Tag: Argentina Hotels

View All Tags

/ / / / /

Wine Tasting in Mendoza? We Suggest a Post Vino Bath at the Park Hyatt

Go To The Hotel's Web 
  Site Where: Chile 1124, Mendoza, Mendoza, Argentina, 5500
April 7, 2011 at 12:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

Spending long days exploring vineyards and tasting wines can be tiring work. We're serious! Especially under the warm sun at the foot of the Andes in Mendoza, Argentina. But, if you choose your hotel wisely when booking a vinocentric trip, you'll have just what you need for a good post-wine wind-down: a bathtub.

This video and the photo below shows our favorite part of the Park Hyatt Mendoza, where we spent the weekend indulging in the Park Hyatt Masters of Food and Wine tour. Not only is the bathroom huge, well-lit and mirrored up the wazoo, it has a fantastic tub and rainfall shower tucked away in a separate stall, which you can turn into your own personal steam room.

more ›

/ / / / /

Even The Cocktails Are Arty At El Casco Art Hotel

Go To The Hotel's Web 
  Site Where: Av. Bustillo Km 11,5, Bariloche, Patagonia, Argentina
October 1, 2010 at 9:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

El Casco's Lobby Bar

Is the WiFi free? Does the gym have good machines? All these things get noticed when checking into a hotel, but what about the atmosphere of the place—specifically the art on the walls or on the floor? All this week, we'll be highlighting properties around the world that do their artwork right, and the specific pieces you should stare long and hard at when next you drop by.

Today: El Casco Art Hotel's's cocktail art.

The entirety of this 33-room hotel in Argentina's Patagonian Lake District is a piece of art. It re-opened in 2007 with a collection of over 475 Argentine paintings and sculptures curated by owner Ignacio Gutiérrez Zaldívar, a noted collector in the Buenos Aires art community.

Suites are named after individual artists whose work decorates the room (you can book rooms such as the Bertani, Quirós or Soldi Suite), but there is also art in the garden, lobby and hotel bar.

more ›

/ / / /

'Mi Casa es Su Casa' Says Buenos Aires' Fancy New Algodon Mansion

Go To The Hotel's Web 
  Site Where: Montevideo 1647, Buenos Aires, Argentina
January 27, 2010 at 3:15 PM | by | Comments (3)

The Algodon Buenos Aires: your private dancer. Er, we mean mansion.

Joining the long lineage of estate-cum-hotels is Buenos Aires' Algodon Mansion, a 20,000 square foot property whose roots date back to 1912. The hotel, set to open in March of this year, is being described in an all too familiar manner: your home away from home (or "Your Own Private Mansion").

The hotel's "mi casa es su casa" messaging is certainly inviting, but more fantasy than reality, as these things go. Not many people have a personal butler at their beck and call 24/7, let alone a rooftop pool, baby grand pianos, suites with a view of an interior two-story waterfall, or a cognac bar with a selection of "premium handcrafted cigars" at their actual homes. That's in addition to some of the other cushy amenities we reported on last year.

We've since come across more hotel specs, photos which you can see after the jump.

more ›

/ / / /

'Legendary' Lodging At The End of the World

Go To The Hotel's Web 
  Site Where: Barrio Lo Loma, Ushuaia, Argentina, 9410
February 5, 2009 at 9:42 AM | by | Comments (0)

Ushuaia is the world’s southernmost city. It has an airport, a ski center, magnificent views in all directions, some decent seafood restaurants, a busy port, three types of beer, two terrestrial TV channels, 9,546 overpriced outdoor clothing outlets, and some attractive lodgings.

more ›

/ / / /

Hotel Contests: Win Six Nights in Argentina

Where: Argentina
April 17, 2008 at 5:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

We like Argentine hotels enough to pay for our own stays, but maybe you need some more convincing? Upscale resort guide Luxury Latin America would be happy to put you up for free for six nights--as long as you enter their contest.

All you've gotta do is fill out a simple form, and you're entered to win stays at MY ba in Buenos Aires, pictured, Hotel del Casco in San Isidro, Villa Julia in Tigre and Patio de Moreno in San Antonio de Areco. (All the properties are run by N | A Town & Country Hotels.)

Of course, if you're willing to actually pay money for a swanky hotel stay in Buenos Aires, we have plenty of opinions on the best.

Related Stories:
· Luxury Latin America Contest [Official Site]
· Buenos Aires Hotels coverage [HotelChatter]

/ /

Eat and Drink Your Way Through Park Hyatts in Argentina

Where: Argentina
January 30, 2008 at 1:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Are you a big fan of Argentinean cooking or of good food and wine in general? Then you should mark February 12 to 17 in your diary and head on down to either the Park Hyatt Buenos Aires or the Park Hyatt Mendoza (pictured) in Argentina. These two Hyatt hotels are holding the Masters of Food & Wine South America event over that week and there will be plenty of input and inspiration for your taste buds and stomach.

