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“Really enjoyed our stay!” 5 of 5 stars
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Boutique Hotel de la Fonte
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1 de Mayo y Corrientes s/n, Puerto Iguazu 3370, Argentina   |  
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Ranked #10 of 42 Hotels in Puerto Iguazu
washington, dc
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“Really enjoyed our stay!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

This is a great place to stay if you prefer not to be in center of town which is not all that great anyway. We were two couples, one got a great room and the other somewhat less so. We had the suite over the dining room which is huge and has a better shower (ie NOT) and electric shower. Our friends had a room with their own little patio, which they didn't actually use because there are plenty of mosquitoes around, which the hotel does its best to control.

Greeting glass of champagne was a nice touch. Driver Julio, Spanish only, was just wonderful.
Owner chef makes wonderful pizza which is easily available. Pool though small was nice to have. Husband got a massage which he declared excellent. Gourmet dinners on the patio were wonderful and inventive. Simona owner hostess works very hard and is absolutely charming.
Yes, there were barking dogs in the nabe, but welcome to Latin America. We still slept fine.
Longish walk to town, but why bother? See the falls then relax and eat here.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Kamakura, Japan
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52 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

Our first impression of La Fonte was - 'wow, we make the right choice'. The outdoor space in the compound is so tranquil and resort-like, it feels so soothing to be there. The service is also very good with good English spoken and your every need and query answered promptly and with a friendly smile.

The cuisine at the restaurant in the evenings was fantastic. We are vegetarian and the chef on premises managed to come up with something unique and tasty for us every night (although it is best to stick to European style dishes and avoid the Chinese-inspired soy sauce dishes which are very salty) Breakfast was not however nearly as exciting - it was just some white bread, a croissant and about 4 grapes which is totally unsatisfactory for a day at the falls, so we ended up getting take aways the night before from in town and eating that in the room (try Aqva, the food there is good) We saw they have a massage service which looked nice and we very much enjoyed the salt water pool - no chlorine, yay! (be aware that it is very tiny though)

The rooms were not the hotel's strong point. Although very pleasantly decorated, the water pressure in the shower was so weak it was very difficult to wash our hair. There is nowhere to dry your clothes after a long day under the waterfall. At night we were bothered by mosquitoes - whilst a chemical solution was provided to us we do not like lacing our room with poison so skipped that and ended up fending with bites all night. The dogs in the area have a habit of barking in chorus in the middle of the night and the community nearby when we were there were playing loud drums from midnight onwards... The walls are also very thin so if you think you want to sleep in you will doubtlessly be woken up in the morning by the busy happenings outside. Privacy is pretty limited too, unless you want to keep your doors and windows shut all day/night. The towels also smelled quite bad and felt to be laced with some sort of chemical spray which was either air freshener or bug spray, probably from when they treat the room - we were a bit reluctant to use them and when we did my husband had an allergic reaction to them.

All that said, we still enjoyed ourselves and appreciated the nice space and service. If we were to go again, chances are we would stay at the same place. The waterfall was literally the most beautiful place we have ever been - aim for a fine day and enjoy being in paradise.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

2 Couples traveling together. One had a great room, the other had a poorer one. The poorer bathroom sink did not provide adequate counter space and only cold water. More importantly the shower provided hot water through an electrical heating system and the heat control was located about 7' high. Not easily controlled by anyone less that 5'5" tall.

Stayed 2 nights, the owners, Simone manager and her husband the chef, provided great service.
They also had an arrangement with a local transportation provider, Julio Alves, who facilitated trips to park, restaurants and airport.

We had a late flight and they provided a checkout that allowed us to use a room and facilities that gave us a pleasant day.

Room Tip: The restaurant provided one of our best meals and at a competitive price ( in Argentina that means a...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights, and I would happily have stayed a month! It is a small, family-run hotel with a lovely atmosphere. Our stay felt completely personalised, from being welcomed with a glass of champagne, to being introduced to the wild parakeet that treats the reception desk as its personal property and has been christened Hugo by the hotel staff. The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful, and the rooms were beautifully laid out and spotlessly clean. The villas are set in a lovely courtyard garden, and when you come back exhausted from visiting the Falls it's wonderful to collapse by the small pool. But the best thing of all was the food; the chef was clearly trained in a top restaurant and the meal we had was not cheap, but definitely deserving of a Michelin star. Overall this was possibly the best hotel I've ever stayed at, and the only one that has ever inspired me to write a Tripadvisor review!

