Welcome to this page where we list the lodges and hotels we really like in Argentina. Think of this page as a first selection. Naturally you may have a recommendation or other choice, no problem, we can give you our ernest opinion on the structure and you are free to work with the hotels you prefer no problem.
We have chosen all these hotels after 14 years of working in this country so in virtually all the cases we know the management well and of course more importantly for you, value our clients highly.Sometimes our clients want to use their loyalty cards or book on points, thats no issue for us at all. Where ever we can we prefer our clients to change their hotels as little as possible, 2 nights minimum stays. We think Buenos Aires deserves 3 nights and that can also allow you to see Uruguay in the day which we think is a delight. Mendoza 4 nights and we like to change to a lodge in the vineyards where possible. When we think about Salta and Jujuy you need to think 7 nights to make be able to take it all in. Glacier and Falls; 2 nights is possible but 3 nights would be more sensible choice, especially factoring in flights. When thinking about costs, accommodations can be a large proportion of you budget, if you are out and about in wine and activities we do not see the point of spending big money if you are only sleeping there. What we tend to do with Honeymoons or when our clients want to stay in some of the gorgeous wine lodges is to have a couple of lower paced days, as many of these properties have lots of included activities and spa treatments. If we think of 100 USD per person per night as the starting point for double occupancy you have a wide choice of hotels and lodges we think are excellent. Where ever possible we like to give our clients a non urban setting close to the vineyards or nature.
Occupancy problems really only occur in Buenos Aires, Salta and Mendoza from December through to March. The rest of the time with enough notice we can get into most lodges.
Table of contents
- BUENOS AIRES
- Alvear Palace
- Algodon Mansion
- Bo Bo
- Brick Hotel
- Fierro Hotel
- Four Seasons
- Legado Mítico
- Park Hyatt Hotel
- MENDOZA CITY
- Intercontinental Mendoza
- Park Hyatt Hotel
- The Sheraton
- MENDOZA VINEYARDS
- Cavas Wine Lodge
- Lares de Chacras
- UCO VALLEY
- Alpasión Wine Lodge
- Casa Antucura
- Finca La Azul
- Hotel Del Vino
- Legado Mítico Hotel
- Solar de la Plaza
- El Cortijo
- La Merced del Alto
- Hacienda de Molinos
- Patios de Cafayate
- Viñas de Cafayate
- JUJUY – PURMAMARCA
- Manantial del Silencio
- Grand Iguazú
- Loi Suites
- Belmond Hotel das Cataratas
- VILLA LA ANGOSTURA
- Las Balsas
Buenos Aires – Alvear Palace
Elegance is everywhere: from the foyer’s marble splendor to the darkened lobby bar of antique wood and period lamps – ideal for cocktails and romantic encounters. There is L’Orangerie – all cream marble and shimmering silver – the perfect setting for the tea ritual so beloved of Buenos Aires. And the bedrooms and suites continue the grand style, with Louis XVI furniture, crystal chandeliers, fresh fruit and flowers. Sumptuous bathrooms and Butler service just finish it off. Alvear Palace is simply the best place to stay in Buenos Aires if you want old style luxury.
Buenos Aires – Algodon Mansion
Relais and Chateaux is one of the best hotel brands in the world in our opinion and Algodon is the only one in Buenos Aires and I think that says a lot. What sets this beautiful Belles Artes Mansion aside from the other hotels in this prestigious area of Recoleta is the size of the suites, the butler service, and the intimacy provided by only having 12 suites. If you want to move away from the bigger hotels and try something a little more unique this could be the answer. Pricey but worth it.
Buenos Aires – Bo Bo
Bo Bo stands for Bourgeois Bohemian. It is situated in a quiet area of cobbled streets. It is a small and charming boutique hotel with fifteen rooms. Personalized service, friendly staff and a Buenos Aires destination restaurant, all add to its charms. Well priced and wonderfully located in the heart of Palermo, you have a massive choice of restaurants, wine bars and shopping possibilities, just stumbling distance.
Buenos Aires – Brick
The Brick is located in the truly prestigious Recoleta area and at walking distance from almost all must sees and bars and restaurants. Immediately when you enter the hotel you will see the beautiful art exhibitions. As this hotel is the Ex Casar park Hotel we very much enjoyed due to its great location with very generous rooms sizes we think the Accor refit and takeover can only improve this hotels ranking.
