In Iguazu there is no obvious best hotel. The Sheraton is in the National Park, which has its advantages but there is nothing else there. So for a single night stay, the Sheraton is the obvious choice (though I normally try and avoid Starwood hotels ) I looked at some of the other hotels I had seen reviews of and on balance I would go back to the Amerian, which is not a great recommendation but in my view the lesser of evils. Afterall most people go to spend time at the falls so hotel stays are short. The staff were all extremely friendly.
We had a room on the top floor and it was extremely hot when we arrived. It was hot outside, but the individual air conditioners for the rooms could not keep up. The common areas in the hotel were also warm. The room was a good size if a little tired. The small safe in the room was interesting, because you could uses a credit card or a selected combination to operate it, something I had not seen before.
Some of the rooms in the hotel have a view of the river in front. We had a garden view but enjoyed a couple of spectacular sunsets.
The hotel has some real advantages. There is a bus stop directly in front of the hotel and both the local buses and the buses going to the falls stop there. Although it is a little out of town it is still a manageable walk 2-3 km and bus or taxi is an alternative. They have a beautiful swimming pool, although a little strangely configured for real swimming.
I had arranged with the hotel for an airport pickup. The plane was early and the taxi late so we stood around for a while waiting for the driver. When I arrived at the hotel I was asked to pay the car charge in cash which I did not appreciate.
Given that most people are at the hotel to see the falls It would have been good if the hotel had a simple one page information sheet in different languages about the park opening hours and the bus schedule to the park.
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- An unique location on the three borders landmark, this sophisticated 5 stars, offer an amazing view on the junction of Parana and Iguazu River. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amerian Portal Del Iguazu Hotel Puerto Iguazu