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Review of La Aldea de la Selva Lodge

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La Aldea de la Selva Lodge
Ranked #13 of 48 Hotels in Puerto Iguazu
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Cornwall, UK
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“The perfect spot to visit Iguazu Falls and have a relaxing break”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2011

I'm traveling around South America and my dad came to join me for 2 days. As a treat he booked 2 rooms at this fantastic hotel just out of the town. A few nights before my boyfriend and I had stayed at a great hostel in town but I am pleased to say the step up in quality and luxury is very noticeable.

As a tourist town Puerto Iguazu is expensive but for the facilities provided La Aldea competes very well. We had dinner at the restaurant and the quality was good and there was a fine selection of wines. You might pay a bit more than you would in town but the dining area is beautifully decorated with polished tree roots. The restaurant was quiet but the service attentive. Also you save the taxi ride back which is around 25-30 pesos at the moment.

There are 4 private rooms in cabins spread around the extensive woodlands. The rooms are beautifully presented and spacious. Unlike many hotels in Puerto Iguazu La Aldea is sympathetic to its natural surroundings. There are many opportunities to see wildlife in the forest particularly iguanas. There is a trail through the jungle with a climbing wall and rope bridge taking you through the trees.

The hotel is a short walk from the bus stop which takes you to the falls (10 pesos each way) or the town (2 pesos) but buses don't run later on in the evening.

The pool is fantastic and well maintained and the bar area is great for relaxing with a beer. Also we were allowed to have a swim after checkout and there are great showers by the pool. Also there is an airconditioned cabin with computers, comfy seats and a tv where you can relax after check out if you are waiting for a bus or plane.

Overall this is a very impressive establishment.

  • Stayed December 2011
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Toulouse, France
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2011

First of all, puerto iguazu is a shabby town. Any visit to the cataratas merits a much better reception than this. All hotels are over priced and this one which boasts a jungle experience is in fact nothing short of a shoddy rip off. The personal is miserable, the rooms are dirty and moist, and the bed linen and bathroom towels are shamefool. On the last day my thread bare bathtowl ripped open. The 'jungle setting' is in fact a 100 yards from the main road leading into the town and is nothing more than a humid land area with lots of dead branches and tree trunks lying around. Most of the time you feel sophocated and the general upkeep of the entire hotel area is far less than sufficient. If you really want to see the falls and spend a night in puerto iguazu go straight to loi suites if you can afford it. 200usd a night for the aldea experience is out of the question.

  • Stayed December 2011
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2011

Although our experience overall in Iguazu was wonderful our stay at La Aldea was far from what it promised. First of all we were told upon arriving that we would have to be re-located to another hotel just up the road because there were "plumbing problems" in our reserved room. The other place was very nice and the staff were great, but it had just opened 2 weeks prior to our arrival and did not have all of the amenities that we had paid for. We were given a free meal at the restaurant which was quite bad. The staff at La Aldea were less than helpful and one front desk member was quite rude and had an attitude problem. We had booked 5 days at La Aldea and after staying at the other place two nights and asking them repeatedly to find us a room they begrudgingly gave us a room. The room, however, had an musty odor and was in desperate need of repairs including a broken wooden slat in the shower which was a hazard for slipping. On a positive note the grounds were quite lovely and had a great jungle feel and the pool was great. It was also pretty centrally located for the falls, Quira Oga and the town. There was a resident cat that we fed and that I sincerely hope is looked after by the resort as that is what we were told.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2011

Lovely rooms in secluded environs. Service was good in light of massive storm that blew power for 24 hours. Restaurant menu and food was disappointing in comparison to accommodation.

Easy access to the Falls by public transport - watch the suggestion from staff for private tours - can be expensive.

some fawlty tower moments!

Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2011

Very very nice place set within the jungle.

It has an excellent restaurant... and believe me this is key in your stay in Iguazú. Whether you stay at La Aldea or not, choose a place with a good restaurant because there is absolutely no place to go in town. It is surprisingly undeveloped for a major touristic destination such as the falls. Rooms at La Aldea are nice but to be honest bathrooms could benefit from an upgrade.

Really enjoyed the stay and it would have been close to perfect if only my bag had arrived in time from Buenos Aires. Obviously this is not a hotel problem but an airline one, however I would have hoped the staff at the hotel to be a bit more proactive on this regard. I left every day at 8am to hit the falls and had asked the staff to PLEASE call Aerolineas Argentinas to check on my delayed bag.... they didn't care that much. By the way AVOID Aerolineas Argentinas and try to book on LAN instead, much more serious airline company by far.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Exmouth, United Kingdom
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93 reviews
86 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2011

Stayed here for 3 nights - friendly staff and lovely pool area which seemed to be hardly used. We had an excellent room, although having read other reviews we were expecting something less comfortable so were pleasantly surprised. Paid a taxi 260 pesos to take us to Brazil side of falls and back, and 200 pesos for same in Argentina which seemed a lot easier than taking the bus! Two evenings we ate at La Ruerta in town and used taxi from hotel at 20 pesos each way - also very fair, and food good although service iffy!

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2011

I really enjoyed my stay at this hotel. After staying in Buenos Aires for a few weeks, it was nice to get out into the jungle and take a breather from all of the city life. The rooms are big and very rustic with a log-cabin feel. If this isn't your cup of tea and if you'd rather have a traditional western-style hotel, then do not stay here. But, you're in the jungle! Why not enjoy being IN THE JUNGLE? Request a room with a hammock on the balcony if you can (all rooms have balconies) and just enjoy being away from it all. You will be touring the falls during the day all day and will be at dinner at night, so you will only be in your room to sleep and get ready in the morning, so for two nights - three at most (most people don't stay in Iguazu more than two nights) - this is perfect.

Some things to note- it's rustic, so things creek at night and there are noises from the jungle like birds and insects. I found it blissful and peaceful, but my friend who stayed in another room did not. But, I guess if you don't enjoy those sounds, then you must be a pretty stressed-out person because what is more calming than sounds of nature?! I did have some little insects in my room, but nothing gross like cockroaches or anything... but who cares -- again, you're literally IN the jungle, so you are outnumbered my billions of bugs and surely some will get in your room. Get over it and enjoy your experience and write home and tell your friends you slept under the canopy in the jungle and relaxed on your hammock. I found it to be paradise.

The hotel also has a jungle walking path that's fun to explore when you're done seeing the falls. They have this one rope ladder that is probably three stories high that goes up to a tree top. I climbed it and have to say, it was one of the coolest and scariest things I've ever done -- especially because no one knew I was up there and I made it successfully, so I felt like I could conquer the world after that! :) ha!

Request a driver to the falls so you don't have to deal with the bus and they will likely give you the same driver every day - which is great.

When you go to the falls, wear flip flops because it's so misty your feet get wet, carry a cloth to dry the lens of your camera so you can take pictures without misty dots all over the lens and bring a change of clothes so you can do the Grand Adventure boat tour (you get DRENCHED -- but they give you a strong waterproof bag to keep all your clothing in to be sure it stays dry).

Downside- you can hear some noise from your neighbors, but it didn't bother me at all. Again, if you're a finicky traveler who likes to travel the world staying in Sheratons and Marriotts and you always have the same hotel experience everywhere, then well, this isn't for you. This is a unique experience and one that I completely enjoyed and recommend to everyone who is planning a trip to Iguazu.

Book early though - they do fill up.

Enjoy!!!!

Room Tip: Request a room with a hammock outside on the balcony (all rooms have balconies).
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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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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