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“Hotel in good location with great pool...” 3 of 5 stars
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El Libertador
Bonpland 110, Puerto Iguazu, Argentina   |  
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Ranked #30 of 38 hotels in Puerto Iguazu
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“Hotel in good location with great pool...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

OK, the hotel is a bit dated, and the rooms could do with new carpets.
Our room was on the back (quiet a long walk from the front desk, and maybe therefore quiet). Air con was working fine, the bathroom was very spacious, clean and had a hairdryer. WiFi is only working in the lobby, with is therefore crowded 24/7.
The big plus is a huge pool (nice to cool down after a day at the falls), and bar with music in the evening.
Some of our group stayed for the dinner buffet there and enjoyed it.
The breakfast consists only of a few different pastries, cornflakes with hot milk and watermelon- not even bread...
It is within 5min walking distance from the main bus station, supermarket and souvenir shops.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

Picked this hotel as part of my package tour to Iguazu Falls, so I was not expecting much as I picked it because of price, and that it had a big pool, because I knew Iguazu would be stinking hot, and I would like a dip on return from my tours.

For a short stay it was OK, close to the cafes, restaurants etc, and I found the eateries to be very good and reasonable. The rooms are really old, they could use a coat of paint. The beds are small, the shower was poor, so don't have a long one, but hey at least there is a shower.

The hotel areas are in need of a major overhaul, the carpets look aged and dirty. The staff could use a new uniform and a smile.

All in all its more like a 2 star hotel. In the end you are probably staying here for the Iguazu falls experience not the hotel experience, so just treat it as a place to house your luggage, have a shower and sleep, and do your tours.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Ontario
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Walls are thin, so you can hear your neighbors and they can hear you.
Rooms are of basic comfort, with little space left around the bed.

The shower started to "leak" into the ceiling on first use, just by moving the handle. Kudos to the hotel service, this has been fixed within 20 minutes. :)

Bed linen was not changed even once in 5 days, and looked non-fresh especially in summer period when people sweat a lot.

1st major disappointment is a lack of WiFi: even though the hotel claims to have free WiFi, it was never accessible. Every employee first says that it will be fixed in 1 hour, then on next occasion - by later same day, and finally - by next day. And this legend was repeated by every employee we have tried to inquire about the WiFi. The nearby cafes provide WiFi when you order something, and from our experience usually 1 cup of terrible coffee goes from 5 to 25 pesos.

2nd major disappointment is the breakfast: only few pastry types offered, sometimes not even fresh, and most of the time they are all burned to blackness, that we had to scrap before eating. No fruits, and no European style snacks like cheese, ham, etc. No natural juices either.

On a positive side: the swimming pool is nice, with plenty chairs around it and sometimes nice music from the bar. And of course, the location. the hotel is a walking distance from any place in Puerto Iguazu, whether it is a bus station, shopping streets, restaurants and cafes, post-office, etc.

But overall experience was really not good.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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San Jose, Califonia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2010

We srtarted out our Iguazu trip by staying at the Hotel Cataratas, which was not centrally located but had very good accomodations for US $ 120/night. It rained a lot so after 3 days of sightseeing in the towns (Puerto Iguazu and Foz de Iguacu) we decided to extend for an additional 4 nights and transferred to El Libertador Hotel where we were offered accomodations for approx. US$ 55.00 per night. Well, a lot has been said about its location and age (from the 60s ?) but, hey, you'll find the same on hotels along El Camino Real costing a lot more money and with inferior service and cleanliness, so if you are coming from the States and wish to get the most bang for your buck in your vacation this Hotel will do it. The cold cuts and salads at dinner are of excellent quality, and if you enjoy receiving a massage treatment when in vacation, there are a couple of massage salons (one directly across the Hotel) near the El Libertador which are cheaper but of equal quality to what you'd get at the Cataratas Hotel; and if you are adventorous and enjoy tasting the local fare, there are a few restaurants nearby with live music entertainment at dinner and serve the local fishes ( El Dorado, Patu and Surubi) cooked in a variety of different ways, along with barbecue, pizza, etc.
Another plus is the many travel agencies nearby and the hotel itself, which will accomodate you in obtaining taxi or shuttle service to the brazilian side (Go see the Latin America music show with dinner buffet at Foz de Iguacu, but pre pay it before to save yourself money). The hotel staff is fluent in a variety of languages including English, German, Italian and Portuguese. If you plan to enjoy your vacation inside a Hotel room with a Jacuzzi tub, go elsewhere, but if you wish to save time and money and get the most of your vacation then the El Libertador Hotel is it .....If you get a better value for services than this let me know.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hillsboro, Oregon
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2008

Overview:

The hotel has a nice entry and reception area, has a pool, and a nice front appearance. It is located in a convenient location in the town. I suspect that it was quite an impressive hotel at the time it was built, probably back in the 50's, but is showing it's age now.

Good:

1. I found the food to be quite good, but not exquisite. The breakfast was basic, but the dinner was quite nice. I believe that both are included in the price of your room (except drinks) - it was in my tour package.
2. Although I did not use it, they pool was available for the hot weather.
3. Had cable TV, and AC.
4. Hotel staff were helpful.

Bad:
1. Showing signs of wear throughout the hotel.
2. Corner areas in restrooms, common areas, etc. could have been cleaned better.
3. Rooms were small and so were the beds.
4. I could not believe that now this hotel could have a 3 star rating. Maybe a 2 star.

My thoughts:

This is an ok hotel. I would look around first, but not exclude this hotel from your list. Just don't believe it is a 3 star hotel.

Please take time to rate my review. Thanks.

  • Liked — food
  • Disliked — age of hotel
  • Stayed October 2008
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2008

Personally, I would not recommend this hotel.

It is in a good location, in the centre of the town of Puerto Iguazu, close to many restaurants, shops, the post office, the tourist info centre and a short walk to the Tres Fronteiras. It also has a good size swimming pool, and the staff are friendly.

The room itself was basic, but it was clean and the beds were comfortable enough.

However, as the previous poster has said, the breakfast is disappointing. It consists of about ten different varieties of croissants, all of them sugary and glazed. There´s nothing savoury, apart from cereal, and that is served with warm milk. There´s no hot food and the only fruit on offer was watermelon.

We stayed on the ground floor and it was REALLY noisy. Noise from outside, but also from the hotel´s own "auditorium" which went on until about midnight. The doors and walls are really thin and there´s no carpeting, so we were woken up by people walking past our room, by the televisions in the lobby, not to mention the noise of everyone having breakfast and congregating for tours from 7am onwards.

  • Liked — the location was good, it was in the centre of town
  • Disliked — the noise!
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2008

A large hotel very centrally located in Puerto Iguazu near to the restaurants and local amenities.

Large size rooms however standard very poor....the hotel has not been updated since the 1960s (and it shows!). Bedding and bathrooms could do with some modernisation.

Hotel staff very friendly. However, this is let down by the breakfast.....other than croissants in different shapes and sizes, there is not a whole lot of choice!

The hotel has a pool...great for kids and also has regular evening entertainment.

  • Liked — n/a
  • Disliked — quality of bedding and the shower was awful
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Also Known As:
El Libertador Puerto Iguazu
Address: Bonpland 110, Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
Location: Argentina > Litoral > Province of Misiones > Puerto Iguazu
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Ranked #30 of 38 hotels in Puerto Iguazu
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