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Hotel La Comarca
Ranked #4 of 10 Hotels in Purmamarca
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“It's OK”
Reviewed May 30, 2010

The houses and rooms that make up this mini resort look very pretty from the outside, but certainly the rooms are nothing special on the inside - you could be in a travelodge (albeith with a balcony and better view)! The bed was also on the small side and my feet stuck out of the bottom!

On the positive side the outdoor pool was heated (which seems to be something of a rarity in Argentina) and the free wi-fi worked well in the lobby, although not in the rooms.

Breakfast was of a good quality - didn't eat in the restaurant but the menu looked good if a little expensive.

Once you've walked around the spectacular coloured rocks there's not a right lot to do in Purmamarca. We only had one night in this part of Argentina and it wasn't really worth the drive for this length of time - the area probably merits a longer stay to see the other towns.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 15, 2010

There are three types of rooms here: houses (for 5-8 people), cabanas (2-4 people) and standard rooms (2 people).

We stayed in a cabana (#104), and it was very roomy. It had a living room area with two couches (that doubled as beds), kitchenette area, bedroom and bath. The kitchenette had a built-in counter with two chairs. There is a mini-fridge and microwave oven. The calefon (which is a mechanism that controls the hot water in the unit) is located in the kitchenette area. It's fairly easy to light. The bedroom itself was comfortable.

Each cabana has a terrace in the back of the unit. In the evenings, the owner of the farm next to the hotel lets his five cows feed in the grassy area just outside of the terraces. The terraces are set up higher than the ground, and there is considerable brush, so the cows never get too close, but just close enough for you to enjoy the view.

Reception and the restaurant are located near the entrance of the hotel. The hotel rooms, pool, computers with internet are all located in another building. There is free wifi, but the signal is strong only in reception and in the building with the rooms. There is a nice lobby area in the building with the rooms for you to sit in and enjoy the wifi and flat screen television (no guest rooms in the hotel contain TVs).

There was a free continental breakfast in the mornings: bread, cakes, muffins, biscuits, croissants, ham, cheese, fresh squeezed juice, coffee, tea, milk, cereal, and alfajores(!!). A nice spread for a continental breakfast.

While the location of the hotel was not in the "downtown" area of Purmamarca, it is a quick 5 minute walk to the area. Just close enough without getting all of the dirt and dust of the streets. It was a great location.

There is a pool, a spa with Scottish showers and a gym, but we didn't try those services. We checked out the gym, but it was only a universal machine and an exercise bicycle.

The staff was very nice and friendly and went out of their way to help. It would be wise when traveling to this part of Argentina to know a bit of Spanish. It may get a little difficult to communicate to people without it.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Lavenham
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Reviewed April 30, 2010

I personally think a 4- or 5-star rating for this hotel is misleading. It is a simple, unpretentious place. May of the facilities aim higher than they achieve. For example, the pool area looks charming but the pump is very noisy. It claims to offer wifi, but we did not get a connection unless we were sitting in the reception lobby. Hot water frequently cut out mid-shower, or after one shower so the second person got only cold water. (They did immediately try to rectify this, but the on-demand boiler in our cabin had a dodgy pilot light.) Water collected around the tiny hand basin with nowhere to drain away. In our cabin the decor was beginning to get tired, and black-out curtains had many large holes in them. The patio, while spacious and overlooking fields and hills, was slightly spoilt by the smell of kerosene (or something similar) in an adjacent store room.

Apart from these quibbles, however, it is a good place to stay while in the Purmamarca area, conveniently located, with well-tended grounds and more or less everything you need. Unlike others, we found the restaurant staff friendly and helpful, and enjoyed the very reasonably priced food and good selection of wine.

We were pleased to be in a cabin away from the road, and I would recommend requesting this as others are literally alongside the main route to the Chile border.

We caught the morning bus from Purmamarca to San Pedro de Atacama and were able to leave our hire car in the car park of the hotel to be collected by Budget later. The hotel reception were very helpful about this, and also drove us and our bags the few hundred yards to the bus stop. (If you can possibly do this bus trip it is absolutely sensational...)

  • Stayed April 2010
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London
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Reviewed April 7, 2010

Amazing setting in the Quebrada de Humahuaca - you are surrounded by spectacular multicoloured rock formations. You can just see the Seven-Coloured Hill in front of which Purmaraca sits. Conveniently located for visiting Tilcara and the Salinas Grandes.
Room rates were higher than other comparable places but we managed to negotiate a good discount. Either way, great value for money.
Breakfast - while not outstanding - was nonetheless among the best we saw in Argentina.
The restaurant was very good by Argentine standards, and food/beverage costs in the hotel were very reasonable. They did charge an AR$35 corkage fee for bringing wine to dinner.
We had no problems at all with the plumbing (as noted in a previous review). They don't have enough wi-fi base stations so wi-fi can be intermittent, depending on which room you're in. It works well in the TV lounge though.
A little bit corporate in feel (without the impeccable service you would expect) which is why I didn't give it 5/5.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
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Ontario, CAN
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Reviewed March 22, 2010

