Kkala is an amazing hotel and deffinetly the best place to stay in Salta. I was worried about staying far fom the city centre, but that turned out to be a great decision, as the residential neighborhood that the hotel is located in is quiet and peaceful and provides a much-needed rest from the noisy and crowded city centre. Taxis are cheap and the hotel staff can call one for you - we never had to wait for more than 5 minutes. We didn't try walking to the centre because it was very hot, but I think it would take 20-25 minutes. It's easy to find a taxi to take back to the hotel, however keep in mind that most taxi drivers (at least the ones we came across) don't know it's exact location, they just take you to the general area and start driving around in circles. The Tres Cerrotis neighborhood is up on a hill, so I suggest you maybe walk down once and memorize which turns to take, it's really very easy to remember and you'll be able to show taxi drivers the way.
We stayed in the Kkala suite, which is a large room on two levels, with a bathroom, living area with couch, coffee table, tv, etc., and a jacuzzi on the first level and a bedroom and small second bathroom on the second level. It also has a terrace with a table and chairs. The views from the terrrace are great, but there arent't any interesting views from the room. The design of the room combines elemets of local arts and crafts with a more modern style. The overall result is colourful and unusual. I loved this room.
We also got to see the Nevado room, because our room wasn't available for a late check-out, so they mooved us to Nevado. It's also a lovely room, in fact even better in some ways than the Kkala, because you have amazing views over Salta from the room, an even from the shower! The shower is worth mentioning, because it's one of those modern showers with lots of different settings (the one in Kkala is just you usual shower). It's a smaller room than Kkala, but still very spacious. I wouldn't hesitate to stay in either Nevado or Kkala again.
The dining room where breakfast is served is tiny, and the breakfast is nothing special with little choice, however we found that this is typical of small hotels in Argentina, so not a big deal. The hotel provides a room service menu, which can come in handy when you return from a long tour and are too tired to go out to eat. There's a selection of empanadas, tamales, sandwiches, etc. and the food is pretty good. It's also worth noting that there are a number of restaurants within easy walking distance from the hotel (10 minutes or less), so there's no need to travel to the centre for every meal.
The staff at Kkala are some of the friendliest, most helpful and profefessional people I've ever come across. Nothing is too much trouble and they are always ready to help with advice, suggestions and directions and answer any questions you might have. They also give really good restaurant suggestions! As much as I loved the rooms and the location of Kkala, the staff are what makes this hotel special.
Would definetly recommend this hotel to friends and I'd love to come back to Salta just to stay there again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kkala is a charming boutique hotel located at the foot of a mountain, in the exclusive residential area of Tres Cerritos in Salta. The hotel combines tradition with unique antiques and regional craftsmanship. The library invites guests to relax by the fireplace and enjoy the unpretentious hospitality of our staff. Kkala Boutique Hotel is only five minutes away from the city center; perfect for exploring the city, or enjoying typical food in a local restaurant or prepared in house. Start the day with a cozy breakfast in the dining room filled with stunning aromas and overlooking Salta and its mountains. LOCATION Kkala Boutique hotel is located in an exclusive residential area of Salta. Here we can find incredible quietness and comfort without losing the convenience of being no more than fifteen blocks away from the historic center and all the traditional tourist routes. Salta means "beautiful". It's the best description of the city and the province that shares the name. Salta is located in the north west of Argentina, it borders three countries: Chile, Bolivia and Paraguay. Due to its location, forming a ring between the Andes Mountains to the west and the Argentine-Paraguayan Chaco to the east, it has a huge variety of climates and geography. For this reason, landscapes and tourist circuits are incomparable: from the vast and desert like puna to the splendor of the tropical jungle. Besides landscapes, Salta also has the historical and cultural heritage that invites for a deeper understanding. Travellers will have the opportunity to get in touch with ancient customs that remain alive in the community. ... more less
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