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Local Markets at Ing Maschwitz, Buenos Aires

 

Mercado Maschwitz

Mercado Maschwitz

 

By Roy Heale

The small town of Ing Maschwitz in the province of Buenos Aires was named after Carlos Maschwitz
who was born in Buenos Aires on May 7, 1862, son of Mr. Georg Eduard Maschwitz, first manager of the Bank of London.

Emilio Mitre Square

Emilio Mitre Square

Today this small historic village is home to the Mercado Mendoza and the Mercado Maschwitz offering a selection of local restaurants, cafes, boutiques, and local handicrafts. Using recycled materials, the unique construction of these markets is slightly reminiscent of La Boca in the city of Buenos Aires but less commercial and more authentic Argentine. There is a new market under construction scheduled to open in December 2014 and using large steel shipping containers for the main building materials.

Zeppelin Restaurant Garden

Zeppelin Restaurant Garden

This is a popular place with local residents for weekend brunches and shopping expeditions. Just a one hour bus ride from the city of Buenos Aires, it is also a well known escape from the city to enjoy the relaxed rural pace of life.

Mercado Maschwitz

Mercado Maschwitz

In the Emilio Mitre Square, which is also the central park for the townsite, ther is an old London phone booth which has been converted into a unique public library.

London Phone Booth Library

London Phone Booth Library

This charming village is a relaxing place to spend a day away from the traditional tourist attractions and experience the real rural Argentine customs and lifestyle.

New Market Under Construction

New Market Under Construction

Getting There: Take the Escobar express bus from Plaza Italia in the city and ask the driver to announce Maschwitz. Upon arrival at the town it is a short walk to the village or the markets located on Mendoza Street.

Mercado Mendoza

Mercado Mendoza

Explore the Charming Colegiales Barrio, Buenos Aires

Charming Colegiales Architecture

Charming Colegiales Architecture

By Roy Heale

The Colegiales Barrio of Buenos Aires offers a laidback alternative to its noisier neighbors Palermo and Belgrano. Covering just over two square kilometers, it is one of the city’s smaller barrios and a largely residential one. Known for its large, open green spaces and treed residential streets, Colegiales is squeezed between Belgrano, Chacarita, and Palermo. Although it is off the tourists’ beaten track there are some interesting points of local history to discover.

Historically Colegiales was paired with Chacarita—the barrio situated immediately south—and the two were originally known as Chacarita de los Colegiales. In its beginnings this community was made up of small Jesuit-owned estates that were utilized as student retreats. In 1767 the Jesuits were expelled and the Spanish took control of the land. After the turn of the century and the commencement of Bernandino Rivadavia’s government in 1826, large numbers of European immigrant workers settled in the area and forced it to be divided into the two separate barrios of Chacarita and Colegiales.

Street Art

Street Art

Today, Colegiales maintains a strong residential feel that is characterized by its sleepy cobblestone streets lined with overhanging trees. With its close proximity to Palermo, the neighborhood is experiencing increased numbers of bars and restaurants.

One major tourist attraction of Colegiales is the Mercado de Pulgas—Flea Market. Founded in 1988 and situated at the intersection of Avenida Dorrego and Alvarez Thomas, this indoor market presents an eclectic collection of furniture, art work, antiques and other curiosities. If you are planning to stay long term in Buenos Aires you might just find a bargain for your new apartment here.

Mercado de Pulgas---Flea Market

Mercado de Pulgas—Flea Market

When in Colegiales you can retrace the footsteps of some of Argentina’s most famous sons. The comic strip Mafalda—-written by humorist Quino (Joaquin Salvador Lavado)—was based on the barrio and Plaza Mafalda is dedicated to the creator and his artwork. Other famous names of the barrio include journalist Ulises Petit de Murat and inventor Ladislao Jose Biro. The latter invented the ballpoint pen and Fundacion Biro (Cramer 450) is dedicated to helping and promoting young Argentine inventors.

On a sunny day, take time to relax in one of the many plazas or take a stroll along Pasaje General Paz, (a narrow pedestrian promenade) which attracts visitors to see its mature trees, bridgepaths, streams and ornate, balconied Andalusian-style patios. Avenida Elcano is a wide leafy boulevard that connects the barrio with Belgrano and Chacarita. Situated on the latter you’ll also find Elcano Grill, a classic neighborhood parrilla, and The Oldest, a pleasant British-styled pub.

