Argentina’s Chic Countryside Hotels
Published: November 2009
By Rodrigo Pérez Rembao
Just outside Buenos Aires near the grassy Pampas region, the country’s classic estancias are increasing the luxury ante by sprucing up their accommodations.
One of the area’s oldest and best-known rural retreats, San Ceferino Hotel de Campo & Spa (
doubles from $279, all-inclusive), recently added 22 country-chic suites with queen-size beds, traditional Pampas art, oversize whirlpool tubs, and views of the two-acre laguna from their spacious balconies.
If you’re a polo fan, check into the 32-room Resort de Campo & Polo (
doubles from $180) and catch a match; though the rooms aren’t much to look at, the property’s new 3,000-square-foot spa (wet and dry saunas, ozone hydromassages, and a massage shower) is a standout.
The year-old Finca María Cristina (
doubles from $225) is Argentina’s first estancia to open as a real boutique hotel—20 rooms with private decks, blond-wood floors, earth-toned pillows and throws, and a 20-minute helicopter service to and from Buenos Aires.