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“The highlight of our 4-week trip to South America”
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Casa Glebinias
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Reviewed 15 November 2008

When planning our month long trip, we knew that most of our accommodations would be just that . . .accommodations. A room over our head with a bathroom and a bed (ok, hopefully a little better than that, but we did need to stretch our pesos for the entire month). But we were also expecting that Mendoza would be the highlight of the trip. And for that reason we decided to upgrade our lodgings just a bit.

Once we read the reviews of Casa Glebinias on TripAdvisor . . .we were hooked. With fingers crossed I contacted them directly with our dates hoping they had availability. While the loft that we requested wasn't available, the generously offered us a full villa for our use during our 6 day stay. We were thrilled.

But not nearly as thrilled as we were once we arrived. Pulling up the driveway in the taxi from our hotel in Mendoza centro (which was about 20 minutes away) we felt as though we were arriving in an oasis. Filled with trees and plants and dogs, we knew we found our home for the next week.

Alberto and Maria Gracia were the most gracious hosts. No matter the request they were there to help us. Never once did I feel as though I was an imposition (and this was in the midst of them completing a new villa that was to be done in the next few days . . .needless to say they were under a great deal of pressure, yet I never saw any of it).

The made arrangements for taxis to take us to wineries and bikes so we could go alone. They made lunch, dinner and winery reservations when necessary and were there just to talk to make us feel at home.

Breakfast was brought to our room before we woke each morning. The batteries died in our remote control and they gave us their own until they were able to get new ones. I accidentally slipped on the welcome mat outside of our villa and they even replaced it just in case it happened again.

But best of all were their 4 dogs. We had to leave our dog at home and by the time we reached Mendoza we were in desperate need of some puppy loving. And Milagro, Petra, Terra and Bocina definitely filled the bill. Alberto, Maria Gracia and their children rescued them all. It was great to have the dogs greet us after a long hard day of drinking wine!!

Granted, the city of Mendoza is about a 20 minute taxi ride away (we stayed there for 2 days), but once we got to Chacras de Coria and Casa Glebinias, we never went back to town until it was time to catch our bus back to Buenos Aires.

There are many, many restaurants in town (and WORLD CLASS food). BUT you do need to know that most restaurants in Chacras are closed on Monday .. . just something to keep in mind).

The villas, while only a few years old, were built to look much older and had a great deal of antique and original details (moldings, lamps, door knobs etc..). They even planted all the trees themselves many years ago (as they raised their family here).

All and all, I cannot say enough about how wonderful our stay was at Casa Glebinias. If they have availability, I say BOOK IT!!
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  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 November 2008

This was such a great little place to stay! It was away from Mendoza City proper but closer to the wineries and the town it is near is very cute (and has a great Italian restaurant!)

The couple who run it are so nice...they even made dinner for my friend when she was ill and couldn't go out! The breakfast was incredible. This was the perfect place to stay when you are touring the wineries.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 November 2008

We booked this property for two nights based on the reviews on this website and the pictures on the property's own website. We arrived towards the end of our trip - after a week or so in Buenos Aires, a few nights in Iguazu and even a night in downtown Mendoza - and prior to an excursion into Chile. After a week and a half of go go go, arriving at this location was wonderful - and we immediately regretted that we had only two nights to stay there.

It is true that Casa Glebinias is a a bit further away from downtown Mendoza than you may think when you book the hotel, but taxis can be arranged quite conveniently (if you want to go into Mendoza, which we didn't enjoy with the exception of The Vines Tasting Room.) The property is very close to excellent vineyards, including Vistalba with its excellent restaurant La Bourgogne.

The property's owners, Alberto, who speaks passable English and wonderful French, and his wife Maria Gracia, who speaks much less English, but also very good French, built the guest cottages on their beautiful property as a means to finance their retirement and open up their home and wonderfully sweet dogs and cats to every traveler. When we arrived, we visited with Alberto and decided on an itinerary for the following day - which he made all of the arrangements for. He does offer a driver to take you on a vineyard tour and will arrange for reservations for tours and tastings (most every tasting at Argentinian vineyards is free), as well as lunch. We had already taken a tour with Ampora Wine Tour, so we decided to rent bicycles and visit wineries very close to the property, as well as have lunch at La Bourgogne.

We cycled around the streets near the property and decided that the area is quickly becoming less and less rural as wealthy Mendocinians build large houses and communities in the area surrounding the property. We never felt unsafe in the area; in fact, because the maps of the area that Alberto provided were less than stellar, we had to interact with locals on the street corners to get directions on more than a few occasions and found them extremely gracious and welcoming.

The grounds of the facility are like a garden of eden with plants and trees of all species in bloom. The smell in the air from the many rose bushes and other blooming plants was remarkable. Each cottage has an outside sitting area and there were a couple of sitting areas near the pool where all of the guests would interact and trade stories of their days.

The cottage itself was the most comfortable place we stayed on our entire journey. Everywhere we looked, we noticed the wonderful details (such as fresh cut roses every morning) that just illuminated our experience. Our most common expression was "I love this place."

Each morning Maria Gracia goes to the local bakery and prepares a large platter of typical Argentinian breakfast foods, such as ham and cheese sandwiches and pastries and freshly squeezed orange juice. During the day we would eat large, rich meals at vineyards and were happy to find that Alberto would order us pizza or sandwiches or empanadas to be delivered to the property at night. One night, Alberto even drove us into town so that we could buy another bottle of wine.