Pasaje General Paz

Pasaje General Paz

When venturing deep into the back streets of Colegiales you will be treated to a wonderful mix of classic porteño cafés, closed-door restaurants and live music venues.

Mix with a stylish hipster crowd at Pipi Cucu (Ciudad de la Paz 557), a quirky French bistro-restaurant. Mismatched plates, glasses and cutlery add to the aloof charm of the place whilst the bartenders are known for mixing delights such as red fruit martinis.

 

Pipi Cucu  French Bistro

Pipi Cucu French Bistro

Recently, upscale lofts were developed in what years ago were the massive Buenos Aires flour mills (known also as Silos Minetti), at 1916 Dorrego Street. Elegant and trendy, they were built into the silos themselves and have become popular with local yuppies.

Silos Minetti

Silos Minetti

 

Colegiales also has a rich religious heritage including The Holiest Corpus Christi Monastery (450 Amenábar St.)which has been the centuries-old home to the Order of Barefoot Carmelites.

The Holiest Corpus Christi Monastery

The Holiest Corpus Christi Monastery

A Grand Country Mansion

San Isidro, Buenos Aires, Argentina

By Roy Heale

 

Victoria Ocampo Mansion

Victoria Ocampo Mansion

Argentine writer and intellectual Victoria Ocampo, CBE  was described by fellow renowned Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges as La Mujer Más Argentina—The quintessential Argentine woman. She was well known as an advocate for others and as publisher of the legendary literary magazine Sur. In her long professional career  as a writer and critic in her own right she became one of the most prominent South American women of her time. Her long life—April 7, 1890 to January 27, 1979—was filled with awards and distinctions and she is interred  in the well known Recoleta cemetery.

Although she owned several homes in Buenos Aires, San Isidro, and Mar del Plata, perhaps her favorite was her summer home, a country mansion in San Isidro, which is now just a 15 minute drive or a short train ride from the heart of Buenos Aires.

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Originally this was her summer home and today it is a UNESCO museum. The tranquil grounds are beautifully kept and the main floor of the mansion is open to the public where you can enjoy the period décor. There is a small indoor/outdoor restaurant offering interesting menu items at affordable prices. A nominal admission charge of ARS$30 for adults helps with the upkeep. It is a short walk from the Beccar train station or from the San Isidro village center. This is where Victoria Ocampo hosted the likes of author Graham Greene and politicians like Indira Gandhi. The restoration of this historic mansion allows visitors to step back in time and visit the library of her works.

 

The Gazebo

The Gazebo

The splendid gardens were created by Victoria herself. One of the lesser known facets of Victoria Ocampo was her love of plants, gardens and nature. She inherited this passion from her mother and learned the names of plants and gardening tasks at an early age. Victoria also introduced these contemporary style gardens in her Mar del Plata and Palermo Chico homes. She visited the major gardens of the world, wrote several gardening books, some of which can be found in the on-site library.

 

Outdoor Cafe

Outdoor Cafe

The Villa Ocampo UNESCO project was launched in 2003 in collaboration with the Argentine government, the Municipality of San Isidro, the Association of Friends of Villa Ocampo, plus many donors and sponsors. Under the direction of UNESCO the house, garden, furnishings, art and photography collections plus 11,000 books in the library were restored. The site was opened to visitors and aimed at a diverse audience offering a broad and comprehensive cultural program.

Restored Furnishings

Restored Furnishings

Open:

Wednesday to Sunday and holidays from 12:30 PM to 7:00PM

Guided Tours:

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 15:00hs and 16.30hs.

Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: From 14:00hs, every hour approx.

 

Music Room

Music Room

For More Information Visit: www.villaocampo.org

The Garden of the City—Villa Devoto, Buenos Aires

Tree-Lined Streets

Tree-Lined Streets

By Roy Heale
A short train ride from the heart of downtown Buenos Aires is the upscale neighbourhood of Villa Devoto which is also known as ‘El Jardin de la Ciudad’—-The Garden of the City—due to its tree-lined streets. In fact, Villa Devoto famously boasts more trees than any other barrio of Buenos Aires. It derives its name from Count Antonio Devoto, a member of the Buenos Aires elite society from the late 1800s and early 1900s. Devoto, an Italian immigrant and philanthropist, owned the majority of the land that today makes up the barrio, which he acquired in 1888 when sections of the town of San Martin were incorporated into Buenos Aires Capital Federal.

