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“Relax and enjoy at a price” 4 of 5 stars
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El Colibri - Estancia de Charme
Camino a Santa Catalina Km. 7, Santa Catalina 5221, Argentina   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Santa Catalina
London UK
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62 reviews 62 reviews
39 hotel reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
“Relax and enjoy at a price”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2012

If you are a horse rider, polo player, golfer or enjoy shooting this is definitely the place for you. Situated 50km from Cordoba city, there is little else to do or see in the area once you have seen the local Jesuit monastery museum.

This is a new property rather than an old established estancia built and owned by a French couple that have a number of hotels and properties in Switzerland and Argentina. The decor may not be to everybodies taste with stencilled images in all the rooms and antiques in the large reception area.

Juan the relatively new manager came from Awasi in Chile and does his best to assist all his clients with all their requirements. The rest of the staff are extremely helpful, but English is a bit of a problem as many of them are not bilingual. Service can occasionally be on the slow side.

The emblem of the hotel is a hummingbird and if you are lucky you will see one as you sit at breakfast or lunch, a flash of iridescent blue feeding on the nectar from the flowers.

The rooms are comfortable and with only 9 rooms there is a relaxed feeling and honesty about the hotel that allows you to leave your computers unattended in the rooms.

The food is good, simple and unpretentious, mostly supplied from their own farm, but not up to gourmet standard. Where it falls down is at breakfast. The bread can sometimes be yesterdays and rock hard and the one fresh fruit platter is an excuse. What happened to decent slices of melon or pineapple? Don't miss the Sunday BBQ, cooked to perfection by Pelardo, everyone's idea of a jovial grandfather. Always laughing he knows everyone in the city especially the ladies.

This place is not cheap and they know how to charge. The wines are ridiculously overpriced and the cost of excursions are ridiculous. Everything is quoted in US dollars, but beware, when you come to pay your bill this will be converted into Argentinian pesos at a very high rate, so that when it is converted back in to your local currency you will find yourself paying an additional 10%. I was told that this is because most people understand dollars. Sorry, but the clientele of this hotel are savvy enough to understand Pesos, so quote them in the currency that you intend to charge them.

We were lucky that the local rodeo and music festival had just started and we spent a lovely evening enjoying the ambiance and atmosphere of the local town Jesus Maria, seeing the amazing riders and just watching people enjoy themselves.

A nice touch is that secateurs are left in your room so you can collect yourself flowers from the garden and once you have done that go and relax by the swimming pool.

If you are looking to ride great horses, have a polo lesson, shoot 1000 pigeons in a day or just unwind on the verandah or by the pool, this is the place for you.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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    4 of 5 stars
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London
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90 reviews 90 reviews
32 hotel reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2012

My husband I spent three nights here. We were not too happy at first at being 50 kms from the City of Cordoba but we learnt that the town of Jesus Maria was only about 20 minutes drive. Nevertheless, the hotel stands alone amongst acres of beautiful farmland. It is a grand Estancia in the true sense of the word. When we arrived, we were greeted by 3 members of the staff and two beautiful polo ponies saddled and ready to take us for a ride which we declined. The entrance to the hotel is via an inner courtyard which leads into a grand, double-volume hall filled with French furniture and two large chandeliers. This also houses the bar and some sofas and coffee tables.

Our large bedroom (Iguazu) was pretty with hand stencilled ceilings and was light and airy but also felt very cosy. The bathroom was a good size with a very good shower, separate loo and bidet. We were shown the swimming pool which is set a little way from the hotel amongst grasses. There is an internal and outside dining area both of which were very pleasant. We loved sitting outside and looking out over the fields to the mountains beyond.

The food was good and on our last night, the hotel driver, Pelardo (a lovely man) made a special barbecue for the guests. The meat was sublime and the best steak I have ever eaten. We were also treated to a wine-tasting in the hotel wine cellar with a wonderful selection of charcuterie and cheeses to try. I felt that the wines were extremely expensive here. Juan, the manager, was very nice and all the staff did their best to make our stay as comfortable as possible. I found the bar service a little slow at times. We slowly began to relax and unwind and found a wonderful sense of peace and quiet here. There are only 9 rooms and since the hotel is quite traditionally 'grand' you never feel overcrowded.

If you like riding, polo or golf then this is for you. You can have polo lessons (or riding) and there is a golf course somewhere nearby. We were fortunate enough to be here during the Jusus Maria Folklore Festival which includes music, singing and rodeo competitions. It is very much a local festival held in the Jesus Maria stadium and thousands attend over the 9 days. We managed to get VIP tickets which included dinner and gave us the advantage of a table with amazing views over the stadium stage and floor. It was a delightful evening and it was lovely to see whole families with their children enjoying themselves. Outside the stadium, a market had been set up and there were plenty of restaurants serving barbecue etc. in the area. This is an annual festival.

