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.
How to Get There
We found House of Jasmines while driving around trying to find a great place for our last night in the north of Argentina. Located around a 10 min drive from the Salta airport, it was perfect for our early flight.
Driving down to the house from the gate - the alley has large eucalyptus trees on both sides. The grounds of this estancia is just so lovely - from inside to outside. Inside all the rooms, both sleeping and common rooms are decorated with local arts and crafts. Outside there is a lovely terrace with great views of the mountains and over the property. Horses - orangetrees and the great outdoor swimmingpool.
We stayed in a standard room - Maimara - the room was very good and had a very comfortable bed. Spacious bathroom.
There is a lot of things to do if you need a break from relaxing on the terrace.. We borrowed their bikes and went for a nice ride around the area. There is a SPA on the grounds, we did not have enough time to try it out.
All the staff was so friendly and helpful in every way.
We had a great lunch on the terrace and even a better dinner at the Table restaurant in the evening - great steak with the perfect wine.
After a great night sleep we was served a very good breakfast before leaving Salta.
House of Jasmines is the perfect place if you looking for a great original Argentine estancia - the place to find total relaxation. It is so nice and silent - there is no street noise - and perfect location it you need or want to stay close to Salta airport.
If you want to know what heaven is about - visit the House of Jasmines and get a taste!
We were staying in the center of Salta and our travel agent suggested that we have Xmas Eve dinner at the House of Jasmines. What a terrific idea. First we had appetizers on the terrace and they hired dancers and a drummer to entertain us. Then we went into the dining room to have one wonderful serving after another followed by an amazing dessert table. This meal was one of the highlights of our time in northern Argentina. The grounds are gorgeous and we enjoyed our walk around the property including watching owls perched in a tree.
Loved this place we were only there for 1 night, really wished we had booked more nights. Our room was like a small cottage with a nice little terrace area. The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful, nothing was too much trouble, my husband was celebrating his birthday and staff brought a cake to our room, nice touch. Really enjoyed this hotel only shame was that I only had 1 night to enjoy it so didn't have time for the SPA, horse riding activities etc that were on offer.
This is a beautiful hotel very close to Salta airport so a perfect place to stay after a long journey from the UK. The hotel living spaces and rooms are very elegantly decorated with local rugs and photography. It has a lovely outside terrace with stunning views of the mountains. The heated pool is a real highlight and a decent size to do lengths. ( Very few other pools we came across were heated). The staff were extremely friendly and provided excellent service. The breakfast was good and we had some delicious empanadas for a snack. Unfortunately the dinner was disappointing. We expected great food as their sister hotel in France does excellent food but it was overly fancy. Our starts and main courses were so salty they were almost inedible. With better food this would be an exceptional hotel
We were supposed to stay 2 nights at the House of Jasmines, but due to the airline strike, we only made it for one. Beautiful place not far out of Salta. There are several buildings on the property. We received the large, center room in the 3-suite building. Very charming, with both an indoor and outdoor seating area. Very quiet — we never heard our neighbors. The main building was a short, 50 yard walk. The restaurant was very nice — a large 2-room seating area so that the guests could spread out for a more private meal. Nice menu. All the food is made from scratch on-site. Very tasty. Between the 2 of us, we enjoyed gazpacho soup, a caprese salad, grilled chicken, and grilled baby goat. All very good, but it was a lot of food. Service was outstanding. The front desk staff was also very good. Wish we could have enjoyed our second night!