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- Reviews: 3530
Hotel Esturion Iguazu: Stay on the Argentine-Side?
The 118-room, 4-star Esturion Hotel, located in Puerto Iguazu, Argentina, was selected for us by our Argentine internet tour organizer, Ripio Turismo. The hotel is located almost at the end of the streets in Puerto Iguazu, on the point of land where the Iguazu and Parana Rivers meet. It is also the spot where Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay meet each other!
The hotel is located only a few minutes drive from the international bridge over the Rio Iguazu leading into Brazil. From there, it is another short drive to the entrance of Parque Nacional do Iguacu.
We liked the looks of the place as soon as we drove in through their big gate in the fenced-off hotel grounds. Nicely manicured grounds, clay tennis courts off to the side and a beautiful swimming pool at a lower elevation with colourful bougainvillea vines climbing the walls. It was looking good already!
Since we were pre-paid as part of the package deal, we never actually paid a room rate, but an internet site (details below) quotes their single and double rooms at about US$70. After a hot day walking around the national park at Iguazu Falls, we really enjoyed the pleasures of this hotel swimming pool!
- Reviews: 3363
Tropical Iguacu Falls Hotel: Right by the falls
This is the best-located hotel to stay in if you're visiting the falls at Iguaçu so of course it doesn't come cheap, but we thought it was worth paying the extra for. It's in a brilliant location actually inside the national park and only a few minutes' walk from the falls. Although large and sprawling, the traditional style ensures that it has a bit of character, and the amenities are good.
There's a bar with a terrace overlooking the gardens leading down to the river, and a more traditional interior with dark wood and a piano. The restaurant serves fairly standard tourist buffet food, but you can choose to splash out on dishes from an á la carte menu which we did one evening and had a very good meal. There's also a reasonably sized pool if you haven't got wet enough already walking by the falls!
A room for two in October of this year (2008) would cost just under $189 according to the hotel’s own website (see below) but I reckon you could find cheaper by shopping around. Since our visit the hotel appears to have added a spa to its list of facilities, but I imagine you would pay extra to use this.
When we spent a couple of hours by the pool one afternoon we enjoyed a visit from a pair of coati – their antics kept us amused for quite a while!
- Reviews: 1287
Hotel Tropical das Cataratas: In the forest
Honestly... I did not stay there! (And probably never will...)
Honestamente... no me hospedé allí! (Y probablemente nunca lo haga...)
Low budget travellers of the world... This place is not for us!!!!
Situated in the middle of the National Park, surrounded by the forest, with a spectacular view to the waterfalls... Wow!
Never mind... probably the noise of the waterfalls does not let you sleep!!!!
The picture was taken by me... from a helicopter!!!!
Viajeros de bajo presupuesto del mundo... Este lugar no es para nosotros!!!
Situado en medio del Parque Nacional, rodeado por la jungla, con una vista espectacular de las cataratas... Guau!
No se preocupen... probablemente el ruido de las cataratas no deje dormir!!!
La foto la saqué yo misma... desde un helicóptero!!!
- Reviews: 3530
Numerous: Plenty of Rooms in Foz
With a population of about 300,000 people, compared to the 30,000 in Puerto Iguazu, Foz do Iguacu offers many more choices when it comes to Accommodations or anything else you can think of.
We only visited the downtown area of Foz for just under 2 hours, the day before our Brazil-side Falls tour, so we did not actually spend much time there. However, it was evident from the skyline and signage that there is no shortage of good places to stay here on the Brazilian-side.
The streets were very attractive and the city seemed friendly enough in our brief experience. They actually have a 'tourist patrol' of some sort that approached us to give us some friendly advice as we stood there looking like, 'tourists' I guess!
- Reviews: 4857
Hotel Rafain Centro: Modern, comfortable, great location
I stayed in this modern and comfortable hotel in a great location in Foz do Iguacu. You're only a couple blocks from the main street in town in which all of the nightlife is located and only a few more blocks to the main bus station in town. The rooms are comfortable with good beds, reliable air conditioning and nice hot showers.
A great breakfast buffet is included in the cost and there is also a nice swimming pool and office facilities including internet access (although it's over-priced to surf the web here).
For more details, check out my Foz do Iguacu page.
- Reviews: 4857
Tropical das Cataratas: Now THIS is a great location
Well, I didn't stay here, but this is the only hotel that's actually located in the national park. It's a first class place with all the expected amenities, but best of all, you're only steps from an amazing view of the falls. While you can't actually see the falls from any of the rooms, you'll certainly be able to hear them.
- Reviews: 160
Albergue Paudimar Campestre: Youth Hostel in Foz do Iguacu- near of the Falls
The "Paudimar Campestre" hostel in Foz do Iguacu is the best in the area and easy acessable by bus. It's located about 15 kms from the city center and located 2 kms near of the brazilian national park. It's also very close to the airport (around 1 km) and its location is very convenient to those who are flying in or out of Iguaçú.
It looks like a small hotel with swimming pool and soccer field and does have also a beautiful garden with hammocks. It's also very inexpensive - only around R$ 12,00 (about US$ 4,00) a night in a shared room and about 30 Reais in a double-room called "cabana". If you are not Hostelling International member you can sleep there too, paying a little of around 10 Reais per person more.
Its location is very convenient for visiting the Brazilian side of the falls, and they also organize day-trips to the argentinian side for R$ 20,00 (US$ 6,50) per person, which is the cheapest bargain you can get (add about R$ 30,00 - US$ 10,00 for the park entrance- fee in Argetina).
If you would have to go on your own you'd need to take four buses to get to the Argentinian National Park.