Buenos Aires – Fierro
Fierro is located in one of our favourite residential zones of Palermo. The rooms are chic, modern and well thought out. We like it as the owners are all about wine and have a venture in Uco Valley of Mendoza. The restaurant has a great name in Buenos Aires and we do think the management is strong. The area is perfect for someone to live like a local and not a tourist. We feel the property rewards the younger at heart and the design reflects that. The area of Palermo it is in is relaxed, residential but with great bars and restaurants just blocks away.
Buenos Aires – Four Seasons Recoleta
Four Seasons’ service as always is in a class of its own– featuring modern comforts in a contemporary tower and in the period beauty of an early 20th-century, French-style mansion. Incredible location and wonderful pool area. We would take the Alvear over this hotel, as it does not scream Buenos Aires, it says Four Seasons, but once bitten by there service levels it is hard to give up. Wi-Fi paid apart!
If you are a Four Seasons fan you will not be disappointed. The lobby and communal areas have had a refit in 2012, so it is looking absolutely great and all the chic travel magazines rave about it.
Buenos Aires – Legado Mítico
A most sophisticated boutique hotel in fashionable district of Palermo: elegant in style and with excellent service. This townhouse has a restrained façade, but from the moment the smiling staff open the door you will feel welcome. An intimate lobby opens into a spacious bar and lounge, beautifully designed to combine classic and modern in equal measure, and all very Argentine. Leather chesterfields and Mies van der Rohe chairs are given a gaucho twist. Chic cushions in indigenous textiles also sit on minimalist sofas. There is no restaurant here, but breakfast is served and there is an astonishing choice of places to eat on your doorstep. This elegant retreat feels like a smart private club and it is without a doubt our choice in Buenos Aires. We have a great relationship with them and they so do care about our clients.
Buenos Aires – Park Hyatt
Situated in a residential neighborhood and surrounded by luxury boutiques, the hotel welcomes you to savor a unique and relaxing travel experience in their beautiful gardens or private Art Gallery. This visually arresting landmark holds its own in the eclectic Buenos Aires skyline by blending the 1930’s charm of the French Palace Duhau with contemporary design and décor. Here, belle-époque elegance meets tech-savvy modernity and comfort, marvelously enhanced by renowned Park Hyatt luxury service. Perfectly located on Avenida Alvear, in the heart of the French heritage district of Recoleta, Palacio Duhau you could not ask for a more grand entrance and old building. We are re-converts to this hotel. Hyatt seem to get it right sometimes and now things are working well. We love the terrace and gardens, and the restaurants are all great with lovely settings. All in all a great choice.
Mendoza City – Diplomatic
Diplomatic is located in a privileged position just few blocks from the main commercial and tourist areas. Its strategic location offers guests the best view of both the Andes and the city itself. Built as the Luxury Hotel to beat in Mendoza, it was designed in exquisite detail involving elegance and class, large spaces and rooms and suites with lovely parquet flooring not carpet. You can also enjoy a super pool and decked area with views over the Andes. Full Spa services, a breakfast that hits all the buttons. We really like this hotel especially as the fact it is not an international chain and is owned and run by a Mendoza family.
Mendoza City – Intercontinental Mendoza
Intercontinental Mendoza is part of the city’s burgeoning entertainment, business and hospitality centre. Its contemporary architecture, although not unusual in other cities around the world, defines the traditional, simple style of most buildings in the area. First and foremost and has all the amenities one would expect from a 5-Star Intercontinental. We like the hotel for its size, huge corridors and of course Intercontinental service levels. The upper level rooms and suites are a must for views and comfort. The only disadvantage of this hotel is the location: only a 5 minute taxi drive to the centre of town, but if you are only here for a few nights you might regret not being at the heart of the action.
Mendoza City – Park Hyatt
Park Hyatt, with its beautifully restored 19th-century colonial building, without doubt is one of the most prestigious hotels in Mendoza. Apart from all the facilities you would expect from a five stare lodge, it enjoys the best position imaginable sitting on the western side of the most important square in Mendoza: Plaza de la Independencia. The amenities include a fully equipped SPA and gymnasium, an outdoor pool and a garden sun deck. There are plenty of bars and two restaurants to enjoy, as well as a deck overlooking the square.
