The Best Hotels Near Iguazú Falls for Every Traveler

Gran Meliá Iguazú is one of the best hotels near Iguazú Falls
Gran Meliá Iguazú is one of the best hotels near Iguazú Falls | Courtesy of Gran Meliá Iguazú / Expedia
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7 January 2021

Whether you stay on Argentina’s side of the cascades, or Brazil’s, you’ll fall for its selection of waterside and jungle-hidden hotels.

In Tupi-Guarani legend, beautiful Naipí flees with her human lover rather than marry a deity. In anger, the deity cleaves the Iguazú River on the border between Brazil and Argentina border in two, creating the country-straddling cascades that now form one of the world’s mightiest waterfalls. The tumultuous tumbling waters here certainly look otherworldly, and with numerous activities both water-based and in the surrounding rainforest, visitors are frequently waylaid here for days. The area’s hotel selection is also legendary – read on for our picks below.

Belmond Hotel das Cataratas

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From the Brazilian city of Foz do Iguaçu, highway 469 winds down to Brazil’s waterfall-viewing area with just one hotel (this one), for those wanting to stay right beside the cascades. And this is perhaps the classiest lodging of the lot. It’s a 1950s-style charmer, evidenced by a refined terracotta-roofed exterior done up in cornicing-edged pale pink, lovingly landscaped grounds surrounding an outdoor pool, rich paintings illustrating the diverse nearby nature, a grand chandelier-hung dining room and so much more.

Gran Meliá Iguazú

The Argentine side’s Gran Meliá Iguazú gets as up close and personal to Iguazú Falls as you can. You’ll hear the thunder of plunging water from your room in this upscale residence (and see it if you’re lucky). Argentina’s only lodging within waterfall-viewing distance maximises the plunging vistas: whether that’s the spotless, light, pared-down rooms or cocktail-sipping on the rooftop terrace. Even the infinity pool seems to be merging straight into (can you guess?) those amazing cascades.
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Free WiFi
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
Conference space
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

La Aldea de la Selva Lodge

The Little Village in the Forest goes for the classic luxury, Amazon-style lodge. The loving workmanship of the log construction makes this Argentine side accommodation stand out – from the cool, chunky handmade furniture to the Jacuzzi bath edging. There’s a library where you can browse a diverse selection of forest-themed volumes and the finishing touch is a foliage-fringed two-level outdoor pool, connected by its own waterfall: perfect for enjoying downtime between activities at those bigger cascades nearby.
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At a Glance

Free WiFi
Restaurant
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Bar/lounge

Awasi Iguazú

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This upscale Awasi retreat does a lot of things right. Its location near a bend of the Iguazú River is idyllic and concentrates hard on aesthetics with its luxury take on the painted clapboard style of many houses hereabouts. But perhaps the most innovative element here is that each of the 14 villas are assigned a separate private guide and vehicle – a hallmark of the Awasi group, whose South American hotels span from Patagonia all the way up to the Atacama – meaning each guest can experience the waterfalls and surrounding scenery in the way that they really want.

Tarobá Hotel

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This offering in the city centre of Foz do Iguaçu on the Brazilian side of the waterfalls hardly shouts world-class waterfalls or jungle, but the quality in this towering, white, glass-ended edifice is high and the location next to the bus station for transport to the falls is useful. There’s a games room, small pool, gym and a varied selection of tours, including nighttime reconnaissance of the falls.

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  • Vivaz Cataratas Hotel & Resort

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    On the aptly named Avenida de Cataratas in Brazil’s fall-side city Foz do Iguaçu, the 170-room Vivaz Cataratas Hotel impresses with its grounds spread out around a striking circular pool and broad tree-studded terrace. Rooms and suites are contemporary and vibrantly jungle-decorated, many of which have floor-to-ceiling glass windows, and facilities elsewhere include a spa, tennis court, mini golf course and even its own mini eco-trails.

    Selvaje Lodge Iguazú

    This distinctive option on the Argentine side offers rooms decked in smart beige and mustard tones, plus intriguingly unusual wooden sinks in the bathrooms. But Selvaje Lodge’s biggest asset is its long, lovely rectangular pool, backed by uncomplicated but aesthetically pleasing dining and common areas. Smaller touches, such as bath products concocted with yerba-maté, the Argentine hot beverage, do not go unnoticed, either. A short walk away is a bird observation area.
    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Outdoor pool
    Restaurant
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Terrace
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    Loi Suites Iguazú Hotel

    For a chic riverside getaway, few addresses on the Argentine side rival dashing Los Suites Iguazú, from the company who pioneered the apartment hotel concept in Argentina. Even entry-level rooms are large with seating areas, fridges, bathrooms with tubs and, often, 4.5m (15ft) jungle terraces. Public areas are just divine: jungle ferns press around the spa area and the forest-dappled quartet of outdoor pools is a soothing antidote to frenetic fall activities.
    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Outdoor pool
    In-room accessibility
    Full-service spa
    Conference space
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Fitness facilities
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Terrace

    Secret Garden Iguazú

    A charming, character-rich alternative to the bigger hotels is this tranquil spot in central Puerto Iguazú on the Argentine side of the falls. Bedazzling green jungle foliage bristles around the property, created by an experimental photographer and plant-and-animal behavior specialist, whose dedication to preserving the area’s fantastic nature shines through. Peaceful wood-floored rooms lead onto dreamy terraces. Guests gather on the open-sided deck at tables hewn from rainforest trunks for mealtimes and attentive staff prettify the package.
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    Free WiFi
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Bar/lounge

    Falls Iguazú Hotel & Spa

    Although (despite its name) this hotel is one of the furthest from the falls and river on the Argentine side, this spacious option ensconced in extensive grounds makes for good pre- and post-falls visits, with its triumvirate of outdoor pools, spa and lush gardens running into a private area of rainforest, which yields some good bird and animal sightings. Rooms are all over 30sqm (323sqft), too, with jacuzzi tubs and minibars.
    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Outdoor pool
    In-room accessibility
    Full-service spa
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Fitness facilities
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Smoke-free property
    These recommendations were updated on January 7, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.