Room Tip: We were upgraded to a Superior room which was gorgeous.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dulverton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

We stayed at this small hotel for a couple of nights whilst visiting Iguazzu Falls, as most people do. The hotel is located towards the far end of Puerto Iguazzu, which means that it's around a 30-40 minute walk into the centre where the bulk of the shops and restaurants are. Not generally a problem if you're relatively fit and dont mind a walk back to your hotel after dinner, though the pavements in Iguazzu are in a very poor state, as they are in most of Argentina. However, there are plenty of local taxis available should you need one.

When we checked in we were offer a glass of champage and then shown to our room, which was a nice touch.

The rooms (or small lodges) are scattered amongst the grounds of the hotel, there are hammocks and pools dotted around the grounds for you to use.

Our room was basic but clean, though the bed had a bit of a dip in the middle which probably meant that the matress needed to be replaced. The bathroom was ok with a good shower but the sink only had cold water, so you had to decant hot water from the shower to the sink if you wanted to wash in hot water (needed for shaving).

Breakfast was served either inside or out, by the small pool. It was the same every day, and delivered to you on a wooden board, so not a serve yourself buffet breakfast like the majority of hotels, and consisited of juice, tea or coffee, croisant, doughnut, yoghurt, hard boiled egg, small bowl of cornflakes, ham & cheese toasti, and a few bits of fruit on a stick. So not what you would call a hearty breakfast. If you were staying more than a couple of days I guess would would fancy a bit of a change.

There is a small pool with sunloungers around (4) and a hot tub. Not really enough in my opinion as they soon fill up in the late afternoon when most people return from their day out and want to relax a bit before dinner. The steps leading into the pool were not secured properly and I saw one elderly lady stumle into the pool when using them.

The grounds are vey nice to walk around and there are a number of resident exotic birds that live in the grounds.

We didn't eat in the hotel for dinner as we always prefer to choose a restaurant, there are lots in the centre of Puerto Iguazzu.

So all in all, a bit of a different hotel, quite relaxing, which was ok for a couple of nights. However, I have only rated it as a 4* due to the breakfast and poor mattress in our room.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Sydney, Australia
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Warm reception, a lovely hostess runs this hotel which is located approx 800m away from the town centre (about a 20 minute walk). It is about as far away from the falls as you can get - but you'll be catching a bus or taxi to the falls anyway unless you're staying at the Sheraton inside the park. Taxi transfers were 100 pesos (20 mins v 40 mins on the bus).

If you manage your expectations, then you'll be fine if you book this property. The rooms are motel style in decor and quality (thin sheets, tired furniture, poor bathroom fittings etc) although the grounds are pretty and dining room is warm and inviting. Wifi worked best by the door to our room, not so great otherwise.

Barking dogs can be an issue, one night until 4am and then next night no problem. Given the number of dogs in town, this might not be property specific.

We didn't eat dinner in the restaurant as it looked overly fussy and the most expensive prices we had seen on our trip to date. Other places in town were good enough for the two days we were there. We found the breakfast tray concept to be fine, we're not fussy eaters. It may annoy others who prefer a choice. It was an elaborate set up including cornflakes, fried donut, fruit stick, juice, egg, yoghurt and a toasted cheese and ham sandwich which we took with us on both days. The coffee was actually pretty good, given the ropey quality of other coffee we had seen in Argentina.

Perfectly fine for a couple days. We might hunt around for something else if we were to return but the staff and organised drivers were all warm and friendly.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013 via mobile

Very nice and chic common area, fountains and pools all around; the owner isa beautiful Italian lady full of energy that can provide great advice to enjoy the area of iguazu falls (amazing!). The chef is great too, a dinner is highly recommended. Lovely staying. Room was very simple but clean.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1 de Mayo y Corrientes s/n, Puerto Iguazu 3370, Argentina
Location: Argentina > Litoral > Province of Misiones > Puerto Iguazu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Puerto Iguazu
#8 Romantic Hotel in Puerto Iguazu
#15 Family Hotel in Puerto Iguazu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Boutique Hotel de la Fonte 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a different and unique boutique hotel, set in a park surrounded by lush tropical nature. We are located at 450 meters from the Hito Tres Fronteras/viewing point, 600 meters from Puerto Iguazu downtown and 18 km of the Iguazu National Park. Our hotel has 10 rooms. Each room has a different decoration. All rooms are equipped with A/C hot-cold, fridge, LCD TV, cable, Wi-Fi and the Dolce Vita room has a double Jacuzzi.In services we have a salt swimming pool, climatic Jacuzzi, massage, wireless internet, laundry service, parking lot and restaurant. ... more   less 
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