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!!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Casa Glebinias Hotel Chacras De Coria
- Casa Glebinias Chacras De Coria, Mendoza, Argentina