We were undecided for a long time on whether to make the tremendous journey from Mendoza to Iguazu during our short trip to Argentina - but are SO GLAD WE DID. If anyone reading this is in any doubt as to how exciting seeing waterfalls can be, rest assured - they are phenomenal and will take your breath away.
We booked Hotel de La Fonte a couple of days before via email and from the first exchange Simona was extremely friendly and helpful.
We arrived at the hotel after a day and a night on the bus and Simona greeted us at the gate - she is extremely warm and friendly, the perfect hostess. She let us check in to our room early and delivered coffee to perk us up before the first of our day's sightseeing. We were on a fairly moderate budget during our trip and so opted for the least expensive room. It was still very impressive, decent size,comfortable bed, nice artwork on the walls and a good sized bathroom with electric shower and plenty of hot water (bedding and towels absolutely fine - no complaints at all!). The room was immaculately clean (and bug free) and there was a mosquito plug-in for the night on our bedside table.
The grounds of La Fonte are beautifully landscaped and there always seems to be someone sweeping leaves off a pathway to ensure the hotel is tip top. The pool is great too and there are sun loungers and towels out for guests to use and a poolside bar.
Simona was very helpful with planning our visits to both sides of the falls and arranged taxis for us - the first day to take us to the Brazilian side of the falls ($200 ARG for a delightful driver to collect us from the hotel, take us, wait for 3- hours and then bring us back - totally worth it,). We took a taxi to the Argentinian side the next day but to be honest it's just as easy to take a cab up the road to the bus station and then get on the bus to the falls which is really cheap. We did this on the way back.
As well as being an extremely comfortable hotel with wonderful and friendly hosts, one of the best things about this place is the restaurant. SImona's husband Mateus is a top chef (Michelin starred in fact - although they are very modest about this and do not splash it all over their advertising). Mateus does all the cooking and the restaurant has a very simple menu (few starters, few pasta/steak/fish dishes and a few desserts) using fresh, local produce. Both my partner and I opted for the steak on our first night and it was absolutely incredible. By far up there with what you would expect in a top London restaurant. The banana flambe with ice cream was also divine (not that we needed a dessert!). The next night we just could not go anywhere else but chose slightly cheaper menu options - me, the vegetarian pasta and my partner the fish. Again, both of our meals were delicious. How can vegetable pasta be made to taste so phenomenal! The tables are all set outside under a canopy next to the pool within the jungle garden and to sit eating such amazing food, drinking a good bottle of red under the warm night sky was a real highlight of our trip - and topped off our day's at the falls extremely nicely. Staying at La Font really made our time in Iguazu extra special and we would highly recommend it to anyone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a different and unique boutique hotel, set in a park surrounded by lush tropical nature. We are located at 450 meters from the Hito Tres Fronteras/viewing point, 600 meters from Puerto Iguazu downtown and 18 km of the Iguazu National Park. Our hotel has 10 rooms. Each room has a different decoration. All rooms are equipped with A/C hot-cold, fridge, LCD TV, cable, Wi-Fi and the Dolce Vita room has a double Jacuzzi.In services we have a salt swimming pool, climatic Jacuzzi, massage, wireless internet, laundry service, parking and Restaurant. The Restaurant will be closed since 5th of June to 19th of June of 2016. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Boutique Hotel Puerto Iguazu