A few clarifications:
1. as mentioned in another review, there's no "spa" in sight. Not sure what this is in reference to (the jets in the mini-pool? Wasn't even on. )
2. Not necessarily in the "jungle"; it's on the edge of town but the vegetation is thin. There's enough coverage so you're not staring into someone else's room but you can obviously make out other buildings far enough. The jungle aspect is more like "expert gardening" to make it feel like a jungle.
That being said, this was a lovely hotel. There are birds and butterflies here, but not much or any other animals. There's even bananas growing right outside of the reception. It's a little cheesy (if you pay attention to the vegetation in the area, many of the plants, namely the bananas, are not indigenous so they're deliberately grown there for coverage / decor) and my SO and I agreed it reminded me of a jungle version of The Great Northern Lodge from Twin Peaks. The reception is beautiful, the rooms are the right touch of kitsch and very very roomy. Instead of a traditional single unit, the units are spread out like little villages along wooden walkways with vegetation between them. Our row had about 3-4 different rooms on it. Yes, the rooms were a little musty smelling but these rooms were essentially like cabins and if you've ever stayed in a cabin before, they have a scent to them. Not to mention the dampness is expected in a "rainforest" setting- once you turn on your heating / AC unit the moistness goes away.
One of the highlights of this hotel was the excellent wifi- in BA we were struggling to get or maintain a connection the whole time. Not perfect, but the most consistent service since we've left North America. Every building has it's own router. Our internet did go down the morning we left, but it worked fine in the business center.
I stayed during Argentina's winter so there weren't as many bird outs as I would have liked but on the bright side I did not hear the smacking of seeds on the roof.
I was also really, really, really glad this hotel wasn't in actual Puerto Iguazu. After two nights visiting the city we had enough. We tried to walk a few places (for instance, DE LA FONTE via Victoria Aguirre and 9th de Julio) and HOLY CRAP, wow- we were only a block away and noped the HECK out! That hotel was in a residential part of town and it was sketchy as hell! Anything that wasn't on the main few stretches of town was super sketchy. If Flint, Michigan had a baby with Gatlinburg, Tennessee and it was a town in Mexico (no, not Argentina), it'll be called Puerto Iguazu!
Qualms: not all rooms come with hammocks! I was upset about this because the hammocks was what made me want to stay here! Not only were there no hammocks, my entire patio guard-rail rotted off and laid in a collapsed pile right over the patio edge. It wasn't a big deal because I was too busy going to the falls to pay attention to the patio.
I also noticed the sewage smell in the bathroom on the day we left. Thankfully, it wasn't there everyday.
The AC / Heating unit was a struggle to operate because only one button was labeled - sleep. We had to press every other button to figure out how to use it.
Some of our outlets didn't work and they were sparse. I think it's a trend in Argentina, but I had to unplug a side lamp and the TV to access plugs.
FOOD: the food here is not very good. We tried the daily special (appetizer, dessert, and entree for about $170 pesos, about $17 each in 2014) which sounded excellent, but went downhill from the appetizer. You had two options for each, and since there was the two of us, we just ordered one of each and a bottle of malbec.
The beef empanada was pretty decent but it went downhill from there. The "river fish" was pretty terrible- I'm not even really sure of the species but it was a firm white fish with a kind of dirty taste to it (like a more intense, farm-raised tilapia). I didn't know what I was expecting seeing that freshwater fish in the US iS considered poor people food (ie: "inferior"). With river fish in the US, you fry the heck out of it and douse it in hot sauce which makes anything tasty. This was pan-fried and under-seasoned and drizzled with a mysterious, flavorless mahogany-colored sauce. The risotto we had with it was incredibly dense and salty. This was intriguing because I felt like the exception of steak, everything else in Argentina didn't have enough salt. Steak was pretty mediocre as well. The worst abomination during this meal was their "queso y dulce" rendition which was a bland, flavorless white cheese paired with candied papaya. I found it completely inedible. My SO finished it and proceeded to have diarrhea that night.
Breakfast was so-so. If you manage to grab a medialuna fresh from the kitchen they're decent. HOWEVER, it seems that they run out of them often so they douse their croissants (which are very dry, chalky, crumbly) with a sugar glaze and put them out as medialunas. The fruit looked shot to hell and back. The ham was the only cold cut available, and like other ham found in Argentina, is flavorless pink rectangles served with flavorless white rectangles for cheese. The highlight was that they have Tabasco here (both red and green!) so you an get some semi-decent scrambled eggs and douse them with tabasco to appease your spice fix. Coffee is weak for Argentinean standards. I can't really complain though because for $300 dollars a night in the US, you get a continental breakfast which is cereal, coffee, and a piece of fruit if you're lucky.
Even though the food was pretty terrible, everything else was nice.
- 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 Hotel Puerto Iguazu
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