I really liked this hotel - visited for 2 nights only whilst visiting the Iguazu waterfalls.
I doubt many guests would stay much longer than 2 nights as everyone is here for the waterfalls. Many people I spoke to were on their way to or from other cities and attractions. Everybody I spoke to seemed to love this hotel though.
The hotel is only about 1 k out of town but off a main road so I wouldn't be tempted to walk it. Do get a taxi.. it seemed quite expensive for only a short ride but it is so hot and dark I didn't even consider the walk.
I did look into some of the more generic offerings in town before booking this, but I am glad I decided to go for the the jungle lodge experience - it really added to the pleasure of the trip.
Reception is a huge open space which also houses the restaurant. Beautiful airy and lots of quirky giant wooden furniture.
I was shown down to my lodge which I loved on sight. I just knew I was going to get a good nights sleep here. It is very atmospheric and the jungle really is all around you. Hammock on the terrace was a nice touch - though I didnt get time to use it in the end. The room had 2 double beds in a very spacious arrangement. The air con was efficient and not too noisy (this place gets very very humid so you will need it). Bathroom was tasteful (quite small but fine). The room had coffee making facilities (this wasn't mentioned on the website so it was a nice extra to have - particularly for my departure when I had to get up very early). Could not fault the room .
Pool is nicely set out in a clearing between the trees. Seemed enough sun beds for everyone who wanted one but I didnt get to the pool before 5pm anyway so my enjoyment was limited (a lot of the trips leave early morning and won't return until late afternoon, so the pool is great for a quick refreshing dip before dinner but I doubt anyone spends a day there). The pool bar was a bit slow on service, but the beer was cold and the cocktails were strong.
Breakfast was plentiful with some nice fruit options and lots of pastries. I don't think it was too strong on cooked breakfasts (but I didn't really explore that as its not my thing, so I could be wrong). I did have dinner in the hotel one eveing. Bit soulless as not many other diners, but the food was lovely and the wine was served in nice big doses!
I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel. There are other lodge style hotels in the area and they may also be nice. But I would say definitely pick this over any of the larger (older) hotels in town.. you will miss a charming experience!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the middle of the Selva Paranaense, La Aldea de la Selva Lodge combines nature and comfort through our rooms that enhance the rustic and autochthonous of our missionary land, with furniture made by local artists. The perfect blend of rusticity and luxury. We are a pioneer hotel-tourism company in giving value to the natural and cultural resources of the area of Iguazu, at the same time that we offer a unique lodging experience, committed with a distinguished service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Aldea De La Selva Lodge And Spa
- La Aldea De La Selva Hotel Puerto Iguazu