The sighting of Fera the jaguar, and the giant otter sighting at Rio Mutum.MM, Ascot
Our expert's view
Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Expert
Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.
I cannot recommend this hotel enough for the location – it’s a great place to absorb the sights and sounds of the historic heart of this tropical river city. With the docks and markets within walking distance, you are well placed to wander around, returning to your hotel to enjoy the many bars and pavement cafes on the main square. Don't miss a look-in at the famous opera house, there are guided tours of the atmospheric interior and free events accessible on many days of the year. If one coincides with your visit, you may be able to book a seat at an opera or classical concert locally.
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