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Reviewed 23 January 2014

840 peso for a double room including breakfast, lunch and dinner. When a meal including two steaks for two people easily cost more than 350 peso, a stay at this hotel is one of the good deals we have ever found in Argentina during our five-week travel in this country.
The food was fairly good indeed. I was happy to have a break from steak or heavy meat. Main dish of set meals for lunch and dinner was healthy and quite delicious. It comprised rice, vegetable and some meat. Vegetable soup which is uncommon in restaurants in Argentina and salad were also included.
Yes the hotel has a Soviet feel. But the bathrooms are clearly renovated. Sitting in the garden under tree shade was pleasant on a hot day especially when breeze was strong. Receptionists barely spoke English but were enthusiastic to help. Restaurant waiters were dressed elegantly and served guests smartly. If the hotel was bought over by staff who want to regenerate the business, I saw their effort clearly. Yet it will be much easier for foreigners if there is at least one English-speaking staffer.
The biggest attraction, ie. thermal bath and sauna, is fun. We had not planned to stay one night here but changed our minds so as to rest a bit. We drove so found the hotel easy to reach. Those who travel by public transport find it hard to go to.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Damjan P
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Reviewed 31 May 2013

I stayed one night, having run out of time to find anywhere else to stay in the area. Apparently the 'hotel' has just been refurbished - goodness knows what it was like previously. The reception staff were functional at best, but not at all welcoming, which I've found to be the norm in Argentina/South America, despite my lack of Spanish. The room was down a dingy corridor and matched the corridor - perhaps the surprise was the quality of the clean/fresh linen on the otherwise small uncomfortable bed in the small uncomfortable room. The main function of the property seems to have been the thermal baths, which were very 'Soviet' in appearance, but were well patronised. The restaurant was laid up for service, but seemingly closed whilst I was there. Breakfast in the bar area was the worst I've had in 5 months of travelling - very very basic with some items not being replenished. Certainly I didn't see any smiling/content faces either on other guests or the staff. Perhaps a clue as to the standard of service is to be gained from the fact that it seems that the property is run as a co-operative - as school reports used to read, could do so much better !

Room Tip: Stay somewhere else !
  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled solo
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1  Thank JoeCBansteadUK
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Reviewed 14 January 2009

Take a hot bath, massage and leave the next morning.

This hotel has very nice termal water baths (38-43 degrees) where you can relax. It has also good and inexpensive massage.

The hotel has seen the best days a couple of decades ago. As a visitor from Europe it looks and feels like the Soviet hotels in the 1980s. Some rooms have been renovated and they are clean and basic. The restaurant food is abundant, surpricingly tasty and served in an old-fashined way. The breakfast is poor. There is a renovation plan in progress but let's see when it is finished.

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled with family
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1  Thank jusaja
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Reviewed 11 August 2008

My family and I stayed at the Pismanta Hotel as part of a tour of San Juan. We were told that the hotel had been abandoned for a time and then bought by a co-operative of former staff members who were struggling to get the hotel back on its feet. It certainly needs some more struggling. The furniture is dated, one of the wings of the building is closed down and seriously in need of repair, and in general the impression is shabby. However, the bathrooms are new and the heating in winter was superb. The layout of the hotel is such that, although it is surrounded by breathtaking views, all you see from the bedroom windows is a brick wall from the neighbouring wing of the building.
The interesting thing about the hotel is the hot baths. The spring provides hot water at different temperatures and the baths are taken in individual rooms where you go down a short flight of steps into a tiled pool. Baths can be taken individually or in pairs. There is an open air swimming pool with hot waters, but it is not available for use in winter. It used to be covered in the past.
As a previous writer said, the hotel is isolated, with no village, shops or restaurants in miles around, so you have to take your meals at the hotel. Dinner consisted in a buffet table of salads and a hot dish plus a mediocre dessert. Breakfast was good, and you could get hot eggs and bacon for an extra charge.
The staff were very professional and friendly. Your are provided with terry cloth robes, so you walk around the hotel dressed in swim wear and robe as you go from one bath to the next. All the guests greet you as you walk along.
The price for a double room, including breakfast and dinner for two, was about 80 US dollars, making it an attractive budget option, especially considering that there are no other choices around.

  • Stayed: August 2008
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Thank Argentine-tourist
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Reviewed 15 April 2008

Stayed one night here in March 2008. Desk staff very friendly and helpful, as were other staff when I had a flat tire. I did not encounter any English-speakers on the staff. Breakfast was okay, but dinner wasn't very good (except for dessert). I don't think there's anywhere to eat within walking distance though, and not much nearby. My room was simple, but the TV selection was excellent. The hot tubs alone make this worth a stop, particularly after a long day of driving.

Stayed: March 2008
1  Thank BornReisende
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