Mendoza City – The Sheraton
We love the location of the Sheraton Mendoza: right in the centre of Mendoza, but tucked away on a lesser road, it ensures an oasis of calm. The management is strong as you would expect from Starwood. We prefer the rooms with mountain view on the higher floors. Outside of the outsized rooms and excellent communal areas, the pool and sun deck add a necessary touch to finish of this hotel’s appeal. The prices are great for such a high quality lodging like this. It may not be five stars, but still the very competitive price gives Sheraton the edge in Mendoza.
Mendoza Vineyards – Cavas Wine Lodge
The definitive boutique hotel and SPA designed in charming modern style, in the heart of Mendoza wine country. Cavas is unquestionably one of the most stylish places to stay in Mendoza. The huge rock laden rooms are set in the vines against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains. We love the little terrace on the roof of each of the houses: it is a wonderful place to enjoy another glass of wine! Cavas Wine Lodge has a Moorish-Style SPA with wine-inspired therapies. The rooms are enormous and very well thought out: immense and very comfortable beds, roll-top baths with views. Outside, you have your private deck and plunge pool. If you want to be totally alone, there is no reason to leave your little hideout. Cavas offers cuisine to match its sumptuous surroundings. The staff who have been at Cavas a long time are delightful and management run a very tight ship. Food is exceedingly good and for a couple of nights you do not really have to leave. For honeymoons, it is perfect.
Mendoza Vineyards – Lares de Chacras
This is a semi urban setting close to the little Spanish Plaza of Chacras. The construction is rural, combining Andean stone with typical desert wood. The lodge is simplicity and modern comfort combined. A total of 10 rooms is a lovely size and we like the location and we also like the way it is run. The feedback of our clients has been that this is far above their expectations. It is a great lodge, but it is not for 5-Star only travelers. Of course, like more places they have a great reputation and only 10 rooms, it gets full very quickly. We think prices since 2015 have become a little high.
Uco Valley – Al Pasion Wine Lodge
Al Pasion Wine Lodge is located in Uco Valley, just one hour and a half away from the centre of Mendoza. We are so pleased to be able to offer something else in this region, as the Uco Valley has a very scant offering of lodges that we like to use. With La Azul & Al Pasion, we are happily covered again. The lodge consists of five luxurious rooms with private terrace and each room is based on one of the elements: metal, wood, earth, air, water and fire. They have a wine cellar, where you can taste excellent wines from the region and wines from the winery of this lodge. Add in an infinity pool with a jacuzzi and never ending vistas. This really is the perfect place to relax and unwind. The lodge offers a half-board option, which is perfect, as there are very few places we can take you at night close by.
Uco Valley – Casa Antucura
That is the only thing you really have to do at Casa Antucura is relax. Located down an unassuming road in the village of Vista Flores in the far flung of Uco Valley you have the winery and this small intimate lodge. Built as the home of the owner of the winery with no expense spared it has been turned into a lodge of first class proportions. Walk among the acres of vines, play a game of pool or better yet sip their house wines as the sun plunges behind the Andes. After sunset enjoy regional cooking paired with house wines. Antucura has changed its management many times, it just has never really flown as it should.
Uco Valley – Finca La Azul Guest House
Shirley & Pablo’s house: this could be the alternative name of Finca La Azul. They are who bring this all to life and make it the most intimate stay on this side of the Andes. A beautiful design lead home that they cleverly built to include some extra rooms for their guests: we hope you will be among them. Endless 360 degree vineyards views with the Andes ever present. The rooms are extremely large and light filled, all enjoying their own terraces. The style is typical of Argentine Pampa with exposed walls, wall to ceiling glass giving a rustic yet clean effect. There is also a huge garden to enjoy with a swimming pool and a parrilla, where the BBQ meats work their magic. Paul & Shirley are avid about food/wine and super cooks. This stay will be intimate and relaxing. Highly Recommended. Availability is an issue.
