Chacras has a growing number of accommodations, and the ones it has offer real quality. About the only drawback is the nighttime barking of street dogs and the occasional muffler-free moped, but that’s no worse than Mendoza’s traffic.
The once-deteriorated 40-room Hotel San Francisco (Pueyrredón 2265, tel. 0261/496-0110, www.nuevohotelsanfrancisco.com, US$74–87 s or d) has undergone a major restoration; it has a pool and spacious wooded grounds.
Posada Borravino (Medrano 2658, tel. 0261/496-4445, www.posadaborravino.com, US$76–102 s or d) is an eight-room boutique hotel in a quiet neighborhood, with a pool, air-conditioning, and similar amenities. It’s less convenient than its competitors, though, in terms of walking distance to restaurants and other businesses.
New in 2006, set among artfully landscaped grounds barely a block from the plaza, parts of Parador del Angel (Newbery 5418, tel. 0261/496-2201, www.paradordelangel.com.ar, US$130–150 s or d with breakfast) occupy a century-old adobe. The accommodations proper, though, are contemporary dwellings that replicate the traditional style to create impeccable unity even with modern touches that include a swimming pool, a video and games room, and Wi-Fi. For mountaineers, owner Daniel Alessio also has extensive Aconcagua experience.
Set on two hectares of lush orchards and vineyards worked by mules, Finca Adalgisa (Pueyrredón 2222, tel. 0261/496-0713 or 0261/15-654-3134, www.fincaadalgisa.com.ar, US$235–390 s or d) has eleven rooms plus a pool, fish and duck ponds, and even a small wine bar featuring its homegrown malbec (made with assistance from nearby master Carmelo Patti). A finished product just a few years after its founding, this self-described “rural hotel” features large and comfortable rooms with colorful interiors, fine vineyard views toward the Andes (at least from the upper floor), and amenities such as Wi-Fi.
Also new in 2006, Lares de Chacras (Larrea 1266, tel. 0261/496-1061, www.laresdechacras.com, US$175–195 s or d) is a comfortable ten-room suburban hotel that’s easy walking distance from the plaza and restaurants. While the spacious rooms have balconies and the maturing landscape design is a strong point, its fusion of contemporary and rustic elements is a little odd.
Under the same ownership, new in late 2009, across the highway from Chacras, Lares en Finca Terrada (Terrada 5998, Carrodilla, Luján de Cuyo, tel. 0261/496-1061, www.fincaterrada.com, US$150–170 s or d) is a new vineyard hotel whose disadvantage—or advantage to some—is its relatively isolated location. Presently it has five rooms with designer touches, such as central circular showers in the baths of three rooms; the larger suites also have tubs. While it lacks a full-fledged restaurant, it does prepare light meals and occasional dinners for guests, and has a small wine bar that serves its own malbec.
New in 2008, a few blocks north of the plaza, Casa Margot (Italian 6016, tel. 0261/496-1877, www.casamargot.com.ar, US$250–350 s or d) is a unique two-suite guest house with vaulted brick ceilings, built for local sculptor Eliana Molinelli before her untimely death, that’s favored by honeymooners and other romantics. Its owners also operate a Valle de Uco winery and serve their own sparkling wines and varietals (malbec, sauvignon blanc) in the sprawling gardens.
Across the highway from Chacras, Club Tapiz (Pedro Molina s/n, Ruta 60 Km 2.5, Russell, Maipú, tel. 0261/496-3433, www.tapiz.com.ar, US$170 s or d) is a cozy seven-room vineyard hotel in a former winery—its present winery is a short distance south, in Agrelo—that’s also known for its elite restaurant. El Terruño (tel. 0261/496-0131) serves a weekday three-course lunchtime special (US$21) that includes a glass of wine, but on weekends it’s an à la carte menu that includes items such as kid goat in a white wine sauce (US$16).
In a category of its own, south of the highway to Chile near the Ruca Malén winery turnoff, Cavas Wine Lodge (Costa Flores s/n, tel. 0261/479-0200, www.cavaswinelodge.com, US$605–762 s or d) consists of a main building with bright common areas (decorated with contemporary art), a restaurant with both indoor and patio seating, a Moorish spa, and 14 spacious freestanding Taos-style accommodations surrounded by vineyards. Designed for privacy, each building has its own plunge pool and rooftop terrace for sunset views of the Andes. Nonguests can dine by reservation only.
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Argentina, 3rd edition