What is missing in the review choices is quality of stay. I give it 5 balls. If you wish to stay in a glitzy hotel room with TV, room service and no interactions with fellow travelers, look elsewhere. We thoroughly enjoyed visiting with other guests while sipping the famous Brazil national drink, capirinia while munching on freshly made empinadas after a day at iguazu falls. You meet so many interesting people who are of the same mindset when traveling. John Fernandez is a very intelligent person gifted with a great sense of humor and slightly offbeat style. Beware of the dog. While small and cute, it has a disagreeable side and a penchant for barking at John the owner and the staff. Do not let your child grab for her, as this might trigger an unpleasant event. We will go back in an instant if we revisit the area. Book long in advance for this B&B.
The Secret Garden, however, is not a secret anymore as each of us who has enjoyed the wonderful hospitality of innkeeper John Fernandes tell the online world about our stay in Puerto Iguazu. His warm smile, generosity and willingness to help were exceptional. Additionally, his evening "drinks on the patio" gave us the opportunity to interact with John and the other friendly guests, not to mention his delightful dog Roxy. Besides being a very unique, intelligent and downright interesting individual, John is a wonderful photographer with a photo gallery on the premises. One soon realizes that the simplicity of the Secret Garden becomes sublime. It was a definite highlight of our forty-two day trip to South America. ~Barbara and Don Krumpe~
I must say that John and annalisa really made the end of our journey memorable. His hospitality, warm smile and generosity are exceptioanl. The surrounding area is breathtaking and unlike any where I have ever been. The falls are a definate MUST if you have traveled this far.
We stayed at Secret Garden Iguazù for 2 nights and we felt like at home. The rooms are big, clean and extremely confortable. Breakfast is great and has a large variety of fruits. We took it in the patio staring at colibris flying around!! Location is very closed to bus stop taking you to the falls, and in case the Innkeeper John can arrange a private taxi for you. By the way don't miss John's caipirinha served at 7.00 p.m.! Overall great experience
We had a wonderful time at the Secret Garden. John took great care of us. He gave us a tour of the city when we first arrived so that we knew what was there. Our room was large, pretty and very clean. Every night, we joined John and the current guests for drinks. We looked forward to this every night as it was fun to hear what everyone was doing and where they were done. John was also able to give some insight on Argentina and Iguazu. The place located only a short walk from the bus station, the supermarket and to area restaurants. John's staff was also great. We enjoyed meeting them and Maria is a great cook. We would stay there again without any hesitation. It really made our trip to Iguazu special!
My husband and I stayed here in Sept 08 as part of our honeymoon. We wanted to stay somewhere with personality and we certainly received that. John's hospitality is outstanding, he has an ability to make everyone feel welcome encouraged by his night time Capriana's and snacks, which were delicious. He is helpful in meeting all of your needs and a genuinely decent guy. A real find.
My wife and I choose this bed and breakfast based on reviews from tripadvisor.com and the Moon handbook. We booked well in advance and secured a room, which has been one of the best places we have stayed so far in South America. The clean, brightly painted room/bungalow we stayed in was warm and homey. It had a nice sitting area inside the room, as well as on the porch. The bathroom was clean and modern, fresh towels provided daily. John arranged our pick up from the airport, so when we got off the plane Filiberto was there with a sign with our name on it. Our favorite part was the owner John. His hospitality is unmatched anywhere we have stayed so far. He is great to talk to and the evening drinks on the deck were amazing! He has great knowledge of the town and when we first arrived, drove us around to show us the different parts and restaurants he recommends. He also has the great, friendly dog, Roxy. I would recommend this B&B to anyone who wants to be near town, 10 minute walk to restaurants but is a quiet residential neighborhood. The B&B has wifi. Also, the bus stop for the falls is only two blocks away. Thank you John for a great time!
My husband and I stayed with John at the Secret Garden in May. All was perfection. Our room was simple, lovely, cheerful and spotless. John was the perfect host - both at breakfast and cocktail hour. He also arranged a driver for us to and from the airport and to and from the park. All was arranged with aplomb. We hope to return one day and repeat a wonderful travel experience. Charlotte Hoffman Tucson, Arizona
Absolutely the best place we stayed at in Argentina. John is is superb host and you are made to feel welcome the moment you arrive. He was very helpful in suggesting and arranging our trips out and I am very grateful for the help he gave us in sorting out our future accommodation in Argentina. If you like greenery the garden is lovely with lots of what I assume to be humming birds coming to visit. A very memorable stay and worthy of the highest recommendation. Ralph Wood
Our new favorite place in all of Argentina for not only the glorious falls, but the memories of evening cocktails and conversation around John´s candle lit table. After a day of hiking and exploration, Secret Garden was sublime in comfort, attention to detail and most importantly, our gracious host John.