We wished that we did not have to leave, and as silly as it sounds got a little choked up as Alberto and Maria Gracia and the three sweet dogs wished us goodbye when the driver arrived to ferry us to the bus station for our trip through the Andes.

This place is not to be missed. No photos - even the ones we took - can do it justice. It truly is heaven and was by far our favorite accomodation in Argentina.

  • Stayed: November 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 November 2008

We spent three days at this lovely Bed & Breakfast near the end of our Honeymoon. It was so relaxing and peaceful. A perfect way to end our time in Mendoza. We felt very safe walking through the area both day and night. The owners were extremely helpful and kind and communicate very well in english and french. We really enjoyed talking with them. They made reservations for us, had lots of helpful brochures and even let us use their internet! We were brought the most delicious breakfast every morning fresh from the bakery with freshly squeezed orange juice.
Chacras de Coria will always be a special place for us. There are several wineries in the area within walking distance and there is a spectacular view of the snow capped Andes mountains in the background. Downtown Chacras de Coria is also within short walking distance where we found a multitude of wonderful restaurants and shops.
Overall, this is one of the best inns I have ever stayed in and HIGHLY recommend it.

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 October 2008

I am working on my full trip report but felt I had to write up on this hotel. We picked Casa Glebinias during our stay in Mendoza due to the glowing reviews on this website, needless to say we didn’t love it. Maybe we were there on a bad week, but I am surprised by all the extremely positive glowing reviews from “one time posters” on this hotel, and rather suspicious. The hotel is more like three or four cottages that are built on the front lawn of the owner’s home (which is fine). While the grounds are nice once you get in the gates I don’t think the average traveler would walk outside the gates. I am sure it’s safe by most South American standards but for two tourist looking individuals from NYC, I didn’t feel comfortable walking anywhere outside the gates. The hotel is far from down town Mendoza, a solid 15-20 minute drive not 10minutes like the owner had told us. When we took a taxi home at night we had a hard time finding a driver who knew where the hotel was. The cab fare to Mendoza not expensive but it adds up at $10-$15 USD each way.

The positives are the cottages are really cute, and I am sure the park and pool would have been perfect if the weather was warmer. The cottages were large and clean and the bathrooms newly renovated. They bring you breakfast in the morning and there is a phone and cable tv in the main room.

The downside is the location is far from down town Mendoza (which is fine if you plan on spending more time at home). We also had a major language problem. Our host Alberto’s English was okay, but we had many miscommunications along the way. I understand that may not be an issue for everyone but they advertised that they can help with booking tours, which was fine when communicating via e-mail but once we arrived any other communication was difficult and EXTERMELY stressful. We also asked if they could helps us with taxi’s since calling them ourselves was rather difficult due to the language barrier. We felt like we were putting them out every time we asked for something so eventually we stopped. We didn’t dare ask where the laundry and internet were! We finally were able to get wine tours booked with drivers and realized we paid significantly more then other people. I wonder how much of the driver’s fee the owners of Casa Glebinias were receiving! They charged use $200 USD for a private English speaking driver that took us to the vineyards in Lujan Valley that did not include tastings or lunch. The drivers English was very poor compared to many other private tour guides we met along the way and really added no value to our trip. We ended up finding our own tour guide(who was amazing) for our last day since we were so disappointed in what they booked for us in terms of drivers.

This hotel is a good value for anyone that plans on doing their own driving, speaks Spanish or French and does not wish to walk or jog while visiting. We also had a 4.6 earthquake while we were sleeping, you would have thought the host would have at least checked the next morning to make sure everything was okay!

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 September 2008

During our honeymoon we stayed in casa Glebinias for three nights. We hadn't seen any review before we came but the website looked nice and we were looking for a place to relax after a rainy and chilly week in Buenos Aires. We hit the bull's eye! Although the pool wasn't yet in use, we had a great time relaxing in the garden with the very nice dogs (and I don't usually like dogs at all!). We enjoyed ourselves a lot visiting the surroundings (SPA in Cachuatas, rafting, very nice dinners). The owners were remarkebly nice and helpfull. So it was a stay to remember and to recommend!

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 July 2008

After hearing all of the reviews, we couldn't stay away. We were not disappointed. The property was beautiful, the location convenient, and the service outstanding. Staying with Alberto and Marie Gracia was like staying with family (well, better than staying with family, but you know what I mean). They are kind, considerate, intelligent people who cannot help but inspire you. They helped us plan excursions, they made dinner recommendations, and they provided outstanding breakfasts every morning. We could not have been happier.

We loved every minute of it. If I had to give any warning it would be that if you don't like dogs, maybe this place is not for you. Alberto, Marie Gracia and their children are such kind people they have taken in a few stray pups. The dogs don't bark and we did not find them the least bit annoying, but I suppose if you had an unusual fear of dogs you might not be happy here. Otherwise, you should not miss Casa Glebinias!

Stayed: July 2008
Thank mdente
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Address: Calle Medrano 2272, Chacras de Coria, Mendoza M5528CVF, Argentina
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Region: Argentina > Cuyo > Province of Mendoza > Mendoza > Chacras de Coria
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Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Chacras de Coria
Price Range: £120 - £214 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Casa Glebinias 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cozy hotel run by its owners, at the foot of the Andes, on one of the Wine Roads and close to important cultural, commercial, gastronomic, and sports centres. Its country house style and original works of art join with the colourful vegetation of a vast park, creating a comfortable, intimate and elegant atmosphere. ... more   less 
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