Finca Valentina is a real treat - a lovely place to stay and unwind if you're basing yourself in the Salta area. Extremely stylish and in a beautiful setting - straight out of the 'Mr & Mrs Smith' or 'i-escape' mould if that's what you're looking for. Also very convenient for the city's small airport which is ten minutes or so down the road on the way into Salta .
My wife and I stayed here earlier this month as our 'luxury mini-break' during our three-week tour of Argentina, before spending a final few days in Buenos Aires prior to flying home. The intention had been to 'crash out' a bit after a couple of days driving the RN-40 via Cachi (unmissable trip), but the weather in Salta wasn't as good as we'd expected, and we ended up exploring Salta itself (lovely clean city with a delightful central square), driving to Purmamarca (as much for the journey, as well as to see the stunning Cerro de los Siete Colores) and horse-riding, arranged by Valentina of the hotel, in neighbouring San Lorenzo (very smart suburb of Salta - we might be tempted to look at staying there next time) - all immensely enjoyable.
The finca itself was exquisite - very tastefully styled and furnished (unsurprising perhaps as owner Valentina is an architect/interior designer!) but at the same time it felt welcoming and homely, and the staff (four ladies, non-English speaking) were all very polite and attentive, and went out of their way to ensure our stay at the finca was an enjoyable and relaxing one. We spent a couple of evenings chatting with fellow guests over a bottle of wine well into the small hours, and the staff were content just to leave us to turn the lights out and retire to bed; one afternoon we managed to squeeze in a couple of hours sitting around the lovely swimming pool (more like an infinity pool really) and one of the ladies brought us some complimentary soft drinks - nice little touches that can make for a real pleasurable stay.
Our bedroom and accompanying living area were very comfortable indeed, with a large bed and stylish furniture, our own patios - even a TV which we didn't use!. The bathroom contained a huge bath, washbasin, bidet and toilet. There was also plenty of storage and hanging space which we thought was handy if like us you're planning on being at the finca for a few days.
Another big plus for us and a good reason to stay at Finca Valentina was the food; in addition to breakfast (usual Argentine fare, with homemade cakes and scrambled eggs on request!!), lunch and dinner were available at US$15 and US$30 pp respectively. While we didn't have lunch, we ate dinner on three of the four nights we stayed there and all meals were divine - three courses and freshly prepared by the ladies in the adjacent kitchen. We thought US$30 pp was exceptional value for the standard of the cuisine. There was also a fairly extensive wine list - not surprising given the proximity of the local vineyards (we particularly liked the Torrentes!).
Any minuses? Well we thought the finca was a little tricky to find first time round and you need to stay alert to spot the 'Finca Valentina 1200m' signpost as you drive out of Salta (past the freeway intersection) on the RN-51. Given its secluded location and distance from the centre of town, a hire car is an absolute must really, particularly if you intend to explore the local area; taxis are freely available in Salta itself - just be aware that the finca is accessed via a rough and quite long unpaved track leading off the main road and we were aware from other guests that taxi drivers may be a little reluctant to drive down it in poor weather. You really don't want to be dumped roadside last thing at night having had one or two drinks, to be left to negotiate a rocky path in the dark back to your bed!
Nothing else really - it may be worth mentioning that Valentina has four fairly docile family dogs that spend the large part of their day either roaming around the outside of the finca or asleep (depending on how hot it is) which is fine if, like us, you're ok with dogs.
In terms of cost, we paid US$155 per room b&b in early December which we thought was very reasonable given the standard of accommodation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Finca|Valentina is a country house/B&B located a few km from Salta, Argentina. We have 4 bedrooms with private bathrooms, breakfast, lunch and dinner services, a beautiful swimming pool, internet Wi-Fi, horseback riding and massages facilities and the whole house at our guest disposal with 24 hours service. It is a very relaxing place, at the feet of the Andes, perfect as a base to your trip for the north of Argentina. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Finca Valentina Hotel Salta