With this review I find it difficult to find the right words to describe what we just experienced as it was something quite different to all other hotel experiences I had so far and truly was amazing! The hotel is everything it says and shows on the website and more. It is secluded in this beautiful piece of rainforest, away from anyone and everything.
The road 'problem': I read the reviews of this hotel before and got concerned about the road leading to the hotel. I expected a mud road on the edge of an abyss, with a river below, ready to fear life and death. Let me tell you, it's nothing to worry at all! The main part of the roads is on new tarmac and only the tiny rest (leading from the main road to the hotel) is on a dry cobbled bit with parts on forest soil leading through forest. The only thing is that it bounces and jiggles for a few minutes, but please don't let this put you off, because it's worth that short inconvenience!!
The hotel is absolutely charming and how someone can complain about the size of the room, I can truly not comprehend (unless they had to sleep in the broom cupboard). Seriously. It's spacious. The decor is PERFECT for where it is, very cute, stylish and colourful. Comfy beds, lovely bathroom, and a little veranda to sit and read. Air con, drinks, bathrobes, slippers... all you need really! The restaurant / drawing room / library is equally as charming, quiet and cosy, again perfect. The food was very good, how can one complain??!! Just be aware that this part of Patagonia is not famous for the beef but instead is brilliant for the incredibly delicious river fishes. Delicious! The pastas were a dream - home made with innovative sauces. The starters and deserts were lovely and the wine and cocktails a delight! Honestly, you're in the middle of nowhere, and everything is fresh, mostly home grown and the standard is far above average!
The surroundings of the hotel are simply a dream. The pool area is beautiful, everything is quiet apart from the loud noises from the birds and other animal in the rainforest (quite an experience). The view from the viewpoint over the rainforest, the river and Paraguay were breathtaking, and we enjoyed sitting there, drinking Caipirinhas, and watching the Tucans feed on the nearby trees. AMAZING!
We did a private bush walk with Emilio, which was interesting, educational, fascinating and funny. A must! Unfortunately we did it in the afternoon heat, mornings are much better to see animals - we now know :-)
The service is friendly and personal, but at the same time very quite so most of the time you don't notice any staff around, although they are just there, waiting for any order you might have. The house has a fascinating history and we enjoyed listening to its story, told by the owner personally. Lovely.
The hotel had organised a guided bush walk at the estate and a private tourguide for the Iguazu Falls in advance and it all worked out without a hitch. Both private guids were very knowledable and lovely to have them around.
I will return, no doubt about this, next time with my husband though - as it's the perfect romantic retreat. I feel that 3 - 4 nights would be appropriate to stay there: 2 days for arriving and leaving, one day at the Iguazu falls and one or 2 days to enjoy the hotel and surroundings. You can't really go anywhere out to eat or do anything from the hotel, so I personally feel after 3 nights eating at the hotel (fairly small, but appropriate menu), I would love to go out and see something else.
This is a very special hotel, re-built with love and deserves all your custom as it is one of a kind and makes the experience of the Iguazu Falls even more intense and true. On our visit to the falls, we stayed for a couple of hours in the Sheraton right at the Iguazu Falls where we had lunch and freshend up. And whilst the view over the falls is amazing, is is a big concrete block with food catering for all the burger and chips lovers out there. It felt completely inapropriate and had the charm of a military shelter. We couldn't wait to be back in Posada Puerto Bemberg. Don't be put off by the drive of 40 min from/to airport and to/from Iguazu Falls. It is worth every single mile and you get the true rainforest experience! A MUST!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Don Puerto Bemberg Lodge is a jungle boutique hotel with personalized 5 star service. The Lodge is strategically located in the Misiones jungle, in a private natural reserve located 35 minutes away from Iguazu Falls. Trails, natural waterfalls, rivers, trees, native plants, birds and fauna of the jungle; characterize the environment of the Lodge that is certified as a sustainable tourism hotel by Rain Forest Alliance. The Hotel was built from an old house owned by the traditional Bemberg Family, which has been completely renovated respecting the original architecture. All spacious rooms feature large windows and a private patio, allowing the traveler to contemplate the jungle. They have been tastefully decorated maintaining its colonial style with a combination of natural and local materials. The hotel features a Gourmet Author Restaurant with international and regional cuisine, a pool surrounded by jungle, boating activities, trekking and jungle interpretation. The lodge has wi fi in the rooms and common areas, and outdoor parking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Posada Puerto Bemberg Hotel Puerto Libertad
- Don Puerto Bemberg Lodge Argentina/Puerto Libertad