In 1910, Count Antonio Devoto commissioned the building of Palacio Devoto, one of biggest mansions in Buenos Aires spread over more than 10,000 square meters. An icon of the barrio, the palace was designed by Italian architect Juan Antonio Buschiazzo and adorned with Florentine mosaics and gold, silver, and bronze trimmings. Unfortunately, Devoto died in 1916 before Buschiazzo had finished his work and completed the construction.

Today, Villa Devoto is famed for being the home of football icon Diego Maradona’s family members and the childhood neighborhood of tennis star Gabriela Sabatini.

Plaza Arenales

Plaza Arenales

At the heart and center of Villa Devoto is Plaza Arenales, a large public square and park occupying the equivalent of four blocks. Here you will find a vast array of pine, walnut, eucalyptus, and magnolia trees, and history proclaims that at the turn of the 20th century the plaza was a popular meeting place of the Italian mafia. The plaza is named after General Juan Antonio Alvarez de Arenales, to whom a commemorative monument was built in 1958. There is also a statue of Antonio Devoto. Today, the plaza is a favorite evening and weekend hang out spot of Villa Devoto residents. Walking one block north along Nueva York street from Plaza Arenales you will discover the imposing Palacio Devoto.

Many other historic and grand mansions known as palacios can also be found in this barrio as you wander around the tree-lined streets. Of particular historic interest is the ornate, decorative style of Palacio Ceci built cerca 1895 and located on Lincoln between Gualeguaychú and Havana.

Palacio Ceci

Palacio Ceci

Visit the Café de Garcia (Sanabria 3302) which opened in 1900 and is like a journey back in time as little has changed since its early beginnings. With walls adorned with football and tango memorabilia, it is as porteño as a café can get.

The Café da la Plaza (Lincoln and Nueva York) offers a superb bistro-styled menu mixing Argentine, Armenian, and European ingredients. Overlooking the Plaza Arenales, it has become a Devoto institution for coffee, lunch, or dinner since opening in 1988.

The Café da la Plaza

The Café da la Plaza

A final delight can be found at the Vagon Devoto Bar and Restaurant beside the train station. Enjoy this unique dining experience on board an old historic British 1906 train wagon from the original Kassel Express. The food is excellent and the atmosphere is charming in this antique dining car. Choose from appetizers including bruschettas, pate de maison, or smoked salmon with cream cheese. Then enjoy traditional Argentina parilla cooked meats of beef, pork or lamb. For lighter appetites there is a selection of fresh salads, pastas, or fish dishes. The desert selection is varied and includes a wonderful cheesecake with red berries sauce.

Vagon Devoto Dining Car

Vagon Devoto Dining Car

Discover the proud inhabitants and a classic Buenos Aires lifestyle in Villa Devoto which is served by both the FC Urquiza and FC San Martin train lines with frequent service to the city center. A few hours spent in the Garden of the City Villa Devoto barrio will make for a unique Argentine experience undiscovered by most tourists but a genuine local education to be enjoyed.

Historic Palacios

Historic Palacios

An Afternoon in Vicente Lopez, Buenos Aires

DSC_6156 (1024x687)By Roy Heale

Sometimes an escape from the heart of the city of Buenos Aires and the traditional tourist attractions can be a welcome relief on a hot summer afternoon. If you are feeling adventurous then a short twenty minute train ride from the Retiro station will take you to the Barrio of Vicente Lopez and the expansive coastal parkland and beaches.

Carlitos Restaurant

Carlitos Restaurant

Carlitos Patio

Carlitos Patio

Just a few blocks from the train station is Carlitos restaurant where you can enjoy a refreshing brunch of crepes, omelets, sandwiches, or salads accompanied by freshly squeezed juices or beer and wine. The excellent service and home cooked meals are a delight at economical prices. Start your visit here and then take the short two blocks walk to the coastal promenade.

Coastal Promenade

Coastal Promenade

The Paseo de la Costa is an expansive riverside green space with different sectors and is ideal for enjoying the outdoors with family or friends. During weekends the Coastal Promenade is closed to vehicular traffic and welcomes thousands of people who come to walk, jog, roller blade, and bicycle alongside the Rio de la Plata.