Salta – Del Vino
The first wine-themed hotel of Salta is set in a remodeled mansion in the heart of the city: a 15-minute walk from the main square. It features a garden splash pool and free Wi-Fi Internet. Del Vino Boutique Hotel’s air-conditioned rooms offer TV and en-suite tiled bathroom with bidet. Each room features a unique décor build around the theme of vine and wine. It is a small intimate feeling and our clients are very much enjoying it. Perfect for exploring the town of Salta if you do not have so much time here.
Salta – Legado Mítico
If we love Legado in Buenos Aires, even if its hard to get into these days, we think Salta’s sister property is just as appealing. Legado’s management care and its apparent from the moment you enter this lovingly restored town house. Located just a few blocks away from the centre and better for it. Legado is our choice in Salta. The continued theme, of Argentine prints, leathers, and paintings combined with dark woods and elegant grays give the whole place a superb look. Legado Mítico looks after our guests so well that we hard pressed to choose another location in Salta.
Salta – Solar de la Plaza
Hotel Solar de la Plaza is a sister hotel with Le Merced de Alta and Manantial del Silencio; Great management across all three properties. At Solar there are some super rooms in the old part of the house, old style service and care and attention. Helpful front desk and pleasant staff all round. Guests will find classy period furniture, wooden floors and massive fireplaces. A small Spa and dipping pool on the roof completes the offer. Location is very privileged in the centre but far from the city bustle. If Legado Mitico is full, Solar is a good second choice.
Cachi – El Cortijo
El Cortijo is a restored colonial house transformed into a boutique hotel in the incredible village of Cachi. It offers a mix of rooms and suites, some spacious some small. As we normally only stay in Cachi a night or two its a perfectly formed choice. A mix of traditional local décor and modern twists with Art presented in many place, this is a haven of tranquility, toped of with the sound of water from the courtyards spring and small fountain. Breakfast is adequate but at lunch and dinner the ‘Catalino’ restaurant comes into its own, serving superb local (altiplano) cuisine. This is the only hotel we use in the centre of Cachi, intimate and well priced.
Cachi – La Merced del Alto
Located in the Calchaqués Valley, in the heart of the Salta mountains, the elegant La Merced del Alto offers something really delightful. A stunning building in gorgeous grounds, framed by the Andes foothills with a super wine cellar, brilliant swimming pool, It really does have it all. Rooms at La Merced are tastefully and sparsely decorated with plenty of natural light many around a courtyard that is typical of the area. Some higher level suites have uninterrupted mountain views and a separate lounge area. La Merced del Alto features a great restaurant and a traditional bar area and games room. Cachi is only 2 kms away. The question is do you want to stay in Cachi the town itself or here out in the nature? Hard choice to be honest.
Cachi – Hacienda de Molinos
Hacienda Molinos is a super authentic stay in a totally traditional hacienda. Impressive on so many fronts and the property actually dates back to the 18th century and was home to the last governor of Salta appointed by the King of Spain. When traveling from Cafayate to Cachi in the day is just too much for some people this is the perfect pit stop. Handy for Cachi and Colome and The wineries close to it, clients have always enjoyed themselves here. At Molinos you feel the essence of colonial times. Food is really good!
Cafayate – Patios de Cafayate
Patios de Cafayate is next to the ‘El Esteco winery’, one of the regions famed wineries. A Starwood property for some years now. Think antique furniture, artisan carpets, ceramic floors and think stone walls. This is not a large property with just thirty guest rooms and suites. The communal area through invoke a a feeling of a much larger luxury resort, A wonderful pool area sets of the gardens and dinner alfresco is always a treat. The wines as you can imagine come literally straight from the tanks. In terms of places to stay in Cafayate this is the ideal choice for those who need their comforts.
Cafayate – Viñas de Cafayate
Just outside the town Viñas de Cafayate is a lovely little hotel actually in the style of a modest hacienda perched at the foot of a hill and surrounded by vineyards. The design and décor are very minimalistic. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, and there is a very attractive outdoor pool with well attended gardens.. The place is in a wonderful setting and we tend to choose the higher category rooms, especially the ones with the vineyard view.
The surrounding vines do not belong to the hotel, though they do offer wine tasting. There are 12 rooms around a central courtyard comprising of 10 Standard Rooms (5 with Mountain View and 5 with Garden View) and 2 Deluxe Rooms.
