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“Terrible place (en serio); watch out for the bait-and-switch, too.” 1 of 5 stars
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Hostal El Cardon
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Peatonal Los Faroles s/n esq Don Goyo, Tafi del Valle, Argentina   |  
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“Terrible place (en serio); watch out for the bait-and-switch, too.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2010

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.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    1.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 stars
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Address: Peatonal Los Faroles s/n esq Don Goyo, Tafi del Valle, Argentina
Location: Argentina > Northern Argentina > Province of Tucuman > Tafi del Valle
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 25 Specialty Lodging in Tafi del Valle
Number of rooms: 6

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