One slightly irritating thing. Prices are quoted in dollars but credit cards are charged in Pesos and due to the rate of exchange, you will lose out by some 10%!

This is a delightful hotel and wonderful for those who want to unwind and relax. I would certainly have no hesitation in recommending it.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2012

beautiful nature site, luxury and calm sense of wellbeing, wonderful architecture, furnished with antiques in a modern ambient, horse riding with farm sightseeing, excellent meals, very amiable staff, spacy and best equipped appartements

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Polis, Cyprus
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165 reviews 165 reviews
42 hotel reviews
Reviews in 54 cities Reviews in 54 cities
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2011

After our flight from Buenos Aires we were met at the airport and taken to El Colibri. As we drew up at the end of the drive we thought someone important was about to arrive as there were mounted horses and a line-up of staff on the drive. But no, it was for us!! We were warmly welcomed and shown round the facilities. Our room was spacious and comfortably furnished. Our only complaint was that slippers were 'flip flops' and not towelling ones. Otherwise everything else was perfect. Because of the French family influence we were expecting 'fussy' food. How pleasantly we were surprised. Everything was superbly cooked, but wholesome and it was, indeed, like staying in a family home. The Asado was cooked exactly to our liking and when an asado was on offer for other guests on our third night, Chef Leo (a local man who had been trained by El Colibri to a very high standard) cooked especially for us. Sadly the weather was awful for two of our days, but we had an excursion to the mission churches (extra cost); the jacuzzi was filled for us in the morning; we visited the farm and gardens; played boules and generally relaxed. The cooking class was a delight and it is hard to believe we actually made such delicious biscuits. At the start of our stay in such grand surroundings we wondered if we were slightly out of our depth, but by the time we had to go we did not want to leave such a homely place.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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St Albans
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58 reviews 58 reviews
35 hotel reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2011

We spent three nights in this beautiful estancia in December 2010. The rooms are charming and spacious, and the whole place is very well furnished with antiques. The service here is first class. Everyone wants you to have the best possible time. The manager personally drove us down to our polo lesson and the owners took us to a local polo match. It feels like staying at a beautiful family home. The food is outstanding. We did lots of riding, sat by the pool, went for walks. It's one of those fantastic places to spend a few days and relax. Recommended.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2011

There are sometimes a place is just magical and inspirational and you can’t explain why. The El Colibri is one of those places. After a 24 hour journey (including three flights, a bus transfer, and a one hour expeditious ride from the airport), it was exactly what we needed to start our trip in Argentina. Although the décor is probably a little too traditional and French for our taste, it didn’t matter once we started to unwind and feel completely isolated. The conversations we had with the owner’s of El Colibri and other guests at the resort were a perspective on life that is sometimes hard to find.

This was the start of a 10 day trip for us in Argentina (followed by Mendoza and BA), and the most memorable experiences from our trip were from the El Colibri. We went to a local polo match, ate the best fresh meat, eggs and veggies directly from the farm, milked a cow, rode horses (and not your typical horseback riding – you get to do what you want), ate the best alfajorres on our trip – and the list goes on and on. We also took a polo lesson from a crazy instructor who almost killed one of the people in our group, and beware: although everything else was included in our stay, we were charged a hefty $150 per person for the polo lesson without being told it would have an additional cost. That experience aside, if what you are looking for is a very Argentine experience, while being able to relax and eat amazing food and wine, then this is the place to stay.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2010

The warm welcome from hostess Stephanie and her family is undoubtedly very friendly !
Exceptional surroundings, especially for horse back riding (secure, lovely horses and handsome gauchos!!(who do not speak French or English). I haven't tried polo lessons but all is there to ease you in this practice.
Excellent food, mixing argentinian traditions and fresh vegetables from the garden.
Perfect service by Diego who helps you for anything.
Bedding perfect a well as quiteness.
Location between 2 Jesuit churches/Estancias perfect.
What I less liked: rooms and bathrooms decoration: even if they are very well equiped, the style is from my point of view awful. Flowers painted on the wall, batrooms tils: not trendy at all.
I was also disapointed to see that the house is new, nothing compared to an old estancia, thus less charming.
Overpriced for Argentina but I enjoyed my stay a lot.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Camino a Santa Catalina Km. 7, Santa Catalina 5221, Argentina
Location: Argentina > Central Argentina > Province of Cordoba > Santa Catalina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Santa Catalina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in a paradisiacal place surrounded by the Sierras of Cordoba, The Colibri Estancia de Charme is the finest combination between the best hotel service , the charm of a home and the adventure of a different tourism. It is the perfect place to enjoy the best of Argentina; to spend family, sporty, adventurous, romantic or relaxing holidays. ... more   less 
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