There is only one reason you have come here and that is to see the Iguazu Falls. So, everyone's visit is fairly transitory. There is a large selection of hotels in Iguazu; many of them will disappoint you so please choose carefully. We spoke to several different friends before settling on Loi Suites and given our needs we were not disappointed. We were less than 20 minutes from the Argentine entrance to the waterfalls. The LOI is modern and well-appointed.
Reading over several past reviews there have been some improvements. First, internet is now free, but slow and limited to only 2 devices at one time, which puzzled and confounded my children. We spoke to the front desk who said that their internet bandwith was very limited so that was the only fair approach for their guests. As expected, internet was much faster when less guests were present. Second, the middle pool (there are 3 connected) is now heated to 25-27 C, which we found refreshing after long hikes around the Iguazu Falls. Alas, there is no hot tub (except in the villas), which would have been a tremendous improvement for the facility. (We mentioned it to the staff who said there had been some discussion, so we were apparently not the first to mention this oversight.)
The hotel is set in the local jungle on the Iguazu River. It is quite isolated and therefore extremely quiet. The hotel is laid out from a central core building which houses the restaurant and common areas. The buildings housing the rooms are linked by cable bridges which are fun to walk over (if you are queasy, you can walk below on the path). There are elevators in each of the buildings so it is very easy for luggage (we were traveling light and carried our own luggage to our room). The rooms are spacious with a large screen TV (only Spanish language channels; we asked for CNN in English but it was not available the staff said). Closer to the river are several villas with large porches (with outdoor tubs); none were occupied when we visited.
There are some very nice common areas. in the main lobby there is a large and well-appointed common area with a large outdoor patio overlooking the pool and the Iguazu River. There is a very large pool (actually 3 connected) with large patios around them.
We ate two breakfasts and one dinner in the main restaurant and one dinner in the Kon Tiki restaurant by the pool. Contrary to other reviews, we found the breakfasts (which should be included in the price of the room) more than adequate with freshly-squeezed juiced and fresh fruits and a selection of meat, cheese, bread and pastries that you typically find in an Argentinian hotel. Breakfast is completely self-serve; even for coffee and tea. Dinner was completely different: white table clothes, attentive staff, a good selection of different dishes (the beef and fish were very tasty), and traditional desserts. Finally, there is a large bar adjacent to the pool that serves pizza and sandwiches by the pool called the Kon-Tiki where we ate our final meal. We found the food very good there as well.
Most of the staff spoke reasonable English; the reception spoke very good English. Most everyone at the hotel had cars or buses picking them up for different Iguazu tours. The staff did a very good job of knowing who and when we were being picked up.
If you are inclined to walk down and up 250 stairs, there is a nice view of the river (there is a funicular down to the river but it was inoperative). There are also several paths through the jungle that we found interesting.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Only 20' far from the airport, this exclusive five star hotel is immersed in the Iryapú Jungle. Comfort and luxury 15' far from the Iguazú Falls in perfect harmony with nature. Built with maximum respect for nature, preserving native vegetation, Loi Suites Iguazú is surrounded by magnificent trees and impressive wild life ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Loi Suites Iguazu Hotel Puerto Iguazu