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Don Puerto Bemberg Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Puerto Libertad
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8 hotel reviews
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“Still lost for words... WONDERFUL!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2011

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!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2011

We had a fantastic time during our stay! The hotel itself is beautiful, and the grounds are amazing. Gorgeous pool, private waterfall, access to the rain forest. We spent one day at Iguazu Falls, and then we took a day just to stay and enjoy the hotel.

If you have time, definitely inquire about the nature walk with Nazaret. She took us on a hike through the rain forest, and it was beautiful and very interesting.

I highly recommend the hotel!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London
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53 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2011

Despite being some 40k from the falls we chose this hotel for its jungle location, away from the hustle and bustle of the falls and the "chain" hotels, and we were not disappointed. the location is truly magnificent at one with the surrounding jungle. The building, a restored lodge, is designed with large rooms with cathedral like ceilings, coming off the restaurant and office area. With an outdoor pool and sun terrace, a wrap around veranda for al-fresco dining, and a magnificent walkway leading to a covered terrace for evening cocktails watching the magnificent sunsets over the Parana river. The rooms are very large with big bathrooms, some of the furnishings have seen better days, but this does not retract from the beauty of this place and its location. With its own restaurant, required as you are too far from any alternative eating establishments, serving home cooked local produce with fine wines and excellent service this is the perfect spot. Book it, you will not be disappointed and the 40k drive to the falls is a doddle.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2011

At first we were somewhat apprehensive about our choice of accommodation in Iguazu. This was due to the drive from the falls (about 40 mins) and the rough track leading to the hotel. We were soon very pleased with our decision. This hotel is absolutely delightful. The service was impeccable. The food was beautifully prepared and presented. The setting is magnificient, with great views across the Parana river. Where else can you take a private jungle walk with your own birding expert? Bring your binoculars and stay a day or two longer, you wont be disappointed.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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New York, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2010

Puerto Bemberg was a wonderfully tranquil hotel in the middle of the jungle. The hotel grounds were lovely, and it was so relaxing to sit, sip a cocktail, and read a book on their deck overlooking the Parana river.

The food was absolutely delicious. We think the chef should come to New York City and start a restaurant there so that we could frequent it more often! Also, order the jhassi (sp?) - the best cocktail that we've ever tasted. It's a mixture of rum, basil, and orange, and a great way to end your day.

Baltazar was our driver while we were there, and he was very friendly and always on time. The drive to and from the falls takes about 45 minutes each way, and we were charged 300 pesos (~$75 USD) for each roundtrip drive that Baltazar needed to make (so 900 pesos total for pick up from the Brazilian side of the falls, transport to the Argentinian side of the falls, and airport transfer to Foz do Iguacu in Brazil).

If you can splurge, this is a great place - highly recommended!

  • Stayed December 2010
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Milwaukee
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60 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2010

We all adored this funky, sweet getaway. Never mind all the hoopla about the road to and from Iguazu Falls. A day at the falls is plenty and drivers navigate the road just fine. But one day one into our sojourn, I made the mistake of petting the on-the-grounds-chapel-caretaker's dog (at his urging).

The dog bit me leaving 5 puncture wounds. Unable to produce rabies documentation (other than their word), we had to navigate South America's vaccine system. Now back in the US, I am still undergoing rabies tests with the Center of Disease Control involved. Had that not occurred, we would have loved the place. The food, service, rooms, grounds, etc...are gorgeous. But make no mistake, you are in South America where rabies are rampant. Enjoy your wild side. But do NOT pet the dogs. Ever.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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spain
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17 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2010

First of all I need to say, the hotel is quite far away from the airport and the Falls, 45-50 Km away .So if your plan is to visit the Falls from Argentina and Brazil , be ready to rent a car or to pay 100 USD each way per person.
The service is excellent, all the staff is willing to help from the start. The restaurant and food is very good. Other than that the rest of the hotel is really nice but not sure if I would rate it No1 in the list.
Rooms have not enough light and size is not huge. When you spend the amount of money the hotel costs I expect more.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Don Puerto Bemberg Lodge
Address: Fundadores Bemberg s/n | Cataratas Del Iguazu, Puerto Libertad 3370, Argentina
Location: Argentina > Litoral > Province of Misiones > Puerto Libertad
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Puerto Libertad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Don Puerto Bemberg Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 14
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
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