My partner and I spent 3 nights at Tacuara Lodge. We were really looking forward to a couple of relaxing days surrounded by the rain forest. Unfortunetely, it was a bitter disappointment on all ends.
To give credit where credit is due: the nature is in fact very beautiful, and if the weather is right you might end up enjoying your stay after all. However, at the end, we felt ripped off. Basically, they bring you to a place that can only be reached with a truck, and as a result, you are forced to buy everything from Uwe and Karin, the owners, since there are no other shops or restaurants (or anything else, for that matter) around.
First of all, the lodge smelled intensely like moldy wood or mothballs. When we complained, Uwe claimed not to smell anything. He showed us two other lodges, with the same biting smell, still claiming that nobody else had ever noticed that must (which is really unimaginable to us). We decided to stay anyway, mainly because the lodge is very hard to exit...both of us ended up having serious headaches every morning.
The oustide area is no better. The pool had no water, the wooden sunbeds have no overlays or pillows. On the second day of our stay, Karin and Uwe had friends over for a barbecue party, playing loud eurotrash all afternoon. On the other afternoon, neighbors came to visit them as well, hanging out at the pool area - we really felt more like intruders to a garden plot community than like guests of a resort. It should have made us supiscious that we were the only guests at Tacuara anyway, two other couples had already prematurely left.
But what really made us furious was the hidden costs. We already felt that 8 EUR for breakfast for a few slices of bread, some marmelade and (quite frankly: disgusting) instant coffee and 18 EUR for some cafeteria quality Gulasch with Spaetzle was quite pricy, especially for Argentina, but the real shock came when they presented us with a bill on the day of our departure: They charge 4 EUR for an orange juice, 3 EUR for a boiled egg and 2,50 for 3 slices of frowsty cheese. Obviously, nobody ever said that these items would count as "extras" to our quite "minimal" breakfast. Even more ridiculous was the charge of 24,- EUR for "transfer" from the bus station to the place and back, also costs that are completely unannounced at the homepage as well as verbally. All together we paid 250 EUR for "extras" during our 3 days stay in what felt like somebody's old rumpus room!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tacuara Lodge is located at the banks of the river "Ramon" in the argentinian rainforest, just 8 km from the city of Oberá, in the middle of the province of Misiones. The perfect starting-point to visit all important objects of intrest in Misiones (Iguazu waterfalls, Moconá, Ruins of San Ignacio, Cruze de Santa Ana, Posadas, Salto Encantado, and much more). ... more less