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“Exotic oasis... remote with Class” 5 of 5 bubbles
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La Aldea de la Selva Lodge
Ranked #13 of 48 Hotels in Puerto Iguazu
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Santa Barbara, California
1 review
“Exotic oasis... remote with Class”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2011

I loved staying at this hotel... you felt like you were in the middle of the jungle. It had what I would call stylishly rugged feel.

Each room looks out into the jungle and comes equipped with your own private balcony and hammock. The food, pool and amenities were all great too.

Service was spot on. They picked us up from the hotel (only compliant I had was it said it would include transfer to and from the airport, it was only from the airport and taxi to the airport cost $100) Way overpriced.

We came in from hiking at the falls and asked for a bottle of champagne to be delivered. We said we'd be at our rooms or at the pool, after heading out from the room to the pool we come upon a beautiful set up of water, champagne (on ice), glasses and goodies beautifully situated at the pool. It was amazing!!!

If you go to Igazau, stay here!!!

~Kellie

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sandoll1
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leopascutto, Manager at La Aldea de la Selva Lodge, responded to this review, April 30, 2011
Dear Sandoll
Thank you very much for having taken the time to send us a review.
Guest satisfaction is our first priority and we were delighted to learn that we lived up to your expectations.
Your comments will greatly motivate our staff to maintain our reputation for excellence.
We look forward to welcoming you again at the La Aldea de la Selva Lodge.
Sincerely yours
Leonardo Pascutto
General Manager
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2011

La Aldea de La Selva Lodge is an experience in itself. Seemingly carved out of the forest by which it surrounded- wooden beams, wooden floors, wooden stairs, furniture and fittings and stone fireplace- its main hall/dining room immediately creates a feeling of space, a different sort of space. Then, to get back in the dark, after a long-day- to walk with cushioned boots down the wooden walk-way through the trees to your room is a therapy.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2011

You really get the feeling that you are in the jungle, even though you are only a short walk from the bus stop to take you to the falls, and a short taxi ride into town. The staff were super helpful and the hotel restaurant was very good too, in fact we ended up having our evening meal there three out of the four days of our stay, rather than trooping into town. Getting to the Brazilian side too was very easy as the hotel organised us a taxi for us for the day - at an extremely reasonable rate - to take us there and back again, door to door, including handling passport control on our behalf.

Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2011

The Lodge is one of the most outstanding "retreats" I've ever been to. It is literally cut out of the tropical forest with elevated paths leading to the secluded cabanas.

The buildings are constructed in a log cabin-like style, yet are very new and clean. Just walking from the main lodge building to the multi-tiered pool to the internet cabin and finally to your cabin is an adventure in nature. You are surrounded by a forest, so there are a few bugs, but the cabins are elevated and clean, so just bring some insect repellant for walks and the pool area and you should be fine. Be aware you can still hear cars in the very distance, but it's only slightly noticeable.

And their food is outstanding. Chef prepared dinner dishes. Amazing breakfast buffet also! No need to go to a fancy restaurant. (No lunch provided when we were there though)

Extra bonuses:
Iguazu Falls is 10-15 drive.

The native Guarani indians are literally across the street living in the forest. The best way to visit them is to walk 500 ft down the road to the small horse riding stables, pay a reasonable fee and let a guide take you to them. They will give you a 2 hour ride and informational tour of the tropical forest and the native culture. Truly awesome.

Puerto Iguazo (downtown) is about 10 minutes in a car and provides more food options and a friendly small town atmosphere with lots of touristy shopping.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank mardisbagley
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Chicago
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2011

The Aldea Lodge was a perfectly hidden spot where you could truly feel an unique experience in Iguazu. The rooms were like private hidden lodges and just added to the overall experience. It was only a short distance away from both the Brazil side and Argentinian side of the falls which made going back and forth quite convenient. The staff was very friendly and helpful with setting up transportation and handling any other questions. I would recommend staying here for anyone wanting a little getaway in Iguazu.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank monrani
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Cape Town
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56 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2011

We stayed at La Aldea for 3 nights 9-12 March 2011. The hotel is located on the main road to Iguazu just outside town. We enjoyed the location as you felt you were in the jungle and the walkway to our room was surrounded by jungle.Our room (Timbo) also had windows just below the ceiling which gave us a view out over the tree canopy.

