I had a very bad experience with this place. Firstly, I had made a reservation by internet; but when I got there they showed me a more expensive (by 50%) room. When I explained that I had booked a cheaper room, they showed me the cheaper room and it was disgusting (so I was therefore "talked into" the more expensive room). Then I left to go for a hike. When I returned, the front door was locked and there was a sign on it that said, "Regresar en 5 minutos". Well, I was feeling the sun and the previously long bus trip and the hike I had just made; I was tired and had a headache, and I needed to go to the bathroom. Therefore, I was a little put-off that access to my room was denied. Further, I have a stopwatch on my wrist, so I started it in order to see how long "5 Minutes" would be. After 55 minutes, I left in order (i) to find a place to go to the bathroom, and (ii) to find another hotel. When i returned to El Cardon, somebody had finally arrived and I explained my anger at being locked out, and further explained that I was moving to another hotel. They called the owner, who -- when she arrived -- told me that I couldn't leave unless I paid for one night (NOTE: I had not slept there yet, I had simply stored my bag there). I refused to pay in that I had NOT slept there (I had not even disturbed the covers on my bed), and I was still upset that I had been booked into a more expensive room, and they had "locked me out" (in the middle of the afternoon), much to my considerable discomfort. Then -- adding insult to injury -- the owner threatened to "call the police" unless I paid. Well, I called her bluff and said, "Okay, call the police; I'll wait and explain myself to them." [She finally chose NOT to call the police, and I left without paying....but I was (and still am) VERY angry that she had even threatened to call the police.] So, again I say, my experience at this hotel/hostal was very bad, and I recommend that the place be avoided.
Location: Argentina > Northern Argentina > Province of Tucuman > Tafi del Valle
Ranked #21 of 25 Specialty Lodging in Tafi del Valle
Number of rooms: 6