Some of the places that stand out in the Paseo de la Costa are the pedestrian bridge, the amphitheater “Arturo Illia ” the memorial of the millennium, the Arenales Peninsula, and Vito Dumas tribute monument to the ” Lone Sailor “.

The Children’s Park with its thirty-two acres is an ideal walk for everyone to enjoy, especially on hot sunny days. From the coastal walk enjoy the Rio de la Plata vista with numerous sailboats and where fishing enthusiasts along the riverbank try their luck with their fishing rods and lines.

The park has areas with trees, picnic tables, and sports fields for soccer and more. There are also restrooms, a nursing station, kiosks, drinking fountains, family playgrounds, and parking for cars. In recent years the city government has installed artificial sandy beaches with umbrellas, chairs, showers and sports activities for families to enjoy in the sun and fresh air. In addition there is free Wi Fi Internet for those who need to stay in touch.

Vicente Lopez Cafe

Vicente Lopez Cafe

On your return journey allow enough time to visit the Vicente Lopez Cafe on the north side of the train station. This delightful café is perfect for a light breakfast or afternoon tea, coffee and fresh pastries. The baked goods are a delight and prepared every day to ensure a tasty treat. They have a courtyard patio across the street, outdoor sidewalk tables, and a large indoor restaurant. The short menu offers a variety of teas, coffees, sandwiches, salads, and of course freshly baked delights. The service is impeccable, efficient, and friendly. It’s a great place for a snack or light meal and is conveniently located to start your visit with a traditional Argentine breakfast of medialunas or to enjoy your last few moments in Vicente Lopez with a sweet treat.

Great Boutique Hotel in Beltline Community

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Kitchenette

Kitchenette

Workspace

Workspace

Designer Bathrooms

Designer Bathrooms

Large Living Areas

Large Living Areas

Spacious Bedrooms

Spacious Bedrooms

Hotel Elan, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

 

By Roy Heale

In the heart of downtown Calgary the trendy, residential community known as the Beltline is close to the business center of the city plus the hip restaurants, clubs, and boutiques of the 17th Avenue Entertainment District. For this reason a number of boutique hotels have recently located themselves in this area providing accommodation options for business and leisure visitors to Calgary. Perhaps the newest addition is the Hotel Elan which opened in June 2013 after an extensive period of renovations converting an apartment building into luxury suites for discriminating travellers.

 

At the gay-friendly Hotel Elan no detail is overlooked when it comes to comfort, luxury, and space. From the custom designed bathroom fixtures to the stylish furniture that has been imported directly from Italy, each suite has been created to make your stay unlike any other hotel you’ve ever experienced in Calgary. This is the only boutique hotel in Calgary to offer combined accommodation and private in-suite meeting spaces designed specifically for business travellers but also appreciated by vacationers to the city.

 

Situated just one block from Calgary’s renowned Uptown 17th Avenue SW, Hotel Elan is in a vibrant part of the City that is home to over 200 boutique shops as well as numerous restaurants, lounges, and pubs. The downtown business district is just a short walk from the hotel. If you have your own vehicle, you can enjoy the benefits of their heated, secure underground parkade for a moderate nightly cost. It is also situated in the heart of the car-2-go zone—Calgary’s newest mode of transportation.

Hotel Elan has been designed to make you feel pampered and well looked after whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure.

 

Hotel Amenities:
Suites:
All suites offer meeting spaces for 4-6 people
•47″ flat screen TV in the meeting space/living room
•Complimentary High Speed Internet – Secure Wireless and Hard Wired
•Complimentary, unlimited calls anywhere in North America
•Natural light with access to a private outdoor balcony

Fitness Centre:
•Google map enabled treadmill – you can go for a run on a wide variety of trails all over the world
•Elliptical trainer
•Recumbant Bike
•Weight machines
•Bosu Ball
•Stretching area with free weights

Complimentary Deluxe Continental Breakfast Buffet

•Delicious, fresh, and healthy breakfast offered weekday mornings from 7:00am to 10:00am and weekends from 8:00am to 11:00am

The spacious rooms and suites offer the perfect combination of contemporary style and thoughtful functionality. The simple elegance of this boutique hotel will ensure that you stay in comfort and style. Whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure, you’ll find everything you need.

