My friend and I arrived in Mendoza without booking a hotel in advance. While we'd seen a couple options online, I was interested in staying at an upscale hotel. She was not opposed to that option, but was keen to get a local flavor of the city and didn't want to end up at a typical, international chain. So where to go?
We arrived via bus and the travel agent inside the terminal helped us out. The locals always know...and our reservation agent quickly said to us, there's only one 4 star boutique resort - the Huentala. In all our research, we'd never come across this property. He called over to them and was able to get us a standard room with 2 beds for 375 pesos/night. With the exchange rate, that came out to just over $100 USD/night AND included breakfast for both of us.
And we're not talking a bagel and flimsy cup of coffee. The breakfast spread was incredible - worth at least $30 in any comparable property. From ripe, colorful fruit, scrambled eggs, crisp bacon and hot and cold cereal to flaky croissiants, homemade hot chocolate and an array of fresh juice selections, each day began with a healthy and nutritious start.
Other aspects of the property that were memorable included the friendly reception staff. We arrived at about 10:00 am and like most hotels check-in wasn't until later that day. However, they immediately accommodated our request to check in early and we only waited about 20 minutes for our room to be ready. Meanwhile, we spent sometime in the complimentary business center checking emails and figuring out next steps for our travel plans.
I often determine the quality of a hotel property by the amenities provided in the bathoom. We were not disappointed. In addition to the basic shampoo, conditioner and soap, there was also a razor, shaving cream, toothpaste and more that was from a local Argentinian brand.
The room was located on the 3rd floor where the spa, gym and outdoor pool are located. We were away from the main street and elevator and it was very quiet in the room and hallway. There are a number of fountains located in small courtyards surrounding the property that add to its charm, so even if you were to hear anything on site, it would likely be calming water flowing in the background.
Unique Quality: Fabulous location and beautiful property! The lobby was gorgeous - lots of gold gilt furnishings, oversized antique mirrors in the sitting area, yet a very modern, sleek bar area across from reception. There's also a casino next door that was accessible via the lobby. I won 40 pesos at the mini craps table there!
Directions: Centrally located...just a block from Paseo Sarmiento, the pedestrian walking street in downtown.
This is your typical boutique hotel. The standard and service was exceptionally good at a resonable price. Rooms were comfortable, I specially enjoyed the bed. Modern bathroom with all the amenities needed. Breakfast is included in the price, and the they even have their own cava- cellar on the lower ground of the building.
Unique Quality: All the staff are incredibly friendly and helpful. They will really give you good advice and provide you with suggestions.
Primitivo de la Reta 1007 (Formerly "Huentala Mendoza" on our site), Mendoza
Chile 1124, Mendoza, Province of Mendoza
Espejo 455, Mendoza, Province of Mendoza
25 De Mayo 1590, Mendoza, Province of Mendoza
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Address: Primitivo de la Reta 1007 (Formerly "Huentala Mendoza" on our site), Mendoza, 5500 Argentina