The food and wine five-day fest will see the kitchens and vineyards of these two hotels setting out a series of special gourmet lunches and dinners, including tastings of local wines and cooking demonstrations by both Argentinean and international chefs. Some special outings include grape picking at Zuccardi Winery and a visit to the Salentein Winery--these outings are, in keeping with the spirit of the week, followed by a four-course lunch.

It sounds like the kind of vacation you'll need a solid month at the gym to work off afterwards, but foodies who feel like a short stint in Argentina should go for it. After all, you'll be amongst the Masters of Food and Wine and that sounds like something your stomach shouldn't miss.

[Photo: rdiez]

/ / /

Staying in Patagonia: Tierra del Fuego & Ushuaia

March 26, 2007 at 2:50 PM | by | Comments (0)

Travel writer Matt Chesterton who broke down the Buenos Aires hotel scene for us last month, is back to help us crack staying in Patagonia. As Matt told us, Patagonia lodging knowledge is actually more important than knowing BA, in some ways. For instance, in BA if you get stuck in a dodgy hotel you can check out and be checked into a new location within the hour. In Patagonia, you could be 1,000 clicks from the nearest alternative location--so pay attention. If you have a specific question about Patagonia accommodations, hit us on the tipline, or just comment below, and we will do our best to get you some sort of answer. Enjoy.

Hosteria Tierra de Leyendas

[Photo: JuliettaDM]

Tierra del Fuego. Land of Fire. The End of the World. (Why not 'the beginning'? Who's in charge of branding around here?) And the end of our whistle-stop tour around Patagonia's accommodation scene, which we hope you haven't hated.

So, Tierra del Fuego and its capital Ushuaia (pronounced oo-SWY-yah). What's it like, this last outpost of humanity, heavy industry and litter before you reach (and you can reach if you're prepared to shell out 10,000 dollars on an Antarctica trip) the still-pristine but probably melting southern ice continent?

(Lame digression on Al Gore: How porky is that guy these days? Is he going to personally volunteer to plug the hole in the ozone layer? Is that the 'big announcement' we're waiting for? Also, on some occasions he looks fatter than on others. Is it the natural flux of water retention, or, with his contacts in Hollywood, has he borrowed William Shatner's girdle, the one which kept Captain Kirk looking relatively trim during the latter Star Trek movies?)

more ›

/ / /

Staying in Patagonia: El Calafate and The Glaciers

March 22, 2007 at 3:01 PM | by | Comments (2)

Travel writer Matt Chesterton who broke down the Buenos Aires hotel scene for us last month, is back to help us crack staying in Patagonia. As Matt told us, Patagonia lodging knowledge is actually more important than knowing BA, in some ways. For instance, in BA if you get stuck in a dodgy hotel you can check out and be checked into a new location within the hour. In Patagonia, you could be 1,000 clicks from the nearest alternative location--so pay attention. If you have a specific question about Patagonia accommodations, hit us on the tipline, or just comment below, and we will do our best to get you some sort of answer. Enjoy.


View from Eolo in El Calafate

[Photo: Iankalass]

Imagine the middle of nowhere. Now imagine a city rising there against the odds, built by visionaries driven by a strange blend of greed, chutzpah and sheer bloodymindedness. The city grows and becomes a tourist mecca, drawing visitors from every corner of the globe. Wonderful hotels are built to accommodate them. More people come so the old hotels are torn down and bigger, better ones built in their place. What started as a risky dream has become a lucrative reality. What a place!

But enough about Las Vegas. We're here to talk about El Calafate. Oh dear.

more ›

/ / /

Staying in Patagonia: Puerto Madryn & Península Valdés

Where: Argentina
March 19, 2007 at 5:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

Travel writer Matt Chesterton who broke down the Buenos Aires hotel scene for us last month, is back to help us crack staying in Patagonia. As Matt told us, Patagonia lodging knowledge is actually more important than knowing BA, in some ways. For instance, in BA if you get stuck in a dodgy hotel you can check out and be checked into a new location within the hour. In Patagonia, you could be 1,000 clicks from the nearest alternative location--so pay attention. If you have a specific question about Patagonia accommodations, hit us on the tipline, or just comment below, and we will do our best to get you some sort of answer. Enjoy.

We love watching penguins. We could sit around all day watching penguins. In fact, we often have. What's the attraction? It's just something about the way they go about their business. We enjoyed the new Scorsese movie, but still, we'd have rather spent those two and a half hours watching penguins.

(If you were unlucky enough to catch the previous installments of this series, you may have already deduced that our two favorite Patagonian diversions are penguin watching and attending high profile trunk-chopping competitions. We've been developing a hybrid game which incorporates certain elements of both these pursuits and expect to showcase `Penguin Chop' just as soon as Latin American Inventor is premiered down here.)

