My companion and I spent two nights here in September 2013. We had booked a twin room with a city view, and were delighted to be upgraded on arrival to a mountain view room. We whiled away the afternoon drinking miniature bottles of fernet (much cheaper at the kiosko next to the hotel than in the mini-bar) until it was time to enjoy the complimentary wine-tasting.
We descended at 7pm sharp, and made our way to the "Wine Tasting Room" (it had a sign on it that said that, so it seemed the sensible place to go). After waiting for ten minutes and receiving no wine, we asked at the desk and it transpired the wine tasting actually takes place in the hotel bar. As we walked towards the bar, we heard from within a small scream followed by the shattering of glass. Tickled and thrilled by this, we hastened our step, but were unable to ever ascertain the source of this aural pleasure.
We were served a small measure of passable wine, and half-listened to a half-hearted explanation of its flavours. We were seated next to an air humidifier which looked like a small UFO, and I must confess I found this rather distracting; that particular wine expert needed to step up her game to get my full attention. She failed to do so.
The next night a different bodega was running the tasting, and we were each supplied with two brim-full goblets of very nice wine, and then a third when we put on our sad-wine-lack faces.
Other features of the hotel on which I would like to comment are as follows:
- Capacious wardrobes (perfect for hiding in).
- Ungenerous measures of gin served at the bar.
- Big bathroom.
- Bits of the bathroom occasionally come off in your hand. Not to worry, they can mainly be fixed quite easily with a bit of brute force and strategic thinking.
- Disappointing hotel slippers: we had to call down to reception for them and they were very thin.
- Comfortable beds.
- Staff were neither helpful nor unhelpful. I barely remember a thing about them.
- Oh yes, I remember: they tried to advise us to hire a hotel car and driver (at a cost of many 1000s of pesos) when all we really wanted/needed was an ordinary remise. I guess that's part of their job though. We didn't take it personally.
- The kiosko next door really is a useful source of drinks and snacks. I advise you to leave the mini-bar completely untouched and nip out for a mini fernet and a Rhodesia whenever the mood takes you.
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- Also Known As:
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