Visitors to Iguazu Falls are spoiled for choice when it comes to finding a good hotel or hostel.
Because Iguazu Falls is shared between Argentina and Brazil, the first choice to make is whether to stay on the Argentinean side or in Foz de Iguazu in Brazil.
Most visitors decide to stay on the Argentinean side of the falls for a few reasons:
- There is more to see and do on the Argentina side of Iguazu Falls. Most of the activities and excursions are in Iguazu Falls National Park in Argentina. Most travelers only visit the Brazilian side to check out the panoramic view for a half a day.
- It’s also far cheaper to stay on the Argentinian side at the moment — visitors only need to read up on to Argentina’s parallel currency market to make sure they figure out why.
- Puerto Iguazu is a mellow small town, while Foz de Iguazu is a larger city that may not feel as relaxing, but it does have more nightlife. Visitors can always hop over the border to visit Foz de Iguaçu at night though.
Top-range lodging near Iguazú Falls
Among the top of the line lodgings in Puerto Iguazú there are really only two obvious choices, especially if you’re here for only a night or two.
These are the only hotels located in the actual national parks, so they have a corner on the market for those who want to experience the magic of Iguazu Falls at night.
The sleek Melia Hotel in Puerto Iguazu improved on the outdated Sheraton with a 20 million dollar renovations.
The hotel chain is also rated the third most eco-friendly in the world.
Since the hotel is in the national park itself, provides the ability to observe capuchin monkeys up close, as they can be found hanging all around the property.
The new dining facilities include a casual restaurant with a majestic view of the Devil’s Throat and a rooftop tapas bar with more great views.
In Iguazu Falls National Park:
Melia Resort & Spa Iguazú-$$$$
Parque Nacional Iguazú
Tel: (54) (3757) 491800
In Iguaçu National Park
Belmond Hotel das Cataratas-$$$$$
Rodovia Br 469 km 32
Parque National de Iguaçu
Tel: (55) 45 2102-7000
Toll Free: 0800 726 4545
Those looking for luxury but to spend a little less than a stay at the Melia will find a good range of four-star options.
Those who book a full-package Iguazu tour with Wander Argentina receive a range of options to choose from, which include the following hotels:
La Aldea de La Selva Lodge, a short way out of Puerto Iguazu offers a chic, high-end cottage-country feel with natural wood units set among the jungle. The beautiful pool provides a respite after a hot day at the falls. Guests enjoy the hammocks on the balcony and the big breakfast.
The 159-room Loi Suites features bright, wood paneled rooms popular with couples, including honeymooners. A kids club with toys and a ping pong table make it a hit with young families too. There are two on-site restaurants, a fitness center, sauna, and sizable outdoor pool.
Similar to Loi Suites, but a bit smaller with 102 rooms and a tad bit less chic, the American Portal Iguazu as welcomes lots of families and couples. Onsite are tennis courts, a fitness center, an indoor and an outdoor pool, a restaurant and a kids club and babysitting services.
Mid Range Lodging in Puerto Iguazú
Hotel Posada La Sorgente — A nice little Posada that with a friendly staff and a pool, which is essential in the summer. It’s located within walking distance to town and has rooms starting at US$100 per night in the low season.
Av Cordoba 454
Tel: +54 (3757) 422756 / 424252
Hotel Saint George — Hotel Saint George is a classic 100-room three-star hotel in the center of Puerto Iguazu town. It has a celebrated, historic restaurant, a nice pool, Jacuzzi and attractive rooms starting at around $US130/night
Av. Córdoba 148
Downtown Puerto Iguazú
Tel: +54 (3757) 420633
Hostels/ B&Bs in Puerto Iguazú
For backpackers and those on a budget, Iguazu has a nice range of hostels.
The majority of them are clustered around the town center and the bus station tend to be smaller but convenient.
Note that in Argentina, the word ‘hostel’ doesn’t necessarily mean sleeping in a dorm. Many have nice private rooms available.
Those further from downtown and towards the falls often feature more amenities such as swimming pools and large outdoor lounge areas.
Hostel Bambú — Good location, clean, nice atmosphere — a good bet if you can live without a pool.
Av. San Martin 4, 3370
Tel: +54 0357 425864
Marcopolo Inn — The more low-key partner to the Hostel Inn, located downtown.
Av. Cordoba 158, 3370
Tel: (54 3757) 425-559
The Hostel Inn — Young travelers looking to socialize are fans of this one, the only caveat is the location, which is a bit far from downtown.
Ruta 12 – km 5
Tel: (54 3757) 421-823
Stop Hostel — A newer hostel with a nice breakfast spread but somewhat mixed reviews.
Av. Victoria Aguirre 304, 3370
Tel: (54 3757) 15-547-709