Room Amenities:
•Complimentary Dedicated 15 MB secured wireless and hard wired internet access for the most secure highspeed connection in each room
•Multi-layered walls that provide incredible soundproofing between all rooms and halls to ensure a restful and quiet night’s sleep
•Luxurious pillow top mattresses
•Italian furnishings throughout the bedrooms
•Thermostatic temperature control water valves in all showers to ensure the perfect water temperature every time
•Heated floors and toilet seats in all bathrooms for added comfort
•Dimmable light fixtures in every room ultimate lighting control
•Windows that tilt open in every suite
•All suites have bedrooms separate from the living/meeting space
•All rooms and suites have Lavazza Luxury Italian Coffee brewed in a Cuisine Art machine
•Complimentary local and North America wide calling
•Wake up call system that guests can use to set their own alarm each day
•iPod and iPad dock
•Luxurious contemporary sofas in suites

 

So whatever the reason for your visit to Calgary the Hotel Elan is sure to please and satisfy every travellers needs. The ultimate luxury of the heated toilet seats is truly unique and very welcome on a cold winter Calgary day!

For More Information Visit: www.hotelelan.ca

From Hetero-Friendly to Gay-Friendly, Axel Hotel Buenos Aires Changes Hands

Buenos Aires, Argentina

BeHotel Entrance

BeHotel Entrance

By Roy Heale

In a surprise move during the first week of October the Spanish Axel Hotel Group announced the sale of their Buenos Aires property to a group of Argentine investors and henceforth it will be known as the BeHotel. The former owners did not give any reasons for this unexpected move but local travel industry speculators blamed the decrease in LGBT visitors to Argentina during recent years and the national Government’s foreign exchange controls. However, the new owners and management assured that LGBT visitors will still be welcomed with a gay-friendly reception at the new BeHotel. No major changes or renovations are planned for the facilities but the food and beverage plus customer services will be upgraded for a more enjoyable stay.

Indoor Spa

Indoor Spa

The Catalan Group, based in Barcelona, commissioned the design and construction of the hotel and it opened as the Axel Hotel in 2007 developing into a major institution of the Buenos Aires LGBT community. BeHotel Buenos Aires is the first establishment of the Argentine investment group, which plans to expand in 2014 with another location in the City of Buenos Aires and other main tourist destinations like Iguazu, Bariloche, or Mendoza.

Designer Rooms & Suites

Designer Rooms & Suites

Uniquely designed with the guest rooms located around a large central atrium and a spa on the top floor, the spacious designer suites and rooms with the creative use of glass and mirrors have proved extremely popular. The large heated swimming pool at the rear of the building offers plenty of sundecks on multi-levels for summer outdoor enjoyment. Whilst the top floor spa includes fitness equipment, two jacuzzis, sauna, and a swimming pool with a translucent floor.

Outdoor Pool & Sun Decks

Outdoor Pool & Sun Decks

HOTEL FACILITIES: Outdoors: Terrace, Outdoor pool (seasonal) Activities: Sauna, Fitness centre, Solarium, Spa and wellness centre, Hot tub, Turkish/steam bath, Indoor pool (all year) Food & Beverages: Restaurant, Bar Internet: WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge. Parking: No parking available. Other parking garages are close by. Services: 24-hour front desk, Luggage storage, Room service, Meeting/banquet facilities, Business centre, Laundry, Dry cleaning, Ironing service, Tour desk, Shuttle service (surcharge) General: Non-smoking rooms, Facilities for disabled guests, Lift/elevator, Safety deposit box, Heating, Design hotel, Air conditioning Languages Spoken: Portuguese, Spanish, English, German, Italian, Hebrew, French

Hotel Lobby

Hotel Lobby

The hotel’s location in the heart of San Telmo, close to the subway (Subte) and buses (colectivos), is perfect for exploring all of the Buenos Aires tourist attractions. Nearby are the numerous cafes, bars,and restaurants of historic San Telmo and of course Tango shows. The world renowned San Telmo market occurs every Sunday, all year long, and the BeHotel is just a five minute walk to all of the merchants and antique vendors.

Bar

Bar

So whether straight or gay, visitors will enjoy any stay for leisure or business at the new BeHotel in the heart of all the excitement for which Buenos Aires is famous.

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT: www.behotel.com.ar

Argentina’s National Flower Festival Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Floral City Park

Floral City Park

By Roy Heale

Anyone who has wandered the streets of Buenos Aires would probably have noticed the countless flower vendors offering their remarkably fresh blooms at very low prices. This phenomenon is due to the fact that Escobar—the so called Flower Capital of Argentina—is just under a one hour drive from the heart of Buenos Aires facilitating reasonable prices and fresh supply.

