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Mendoza: Alto Chacras Lodge

Paraiso 2861, Chacras de Corria
www.altochacraslodge.com

Reviewed by: BarbJim / KateMike from VA, review #2416

When: October 2008

Beautiful Bed & Breakfast in a lovely neighborhood.

Alto Chacras Lodge is located in an upscale village just outside of Mendoza. The lodge and grounds are beautiful and impeccably maintained. There are only three rooms, and all are spacious, clean, comfortable and have all modern conveniences. Breakfast is served daily and consists of rolls, ham, cheese, yogurt, cereal, toast, coffee and juice. Not exciting, but certainly adequate.

It's a 30 minute brisk walk into the center of the village. There a several interesting stores (I especially recomment TaTa's for local handicafts) and lots of good restaurants. Taxis are available for those of us who are not up to a brisk 30 minute walk, and 10 pesos will get you there and back. Monica, who runs the lodge during the day, is also happy to call a taxi to take you into Menzoda proper, which will cost around 40 pesos each way.

The lodge is perfect, and I wholeheartedly recommend it, but I must insert a caveat - the owner, whom we never met, needs to work on his people skills. The lodge has a small selection of wine, and mini bars in the room. My traveling companions (who are wine vendors in the US) were not at all impressed with the house selection. As a result, we would make a point of buying an interesting wine during our outings to have while sitting by the pool discussing our day. We also bought some interesting cheeses to snack on in the afternoon.

About three days into our stay, Monica told us that the owner was unhappy that we were not buying house wine, and not eating snacks out of the mini bar, so from then on, she was to charge us 5 pesos per glass every time we used a wine glass to drink wine purchased off site, and also there would be a plate charge for dishes used to serve food purchased off site. This was just irritating and petty.

We are not unfamiliar with corkage fees, but to spring addtional charges on us in the middle of our stay was totally unprofessional. So if you plan a visit to the Lodge, be sure to make do with their house wine, or check to see what you are being charged to use their dishes.

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