When we think about our trip to Argentina, the one thing we would have changed would be to have spent more time at Villa Maria. We stayed 2 nights here in early February 2009, but should have stayed 4 nights. Our room with the balcony overlooking the estate's entrance and clawfoot tub with a view to the trees was nothing short of spectacular. And the little details at every turn made the stay more special. Our meals were a blend of traditional argentine and the more european cuisine that is a direct result of the melting pot population of Argentina. Our favorite meal was the parilla that we had for lunch one day, and the ultimate dessert was a dulce de leche crepe.
The ground were beautiful and we spent much time strolling, biking and horseback riding among them. The pool was older, but the view from the pool evoked a certain old school Hollywood type glamour.
The only reason we gave 4 stars for cleanliness was because during dinners on the patio there were large bugs that were attracted to the lights.
The staff was excellent and the reason we gave 4 stars was because they were occasionally hard to track down on the large estate. Further, we never figured out how to work the walkie talkie they gave us upon check in.
Everything about the estate was impressive, from the acres of manicured lawn to the beautiful antiques filling its halls and rooms.
Villa Maria is more like a boutique hotel than a working ranch, so don't expect gaucho shows and the other touristy trappings.
We'd love to come back one day but are a little worried about all the development they have planned.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Estancia Villa Maria is located in Buenos Aires (Ezeiza). Selected by Travel+Leisure magazine as one of the best estates in South America, and one of the best traditional hotels in the world by Forbes Traveler, Villa María is one of the most distinguished country hotels in Argentina. The Manor House features 11 guestrooms, a restaurant and a cellar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Estancia Villa Maria Hotel Buenos Aires