Floral Displays

Floral Displays

Celebrating spring each year Escobar hosts the National Flower Festival and this year marks the 50th Anniversary of this fiesta. Starting at the end of September and for the first two weeks of October visitors to the park known as Floral City can enjoy floral displays, lush grounds, and of course Argentine specialty foods including fresh fruits and a variety of meats cooked on a large outdoor Parilla—-BBQ.

Fresh Fruit Sundaes

Fresh Fruit Sundaes

Outdoor Parilla

Outdoor Parilla

The last Saturday includes a parade of floral floats in the evening with the reigning Queen of the National Flower Festival presiding over the celebrations.

Visitors travel from all over Argentina to celebrate spring and you might even see gauchos—cowboys—from the Pampas in traditional costumes. Entertainment stages offer local folklore dancers in costume and regional musicians playing Spanish favorite tunes.

Gauchos From The Pampas

Gauchos From The Pampas

There is a nominal admission charge to help offset the Festival costs but an afternoon strolling around the park and enjoying magnificent spring flowers, trees, and shrubs is priceless!

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The town of Escobar is easily reached from Buenos Aires by local buses and the journey takes just less than one hour. From the heart of Escobar a short inexpensive taxi ride will take visitors to the park.

So if you happen to visit the city of Buenos Aires at the launch of Spring, then be sure to take some time to stop and smell the roses!

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For More Information Visit: www.fiestadelaflor.org.ar

Exclusively Gay Azarenko Boutique Hotel, San Lorenzo, Salta, Argentina

Azarenko Boutique Hotel , Salta, Argentina

Azarenko Boutique Hotel , Salta, Argentina

By Roy Heale

The charming Villa San Lorenzo is located in the Lerma Valley at the foot of the Eastern Cordillera Andes foothills just on the edge of the city of Salta, Argentina. This leisurely village is a popular vacation destination where visitors can combine outdoor nature activities with city attractions nearby. Villa San Lorenzo offers a natural environment ideal for adventure tourism activities and eco-tourism in the mountain forest. Its landscape, mountains, hills and rivers, are an invitation to enjoy nature, tranquility and the great outdoors. Horseback riding or hiking in the mountains by day can be accompanied by urban gourmet dining and folklore entertainment by night.

Summer siestas in the City of Salta leave the city motionless, suspended in the heat. Escaping to the village of San Lorenzo, with its leafy roads and refreshing shade from the suns rays, is extremely popular. This hamlet is ideal for a stroll about, ride a bike, go on quad excursions, or photographic safaris across the mountain rainforest. Apart from its ravine, the micro-climate combines lush vegetation, fresh air, and clear waters, which entice visitors to return often.

Main Floor Living Space

Main Floor Living Space

Set in the jungle of the Yungas (tropical rainforests on the slopes of the mountains) the scenery is breathtaking, lush green, and tropical. The approximate 5000 local inhabitants doubles during the summer months and the village hums with activities. Now gay and lesbian vacationers can enjoy the luxury, exclusively gay, Azarenko Boutique Hotel while visiting Salta.

Already a popular LGBT travel destination, Salta is an historic town in Northwest Argentina and now there is an exclusively gay—hetero friendly—boutique hotel (opened in June 2013) for gay travellers to enjoy. Situated just 8 kms (10 minutes) from downtown Salta Capital, on several acres of beautiful grounds in San Lorenzo, Azarenko Hotel Boutique offers six deluxe themed rooms and suites with breakfast included. Inside the rooms and the main house is non-smoking, but the two large verandas and spacious grounds allow for outdoor smoking areas.

Ricardo at the Staircase to Second Floor

Ricardo at the Staircase to Second Floor

Gay-owned and operated by partners Ricardo and Enrique, this beautiful mansion offers quiet, secluded privacy on a tree-lined, secluded street in the heart of San Lorenzo and close to the city. After three months of extensive renovations, the hotel opened in June 2013 and the attention to detail is of a very high standard to guarantee guests’ satisfaction and luxurious enjoyment. Whether soaking up the rays poolside, enjoying the peace and quiet on a verandah, or relaxing on a comfortable couch in the grand living room, guests are certain to be satisfied here with their choice of accommodations in Salta, Argentina.

