House of Jasmines
What We Love
- Vast distances in northern Argentina make many estancias too remote for a short hop, but Jasmines is just 15 minutes from Salta
- In a country where red meat rules, the restaurant dishes up some inventive and fresh alternatives that are still South American classics
- No door handle or scatter cushion has been overlooked in this truly stylish estancia; you’ll want to take everything home
- The hacienda is chic but informal; relaxed guests laze about the lounges and terraces as if at home
- The pool, like the spa, is an understated but utterly charming place to kill an afternoon with a bottle of Malbec
What To Know
- Bathrooms have been recently renovated in June 2012
- If you want the full estancia experience — asados, daily horse riding and stable life — this is not it
- Not in the heart of Salta; the drive is 15 to 25 minutes, and many Salta taxi drivers aren’t familiar with the property
- Service is genuinely friendly but patchy; if you’re in a cottage or out by the pool, expect a wait for food
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
It’s the opener to every great hotel story: a tree-lined drive (in this case giant eucalyptus), with just a glimpse of a whitewashed estancia among pampas grasses at the end. The scent of jasmine fills the air, while noisy caracara birds make their namesake squawks. Not so long ago, guests would have been met inside with an impressive (or hilarious) portrait of actor Robert Duvall, who bought the ranch after marrying an Argentine tango dancer. But today the hacienda belongs to a French family who sprinkled the place with chic accessories: striped alpaca throws strewn across raw linen sofas, local handmade cotton dolls in mahogany frames, and northern Argentina’s distinctive, colorful wool hats hung from hooks on adobe walls.
Standard Rooms are in the farmhouse, while the suites are housed in rustic cottages dotted about the grounds. The Provençal-looking spa is farthest from the main building, but that just means it’s a peaceful walk back down the drive. The spa is low-key: a handful of all-white treatment rooms rather than a cluster of pools and heat experiences. But this adds to the hushed charm; take a book and lose an afternoon on a chaise longue after a massage. When you want to swim, the lawn-rimmed outdoor pool is up by the house; guests are fed and watered poolside by discreet staff members in gaucho-esque gear.
Food is Jasmines’ real pull, though, and the place is as popular with Argentines as with American and European travelers. It has earned Relais & Chateaux status, and no meal is a disappointment. Breakfast, which is served in the sunny glasshouse, changes each morning because it’s all handmade; perhaps alfajor biscuits, hot pan de queso or a crusty loaf. Dinner is at La Table, a top restaurant in its own right that serves delicate French takes on Argentine carnivore dishes: lemon chicken roasted whole in a clay pot, or spit-roasted pig with herbs from the garden. Live musicians accompany dinner — but thankfully it’s more Spanish guitar than raucous tango.
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We loved staying at House of Jasmines. Very lovely old estancia with some modern attributes. Very good restaurant. Cynthia and Fernanda were very attentive and helpful. Outstanding breakfast buffet. Enjoyed the swimming pool in the middle of winter.
We visited in off season but I can't help but think that even in high season this hotel is like staying at a relaxing estate in the countryside. Which is exactly what it used to be. Converted into a quaint hotel, it has relais chateau standing. And everything historical has remained while they have assured all the modern conveniences. The estate is huge and they offer bikes and horses to explore more. But maybe just a walk around the property is enough to drop the blood pressure. We thoroughly enjoyed the peace and our kids were entertained enough with the lack of things to do. WE all recharged batteries and lived in luxury for a couple of days. Would love to get back here some day. Great food, we took all of our meals here and were never disappointed.
This part of the country is well known for large, old, colonial estancias. The House of Jasmines is one such surviving ranch, with the main house, as well as some of the exccessory building sconverted into a boutique hotel. There are a handful of rooms and a few suites, all nicely appointed, with comfortable beds, up to date bathrooms, and a first class restaurant and bar. There is good quality air conditioning, wi-fi, good internet connection, and quiet but efficient service. We had very nice meals at the restaurant and the wine list is quite attractive. The breakfast bueest is generous and varied, especially considering that the hotel caters to a small number of guests at any particular time.
Converted estancia, gorgeous location in a converted estancia. Room comfortable, small bathroom but plenty of hot water with lovely products. Staff superb, friendly and helpful. Just could do with improving and changing the menu or having at least a daily special, you tend to eat here as it is out of town.
When you drive through the gate and down the drive, you enter a different world. We loved this hotel.
It’s in a beautiful old building which has been brilliantly modernised with very tasteful furniture and decor. The terrace is wonderful for an evening drink and lying by the pool looking at the mountains is just heavenly.
The bedrooms are simple and very tastefully done.
Breakfast and dinner are both extremely good.
We stayed there for 2 nights and liked it so much we’re going back for another night.