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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- El Colibri Cordoba