[Photo: IgnacioErrico]

more ›

/ / /

Staying in Patagonia: The Lake District

Where: Argentina
March 16, 2007 at 1:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

Travel writer Matt Chesterton who broke down the Buenos Aires hotel scene for us last month, is back to help us crack staying in Patagonia. As Matt told us, Patagonia lodging knowledge is actually more important than knowing BA, in some ways. For instance, in BA if you get stuck in a dodgy hotel you can check out and be checked into a new location within the hour. In Patagonia, you could be 1,000 clicks from the nearest alternative location--so pay attention. If you have a specific question about Patagonia accommodations, hit us on the tipline, or just comment below, and we will do our best to get you some sort of answer. Enjoy.


Estancia Huechahue

There's a Mapuche (the indigenous tribe who populated most of the lakes region of Patagonia before the white guys turned up wielding swords and smallpox) legend that goes something like this. God (for it is he) was wandering about the Earth, deciding where to put this and that mountain, volcano, lake, etc. Upon reaching the Argentine Lake District he tripped over a foothill (it can happen to anyone) and accidentally deposited all of the really beautiful stuff in this one region, where it remains, largely unblemished, to this day. This impressed the Spanish so much they told the Mapuche to go fish and hunt somewhere else.

more ›

/ / /

Staying in Patagonia: Bariloche and Lake Nahuel Huapi

Where: Argentina
March 14, 2007 at 3:46 PM | by | Comments (0)

Travel writer Matt Chesterton who broke down the Buenos Aires hotel scene for us last month, is back to help us crack staying in Patagonia. As Matt told us, Patagonia lodging knowledge is actually more important than knowing BA, in some ways. For instance, in BA if you get stuck in a dodgy hotel you can check out and be checked into a new location within the hour. In Patagonia, you could be 1,000 clicks from the nearest alternative location--so pay attention. If you have a specific question about Patagonia accommodations, hit us on the tipline, or just comment below, and we will do our best to get you some sort of answer. Enjoy.


Llao Llao Hotel off the Argentine Patagona

[Photo: aokettun]

You get on a plane at BA's Aeroparque. You're going to Patagonia. Patagonia, baby!

An hour later and you're cruising over the flattest landscape you've ever seen: no wrinkles, no creases, an endless green shirtfront pressed into perfection by Mother Nature's valet. This isn't how it looked on the Discovery channel. Never mind. Can't be long till those snow-capped peaks hove into view.

Half an hour later and you still haven't seen anything resembling a gradient. Then, quite suddenly, the plane lands, depositing you in an Alpine town that resembles the set of the 1937 adaptation of Heidi. As you push your trolley through arrivals, a stunningly attractive blonde hands you a flyer inviting you to a log-chopping contest where this year's Queen of the Boysenberry will be crowned. You make your way to your hotel, noting en route that every second shop specializes in hand-made chocolates. WTF?

Welcome to Bariloche, Argentina's most popular tourist destination after Buenos Aires. It's a big, busy, fun and freakish city with stuff going on all year round: trekking and sunbathing (it can hit 35 degrees down here) in summer, skiing in winter (mostly by Brazilians, hence the nickname 'Brasiloche'), log chopping smackdowns every Saturday afternoon. You'll notice a lot of teenagers. Argentine kids come here for a week after graduating high school to 'let their hair down', that is to say, to drink cheap whisky and acquire their first STD.

more ›

/ / /

Staying in Patagonia: Introduction and Overview

Where: Argentina
March 12, 2007 at 3:17 PM | by | Comment (1)

Travel writer Matt Chesterton who broke down the Buenos Aires hotel scene for us last month, is back to help us crack staying in Patagonia. As Matt told us, Patagonia lodging knowledge is actually more important than knowing BA, in some ways. For instance, in BA if you get stuck in a dodgy hotel you can check out and be checked into a new location within the hour. In Patagonia, you could be 1,000 clicks from the nearest alternative location--so pay attention. If you have a specific question about Patagonia accommodations, hit us on the tipline, or just comment below, and we will do our best to get you some sort of answer. Enjoy.

[Photo: Macorig Paolo]

Patagonia. Just the word itself is enough to give most travel writers a boner. All those turquoise lakes and snow-capped peaks; that relentless, scudding wind peeling off the topsoil to reveal dinosaur thigh bones and Nazi gold; the eccentric characters (if you don't meet one, just invent one, no one will find out); the equally eccentric fauna, much of which can be shot dead with impunity; Butch, Sundance, Darwin, Chatwin, er, Stallone... for us it's better than a Jenna Jameson compilation. If you want to ruin a dinner party, invite a travel hack and ask them to talk about their voyage to the "End of the World". It's up there with "Grandad, tell us about that time you killed 10 Japs with a single coconut on Guadacanal."

more ›