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Postales Boutique Wine Hotels - Valle de Uco
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“Great Place to Relax at The Foot of The Andes”
Reviewed 1 January 2012

My husband and I just spent 4 days at Postales and had a very good time there. Not much beats having your coffee or glass of wine by the swimming pool and vineyard while you gaze at snow capped 20.000 ft mountains. The staff was marvelously attentive and tried to read our wishes from our eyes. In the restaurant, 'Fuego', Carina and Fernando please you by accommodating your special wishes with lovely meals at very reasonable prices. Our room was quite large, but it would have helped if the third bed had been taken out and replaced with a table and two chairs, and we missed night stands. The bathroom, too, could have used a vanity, or the like. You have to remind yourself that you are in a very rural area which only now, with the boom of Malbec wines, has opened up to tourists other than hikers, and must not expect state-of-the art fixtures and furnishings. The dining room and the common area have a charming rustic decor. It is advisable that you rent a car at Mendoza airport, but be warned: When we left for the airport on our way back, two policemen just north of Tunuyan on Rte 40 tried to shake us down for $ 300 ('grave infringement') for just running the parking lights instead of the low beams while driving. The area, especially Rte 89, has a number of large vineyards that offer ritzier accommodation, wine tasting, vineyard tours, and wine appreciation classes. As a town, Tunuyan is not very appealing (a more pleasant nearby small town is Tupungete), but Postales is located about 10 miles outside of it.
In all, I would agree that the room rates are a bit on the high side when compared with similar establishments, but we still thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Columbia, Maryland
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Reviewed 26 November 2011

The staff was outstanding (especially Ursala). Highly recommend that you have a car because it is a remote area. It is not really a winery - it is akin to a motel adjacent to their vineyard. They just had a wind storm that knocked out their power for a couple of days before we got there and took out their internet connection (giant willow destroyed their tower antenna). The cook (Fernando) made some wonderful meals. A good place to be if you're visiting wineries. We had massages, cooking class, and wine education class while we were there. All of them were memorable. The big issue here is the absentee landlord (Raymonde). He is more involved in his other upscale property and the local staff cannot make any decisions without his OK (if they can get a hold of him).

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Philadelphia, PA USA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2011

La Postales is very charming but the reality of the place does not justify the high rates. The area suffered an electrical outage on the second day of our 5-day stay and the staff refunded the three days of our payment since we had to relocate to another hotel. It was a bit annoying that they charged us for the bottle of wine we had on the first night but gave us no credit for the breakfast that they could not provide us due to the outage. We ended up at a new property, Fuente Mayor in Vista Flores, at half the price for a superior property. More competion in this market should force La Postales to reconsider their rate structure.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 17 October 2011

Enjoyed our stay at postales. Nice setting, very friendly and helpful hosts. The on site restaurant, fuego, was fabulous . Golod proximity to area bodegas and vineyards.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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Lichfield
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Reviewed 16 October 2011

We spent three days at this wine lodge in October 2011, and found it to be a convenient base for visiting vineries in the Valle de Uco and walking in the foothills of the Andes.
We were welcomed with drinks, and members of staff were friendly and helpful throughout.
Breakfast was basic, but the chef was excellent and dinners were tasty and beautifully presented. He also made a breakfast tray available to us when we had to make an early departure.
Accommodation is arranged along a veranda, which unfortunately gives the impression of a motel rather than an up-market establishment. Our room was very dark and furnishings, which included one easy chair and one desk chair, lacked coordination. The bed was very comfortable. There was no coffee table and the only mirror for hair and/or make-up was situated in the shower-room, which is something I particularly dislike. Wifi did not reach our room, but one could use the guest lounge which was very comfortable.

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Mumbai
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Reviewed 10 September 2011

Made the mistake of staying here for just a day and that too during winter when the temp dropped to 5 celsius and there wasn’t much greenery around. Despite that, it was a great place to stay. The whole property is very well taken care of and attention to detail is high. Very cosy set up, decently sized room with a spacious bathroom, great seating area outside although we couldn’t make the most of it given the cold. Indoor seating area has a tv/dvd/reading setup and makes u feel at home. No tv’s in the room so I guess these guys were serious about relaxation. The one down-side, if u can call it that, was that the wifi signal wasn’t strong enough to access the net in the room, which I guess is a good thing and ensures you focus on what you are there for..relaxation.

But here is the best part, the manager at this property (formerly worked with the Marriott) was simply too good at her job. Lucky for us, she even spoke English. Had lots of valuable advice, helped us plan everything and since we were keen on driving, she even suggested an alternative route, off the main roads and through the mountains, for our drive to Los Penintes to ski.

She guided us to the local winery too which was a great experience. The only thing that didn’t work out was the horseback riding which we didn’t book in advance coz we were told it could be done last minute given the off-season. That, unfortunately didn’t happen.

While chatting with her that evening and exchanging stories, we happened to mention how in all of the hotels we stay in, in latin America, none of them have offer a jug of water in the room. In the same conversation, we also happen to mention how the brownies the chef had made were absolutely we’ve had…ever. Guess what, by the time we got to our room after dinner..we found water and brownies by our bedside. Mind you, we didn’t ask for either of it and it just happened to be part our conversation.

However, here is the best part, the chef. I’m vegetarian and this place has a chef coming in specifically to cater to guests here and he makes pretty much whatever you want. In Argentina and in Latin America for that matter, finding vegetarian food can be challenging let alone good veggie food. This dude totally impressed us. The taste was amongst the best food I’ve had anywhere in the 14 countries I’ve visited and not just in Argentina. In fact, it was so good that the next time im around, I’ll probably visit this place just to have his food, if im not able to stay here.

I left this place with only 1 regret..not having stayed longer.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Ridgefield, CT
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155 reviews
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Reviewed 15 May 2011

I cam upon this hotel because of the high remarks I read on tripadvisor. However, this is the third owner, who was never there the 5 or 6 days we stayed there. The hotel could be really cool, if the new owners gave it a little TLC. The owners have another property closer to Mendoza city. This hotel has a beautiful back drop of vineyards and a nice little pool. Rooms are comfortable with a nice touch of a turn down service with water and cookies at night. Staff is very friendly and accomodating. Breakfast hit or miss. Some days they had some food and some days not so much food. One breakfast extremely disappointing because there was a huge group occupying the entire hotel. When my husband and I sat down for breakfast everything had been eaten and the place was a mess. Dinner-there are not too many options. Although good, the hotel is out in the middle of nowhere. If I had to do this trip all over again, I would stay here only a couple of days and then a couple of days closer to the city of Mendoza. Also, be sure to make whatever winery reservations ahead of time. It is helpful to the staff. As far as finding wineries, we kind of got lost the first day but after that, we got the hang of it. You just have to get used to their way of signage. Also, this hotel is after a highway and then a 2 lane road with lots of small moving large trucks carrying grapes and other vegetables. So leave plenty of time to drive. The hotel is about 1.5 to 2 hours away from the airport.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Postales Boutique Wine Hotels - Valle de Uco
Address: Tabanera s/n | Colonias Las Rosas, Tunuyan 5505, Argentina
Region: Argentina > Cuyo > Province of Mendoza > Tunuyan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 16 Speciality Lodging in Tunuyan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Postales Boutique Wine Hotels - Valle de Uco 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our premises in Valle de Uco has an exclusive 38 acres wine area to enjoy, relax and explore. You are invited to walk through our Malbec vineyard, patios and green garden, surrounded by ancient trees that involve the swimming pool with BBQ area and our nine spacious rooms, with a remarkable view to the Cordon del Plata (Andes Mountains). ... more   less 
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