Posada El Encuentro Boutique in Lujan de Cuyo, Chacras de Coria, Mendoza, Argentina is a careful design, capturing the architecture and construction techniques with Latin American regional details.
Staying at Posada El Encuentro was a flawlessly good experience. It is hard to overstate just how personal, friendly and competent the brothers and sister that run it are. They were flexible, full of helpful information, assisted us with making arrangements for various things (including a wine tour, bicycle hire, and a doctor’s visit), and were just an absolute pleasure to be around, without making you feel at all crowded.
You just don’t get this type of service usually – as an experienced traveller, I found the service philosophy at El Encuentro rare and delightful.
The design of the Hotel itself is unique and very pleasing – our room felt warm, inviting and comfortable, and the architecture of both the rooms and the central areas are at once intimate and spacious. We stayed for a few nights, but I could have easily stayed for a week (and by the time we left, I wanted to!).
Combine this with its location and you have something very special here. The hotel is a brief walk from the main street and some marvellous restaurants. It’s also a quick bike or cab ride from some of the best wineries Mendoza has to offer, and a stone’s throw from a bicycle hire shop that specialises in (easy-grade) self-guided cycling wine tours.
We decided to do a cooking class while in Mendoza, and the hotel arranged a talented local chef to come to the hotel for a very hands-on course in making empanadas. The evening class (which ACTUALLY teaches you how to make these delicious meat pastries) was followed by a giant and very tasty traditional Argentinean barbecue. If this is an option doing your stay, I would highly recommend it (and make sure you have a light lunch).
I think I can confidently say that there is no better option in Mendoza than this place. You will not regret your decision to pay them a visit.
Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
My son, Jedidiah Jenkins, decided to explore with a bicycle from Oregon to the tip of South America. He’s been on the road for over a year, so I decided to visit him with my finance, Kelley.
I explore for a living, have written a few best selling adventure/travel books. My name is Peter Jenkins. So, I was looking for something different, yet excellent, sophisticated but earthy, in a cool, hip, relaxing setting.We found it here with the Berlin family that own and run Posada El Encuentro.
This boutique hotel is fantastic, especially considering the price. The three brothers and one sister that run it, all day, everyday, take hospitality to a place seldom found anymore, anywhere. They are sensitive to your needs. They can and do suggest options and then find just about anything you need: wine tours, adventures to the Andes, exotic shopping, whatever.
They even suggested to us, since we were there for almost two weeks that we should drive over the Andes to Chile for a few days. They even found us a place to stay. We stayed four days.
This is evidence of how unselfish they are. They could have kept us with them but they wanted us to have a richly diverse, life changing experience, even if it meant not having us stay with them a few extra days.
I have never, ever invited anyone from a hotel or motel or B&B to come to my home and stay with me and my family. And I have been traveling professionally for over 35 years. I invited them, and meant it.
A rare and special place in Argentina, run by a rare and special family, The Berlins. By the way they range in age from their mid-20’s to early 30’s.
If you want to be treated like family and stay in a hip and very cool place, give this a try.
Oh, be sure to get great directions, as it is in a neighborhood, on a dead end road, surrounded by a walled in courtyard. There are no huge lighted signs to draw you to it, and it is not on a huge road, not that there are many of these in this part of Argentina.
Room Tip: There are not many rooms, all on ground floor, inside charming courtyard.
This hotel was a great find for us for our time in the Mendoza area. The brothers were very welcoming and always attentive and eager to please our requests. We stayed in one of their suites and found it to be very charming, clean, quiet, and comfortable.
They always had great recommendations for different vineyards to visit. Our favorite by far was Belasco. Everything was an easy drive from their location and the town was very charming and full of nice small restaurants. Our best meal by far was prepared by one of the brothers for us on their indoor firepit in their lobby. We had a big juicy slo-cooked steak and sausages waiting for us in our room along with rose petals and candles for a romantic evening for me and my wife as I had requested.
These guys can make anything happen. They even arranged to get us a car in less than 12hrs for the next morning to go skiing in Chile for the day. Skiing at Portillo was a religious experience.
Everyone made us feel like part of the family. They let us watch the world cup semi-final with them and their friends and invited us to dinner with all of them. Our experience with everyone at Posada El Encuentro made this place into way more than just a hotel stay. We did not want to leave and will be back most definitely.
I recommend this hotel for anyone who is looking for a great room and facilities with outstanding personal touches, understanding, and caring.
Room Tip: The suites are a bit bigger and offer more room to spread out.
I will not go back to Chacras de Coria unless I know there is a suite available for me at Posada El Encuentro!!! The Berlin family who own this charming, rustic (yet relatively new, although you would never know it) hotel take hospitality to a new level. This is not just a hotel with a pillow to lay one’s head, it is a place to feel at home away from home. Relaxing in their large yet cozy “living room” (it is entirely too familiar to be called a lobby) with a glass of wine chosen from their cellar conversing with any one of the incredibly knowledgable Berlin siblings was a highlight of my trip. That’s very impressive considering the beautiful country there is to see in Argentina and Chile, which we did see. Some of the most spectacular events and sights seen were at their suggestions. The location is more than convenient to downtown (a stroll away), the rooms are pristine, very comfortable and inviting and the food is some of the best in Mendoza, cooked over an open fire for all to enjoy by none other than the Berlins. That is, if you are one of the lucky ones to be invited to dine with them. And we were! The entire experience was outstanding.
Room Tip: “Suites are comfortable and all the rooms are very reasonably priced. It’s worth the easy 20 minute drive from Mendoza to enjoy the charm of Chacras de Coria and the ambiance of this hotel.”