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Top Three Salta Hotels

Salta city has a host of nice hotels to choose from. If you want to explore the city, then book a place near the Plaza 9 de Julio because most of the main sights are within walking distance. If you would like great views and a more tranquil holiday, stay on the city’s outskirts.

Here’s our pick of the three of the best hotels during your holiday travel in Salta, Argentina:

Legado Mitico Salta

This is one of the nicest places to stay in Salta. A private residence has been converted into a sophisticated 11-room boutique hotel. A lot of care has been lavished on its incredibly tasteful interiors. The rooms are large and so are the bathrooms. Each room is uniquely themed around a poet, sculptor or gaucho and you will see the theme reflected in the artifacts and curios in the room. From framed photographs to handwoven rugs and bows and arrows, the feel is authentic Argentinian.
Some of the rooms have small balconies and whilst the hotel doesn’t have a pool or gym, it amply makes up for it with its warm and inviting ambience and lovely décor. None of the rooms have great views but the location is good.
Check out its extensive library for books on Argentina’s history, linger in the courtyard with a book or coffee and sample some fine wine from its cellar at the hotels stylish bar.

Price for a Double Room: US$170-210, inclusive of breakfast

The House Of Jasmines

Located on the outskirts of Salta, this wonderful century-old country lodge is a great place from where to explore places outside Salta city. The property has a fantastic location – 300 acres of pristine countryside with the Argentinian Andes as a backdrop.
The white adobe, red tiled structure is covered with jasmine creepers, hence the name. The interior is done in mostly white and cream with an occasional splash of colour from a rug. The effect is entirely calming and pleasing. You feel as if you are a guest at a colonial country house. The delightful scent of roses pervades everywhere and you will see the flowers in every room. In season, there’s also jasmine.
There are only 7 rooms in the main house and 3 suites in adjacent buildings. There’s also a detached two-bedroom house available for families. All the rooms and suites have four poster beds and beautiful interiors done in whites with a bright blanket or two thrown on the bed and chairs for some colour. There are a few restored antiques in the rooms. Some of the rooms have a balcony or terrace but all the rooms enjoy glorious views of the mountains. You will also enjoy the elaborate dinner rituals and the food is excellent.
There’s also a nice spa and an outdoor pool with great views.

Price for a Double Room: US$215-395, inclusive of breakfast

La Candela Hotel

This hotel regularly receives rave reviews from travelers for its warm service, great location and clean, well-appointed rooms. All in all, it’s good value for money.
The hotel is a remodeled colonial house. While the décor is more modern than colonial, the architecture is well preserved. The highlight of the hotel is its courtyard and pool area. You will enjoy having a meal by the poolside. The rooms are of reasonable size and some of them overlook the garden and pool. There’s also an apartment for a bigger group or family. The bathrooms are clean and the staff is extremely helpful.
The hotel’s trump card is its location. It’s situated within walking distance of the main square and yet you will find that the hotel is located on a quiet street.

Price for a Double Room: US$58-104

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Posted by on December 17th, 2009

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Salta La Linda or Salta The Beautiful

Salta is the capital of Argentina’s northwestern province of Salta. Founded in 1582, it has one of the best-preserved colonial architecture in all of Argentina and a distinctive Hispanic character. Stroll down narrow 18th century cobbled streets and admire the churches, plazas and lovely wooden balconies that jut out into the streets. Most places of interest, such as the Cathedral, the graceful white-washed Cabildo (Town Hall) and the elegant San Francisco Church, are located around the central square Plaza 9 de Julio, making exploring the city quite easy. There are also many nice museums like Museo Historico del Norte (located inside the Cabildo) and the Museo de la Ciudad (City Nuseum) where admission is free and you are requested to leave a donation when you leave.

Take time to visit a peña folclórica (folk tavern) and enjoy an evening of local music and dance. A favourite among the locals is El Boliche Balderrama. Most of the nightlife is in La Balcarce near the train station.

Teleferico a Cerro San Bernardo

A great way to observe Salta is by taking a Cable Car to San Bernardo Hill. The views are glorious and the hills provide a wonderful backdrop to the historic city.

The Train To The Clouds (Tren a las Nubes)

One of the biggest highlights of your holiday travel to Salta will undoubtedly be The Train To The Clouds. Your 15-hour journey begins and ends in Salta and it takes you through the scenic and varied terrain of Argentina’s northwest. From pampas grass to sculptural cacti, and from lush tobacco fields to lunar landscapes, your train adventure will take you from Salta city to La Polvorilla and back. La Polvorilla is situated at 13,845 feet above the mean sea level and the thinness of the air along the route makes it necessary for a medical facility to be aboard your train.
The Train To The Clouds is the third highest train route in the world and you will often see soft white clouds drifting below bridges or clinging to the mountain sides and hence the name of the train. You will traverse through 29 bridges, 21 tunnels, 13 viaducts, 2 spirals and 2 zigzags. The Polvorilla viaduct is spectacular – it is 224 meters long and 63 meters high.

Best time to visit: April to November

The average high temperature is around 22ºC but it get chilly at night and lows range from 3 to 14ºC. The advantage of going in winter is that you will get no rain.

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Posted by on December 14th, 2009

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