JUJUY – PURMAMARCA
Jujuy, Purmamarca – Manantial del Silencio
This is a wonderful old colonial style house in the centre of the town, away from any noise and it is in fact new built made to look old. The restaurant is incredibly good and the rooms are all old in style. This is a truly wonderful place. El Manantial del Silencio is a place to recover from the journey we have taken thus far. The service is suitably slow just like everything else this part of the world, why rush? The place to stay.
Iguazu – Grand Iguazú
Iguazu Grand Hotel Resort & Casino. Firstly, do not be put off by the fact that there is a casino. Yes, it attracts wealthy Brazilian and Paraguayans at the weekend who will no doubt go home less wealthy but The casino does not impinge on you or the wonderful nature of this hotel. The pool and gardens are a complete paradise and this hotel has about 100 rooms, but you would never know it. All room sizes are brilliant and you feel you are in the jungle in some of the rooms. It has distinguished architectural style, exclusive decoration including authentic paintings of renowned artists, three bars, two restaurants. Has a great feel with the jungle at your fingertips.
Iguazu – Loi Suites
Super Jungle stay. Set in the midst of the forest, on the edge of the Iguazu river, and just 15 minutes from the Argentine side of the falls. Rooms, are modern, stylish and you feel almost surreally in the jungle. The pool is enough of a reason to come and gardens are connected by floating bridges and paths all adding to the allure. We prefer the rooms with a deck to enjoy the sights and sounds of the jungle. Its a great choice. Over the years clients have mentioned that front desk seem uncaring (quiet normal unfortunately for this region). We forgive that and look at the view and design, it is not a splurge and we know we would like to wake up in this jungle-like atmosphere every morning.
Iguazu – Belmond Hotel das Cataratas
VILLA LA ANGOSTURA
Hotel: Villa La Angostura – Correntoso
A charming traditional lakeside hotel with a modern spa, fine food and excellent adventure activities. In the 1920’s, before Bariloche had become a mountaineering heaven for Swiss-German immigrants pining for the Alps, an early pioneer built a simple hotel in a perfect spot on the remote northern shore of Lake Nahuel Huapi. In the 50’s, smart Argentina discovered the lakes and flocked here to ski and walk, and Correntoso was rebuilt in Bariloche Alpine style. All wood and stone, with flickering flames in grand fireplaces, elaborate lamps made of antlers, and big windows onto breathtaking views across the navy blue lake to the unspoiled forested islands.
The location is superb, but we think that the management will look after you better at Las Balsas. Correntoso is a little more economic, though.
Hotel: Villa La Angostura – Las Balsas
Las Balsas is a small intimate lodge on the northern shore of the Nahuel Huapi Lake (100 km from Bariloche) in the Lake District. This is a property of Relais & Chateaux. Lots of wood, large windows with lake views. This was built as a house and it very much feels like a house. Stunning lake with pool in and outdoors means you are water bound. The whole area, much of it protected under the National Park System, is one of outstanding natural beauty, with snow-capped volcanoes, cascading rivers emerging into serene lakes and dense forest. Activities include: World class fishing, kayaking, sailing, water-skiing, cycling, walking and horse riding. If you have been racing around the vineyards with us or enjoying frenetic Buenos Aires, Las Balsas is a truly wonderful place to retreat to and enjoy the views/tranquillity of this wonderful piece of the World.
Calafate – Eolo
The most stylish and luxurious hotel in the Patagonian Steppe, at the edge of the Glaciers National Park. Patagonia is immensely seductive: wind-swept steppe and mountain peaks, where condors soar and vast stretches of nothing where you can dream, leaving the civilization behind. Eolo has taken the concept of uninterrupted views to a new level. The conversion from a sheep farm has been done incredibly well and Eolo now offers luxurious style, stunningly set in a remote valley and within easy glacier reach. Eolo has just 17 suites arranged around a central courtyard. Huge space inside reflects infinite space outside, where windows frame unparalleled views of the valley rimmed by grand mountains and you can even see Torres del Paine on a clear day. Service is without fault and homely friendly, but with all you expect from a Relais and Châteaux Member. Nothing but praise for the management and staff and we think this really is one of the best hotels in Southern Argentina.