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Salta and Cafayate Region
This working estancia and retreat Perfect for adventurers who want to recharge their batteries with clean living, excellent wine and food and stunning vistas, Colomé is reached by private air travel or driving through hours of stunning terrain. Not for nothing do the Argentines call this province "Salta, La Linda" (Salta, the beautiful). See our full review of Estancia Colome
Hotel Del Virrey
20 de Febrero 420. Salta. Argentina
Considered by the locals to be a particularly classy boutique hotel, Del Virrey is in a quiet area that's pleasantly close to those wanting to sample the nightlife of Bacarce and just a few blocks from Salta's historical and commercial centers. With colonial style architecture, its rooms are spacious and comfortable and the quieter ones overlook a charming tiny internal courtyard or the hotel's small but well-groomed garden. Service here is excellent (some staff are bilingual) and there's a small pool and barbeque area in the garden at the rear.
Good for those looking to explore Salta's city center and its surrounding areas. Often problematic this close to the City Center, parking here is more than adequate and the café is open for breakfast.
7 rooms and 1 suite
$240 - 280
Colon 47. CP4427. Cafayate
* This delightfully restored colonial house has been gradually improved over the years, and local wood and building techniques have been applied to all rooms, with décor and furnishings sourced purely from local artisans. Killa means moon in the indigenous language, and the friendly owner, Martha, maintains the theme of moon and sun throughout the hotel to such an extent that the hotel's cat (a friendly but wary animal, good with children) is called Luna. She also keeps a fascinatingly eclectic collection of plants throughout the hotel. Each room and adjoining bathroom is different and many have a small patio, bay window overlooking picturesque rooftops and stunning Salteno Mountains.
Breakfasts are excellent; outdoing those of the prestigious Patios de Cafayate down the road, and although the hotel doesn't officially provide food at other times the staff are happy to provide local tea and snacks when they can. Not all staffers speak English but when communication difficulties arise they're always happy to find a member of staff who can. There is a garden with a pool, several lounges and terraces and the friendly staff are happy to arrange trekking and horse riding, city tours and wine treatments.
This hotel is conveniently located a block away from the Cathedral, lively town center, bus stops, and the most famous ice-cream shop of the region. Covered parking is available (important in this area because of the ever pervasive dust) and the hotel can also arrange a special deal on bicycle rental.
$90 - 120
Hotel Casa de la Bodega
Ruta Nacional 68 Km 18,5 - Valle de Cafayate
In the wine area of the Calchaqui Valleys, Casa de la Bodega has eight enormous rooms named after different Argentine grape varieties. It was born in 1999 from the idea that a boutique hotel representative of the area should show not just the nature but the technology and traditions of vineyards and winery as well. In addition to those facilities expected in a good hotel, rooms also have ample storage space, DVD players, climate control, and a good-sized bathroom with Jacuzzi. Common areas include a dining room, lounge, reading and video room, overlooking either the vineyards or gardens with swimming pool and large outdoor grill. Depending on the direction faced, each also has a stunning backdrop of Salta's Mountains, Quebrada Gorge, or the restful verdant river valley.
The food is consistently good and the tasting menu (which along with wine tasting and consultation with the winery's oenologist is free to guests) is an imaginative blend of local ingredients and international cuisine. You may see a Rea (an ostrich-like bird once famed for its tail feathers), condors, and parrots in this area and the river itself offers a break from the dry Cafayate streets.
This hotel will suit those who would like to be close to Cafayate, want to take a number of wine tours, and are interested in the area's nature.
$140 - $260
The Best of the Rest
Azcuenaga 1268 Barrio Norte/Recoleta, Buenos Aires 1115, Argentina
This hundred-year converted Belle Epoque townhouse in the trendy, leafy edgy district of Recoleta has 36 high-ceilinged rooms decorated in a beautiful industrial minimalist style, each with private bathroom and the mod cons you'd expect in a good quality hotel. Many rooms have wrought iron, four-poster bed frames with white canopies and small designer bathrooms of concrete-and-gauze. Many have entrancing city views and the Queen rooms have French-style balconies too. The rooftop garden includes a whirlpool and spacious sun lounges. Each evening the breakfast room transforms into a popular bar. The young staff is knowledgeable, approachable and helpful and are happy to help you plan your stay.
Just a few blocks from shop-till-you-drop Avenida Santa Fe, the ground floor lounge is popular with many of Buenos Aires' art aficionados. It's an art gallery with paintings, drawings and photographs changed on a monthly basis. Marble-faced mansions, leafy streets, and wrought iron balconies characterize Recoleta, which evolved as a result of the movement of wealthy locals north to avoid the yellow fever epidemic, giving the streets the look of a Parisienne quarter
My BA Hotel
Zabala 1925, C1426DQI Belgrano
My BA Hotel, located near the university in the elegant and prestigious central neighborhood of Belgrano, offers a relaxing stay in a unique location. Only a few minutes away from the Palermo and Recoleta districts in the embassy zone, its owners have added a 40s avant-garde flair with original art to the refurbished rooms. Each room is different and deluxe rooms also have French-style balconies. The hotel provides car parking and complimentary access to a local gym and pool. While standard rooms are too small, the Superior rooms and suites are a good size and include hydromassage baths. In-room details include a tray of drinks and snacks replenished daily. Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel and the 25-person conference room is popular. While the day staff speaks English well, the night concierge struggles with all but very basic sentences.
Those looking for a safe, central Buenos Aires location will find this hotel particularly reassuring. A variety of events are held in the hotel's main lounge including contemporary art shows, regional wine tastings, private cinema screenings, and tango classes.
Story and photos by Carole Edrich.
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