Auberge du Vin, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Tupungato
What We Love
- Grapevines everywhere; the hotel is situated in its own vineyard
- Indoor/outdoor heated pool with striking mountain views
- Free WiFi throughout the hotel
- Shuttle service to Cerro Catedral ski center
What To Know
- Located in the Tupungato Winelands, a development that’s part country club, part vineyard and includes a golf course and two polo fields
- For an extra fee, a personal shopper can prestock your guestroom’s kitchen
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Situated at the base of the Andes in Argentina’s wine country, this boutique hotel lures guests with its stunning location in the shadow of Mount Tupungato and the Cordon el Plata range. The 29 guestrooms are decorated in earth tones, with such mod cons as flat-screen TVs, free WiFi and kitchens with stainless steel appliances. They have comfy sitting areas marked by large picture windows with vineyard views. Go for a dip in the heated pool, which has views of the surrounding mountains, or unwind with a massage at the spa. Breakfast, lunch and dinner menus built around local ingredients are served at the Epic restaurant, where a sommelier is on hand to recommend pairings from the hotel’s huge wine cellar. End the day with a glass of Malbec by a firepit on the auberge’s Grand Terrasse.
In the Area
There’s a long list of activities to keep visitors here busy. The Epic restaurant offers cooking classes and wine tastings, and can provide a lunch to go for guests to take out into the vineyards for a picnic. Polo, anyone? Tupungato Winelands features two fields, with opportunities for both novices and experts to play. Auberge guests also have access to Argentina’s first golf course and can swing by the boutique winery’s tasting room afterward to sip the Malbec and Pinot Noir produced here. During the winter months the hotel runs a shuttle to Cerro Catedral, one of the country’s top ski destinations.
How to Get There
Lovely small hotel in a gorgeous location, surrounded by vineyards and beautiful mountains, with a great team, prepared to make your stay a remarkable one. The food is really delicious, most of the items on breakfast buffet are prepared here - like the amazing plain yogurt and the pastries!!! The terrace view by night was also a delight... so many stars! It a was a pleasure to stay here and I´ll definitely come back!!
We stayed 8 days .
The staff was amazing , they helped us wherever and whenever they could ,we felt like home , I remember especially Belen at the reception but all others we dealt with were great as well , we had to book rebook flights ,change our reservation at this hotel, booked horse riding trips etc etc etc ,the staff did is all for us ,the bar man ,the restaurant staff were also amazing . Food was very good and very rasonable priced ,I could even order my own XXXL steak ,they did it all .
They don’t have suites per se but we got the best and biggest room this hotel has and they even fired up the open fire place in the room .
We would have loved to stay longer and we will hopefully have the chance to come back ,the staff was amazing I can only repeat myself and they made everything so much greater and easy going and relaxed .
Alex and Georgie
I really don't know where to begin on this one. My wife and I are loyal Marriott-ers and this is by far the greatest hidden gem in their portfolio.
First, you must realize that if you are going to stay at this hotel, it is in Mendoza but it is 1.5 hrs outside of the city in the middle of a wonderful vineyard with a 6 mile gravel road leading you to this amazing place. You are in the middle of nowhere, and if that is what you are going for, you will find peace and serenity here.
The location is perfect for exploring the Uco Valley. We had the concierge arrange pick up from the airport and were met at the airport and wisked away to the hotel. We arrived late (10 pm) and were shown to our room in the vineyard. They had made us a reservation at the restaurant on site, Epic, and we were soon into our second bottle of wine, admiring the outside fire pit, and what a spectacular meal we had. Epic is really the only restaurant opened for every meal but not to worry, there were lots of different options and the food was spectacular. They do also have a restaurant at the end of the polo fields that we went to on our last day for lunch. This was paired with a wine tasting and was in the form of an asada. It was INCREDIBLE! Just ask the concierge to set it up for you and they will make it happen. You can also go to their restaurant at the golf club though we never made it there.
The concierge helped us arrange all of our wine tastings and transportation. When I say that they are EXCELLENT, I mean that they are truly the best concierge we have ever dealt with in any location in the world. Marriott, please do us a favor and send other managers to Auberge du Vin to train them on how to treat guests. They are GREAT!
I cannot name every person that was so great at the hotel but Stephano and Facuno at the front desk were awesome. Pablo at the restaurant was GREAT. The chefs at the restaurant were INCREDIBLE! Thank you all for such a great time.
One last word for Marriott......I have always thought that you should do an article on the most unique/remote Marriott hotels in the world (maybe a list of 10 to be put out on the app/website). If you ever do this, the Auberge du Vin should lead the list!
We had a good stay here but mostly thanks to our own self sufficiency and the fact that we lowered our expectations on the hotel within the first hour.
The things we liked:
1. The Asado next door which is a five minute walk away is just fantastic (though be warned you won't eat until around 10:30/11pm and the hotel does not explain this to you when you make a booking or ask them to check if it's open etc). Fortunately the place is unaffiliated with the hotel and provides excellent service. It's incredible how much wine you can have during one dinner (given it's free flowing and all inclusive).
2. If you have a vineyards facing room you can sit on the balcony and just soak up being in nature and looking at the Andes in the distance. Beautiful sunset and just blissful.
3. The room we were in was big (and generally clean - though very basic on everything).
4. The proximity to some beautiful vineyards! Do check these out.
5. Made to order eggs at breakfast.
6. Room service was excellent and the best way to eat at the hotel.
7. Ability to wash your clothes.
8. Exchanging currency. They do a fair exchange.
Things we didn't like:
1. There was only one umbrella in the pool area and it is summer and so very hot.
2. The service is just bizarre. We had to ask for horse riding to be booked for us twice and it failed to happen both times (the first time no one even tried to book anything and the second time there was some miscommunication between the hotel and the ranch). The restaurant staff are doe eyed and half the time aren't attentive or are quite laid back. They do seem to want to get better though. As mentioned, room service was a hit with us. The front desk was just mostly saying one thing and doing another (they never call back - they say they'll call back and they never do!!). Florencia was awesome though and the most helpful. Too bad we just saw her for a few hours one of the days.
3. Very basic rooms and facilities.
4. Restaurant food was okay, even though it sets itself up to be fancy.
5. There is a coffee maker but no coffee in the room. It's one that needs filters etc and it seems ridiculous that coffee and filters are not supplied. Same with tea.
6. The dirt road in. I mean the properties around and the hotel should be able to afford this if the city/province/region won't etc.
We wanted to love this hotel, especially as Travellers loyal to SPG / Marriott, but we cannot recommend. The service was hit and miss. Despite being off the beaten track it felt like we needed to figure things out for ourselves. Restaurant was OK but they offered limited availability despite many open tables - seemed understaffed. Guest rooms were OK, gym was not great, and the long driveway should really be paved.
On the plus side the location was super for wine tasting in Uco Valley. And the absolute highlight of our stay was nearby (unaffiliated) parilla restaurant La Matera.