With our arrival in Mendoza and at the Mod Hotel, I can’t say that we were particularly impressed by the exterior- it’s not really modern or hip or anything beyond generic faux Spanish. And it is actually located away from the main city center, nearer to the bus station in a less active part of town. The real surprise started beyond the front doors; entering into a large and bright lobby with a view to the pool, outfitted with tasteful art and casual furnishings –it was a relaxed, sunny and inviting environment. That impression continued as we made our way to our room which was modern and nicely decorated with windows facing west toward the Andes providing abundant light (altho nothing special in terms of view). The beds too were very comfortable- on the firmer side which we prefer. The bathroom was well equipped, with sumptuous finishes, even nicer than the room itself. WIFI was a joy- quick and reliable- apparently there is one router per 4 rooms.
The front desk was very accommodating, even with our feeble attempts at Spanish (Tip: come here for pool towels). Breakfast was a highlight with an elaborate buffet, exceeding most Argentine hotels- and who doesn’t love prosciutto and champagne with breakfast? Just have patience with the toasters which seem to take an eternity. The pool, altho not enormous, provided a nice respite from the heat of the city. Its setting, during our visit in winter late afternoon, didn’t allow for the pool itself to be in the sun altho the deck area was, albeit short on chairs. A small equipped gym is located in the basement- just adequate for a hotel of this size, it fit our needs for our 1.5 day stay. We didn’t realize that we needed to pre-book the Jacuzzi and sauna which are located behind a glass wall and door adjacent to the workout room- a disappointment as we needed to leave after only a couple of minutes. One bonus-the hotel will provide a rate for a very late check-out at 18:00, which worked well for our scheduled overnight bus to Buenos Aires. The desk called for a cab which came quickly and was inexpensive altho the bus station, without much luggage, could be managed in about a 10-15 minute walk.
Except for Mod’s location, which for us was not an issue, the hotel exceeded our expectation on almost every level. If you don’t have to be in the center of the action, this is definitely a worthwhile find, especially if you score a great rate.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Mod Hotels features luxurious accommodations with modern facilities in central Mendoza, 5 miles from El Plumerillo Airport. Facilities include a spa, a hydro-massage tub and an outdoor swimming pool. The tasteful rooms at Mod Hotels Mendoza have stylish fabric and wood decor, and contemporary furniture. All feature free Wi-Fi, an LCD cable TV, and queen size beds. Large bedroom windows offer scenic views of Mendoza. Guests at the Mod Hotels Mendoza can dine at the Magma Restaurant and bar. A daily breakfast buffet with fresh croissants, jams and fruits is served. The hotel is 4 blocks from the central San Martin Avenue, and 325 ft from Sarmiento Square. An airport shuttle service as well a business center and gym are available. ... more less
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