Based on location and design this hotel is a winner. It blends in so nicely with the rocky surroundings, and while the grounds are not huge it has a spacious feeling and nicely kept gardens. Our room was clean, neat and tidy and decor was nice, not outdated or worn, but rather cozy and charming. We found the reception staff very helpful, but didn't find the restaurant staff personable at all. The breakfast was a buffet and had all the usual continental type food items. We had dinner in the restaurant once, and it was good, but not outstanding, and again we thought the staff lacked enthusiasm and personality. We went in search of another place to eat in town and subsequently had a great lunch and dinner (on the same day!) at Los Morteros - which hasn't had great reviews but to each their own!!.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Branford, CT
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Reviewed March 7, 2010

Everything you have read about ths wonderful hotel is true.
Try to get cabin #106 where the views are wonderful, the accomodations comfortable, the atmosphere magical, particularly at night.
Sitting on the terrace, gazing up at the stars, while a white horse is grazing near by...
The restaurant, service and location cannot be beat.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
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  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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Reviewed February 16, 2010

Pros: the grounds are lovely, well-planned gardens, beautiful setting up the hill away from town - 5-10 minute walk - which is what we normally look for in accommodation (the town is much smaller than Tilcara or Humahuaca and thus quieter, but with plenty of dining options; it has the most artesania shops in the whole Quebrada with higher quality in a couple of the shops. Of the other pueblos in the area we were so happy we picked Purmamarca in which to base ourselves). Along the road around La Comarca are other hotels such as Manantial, and since the pueblo sits in a deep gorge the main road runs right in front of these establishments. The house we stayed in, #102, was very large with 3 BR and 2 baths. The master BR had it's own bathroom with jacuzzi tub. The other 2 BR shared a bath which was very well decorated with lovely tile and nice towels. The BRs were very functional, pretty although sparsely decorated. The kitchenette was very nice, with a full-size fridge. The patio was lovely and private with it's own grill and a view of the mountains. Lovely for star-gazing at night. The living room was very large and sparsely decorated, a bit funky/modern for our taste, but comfortable for our group of 5. A private covered parking spot was available. The restaurant was very nice and had one of the best breakfast buffets I've seen in Argentina - plenty of selection from many different kinds of cakes, tarts, pastries, ham/cheese, 2 kinds of coffee, cocoa, tea, cereals, yogurts, fresh fruit, etc. Lunch and dinner menus are the same and everything we tried was absolutely delicious. There is a real chef in the kitchen who is creative - the presentation was beautiful and the food outstanding, not to mention a nice change from the mostly traditional restaurants in the area that serve the same things. La Comarca's restaurant uses local ingredients and serves local cuisine as well, and it is all of the highest quality. We ate there 3 times during our 4-night stay.
The pool/spa area is very nice, set back away from the cabins and houses with a private feel. The water was temperate the first time we swam but by the last day it was actually 'very warm' to almost 'hot' which was kind of strange. But it was nice and a good way to spend the siesta. Next to the pool is the spa building with a living room that has a large screen plasma TV. One member of our party had a massage and said it was excellent.
The cool mountain air in Purmamarca is beautiful even mid-summer and there is no need for AC, which La Comarca does not have.
Cons: the massage price list in the room stated that a one hour massage was AR$80 but she was charged $100. The front desk did adjust the price upon checkout but not without some back-and-forth. One of the waiters in the restaurant was very grumpy and made for a slightly unpleasant dining experience. Luckily the food made up for this. One morning it seemed that one of the owners was present and he hung around the buffet table talking to the staff and grabbing ham, cheese, pastries, etc from the buffet with his fingers and eating it right there. It was a bit disconcerting and rude not to mention slightly disgusting. The music the first night we arrived was mediocre jazz played too loudly. We didn't quite understand this since people come to the area to experience the northern Argentine culture - why not play traditional music?! The very nice waiter explained why but changed the music to folklore and turned the volume down a bit. By the end of our meal the other two tables that were occupied were singing along with the recording!
Don't take a shower here. The hot water comes from an 'on-demand' system/calefon, and it just doesn't work. The showers, without exception during our 4 night stay, were either cold or scalding - there was no adjusting. Luckily the bathrooms both had tubs. The master bathroom was in need of some scrubbing and repair - moldy tiles along the base of the walls and a ceiling in need of some repair.
While on the main road that leads to Chile, the hotel was very quiet during the night. There were some quite heavy tractor trailers on the road until about 10 or 11pm but were not an issue during the night. They started passing again in the morning but not until about 8am or so and even then we didn't have the feeling that they were driving through the living room. This will be the case for all the hotels along the road and even in town I'm sure they could be heard.
While w-fi was supposedly available in the common areas we could never get a connection. There were two terminals available for guest use but only one was working.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with family
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Property: Hotel La Comarca
Address: Ruta 52 Km. 3.8, Purmamarca 4618, Argentina
Location: Argentina > Northern Argentina > Province of Jujuy > Purmamarca
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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#2 Family Hotel in Purmamarca
#5 Romantic Hotel in Purmamarca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel La Comarca 3.5*
Number of rooms: 3
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