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“Pretty, Laid-Back Place with Colonial Feel” 5 of 5 stars
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Camila Quintana de Nino y Calle Salta, Cafayate 4427, Argentina   |  
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Ranked #5 of 30 Cafayate B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Devizes, United Kingdom
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113 reviews 113 reviews
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“Pretty, Laid-Back Place with Colonial Feel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2011

El Hospedaje seemed to my wife and me like a remarkably good find: characterful; quiet; reasonably comfortable; with off-street, gated parking within the compound; a relatively large swimming pool; and an adjoining restaurant where, even if you didn't have meals, you could buy wine, beer, coffee, and so on, and keep your wine bottle in the fridge. I even kept a couple of bottles in the fridge that I had bought elsewhere--they're just very easy going, here. When we were there, one could also use the computer on the reception desk to check email and the like if the management wasn't busy. Speaking of which: the owner/manager, Martin, seemed very pleasant, relaxed and humorous. He sets the tone for the place, and lives on the premises.

The hotel is on a corner, so it is potentially noisy, I suppose, though we did not find it so. The streets were not busy; and the colonial design, where rooms are set round courtyards with plants in pots, etc., reinforces the peaceful feelings of the place. If I were you, I would ask to see more than one room, if they have several available, for even though they may not vary much if at all in price, you may find that one is obviously more desirable than the other owing to its location or design.

You are just a couple of blocks--only two minutes walk--from the plaza. El Hospedaje is as convenient a place stay as there is; and given that you probably don't want to be on the plaza itself, I think its location is absolutely ideal.

There are several really attractive options for dinner on the plaza, including a couple of places where you can sit outside in good weather. Personally, the restaurant in the hotel didn't seem inviting for evening meals, though it was inoffensive and Supremely Adequate for breakfast (which, as usual for Argentine, 'continental' breakfasts, was fairly minimal). It's really more like a corner cafe for the neighbourhood. They have masses of empanadas and things like that for light fare.

Let me add here--though irrelevant to hotel reviewing--that not far outside of Cafayate is one of the 'sights' called 'the obelisk' (a natural rock formation). We improvised there one of the most beautiful and varied walks that my wife and I have ever had, heading away from the obelisk and following dry watercourses up through canyons and under cliffs. A fantastic area! This paragraph stands as an expanded version of my entry, 'when in Cafayate, don't miss_________________.'

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2009

We stayed i here 3 nights and we loved it. We had chosen the 'vip' room and were very pleased: a big room, terrace, wicker chairs and the swimmingpool right in front. The owner is a nice humoristic man! The location is superb and Cafayate is a nice, quiet place. We had a great time. They also have a small restaurant where you can eat delicious pizza and empanada. The breakfast was not very special!

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2009

Coming from the luxury of El Colome, anywhere was going to be pushed to match up to our new standards however, we left El Hospejade with a warm feeling! The hostal is in a good, quiet, central spot and the rooms are basic and plain, but very clean and comfortable. We stayed 2 nights and had fresh linen each day. The bathroom had lots of hot water and clean towels (and for those that travel without toiletries, little packets of soap etc). There is a pool and a garden with several places to sit. Breakfast is included in the little café attached to the hostal (it had lots of locals each time we went in so is probably good for dinner too although did not try). Breakfast is coffee, orange juice, bread and medialunas and is served by the owner and his friend - both of whom are charming. If you ask, the owner has a box of books for you to swap yours with and his friend who helps with breakfast has a bike rental shop opposite which has good bikes at a good price.

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Camila Quintana de Nino y Calle Salta, Cafayate 4427, Argentina
Location: Argentina > Northern Argentina > Province of Salta > Cafayate
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Ranked #5 of 30 B&Bs / Inns in Cafayate
Number of rooms: 14

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