If you would like to reserve there, contact hostel Paudimar in advance, as they're usually fully booked all around the year.
Albergue Paudimar Campestre
Rodovia das Cataratas Km 12.5, Remanso Grande
Phone/Fax: (0**45) 529-6061
Foz do Iguassu, Parana, Brazil
- Reviews: 4102
Tropical das Cataratas Hotel: Hotel inside the National Park
We didn't stay here but visitors wanting to stay right inside the park might take a look at this hotel which is within walking distance of the Falls. I'm pretty sure if you stay here you don't have a view of the Falls from the hotel since the hotel is not very tall.
If you want to stay inside the National Park on the Argentine side, take a look at the Sheraton Internacional Iguazu Resort.
- Reviews: 3959
Hotel das Cataratas: Right on Location
We didn't stay there, preferring to stay in town, so, the only thing I must say is that this is the only hotel at walking distance from the falls.
One thing you have to decide: If you want to stay in the middle of nowhere, just to "live" the falls and its jungle, this is your place (if you can afford it).
If you want a more lively place (not much...) you better stay in town and come by car, having in mind that this town follows American standards, which means that everything is spread and distant.
- Reviews: 8151
Falls Galli Hotel
This hotel is located about 2/3km outside Foz do Iguacu next to a busy dual-carriageway that you don't hear at all from inside your room. The hotel reception is very spacious and likewise so are the rooms. In fact they're HUGE! My only gripe about the rooms was the noise from the upstairs room as they all have tiled floors which echo noise through the ceiling. Apart from that, the room was superb. Breakfast was very plentiful which breads, cakes, fruit, jams (including banana which became my favourite), coffee, tea, juices etc. I had dinner one night in the hotel which was a buffet and again was very good. The hotel has a large swimming pool which was lovely to get into after a hot days sightseeing. The only problem with the hotel is the location but there is a public bus service that runs into the city centre and to the main bus station.
- Reviews: 101
Simple and economic hotels: Foz de Iguaçu
Although there are several high priced and exclusive hotels close to the National Park, including the very posh hotel inside the park, I would recommend staying in the town of Foz de Iguaçu, itself. Foz de Iguaçu is a small city, but it has over 150 hotels, and good clean accomodations can be gotten for around US$40 per night. From downtown Foz, there is excellent bus service to the Falls as well as to the nearby border towns in Paraguay and Argentina. Plus, there are numerous restaurants and shops in the downtown Foz area, and the streets seem fairly safe for walks around town.
I would check the internet for hotel listings, as the hotels are numerous, including high-rise hotels with views of the river. Nearly all hotels in Brazil offer breakfast to all of the patrons, with a full spread of fruits, breads, meats and cheese, juices, and sometimes even scrambled eggs and bacon.
- Reviews: 6309
Tropical das Cataratas: Airprojects.com
I bought a package from Airprojects.com which is based in Miami. 3 days 2 nights including flight from Sao Paulo to Foz do Iguacu costs US$497 for single room. On average, the room costs about US$100 per night. Price also includes buffet breakfast but make sure you don't ask for fried eggs. The hotel charged me for almost US$3 for 2 fried eggs!!!!! In any hotels I've ever stayed, none had ever charged me for fried eggs (in a buffet breakfast)! It's outrageous!
Tropical das Cataratas is the only hotel that's IN the National Park. The Falls is within walking distance.
- Reviews: 2507
Hotel das Cataratas: Only Place to Stay, and Its Expensive
Located inside the grounds of the national park, and with a decent view across the water to the falls in Argentina, there is no place anywhere in this part of Brazil that comes even close to comparing to Hotel das Cataratas.
That is also true when it comes to the prices to stay here.
Naturally, there is no way on earth I would stay here unless I had a really good reason to pay that much money.
Maybe one day.....
Minimum of 2 nights stay is required, with a minimum price of $250 a night.
- Reviews: 2076
Tropical das Cataratas: The Famous Pink Lady
Although we were staying on the Argentinian side of the falls, we did have the opportunity to drop in on the most famous hotel on the Brazilian side of the falls, the Tropical das Cataratas. This opulent hotel is located onsite within the Parque Nacional do Iguacu, which makes it an ideal location for that early morning hike to a viewing point of the Falls. The hotel had a beautiful garden in the back, including a famous heart stone known for spreading love. Rooms are fairly reasonable at a rate of 150USD per night as of 2008. Even if you choose a less expensive route, it is still a nice place to take a break from the falls for a minute or two while you wait for the bus back to the front gate of the Park.
- Reviews: 174
Tropical das Cataratas
A beautyful place to stay and for lovers of old classic hotels without budget constraints definately the second best location to stay in.
Situated directly on the Brazilian side of the falls, you can hear the falls from your open hotel window, which has maze to protect from insects.
Due to the fact that most tourists only come in groups and only stay for one or two nights and never ever come back, the entry hall feels like a big airport arrivals hall.
All restaurants are extremly expensive and the service and food quality is pretty poor though acceptable. This hotel is pretty much a simple moneymaker for its owners. If you care servicewise and foodquality wise about value for money, which is relative, I would not recommend this hotel and expected better. What we did on our second night was buying delicious argentinian redwine from a local shop and ordered only little food on room service.
Breakfast is fine. I do recommend this hotel for those "early birds" who would like to stroll along the brazilian fall side without other tourists (picture). The park opens for the general public only after 8:30am. So you have plenty of time almost alone and may enjoy more peace and quiet, animals, birds and the rainbows upon sunrise.
The location is unique. You step out and can feel the falls.
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