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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Our first trip to Argentina, and we came came Salta after a few days in Buenos Aires.
We stayed at House of Jasmines for three nights, Comments:
1. Food OUTSTANDING wonderful meals, the Lama (first time ever) was splendid. We also enjoyed the special ASADA night. Wine list is nice.
Breakfast normal buffet fair.
2. Rooms quaint and comfortable, nicely furnished but small.
3. Internet service in rooms not good. Had to ask for reset 2 times per day.
4. Staff is extremely nice and very helpful. Small staff in number, but service was generally good and always friendly.
Would come back if we ever come to this area again.
We spent two nights at this Relais and Château property that is a short drive from the Salta airport in a country-like setting just outside of Salta. There’s a lovely long eucalyptus tree lined driveway that brings you to the main house of the estancia. The ambience is perfect and you immediately get the sense of being in a very special, well cared for 100 year old northern Argentina estancia.
We were welcomed with a glass of wine and enjoyed it on the covered terrace outside the restaurant. The views from the main house and our suite in another building down a path are spectacular with the mountains in the background and horses in the fields in the foreground. The pool area looked nice but we didn’t use it. We had coffee/tea on our terrace with the beautiful view each morning. Service was excellent throughout the estancia and everyone was very friendly.
The House of Jasmines restaurant, La Table, has a traditional Argentinian parrilla for grilling and a clay oven. For lunch one day we had a freshly made gazpacho and Mollejas (grilled sweetbreads) for starters followed by grilled Pacu and Salmon. This is the first time I have had Pacu, a local white fish. It was wonderful. We requested some unsweetened iced tea and our server brought us a pitcher of tea made with some wonderful fresh herbs blended in. Very different and very good.
One evening there was a wine tasting followed by a brief traditional dance show. The dancers wore traditional northern Argentina outfits (see photo). It was lovely. That evening dinner was an Asado, an Argentinian BBQ. The big pieces of meat like ribs and goat were grilled outdoors on racks for hours over a wood fire. The more delicate meats and sausages were grilled inside the restaurant over the parrilla. Another evening we enjoyed empanadas, Grilled Cabrito (baby goat) and Llama. Another great meal. And of course we had some wonderful Argentinian wine throughout our stay. Service at all meals was excellent. All of the food was very good. There was a very nice breakfast buffet and eggs to order.
House of Jasmines is a short drive from the city of Salta itself but that is what we were looking for in order to enjoy a real estancia feel with the beauty of the surrounding mountains.
We are travelling a lot with SLH and R&C, but we cannot recommend this hotel at all.
Service is very slow or at best not competent, food overcooked or tomatoe sauce streteched with water.
Rooms are not very clean and beds are tired and old water.
It is a shame that this hotel is part of Relais & Chateuax, it doesn’t meet the requireat all.
We had booked a 5 night stay here to chill out in the middle of a long tour of Argentina and Brazil. As a Relais and Chateau listed
property we expected the standard to be good, but this place is stunning. It sits in a plot of some 100 hectares a few kilometres off the main road, and is surrounded by fields and the stunning backdrop of the Andes. It is just so peaceful. We were lucky enough to have fantastic weather for pretty well most of our stay which meant clear blue skies and long warm days. The hedgerows were full of butterflies, the trees and shrubs were home to a wide variety of birds, the adjoining fields were full of horses and beyond them was the river and the Andes.
The house itself is mostly single story and it approached over a long driveway flanked by Eucalyptus trees. When we arrived Cynthia came out to great us, provide a welcome drink and show us round the property. The public rooms are lovely as is the open and covered terrace. The standard bedrooms in the main house are a little dark and not overlarge, but the furnishings, bed and linen, were great and the en-suite shower room was excellent.
Food and wine were excellent for all meals and the service and staff were friendly and efficient. All in all this place manages to bring together the very bets that Argentina has to offer and it is just outstanding.
I was booked at this beautiful relaix chateau suite for 5 nights. It is 40 min away from salta town and roughly $40 of taxi round trip.
1) beautiful property with gorgeous swimming pool, furnishings in all the living room areas in the main house to beautiful suite in the guest houses.
2). Wonderful receptionists Cynthia n fernanda who were helpful and caring... to the amazing wait staff in the dining room.
1) because of its location you are kinda stuck eating at the hotel because there really is not much choice around. And the food was delicious.
However, the first night I had gazpacho and pasta Bolognese , I started feeling allergic reactions to my eyes. (Which I rarely had except twice to shrimp and peaches) I took Zyrtec , went to sleep and the symptoms went away.
The next morning I had simple egg white omelette with tomatoes n ham n onion, and toast n coffee n orange juice. I went on tour for Salina grande n Humahuaca etc.... an hour after breakfast, my eyes started swelling up and unfortunately I didn’t have Zyrtec with me. As the tour is in middle of nowhere, it took another 2 hours to get to a pharmacy to get me argentina version of Claritin. It stopped my eyes from getting more swollen but did not improve the original condition.
The tour lasted till 9pm. Back at hotel I was very concerned about the dinner situation as I thought the only link between the 2 meals before were tomatoes n onions. So we talked to chef and just ordered a plain salad (no problem) n then grilled salmon n roasted vegetables(no tomatoes nor onion)... immediately after eating the cooked food, my eyes started itching again. I took another Zyrtec n went to sleep.
Next morning, my eyes didn’t improve and I went to see eye specialist in town that fernanda found me and dr gave me proper steroid eyedrops n I felt much better. I stayed in town to eat empanadas n brought back sandwiches as I was afraid of allergic reactions again to the hotel cooked food.
I decided to cut my trip short by 2 days and go ahead to Córdoba earlier.
I informed MAITRE DE MAISON - DAIANA SALCINI about my decision... the first thing she said was you know we cannot refund you.... nothing about my eyes.... I said I didn’t ask for any refunds for the suite as it was my decision and my allergy but I said if u felt there was anything you can do about the food costs(since all 3 cooked meals caused allergy to me) as gd will I would appreciate it. She replied, “ nothing wrong with our kitchen and never any problems with any guests , it’s you. And there’s nothing I can do!”..... after I came back from salta and eye dr, I saw her and she ignored me and didn’t even ask about my condition whereas Cynthia and Fernanda were very caring. I closed out the tab for the stay for the food full price as tomorrow mornings flight was before their showing up.
I was appalled by the lack of care from daiana and even courtesy. From day one when I arrived, all she cared about was selling me much more expensive prix fixe dinner menus(twice price of ala carte menus ) or pushing private car services etc. I had stayed at many relaix chateau properties in Europe and this is certainly not the attitude or response I ever encountered from management.
2) first night in my suite it was torrential rain . And my roof leaked onto the middle of my bed. I put a bath towel and it stopped leaking about 30 min later. I called front desk and They did offer to move my room but with pouring rain I declined not wanting the poor staff to get drenched and the dripping finally stopped.
3) if you do any group tours like cache or Cafayate etc, none of the tour companies will pick you up from the hotel(except for the Salina grande tour because it’s on its way)... so you will have to take a taxi $20-25 into town 45 min earlier meaning you have to leave hotel at 615am usually to meet your tour and returning from town at 8/830pm(hotel at 9/930pm)
So this hotel really is best if you decided to drive yourself or thinking about a $600 day private tour.
So despite the gorgeous environment n staff, I can only gave it 2 stars due to ms salcini poor response to my allergy situations.
And I would only recommend the hotel perhaps mostly for a 2 night stay as it will become very costly as it’s so remote from town.
Ps First 3 pics are my eye infection and leak n the rest are pics of the hotel