At first we were reluctant to move to The Jungle Lodge after having stayed in the national park at The Sheraton. Aside from not being located in the park and not having a true fitness center, The Jungle Lodge surpassed The Sheraton in almost every way:
1)service - personal and professional; requests taken care of immediately
2)"room" - floor to ceiling wall to wall windows opening up to the jungle; very spacious; nicely laid out studio apartment style with full kitchen and dining area - condo hotel feel. More than twice the size of a Sheraton room; large terrace naturally screened by the jungle for a sense of privacy; quiet (other than the sounds of the stream below); decor was not my personal taste (a little too homey for me as I prefer a hotel "look" in terms of decor), but fine; excellent water pressure and temperature control in shower; excellent wifi reception (free); CNN news
3)food & beverage - lovely restaurant with romantic rustic ambiance; use ingredients from their own ranch; loved the sirloin, but was enough for two people; did not care for the "regional tastes" appetizer; included breakfast was fine; overall very good value; snacks and beverages in room reasonably priced; overall much better than The Sheraton aside from The Sheraton's breakfast being much more abundant and varied
4) location - preferred The Sheraton only for access to park; Jungle Lodge much better for a getaway experience; taxi from airport to Sheraton is 110 pesos, versus 120 pesos airport to Jungle Lodge
5)amenities - very nice pool and hot tub; no gym (I believe they had a treadmill. It did not matter as other things took priority at Iguazu. I didn't workout at The Sheraton either despite it having a true fitness center); indoor recreation room with ping pong and children's play area.
6) value for price paid - I paid approximately $110/night at The Jungle Lodge (plus taxis to/from park) versus $355/night at The Sheraton (Falls view room)
Next time I would stay at The Sheraton for the first night to enjoy the convenience, then move to The Jungle Lodge and chill out for a few days. Also, I would have brought more pesos to have benefited from the Blue Market rate instead of paying with credit card at the official rate - makes a huge difference!
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