No need for neighbor jealousy here; all rooms are the same. There's a the bed, a desk, a wardrobe with minibar, a semi-private patio, a huge bathtub and shower, and a separate toilet room. The rooms themselves look like cottages from the exterior and the vaulted, peaked ceilings help keep the rooms cool even on the hottest, sunniest days out there in Argentina (there's AC as well).
Though we only stayed for two nights ($169 a night as scored on Jetsetter.com), we would quickly return for a full week with a rental car, so we could head out to wine-taste at the bodegas (wineries) and grab lunch and dinner back in Mendoza. One little warning: you've got to be in the mood to "get away from it all," or most of it, as the hotel really is removed from town and very, very quiet at all hours.
Our favorite part? It's hard to pick just one thing, but the hotel's remote, casual atmosphere was the biggest plus. Since we work online while away, it's often difficult for us to commit to rural escapes. El Aguamiel's internet was perfect however, and tapping away on our laptop, on our patio, with a glass of the hotel's own Malbec in hand...can't get much better for an Argentinian evening.
Pro tip: Bring all your unused hotel toiletries home with you. The soaps, shampoos and lotions are El Aguamiel-produced, made from the vineyards grapes. We're talking a grape exfoliating soap, a Chardonnay shampoo and Riesling lotion. It's difficult not to daydream while slathering on some of that lotion, now that we're thousands of miles away.
[Photos and video: Cynthia Drescher for HotelChatter]