The main floor Art Bar is a permanent art gallery where you can enjoy a delicious Torrontes wine, champagne, or a cocktail, with a varied menu available.

The six themed rooms are stylish and large, each comes with a variety of windows for natural light and en-suite bathrooms. Enjoy the Donna Summer, Whitney Houston, Judy Garland, Edith Piaf, Aretha Franklin, or Marilyn Monroe rooms and suites from US$150 per night for one or two persons—breakfast included. Each is uniquely furnished and decorated offering a truly unique experience for a vacation, special occasion, weekend getaway, or even a honeymoon suite. The rooms are located on the ground floor and second level of this grand country home.

Aretha Franklin Room

Aretha Franklin Room

Rooms:
The hotel has six comfortable single, double, or triple rooms overlooking the magical setting of the landscape with forest and hills almost at your fingertips. Each are decorated with elegance, sophistication, and unique works of art.
Features:
•Room Marilyn Monroe, Master Suite Premium of 47 m2, double Hydro, separate shower.
•Room Edith Piaf, Deluxe Master Suite 42 m2, simple and hydro-shower.
•Room Judy Garland, Junior Suite (PA) of 32 m2, view facing the hill, with bathroom.
•Room Aretha Franklin, Junior Suite (PB) of 30 m2, view facing the hill, with bathroom.
•Room Whitney Houston, Junior Suite (PB) of 28 m2, side view, with hydro simple, built-in shower.
•Room Donna Summer, Junior Suite (PB) of 30 m2, side view, with bath.

Judy Garland Room

Judy Garland Room

Facilities & Services:
All rooms equipped with heating, queen / king size.
•Living room.
•Wi-Fi Service.
•Transfer to and from Airport.
•Transfers from / to the city with fixed schedules.
•Parking, fax, NDD and IDD at reception.

Outdoor Swimming Pool

Outdoor Swimming Pool

If you are planning a special occasion or simply want to have dinner at home, with a minimum of 24 hours notice your hosts Ricardo and Enrique will plan a special dinner according to your tastes. Or you can plan your own traditional Argentine Asado (BBQ) on the outdoor parilla.

San Lorenzo began as a summer village but now has a full-service infrastructure and tourist facilities consisting of outdoor activities, hiking in the mountains, restaurants, tea houses, boutiques and more.

Outdoor Living Spaces

Outdoor Living Spaces

With historic and conserved buildings, it is characterized by nineteenth-century mansions, among which stands out the Castillo de San Lorenzo. Its tree-lined streets reach the Quebrada de San Lorenzo Nature Reserve, or you can visit the main church and central plaza. The mountain forest and tranquility make the villa an ideal place for relaxation. The City of Salta is a short, convenient bus ride away or a 10 minute inexpensive taxi ride. Also, many day trips are available to destinations in the Andes where local culture and traditions can be observed. Your hosts at Azarenko Boutique Hotel will be happy to help you with local tours and advice.

So now you can plan a very gay stay in Salta, Argentina and enjoy comfortable LGBT hospitality high in the Andes mountains where every day is magical and mystical.

For More Information:

www.azarenkohotel.com

Gay-Friendly Estancia Puesto Viejo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Puesto Viejo Estancia

By Roy Heale
Although many visitors come to Buenos Aires for an urban vacation experience, often times they want to escape the hustle and bustle of the mega city and enjoy a more relaxed break at an estancia in the country. Argentina’s estancias are very much a part of the country’s history and the essence of the local culture. Surrounded with tradition, they shelter the past and present of both criollos and immigrants. At the very gay-friendly Puesto Viejo estancia and Polo Club near Buenos Aires, guests can saddle up with traditional horsemen by day and enjoy sublime comfort, a traditional feast, and a glass or two of malbec wine at night.

Exciting Polo Action

Just over a one hour journey from the city, located near Cañuelas—a small town in Buenos Aires province— this estancia and Polo Club offers charming hotel accommodation, excellent polo club amenities, plus old-fashioned country style hospitality. So, whether you are looking to enjoy a gay-friendly, unique, relaxing escape from the city, or wanting to develop your skills in polo, you’ll find the perfect place at Puesto Viejo. In addition, the 250-acre property boasts panoramic views, a variety of flora and fauna, and an array of leisure pursuits from horse riding to relaxing poolside.

