We arrived into Encarnacion on the Argentinean border after an 8 hour bus journey from Asuncion. Tired and hungry, we wanted somewhere to rest up for a day or two and complete some online tasks that had to be cleared out.
We heard of a really cool hotel online that had “apartment” style rooms and was situated near the promenade called the Maitei Apart Hotel. We hopped into a taxi from the bus station and in less than 10 minutes later we were standing in the reception.
The first thing that strikes you about the Maitei is the extremely friendly staff. We’ve stayed in a lot of places over the past 14 months but the staff here are hands down the most helpful and courteous we’ve come across. After a quick check-in, we were shown to our room on the second floor. The hotel is fairly unique in that it has six rooms on the second floor and three on the first. This gives it a real ‘homely’ atmosphere in our opinion.
When we travel, we’ve three priorities when it comes to where we stay. The first is that it’s in a safe area, the second is that the room is relatively clean and the third is that it has Wi-Fi accessibility.
All these boxes were immediately ticked upon arriving at the hotel and seeing our room. As I mentioned above, the hotel has “apartment” style rooms. This meant that as well as an en-suite bathroom; it also had a full size refrigerator, microwave, sink and tea/coffee facilities. In addition to this it had a lovely wooden style table (perfect for working from) and a chill out sofa.
We love having a few comforts like these while we travel. It’s rewarding to know that after a long day on a bus you’ve got a really clean, comfortable place to rest up in at the end of it.
We spent an hour or two relaxing before we headed out for a walk along the promenade and grabbing a bite to eat in a local Italian restaurant – where we were served the biggest and equally heaviest dish we’ve ever had (Cordon Blue). It was like a Man Vs Food episode – no lie.
After failing miserably to even eat 10% of the meal, we headed back to the Maitei as we were both shattered.
Waking up after a cracking night’s sleep we were treated to a breakfast that included fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, ham/cheese sandwiches and tea/coffee. We never used to be big breakfast eaters, but that has definitely changed in the past few months and we love to eat as early as possible nowadays.
After breakfast, two of the staff joined us at our table and gave us some ‘terere’ to drink. This is a kind of herbal mate drink which is very popular in Paraguay and Argentina. It actually tasted pretty nice and had a mint flavor to the one we tried. This little friendly gesture by the staff towards us was a really nice touch and further added to the homely atmosphere that the hotel gives off.
For anyone coming to Encarncion, you’d be hard pushed to find a better all-around hotel than the Maitei when it comes to price, comfort and location.