The city of Salta in northern Argentina, close to the Bolivian border, is quickly becoming a hotspot for visitors. It is home to stunning mountains and natural landscapes, as well plenty of vast vineyards producing top quality wine. To cater for its visitors, Salta has plenty of hotels to choose from – we look at 10 of the best.
Hotel Boutique Balcón de la Plaza
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Landscape around Salta | Ⓒ mariusz kluzniak/Flickr
This boutique hotel has its home in a lovely colonial-style building, which has been maintained to an extremely high standard. On entering, visitors are met with a beautifully intricate iron gate, which leads on to a reception area with exposed stone walls and comfy sofas. Each room is modern, with fresh white walls, but the furnishings nonetheless match the colonial style while keeping the room feeling up-to-date. The hotel offers free breakfast and also provides yoga classes if visitors are in need of some down time. The hotel is also extremely well located, just a stone’s throw from the main plaza.
Traditional architecture of Salta | Ⓒ Nicky Hartnell/Flickr
Just a few blocks away from Salta’s main square, Plaza 9 de Julio, is Solar de la Plaza, a sophisticated hotel in a neo-colonial building. It is nearby to Balcarce Street, where there are a number of restaurants and bars. The hotel is full of character and is clean and comfortable, and also has a rooftop pool, sauna, gym and restaurant. There are 30 rooms in total, with several size options, including a suite, and each is decorated in a way that manages to be modern while maintaining the feel of an old colonial mansion. Price: mid-range
Delvino Boutique Hotel is Salta’s first wine-themed hotel, so a perfect choice for those visiting the area with a view to explore its vineyards. It has a small pool in its tidy landscaped garden, and a tasty breakfast with a good variety of options is included. Each room is decorated slightly differently, but all with a wine theme, and some of the more expensive rooms come with a spa bath. It is conveniently located near to the train station, which makes it a good spot for those leaving early on the Tren a las Nubes.
La Candela is a small hotel found in a peaceful part of the city centre, while still being conveniently close to the main plaza. This neo-colonial building was renovated on the inside while the original exterior was maintained, so the history of the building has been well preserved. The hotel features an L-shaped outdoor pool and tastefully decorated rooms, the highlight of which is the breakfast room with its traditional tiled floor and full length windows opening out onto the garden. It has comfortable patio areas around the property for visitors to relax and enjoy their surroundings.
Kkala is located in an expensive residential area in the centre of Salta, making it quiet and peaceful. The building is new, but was designed with the traditional local architecture in mind, so it fits in well with its surroundings. It is built on a number of different levels which makes it atypical and quirky. The hotel has a modern pool area and neat landscaped gardens outdoors, while the interior is modern while also encompassing traditional design and craftmanship from the region of Salta. Visitors also have the opportunity to purchase some regional crafts from the hotel gift shop.
This hotel boasts arguably the best location in Salta, right on the corner of Plaza 9 de Julio, overlooking the cathedral and the cabildo. While the location is certainly reflected in the price, for visitors who love to be right in the centre of things this hotel should be at the top of the list. It has an unexpectedly tranquil garden with a pool, and has maintained traditional colonial-style furnishings and interior while still being modern and comfortable. The restaurant on the ground floor is also open to the public, and serves delicious regional dishes as well as an extensive range of local wines. Price: mid-range
Hotel Bonarda is a boutique hotel in an excellent location near to Plaza 9 de Julio, housed in a restored building dating from 1908. It has been refurbished to a high standard, with contemporary interior design and good amenities. The 12 rooms are centred around a pretty courtyard, and there is also a comfortable communal area with sofas as well as tables for breakfast. The staff are cordial and helpful, and are efficient in catering to visitors’ requests, especially recommendations for restaurants. Price: budget
This boutique hotel is in a renovated colonial mansion close to Plaza 9 de Julio. It provides all the amenities visitors should want, including wifi, a pool, breakfast and helpful staff. The pool is in the small courtyard which catches the sun and is the perfect spot to relax. The hotel is decorated in a traditional style, with beautiful Spanish tiles in the entrance hallway. There is a lovely communal area, which features a grand fireplace in keeping with the feel of an old colonial mansion. Price: mid-range
Villa Vicuña is another beautiful boutique hotel, well located a couple of blocks away from Plaza 9 de Julio in the historic district of Salta. It features a charming courtyard and shady garden with a small plunge pool, as well as impeccably furnished rooms in a sophisticated French style. The hotel has 12 rooms in total, which are maintained to a high standard, as is the outdoor area. Breakfast is included, with plenty of restaurants nearby for alternative dining options. A quiet and romantic corner of the bustling city centre. Price: mid-range
It is clear that great care and attention has been paid to the interior design of the luxurious Legado Mítico. The hotel is housed in a renovated colonial mansion, typical of Salta, with an interior that is in keeping with the building but at the same time modern. The rooms are simple yet elegant, with touches of traditional Salta such as colonial-style rugs, chairs, or dressers. Crisp cream walls and sophisticated wooden or tiled floors add to the contemporary yet historic feel of the hotel. Additionally, it is in a superb location just a short walk from the main plaza and attractions.