Ave Maria is by far our favorite estancia experience in Argentina. Everything about this small country hotel is inspired the owner, Asunti, who leaves her mark everywhere, from the superb cuisine, to the incredible decoration of each room and of the relaxed living rooms, to the elegant gardens that she tends herself regularly. The hotel's garden/farm produces not only most of what is served in meals during the summer and fall seasons but also the flowers that are used to decorate the rooms. The cuisine is prepared by German who is a fantastic chef with 30 years of experience in Tandil and abroad. Most of the staff, including Lucas, Beatriz, Maria Jose, German, Graciela and Celeste have been with Ave Maria for many years - we have been visiting periodically for more than 15 years. The place is truly a dream destination for total relaxation, complete silence at night, marvelous long walks around the 44 hectare estancia, along with opportunities for horseback riding on the estancia's horses with Martin (who also keeps up Ave Maria's maintenance and extensive gardening and planting), bike riding, swimming in the very well-maintained pool,and massage arranged by the staff. The attention to detail is extremely impressive and the place is kept up impeccably.
We arrived in Tandil very early. Our room was already done so we could check in easily. At the first moment that we were entering the Hosteria we had the feeling of being home and in Paradise. Everywhere are birds, wonderful flowers, nature, old eucalyptus trees a large Pool. Even the hosteria is not equipped with an AC, its really not needed as it is a comfortable temperature in the Hosteria. For cold days you have also a fireplace in your room. The room itself is great, telling you the history by being very well equipped, clean with an contemporary decoration and furniture. The staff, or more the hosts are to fall in love with. So much passion and heartfelt service I didnt have seen before. Espacially Graziella, Lucas and Diego are doing a great job, and really love what they do. We had a fantastic dinner twice, which was very delicious, taking into consideration that all the vegetables are grown in their own garden. It was sensationell. So, thank you for everything. We will definitely come back to Paradise. Dominik & Dennis
When we first arrived in Tandil, the bus station wasn´t looking as friendly as we had hoped. After a short taxi ride through town and onto the Estancia, I couldn´t have been more happy. We were greeted by warm hospitatily, an even warmer room with a great view of the surrounding fields, and a fresh breakfast. This place was a travelers paradise. Here we were able to truely relax. The staff was attentive and seemed to know exactly when to make their presence known, and when to fade into the woodwork. To say the food was spectatular is a gross understatement. To say the service was stellar wouldn´t even begin to describe the experience. To say the atmosphere was perfect, I´d only be telling you the half truth. Wish we could have stayed longer, but we are truly greatful for the time we had.