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La Carmelita Hotel Rural
Ranked #4 of 49 San Rafael B&B and Inns
New York City, New York
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15 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“well run and welcoming”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2013

this is a beautiful, well appointed property in a rural setting, yet only a stones throw from san rapheal and valle grande. all the rooms look to the andes, and there is a wonderful array of animals on the premises....lamas, horses, dogs and cats. the hostess/owner nicole is fluent in several languages, and her staff are warm and considerate, and also multi- lingual. the place is a treat, and nicole is tuned into the best restaurants and attractions in the area...don't miss it if you're in the area!

Room Tip: every room is good, all share the same views and tranquility...check their website
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2013

I and my partner (back then, currently hubby!!) visited here last March, not this year, however as TA only allows reviews back in Nov last year I simply choose March this year. FYR. We planned to stay there for just 2 nights and move to Mendoza but as we really loved to be there, we cancelled one night in Mendoza and stayed here one more night. No regrets at all as this was one of the highlights during our 2 weeks AR visit. It can be a bit tricky to find there at night (only first time!) but once you find it well then no proble at all with the location. Just 10mins away from the town of San Rafael and we did not find it difficult to visit here and there from this lovely place. Good to hear that Nicole is still happily there with her family and dogs (but wait, no cat for now? She adopted 2 baby cats when we were there last March). To whomever visits San Rafael where I recommend way more than Mendoza actually, I strongly recommend this lovely and cozy place without hesitation :)

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Olivia1219
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Hong Kong, China
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2013 via mobile

We stayed at Carmelita for 4 nights, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves on the estate.

Besides the beauty of the land with vines, olive trees and plum trees, Nicole, the owner, made the stay even better.

She painstakingly gave us directions and recommendations every night, graciously sharing her kitchen when I fell ill and couldn't stomach another parilla dinner, besides arranging a horse ride for the novice rider that is me.

The rooms were clean and well maintained, and the back patio opened to a stunning sunset over the Andes in the distance.

It helps to have a car to go around the area, but otherwise, our stay at Carmelita remains one of the highlights of our three weeks in Argentina.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank YiLyn
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Burlington, Vermont
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249 reviews
59 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2013

We enjoyed our three night stay at Finca De La Carmelita, a high end rural 8 room hotel, with well marked directions just outside of San Rafael, a short 10-15 minute drive to the city center. The hotel is off of Route 143, just past the airport. Unlike bike/wine tours in Mendoza, in which one rides on the shoulder of the streets or highways, one can enjoy bike/wine tours of San Rafael, on a dedicated, paved recreation path, oven canopied under mature shade trees.

Our room had a double/queen bed, a single bed, and a bathroom with plenty of hot water. The homemade breakfasts that Nicole (the owner) and Manuela made were fantastic, including not only the standard European breakfast of coffee, tea, bread, meat, cheese and yogurt but homemade fruit tarts and fruit drinks fresh from their farm. Best of all, unlike staying in the City of San Rafael, staying in Finca De La Carmelita has the added benefit of enjoying breakfast (and dinner) with unobstructed views of the snowcapped mountains. The tarts and fruit drinks were world class!

Being Swiss, Nicole, her parents Hugo and Carmen, and her friend Manuela, easily switched from English to French to German to Spanish depending on the guest.

As our daughter is a “local”, she had us visiting places that many Europeans or Americans wouldn’t know where to venture such as canyons, rivers and lakes. While our day trips with her were wonderful, regretfully, we left La Carmelita at 10 AM in the morning and did not return until 12:30 AM every morning, since just hanging out at the Finca De La Carmelita (with its manicured grounds, pool, dogs, cats, horses, llamas, orchards et al) would be relaxing. Plus it has a quality Wifi network which was enjoyed by all.

We highly recommend Finca De La Carmelita. The owners, Nicole, Hugo and Carmen and their on-site friend Manuela couldn’t be lovelier. We brought dollars and received a nice discount off the room price. Plus Nicole can recommend boutique Bodegas (vineyards) versus multi-national, corporate vineyards.

For more information, read the reviews of Hotel Argentino (Mendoza), B&B Plaza Italia (Mendoza)), Monte Coiron (Malargue) and Silver Cord B&B (Potrerillos). Enjoy!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Miami, Florida
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22 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2012

Nicole and her staff is giving excellent service to their customers. The rooms are spacious for a hotel, with a nice patio overlooking the Andes. Breakfast is personally made for each guest and at the time you indicate the night before.
The hotel is off the city center, quiet and gives you views at night of start skies that you rarely see.

One of the nicest places you can stay.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank investprop
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Montevideo, Uruguay
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10 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2012

The perfect setting at the feet of the Andes. You arrive and you are welcomed like if you would be returning home. We (2 adults and two children) stayed at La Carmelita for 7 nights. The rooms are comfortable and clean and offer a wonderful view over farmland to the mountain cain of the Andes. Service to the guest is Nicole's number one priority - what ever you need she will happily assist you in getting it - from ideas what to do in and around San Rafael, to eating arrangements (at the finca or outside), to a rental car, ...

Event though due to the time of the year we traveled, we could not use the swimming pool, our two boys enjoyed very much the big garden, the dogs, cats and all the other animals around the house. La Carmelita is also very conveniently located to all the attractions in the area of San Rafael.

Hopefully, we will soon have another opportunity to visit La Carmelita for another relaxed family holiday.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank JuttaKopp
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Córdoba, Argentina
Level Contributor
20 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2012

My girlfriend and I spent 4 unforgetable nights at Finca La Carmelita. The place is simply amazing... Surrounded by a vineyard, plum trees, with the Cordillera looking at you in the rear window!
Nicole, the owner, is absolutely attentive, straightforward and for sure will be more than happy to assist you with every little thing you may require!
We ate a delicious home made Fondue, just another perfect excuse to stay here!
So, if you are planning to visit San Rafael, dont hesitate and head directly to La Carmelita.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Julio M
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Property: La Carmelita Hotel Rural
Address: Carmona 2500 | Las Paredes, San Rafael 5601, Argentina
Region: Argentina > Cuyo > Province of Mendoza > San Rafael
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 49 B&Bs / Inns in San Rafael
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
country house hotel on a working farm. 10min outside of town. very calm with superbe view over the andes. swiss owners are personally taking care of the guests. big rooms with privat bathroom, tv, air condicion (warm/cool) and terrace with good view. visit the farm and their plum-, olive and walnut trees and cabernet sauvignon grapes and our horses. ... more   less 
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