I stayed here in February at the end of my travels around glorious Argentina. I can safely say it was the highlight of my trip. Beautiful beyond belief, friendly and the most fantastic food and hospitality. I see reading down the review chain that some visitors have found it a bit shabby. All I can say is, if you're looking for five star, up to the minute, bland room characterless monogrammed towel, luxury, this isn't for you. If you like charm, history and authentic glamour then look no further. I cannot recommend La Portena highly enough and thanks to all the staff and fellow guests who made it such a wonderful experience for a tired british girl, with travel fatigue. I came away,reinvigorated and very very happy and would return in a heart beat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A beautiful 180-year old Argentinian “Estancia” (ranch) considered the oldest and most traditional in the area. The place where the famous writer Ricardo Güiraldes, author of the internationally-acclaimed novel “Don Segundo Sombra”, spent part of his life. The actual site where he found inspiration to write about the “gauchos” to whom he rendered tribute by making them popular. La Porteña was declared National Historic Monument for its unique Argentine Creole style with thick walls made of adobe. In 1969 the place was chosen for the making of the film version of “Don Segundo Sombra”. Chosen as ¨1,000 places to see before you die¨ by Patricia Schultz. About the Ranch: Located in the district of San Antonio de Areco, the Estancia is only 50 minutes away from Buenos Aires City. This unique typical Argentinean Estancia is considered one of the most beautiful and traditional in the country for its history, architecture and surrounding natural beauty. The main house was built in the 19th century and the park around it was designed by the French landscape professional Charles Thays. Distinguished and prestigious personalities from the world of art and culture spent pleasant seasons in “La Porteña”: Jorge Luis Borges, Carlos Gardel, Victoria Ocampo, Count Keyserling, Rabindranath Tagore, Garry Kimovich Kasparov and Pedro Figari among others, enjoyed the hospitality extended to them by the Güiraldes Family. ... more less
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