Gardenstone, Iguazu Falls, Argentina

Brand new in 2010 this is a locally owned and family run place that is welcoming, exceptionally clean and full of charm. Managed by husband and wife team, Ester and Alejandro, have turned a family house on a spacious plot of land 1500mē into a great hostel that feels like home. A huge garden, cosy dorm rooms, secluded private rooms and perfect location all add up to a fantastic addition to Iguazu's growing clutch of hostels for those that value quality.
Accommodation is either inside the main house or at the top of the garden in a more secluded location. Inside dorm beds cost AR$40 and are separated into male and female each with 6 beds each, the female being split into a dorm room of 4 beds and a twin bedroom. There is also a private double room costing AR$100 for the room. The 2 identical shared bathrooms are also split into male and female and all have electric showers and are utterly spotless.

Outside, there are 2 identical private rooms each with double bed and twin bunkbeds with private bathrooms. These cost AR$130 for 2 people or AR$50 per person if guests have children or a group of 3 or 4 want to book the room. All guests receive a really good free buffet breakfast of bread, medialunas, biscuits, butter, jam, dulce de leche, coffee, tea or juice.

Every room has good sized secure lockers, enough for one per guest, as well as air conditioning and fans for the summer heat.

Breakfast is served in the main room inside the house which also has a large TV with cable and a DVD player with many DVDs for guest use. There is also a PC with good internet connection and wifi, all free. A fireplace in the corner of the room provides warmth for the few weeks when it does actually get cold in this part of the world.

At the top of the garden, as well as the 2 private rooms, there is a large semi outdoor communal area with cosy fully equipped kitchen, large dining table, sofas, TV and stereo all for guest use. There is also a further bathroom block with toilet and shower.

The garden itself is a fantastic space. The owners have gone to great effort to design and maintain a place where people will want to send time relaxing and enjoying the peaceful atmosphere. There are many different areas of the garden to relax and hammocks, chairs, deck chairs and tables have been placed all around so that different groups can have their own privacy should they want it.

In the evening the garden is beautifully lit up with various types of lighting all around. It really is very tastefully done and a huge draw to the hostel.

The owners even plan to install a small swimming pool with natural stone walls with a small bar and an outdoor shower in time for next Summer (November onwards).

The owners are more than happy to help with any tourist advice needed and have a lot of information about the area. They also offer a transfer to the airport which costs AR$20. A taxi would cost AR$80 and there are no buses there!

The kitchen allows guests to prepare their own meals but the owners are also happy for guests to order food from a restaurant and have it delivered.

There is also a small book library with guide books and novels and a fridge with cold drinks for sale at the reception.
How to get there...
The hostel is a few blocks walk 5-10 minutes from the bus station. Walk out of the front entrance to the station and turn left, downhill past the petrol station for 3 blocks. The hostel is on your left, opposite an Italian restaurant.
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Report & Photos by: Andrew Bodgin & Chloe Baylis
Contact Info...
Av. Cordoba 441
Puerto Iguazu
+54 3757 420425
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