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I had booked a tour for the day through Viator. It was a full day tour to the Wanda Mines and the San Ignacio Ruins. Viator had charged me AUD$96 for this tour, which apparently was to include:
- an English Guide
- entry into Wanda Mines
- entry into San Ignacio Ruins and;
- transport to and from my hotel in Puerto …
I arrived at Puerto Iguazu at 7:30am.
I caught a taxi to my hotel, Hotel Cataratas. Basically, when you come out of the bus station, there is a taxi stand with a list of the nearby hotels and a flat rate on how much it would cost to get there. The taxi ride to my hotel costed me ARG$25.
I arrived at the hotel and was able to check …
C'était une journée sans activité. On a donc décidé de profiter de la piscine de l'hôtel. C'est supposément un 5 étoiles! On est allée faire un petit tour dans ce qu'il appelle "el camino de la salud", le chemin de la santé à l'arrière de l'hotel. C'était super le fun! On a pu voir plein de plantes de la jungle et entendre tout plein de sons.... …
Ricardo nous a amenés à un endroit pour prendre un zodiac pour aller au pied des chutes. Ce fut toute une expérience! La première partie, on peut prendre des photos puis pour la deuxième, ils nous donnent des sacs verts dans lesquels on place nos choses et là ... on va sous la chute !!! J'ai pris des photos avec mon appareil jetable. C'est complè …
Début de journée difficile ! Les journée d'aéroport c'est toujours un peu ça. D'abord, il a fallu se lever èa 4 hres puis l'attente en ligne pendant près d'une heure à l'aéroport pour se retrouver dans l'avant-dernier siège de l'avion, près des toilettes ! Je pense qu'ici on privilégie les locaux. Les touristes dans l'fond !!! C'est la premiè …
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A self proclaimed 5 star hotel, it really falls short. Upon entry into the hotel, it does have a small sense of grandeur. However, the rooms are old and definitely need to be upgraded. The door keys are difficult to use for a so called "5 star hotel". The toilet was dirty, shower was old, towels they provided had stains on them (from God knows what...).
The staff were not the most helpful either. When I asked where to catch a bus to the falls, they simply said...outside. I didn't know what a standard bus stop looked like, so I literally stood outside and tried to wave down a bus, to no avail. I was told by a nice by stander, that the bus stop was some stop sign 50m away.
The location of the hotel is not the best. It is a 30 minute walk from the city centre. To get there, you will need to catch a bus, or a taxi. As a woman on a budget, I had to resort to walking.
The only good thing out of my stay in Hotel Cataratas, was the included breakfast buffet (hot food included. Not the best, but still acceptable). The swimming pool was also quite nice. Facilities outside were very acceptable.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Cataratas Puerto Iguazu
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Cataratas Puerto Iguazu
We spent 2 nights at the Cataratas, Iguazu in December/05.
Stayed here between 2nd January 2006 and 5th January 2006.
We went as a family of 4, (2 teenage kids), and stayed in a suite on the first floor up last suite on the left side of the hotel when you come out the elevators (I forget the room #) but ask for this suite because it has the best view, most privacy and is furthest away from the Hotel Pool Noise. The suite is large enough for 4 people, if you're not staying too long. I don't see the point in staying longer than 3- 4 days max. In Iguazu anyway.... because you've pretty much seen it allin that time.
We just got back from Iguazu and we thoroughly enjoyed the Hotel Cataratas (although I don't think it's truly 5 stars....maybe 4 stars).
We stayed here for 2 nights in December 2005. Booked a "suite," which was a huge room with a king bed, plus a smaller room with 2 single beds. Bathroom was enormous with a huge jacuzzi, double sinks, toilet and bidet. Airconditioning was noisy and we had to keep it going 24/7 in order to keep the room cool. Pool was lovely, reasonably priced food and drinks. Lots of activities (tennis, nature trail, soccer pitch, kids' equipment, pool table, table tennis). Breakfast was very ordinary - probably rate it as a 3 star, not a 5. Service at reception was shocking - asked clerk to give change for a 50 peso note - answer "no." No reason given. (This happened more than once).
We have just returned from a six day stay at this Hotel and we were really delighted with the whole package. We had a lovely room with a view of the fantastic pool area, with great air conditioning. We ate on two occasions at the hotel buffet as it is the best value in town and of really good quality. The staff are very friendly, however "the pool resturant" staff drove us a little crazy as they were very slow and unable to speak english...this ordering of food and drinks was just a little bit like hard work! However, the bar guy at the front bar was a sweetheart!
Outstanding hotel close to the falls
We loved this hotel, nice interior, large room and bathroom, small balcony with sunset view, superb buffet breakfast. Location convenient for the falls. We had lunch at the openair cafe restaurant. For dinner we went downtown upon recommendation of the hotel, as their barbeque was closed for renovation. Lovely pool aerea with complementary drinks at sunset.
An enjoyable stay
My wife and I stayed here at the end of November 2004. For some reason we were upgraded to a suite which turned a very good value stay into an excellent one. The room was huge with a separate lounge area and a gigantic bathroom with hot tub. It was very well equipped and the service with towels etc was excellent. The hotel was in very good condition inside and out (though the free internet was very unreliable). The food was very good both at breakfast and in the evening with the option of either the restaurant or the bar which served substantial snacks until late. It is convenient for both the Argentinian and Brazilian sides of the falls and represents a high quality affordable alternative to the expensive options within the National Park. Strongly recommended
First is not a 5 stars hotel. About a high 3 because of the amenities (Spa and pool). Rooms are large although a little torn down. Average bathroom. Breakfast and dinner disappointing. In Argentina is almost impossible not to eat well, that was the exception.
Hotel Cataratas - Excellent Hotel
Excellent 5 stars hotel located 10 mins away from Iguazu National Park. The rooms are spacious with double queen sized beds. Spotless clean and great services too. The hotel is currently refurbishing all its rooms. Breakfast is plentiful with lots of choices. For USD10, one can enjoy a wondeful buffet dinner at its coffee house. Highly recommended for those wishing to visit Iguazu falls at Argentina side.