Saddle Up For A horse Ride

Puesto Viejo Estancia and hotel is ideal for those wanting a quiet respite in typical Argentine countryside. Comprising ten luxurious, air conditioned and heated en-suite rooms, the accommodations offer large beds with Egyptian cotton sheets, and individually designed interiors using antiques sourced from local markets. A stay at Puesto Viejo offers the perfect combination of an authentic estancia experience in modern day comfort. Rather than a typical hotel room number, each room is named after one of the owner’s favorite horses. The hotel attracts a diverse clientele from around the world and many guests make new friendships and learn about the exciting game of Polo.

Designer Rooms

Dining is a gourmet delight and three excellent meals per day are included in the room rates at Puesto Viejo. All the repasts served incorporate fruit, vegetables, herbs, and meat from the estancia—from homemade breakfast jams to organically reared lamb.
Guests are served lunch and evening meals outside under the trees or in the dining room, giving them the opportunity to meet each other and share stories. Breakfast is buffet style with fresh fruits and pastries, or eggs and meats cooked to order. Afternoon tea is served on the patio or in the drawing room every day and includes a range of specially blended teas, home made cakes, and soft drinks.

Outdoor Dining

Indoor Dining

A carefully selected wine list includes blends from the Luigi Bosca and Familia Marguery vineyards in Mendoza. Familia Marguery focuses on developing high quality wines using the latest technology and grapes from old vineyards in the Tupungato area. Having built a successful relationship producing wine for the exclusive Nobu restaurant in London, they have also developed a special edition of Malbec for Puesto Viejo.
Hotel Facilities:
◦10 en-suite bedrooms
◦Large dining room
◦Drawing room with fireplace
◦Honesty Bar
◦Library
◦Daily housekeeping and turndown service
◦Complimentary WiFi
◦Laundry service
◦Access to all complimentary facilities on-site (infinity pool, horse riding, stable tours, bikes, horse and carriage rides)

Luxury Rooms

Bedroom Facilities:
◦A range of beds including King size and Twin bed options
◦Egyptian cotton bed linen
◦Individually designed interiors
◦Air conditioning/heating system
◦Toiletries
◦En-suite bathroom with full shower and bath
The unique combination of exciting Polo games and the relaxed estancia atmosphere make this a true Argentine experience and getaway from the mecca of the Buenos Aires city. The gay-friendly staff are multilingual, very knowledgeable, and helpful in every way. Don’t worry if you have never played Polo before because they are happy to arrange lessons and practice with a professional instructor.

Infinity Pool With A view

They also offer Puesto Viejo Polo Days with Gaston Carrozzo (10am to 8pm) based on a minimum of two people. This is aimed at tourists and visitors staying in Buenos Aires city who want to try polo for the first time. Enjoy a one day trip which includes private car transfer to and from the city, welcome drinks and snacks, a traditional Argentine lunch with wine, theory lesson, stick and ball lesson, plus the opportunity to play in a mini match, afternoon tea and snacks, plus the use of all estancia amenities for the day. This day trip package is only available on club practice days (Tuesdays, Thursday, Saturdays, and Sundays) ensuring guests are able to watch a full polo game staged by the club members.

Learn To Play Polo

Unwind by the infinity swimming pool or saddle up for excitement and try your hand at polo—either way country life at the Puesto Viejo is a perfect gay-friendly getaway from the city life in Buenos Aires.
GETTING THERE:
Location:
Puesto Viejo is located on Ruta Nacional No.6 (direction La Plata). It is 70km from Buenos Aires city centre and 8km from Autopista Ezeiza-Cañuelas. The nearest town is Cañuelas.
Transport By Car:
From Buenos Aires city, take Autopista 25 de Mayo and then Autopista Riccieri (towards Ezeiza Airport). Just before the airport is the exit to Autopista Ezeiza- Cañuelas.
Transport By Bus:
Lobosbus runs a regular bus service between Buenos Aires (Congreso) and Cañuelas (www.lobosbus.com.ar)
Taxi:
Taxis from Cañuelas to the estancia are approximately AR$50
Remises Libertad: 02226431823
Remises Centro: 02226431823
Remises 25 de Mayo: 02226422331
Transport by Private Car Transfer:
Puesto Viejo can arrange private car transfers from Buenos Aires.

Relaxing Spaces

For More Information:
www.puestoviejoestancia.com.ar
Main Office Phone: +54 11 5279 6893
Email: info@puestoviejoestancia.com.ar