We also had a problem with a lack of hot water but spoke to reception and it was sorted the following day (he also suggested we run the shower for 20 minutes in order to have hot water-a complete waste of water!). Breakfast is served in reception and was very nice with a wide selection of fruits,cereals etc see the picture. There is an internet room but the internet was very slow we gave up on it. The pool area is very nice and was a great way to finish a day at the Falls.

We caught the bus to the Falls on the main road to Iguazu Park (a short walk down the main road from the reception). The buses to Iguazu are yellow and have El Practico written on them, the destination on the front of the bus is 'Cataratas- Iguazu Falls'. There is no bus stop you just stand on the side of the road and put your hand out. (The bus stopped for people at the hotel next door and then stopped again to pick us up 20 metres later). The bus fare is 8 pesos per person, you can pay with a note (not like Beunos Aires). The bus deposits you at the entrance to the falls.

While at the falls we did the Great Adventure (200pesos) with Iguazu Jungle, the best part was the boat trip, doing it again I would just do the nautical adventure i.e. the boat ride (100 pesos) www.iguazujungle.com Be prepared you get DRENCHED in the falls. They give you a water proof bag for your camera and shoes etc. there were people in their bathing costumes and shorts. When returning from the falls I told the driver where we were going and he stopped specifically at the turn off for La Aldea.

If taking a bus into town it is only 1.75 pesos and again just stick your hand out for a yellow El Practico bus marked "centro". Our bus took a detour through one of the neighbourhoods but dropped us in the centre of town. We walked back to the hotel which took about 20 minutes on foot.

We had our dinner in town and requested the reception make the booking, on both occasions the booking wasn't made. I requested the receptionist on duty during the day to make the booking (I didn't catch his name) and when we got the restaurant there was no booking (El Quincho -delicious! We waited and were seated within 20 minutues). On the second night (La Rueda-also good) after the previous night I asked the night receptionist to check if we had a booking, we didn't and he then secured the booking. The hotel called a taxi, it is a straight 20 pesos into town. The taxi driver gave us his card and we asked the restaurant to call him and it was another 20 pesos back to La Aldea. We used the same taxi driver the next night for dinner.

While there we also did the zip lining and rappeling with Iguazu Forest (www.iguazuforest.com) The zip lining was good fun but take sandals for the wet rappeling or your trainers will be soaked (I dried mine with the hairdryer!)

This hotel was a good location for us as we like to be in a quieter location and enjoyed being out of town, it is however just a quick drive out of town and there are loads of taxi's around.

I felt that the hotel did not provide enough information. There was no notice board at reception showing a possible 3 day weather forecast or suggestions for excursions / how to get to the falls etc. I had to ask my favourite day receptionist for information about the zip lining and he dug the pamplet out of the bottom of a drawer somewhere. It says Lodge a& "Spa" but I never saw the Spa or any list of services for the spa in our room or reception.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank rosemaryCapeTown
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2011

Everything is great. The setting within the forest and the room interior are unique. The breakfast could be better though..

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank YiannisBTA
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Property: La Aldea de la Selva Lodge
Address: Selva Iriapu S/N, Puerto Iguazu 3370, Argentina
Location: Argentina > Litoral > Province of Misiones > Puerto Iguazu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Green Hotel in Puerto Iguazu
#12 Romantic Hotel in Puerto Iguazu
#17 Family Hotel in Puerto Iguazu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — La Aldea de la Selva Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the middle of the Selva Paranaense, La Aldea de la Selva Lodge combines nature and comfort through our rooms that enhance the rustic and autochthonous of our missionary land, with furniture made by local artists. The perfect blend of rusticity and luxury. We are a pioneer hotel-tourism company in giving value to the natural and cultural resources of the area of ​​Iguazu, at the same time that we offer a unique lodging experience, committed with a distinguished service. ... more   less 
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La Aldea De La Selva Lodge And Spa
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