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Melia Iguazu Resort & Spa
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Reviewed October 24, 2006

I am glad we stayed in the park. It was so convienent to just walk back to the hotel and not have to worry about catching a bus back to the town. Plus, when we took the boat ride into the falls and got soaked, it was great to just walk back to the hotel and not have to be wet all day long or endure a bus ride in wet clothing.

However, this is an expensive hotel. They didn't have a king-sized bed which was irritating since that was specified in our reservation. The breakfast is very good, standard American bacon & eggs plus all of the pastries and breads with jellies & dulce de leche - even champagne on Sunday. The restaurant downstairs for dinner was horrible. Neither my husband nor I enjoyed our meals at all, very bland. There is also a buffet that looked like it might have been good - but for $25 USD (for lunch and dinner), which seemed really expensive compared to both the a la carte menu and every other meal we had in Argentina (the buffet inside the park that is open for lunch and less than $10 USD by comparison). For the rest of the our time there, we ordered burgers and sandwiches at the bar in the lobby. Nothing exceptional, but it worked for us. That is the main drawback to the hotel, the food isn't good and by the time you spend 7 hours walking around the falls all day long, you don't really feel like venturing into the city, or paying for a taxi to take you which was very expensive compared to BsAs taxis.

But would I stay here again? Absolutely. You can't beat the convience and waking up to see the falls from your hotel room and eating breakfast looking at the falls was outstanding.

And another observation: most of the other guests staying there were older or were families. In fact, I really didn't see any else our age (mid-twenties). This didn't bother us at all because we could enjoy the nightlife during the rest of our trip (Rio, Salvador, BsAs). It was kind of nice to sit back at the hotel bar and have a Quilmes and just relax.

  • Stayed: October 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 18, 2006

Travel agent in Australia booked the hotel for us based on information from the web and the fact that it was situated at the falls for real convenience.

The tariff was on par with equivalent hotels in Australia. The menu and wine selection in the restaurant was very good and, considering the isolation of the place, quite reasonably priced.

The bar/restuarant set up is condusive for meeting people, which we did, and relaxing after a hectic daily tour/s.

The hotel is well presented and the only complaint that I could possibly highlight was that we were given a twin room rather than a double despite the fact that we had booked some 3 months previously. Didn't make a fuss over it though.

  • Stayed: September 2006, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank nosyd
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Reviewed October 8, 2006

Recently spent two nights in a Falls View room at the Sheraton Iguazu as part of a trip to Argentina. The hotel is located inside of the park, which is probably its best feature. The hotel in general reminds you of a cruise ship. Some rooms face the Iguazu Falls, the others face the garden. The rooms are very average. The linen on the beds is the typical Sheraton linen that you find in all Sheraton Hotels. The rooms appear not well kept. The bathtub was painted yellow. The water pressure was a trickle. Each day we received a typed message from the manager stating they were working on the hot water. The sliding screen door for the balcony had multiple holes allowing insects to fly into the room. The shelves in the closet were falling apart. The food was very expensive and horrible! The front desk staff was nice, however I felt that everyone else was trying to sell something. For example, the water level at the Falls was reported to be low prior to our arrival. After arriving at the hotel we were told that all excursions were running normal duty. The excursion company had representatives inside of the hotel lobby. Only when we got to a certain point in the excursion did they tell us we could not complete the excursion despite having paid full price.
I would recommend staying at the Sheraton only if you will be traveling to the Falls for the first time and staying a couple of days. The location inside of the park is its best asset. If you have the time, check out the spa. It is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. Hopefully plans are in place to bring the rest of the hotel up to the standards of the spa.
Overall I feel that I got poor quallity for the amount of money I paid to stay at this hotel.

  • Stayed: September 2006, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank pedidoc
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Reviewed October 2, 2006

We stayed at this hotel for 3 nights in September, as part of our silver wedding anniversary celebrations. When we booked, we could only get a garden view room, but i emailed the hotel and explained we were celebrating our anniversary and asked if possible to upgrade to a Falls View room. We were not disappointed! On arrival the receptionist knew about this and we were given a Falls View room AND a complimentary bottle of champagne to celebrate!! Our main reason to visit the resort was to see the Falls (which are spectacular) and so we were absolutely delighted to be able to see them from our room. We have no complaints at all about our visit. The hotel staff were very efficient and able to deal with any queries. We ate 3 lovely meals in the restaurant and our breakfast was included in the room rate - self service buffet. The hotel pool area has now been renovated and was lovely to sit around. There is also a very nice spa area, which we didn't have time to try. We walked both the Upper and lower Falls area and also took the train (which was free) to the Devil's Throat. It is also possible to take boat rides and jeep safaris around the falls area if you wish to add to the excitement.

5  Thank Sally&Rob
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Reviewed September 19, 2006

good:
superb location
friendly helpful staff
comfortable room
view
internet free
tv with cnn
spa
pool

bad:
no wine knowledge
not good food
poor shower
very expensive laundry

  • Stayed: August 2006, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank bencb
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Reviewed August 21, 2006

Located inside the national park, the Sheraton Iguazu is a great place to stay when visiting the falls, especially in a falls view room. While the hotel is isolated, it is perfect for those who prefer peace and quiet. And the proximity to the falls can't be beat! The rooms are standard Sheraton, but that includes a comfortable bed, modern bath, mini-fridge and in-room safe. Our 2-night stay in July was just enough to see both the Argentine and Brazilian side of the falls (make sure you have a Brazilian visa before you get there or you won't be allow across the border). We hired a driver for the day and had a very nice tour on the Brazilian side. We recommend the Brazilian buffet at the National Park for lunch-extensive and delicious.

6  Thank drswaim
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Reviewed July 3, 2006

Reading some tgraveller reviews of this hotel had us expecting a somewhat tired, musty and outdated former beauty of the accommodation industry. Not so!
While not up to Sheraton's usual 5 star standards, this very large hotel is clean, efficient, well-managed and, of course, is right amongst the action at these magnificent Falls.
A few tips.
1. Don't bother to pay for an organised tour of the Argentine side of the Falls. From the hotel it is very simple to walk to the Upper (Superior) and lower (Inferior) walks by yourself. To take in the more distant Devil's Throat section just stroll to the Caritas station, show your Sheraton room key and you're on the small train which carries you in a long loop to this part of the Falls (for free)
2 For meals during the day there are several reasonably-priced options (which you don't hear about at the hotel) at the start of the walking tracks, just 500 metres or so from the hotel.
3 As another reviwer has noted fill your water bottles from the cooler in the gym - it's cold and it's free.
The Falls View rooms are quite expensive but worth the extra as each room has a small balcony where you can sit, enjoy a drink while watching and listening to the Falls and overlooking the pool. If you can get around to the Brazillian side of the Falls (a visa is needed by some) do it. It;s about a 35 minute taxi ride (don't let the driver stop at too many 'come on'shops on the way). The views and experience from there are something very special

19  Thank bfitz
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Address: Parque Nacional Iguazu, Iguazu National Park 3370, Argentina (Formerly Sheraton Iguazú Resort & Spa)
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Location: Argentina > Litoral > Province of Misiones > Iguazu National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Iguazu National Park
Price Range: $272 - $678 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Melia Iguazu Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 176
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Immerse yourself in a natural sanctuary in the heart of the jungle, where the magnificent Iguazu Falls cascade in front of the Meliá Iguazu Resort & Spa. . Rest in a quiet and peaceful atmosphere, immersed in the mystical energy of the Paranaense jungle. ... more   less 
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Sheraton Iguazu Hotel Iguazu National Park
Sheraton Iguazu Resort And Spa
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Iguazu National Park Sheraton

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