El Boutique Hotel de la Fonte, A Gourmet Experience in Puerto Iguazu

One of the most exclusive places to stay if you visit the Iguazu Falls in Argentina is El Boutique Hotel de la Fonte (BHF), a lifestyle resort for people who like nature, art, tranquility, good taste, and great food.  The BHF only has eight rooms, so reservations should be made well in advance as the hotel is usually booked year-round.   Simona, the owner, artist, and architect of the BHF, has given each room its own distinct flavor with unique designs and original works of art.   The rooms are semi-detached bungalows arranged around a lush tropical garden which is studded with fountains, gazebos and hammocks.

The breakfast offered by the BHF is pretty impressive: fruit, yogurt, cereals, assorted buns, croissants, medialunas,  jams, coffee, fresh orange juice, etc.  But the best part is that you can have it served anywhere you want, in your room, on your porch, or anywhere in the garden.  We recommend taking the time to enjoy a good breakfast at the BHF before heading out as the food offered in the Iguazu Falls national parks is both mediocre and overpriced.

Back at the BHF after a long day of touring the Iguazu Falls, you can look forward to a swim in the saltwater pool to cool off, a good massage to relax, cocktails in the hot tub under the palms, and a gourmet dinner prepared by Simona’s husband, Chef Matteo da Lagostena.  Chef Matteo recently arrived from Italy and is the only chef in the whole Iguazu area with a Michelin star.  His creations  are truly delicious and not overpriced.  We recommend arriving for dinner early so you can get a poolside table.  Keep in mind that the restaurant is only open to hotel guests, so if you’re not staying at the BHF, no delicious food for you.  My favorite dishes are the prawns in tequila sauce, the infernally spicy spaghetti, and the pumpkin-filled raviolis.

Iguazu FallsI should also mention that the BHF is within walking distance from the town center of Puerto Iguazu, while the famous Iguazu Falls are just 18 km away.  There is a bus stop and taxi stand two blocks away on the main road, but you can also ask the hotel to call a cab for you and Simona will make sure you don’t get ripped off by the driver.  There is not much to see in the town of Puerto Iguazu unless you’re looking for overpriced souvenirs or need to visit a supermarket or pharmacy.  Having walked through the town myself, I can confidently say that relaxing by the pool or swinging in a hammock at the BHF is a much better use of your time.

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