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During his month-long trip to Argentina, TPG Managing Editor Eric hit a few hotspot tourist destinations around the country including Iguazu Falls and Mendoza, where he stayed at the Sheraton. Here’s his review of the hotel.
I’m into wine, so of course when deciding where to visit in Argentina besides Buenos Aires, I knew I’d be spending some time in Mendoza, the country’s biggest wine region. It’s about a 90-minute flight due west of Buenos Aires right at the foothills of the Andes and I got there by using my Delta miles for an award redemption on Aerolineas Argentinas.
Looking around, I knew I’d be spending at least one night in the city and I had a couple choices. The Park Hyatt is a very popular choice that’s right on the city’s central square, but rooms were going for around $450 per night during my dates, which was out of my league. There is also a newish Intercontinental, but it can also get expensive and it’s a bit removed from the city center, so I didn’t think it was ideal for me.
Instead, I decided to stay at the Sheraton Mendoza, which is also quite near the Plaza de Independencia, since I’m an SPG Gold member and want to keep racking up the Starpoints. It’s a Category 3 hotel that requires 7,000 points for a free night, or 3,500 per night + $55 Cash & Points.
However, I decided just to pay since got a reservation for $109 per night plus the 20% IVA for a total of $130.80 plus the $20 or so I spent on breakfast.
As I mentioned, the hotel is in a great location about a block from one of the city’s main streets, Avenida San Martin, and near the pedestrianized portion of Avenida Sarmiento that is lined with stores, bars and cafes and leads right to the Plaza de Independencia. It takes about 15 minutes to get here from the airport and costs about $15.
Check in was quick since I was the only one in the SPG line, and before the desk agent filled out my paperwork, he brought me a welcome glass of Malbec – I love Mendoza!
Then he promptly asked which SPG Gold welcome amenity I wanted – free internet, 250 Starpoints or a free beverage. I chose the free internet since I’d be paying $15 USD otherwise.
I headed up to my room on the 10th floor, which is one of the SPG-dedicated floors. The hotel has 180 rooms and suites, and mine was just a standard non-smoking King Classic room, though spacious at nearly 400 square feet and with a great view of the city and the Andes in the distance.
The decor was pretty unremarkable – just the usual Sheraton Sweet Sleeper bed (a king) with dark wooden nightstands and a clock radio and an armchair in the corner.
There was also a workdesk with a phone and lamp against the wall near the windows and also on that wall was the dresser with a small minibar fridge in it and a wall-mounted flatscreen.
The bathroom was actually the highlight since it was pretty huge with a walk-in shower and WC with toilet and bidet, just one sink stocked with Sheraton bath products.
There was also a separate bathtub next to the sink that was all separated from the main room by a frosted glass window.
I didn’t spend much time in the room, but when I was there, it was a great place to get work done since the internet was surprisingly fast and reliable, and I had a great view of the city from my room. I had my continental breakfast the next morning sitting in my armchair watching the full moon set behind the city and the Andes as the sun was rising.
I was out most of the day and up early the following morning to wine taste and chose to walk around the city in the evening and have dinner at a delicious restaurant called Siete Cocinas that was nearby in a historic old house and features a menu of regional Argentine specialties, but the Sheraton has a nice bar in the lobby called Devas that looked like it could get pretty swinging, and an all-day restaurant called Acequias. It also has a casino attached to it, but I didn’t venture there since I would just be losing money!
The hotel’s signature restaurant, though, is the Mirador Lounge and Restaurant on the 17th floor with city and mountain views that stretch for miles and is more of a fine-dining-style establishment.
The hotel also has a well-equipped fitness center and indoor pool for guest use as well as a small spa, and a Club Lounge for club room guests that serves snacks and light meals throughout the day.
All in all, thanks to its location, the fact that it’s a relatively new property (it opened in 2008) and super reasonable room rates, I thought the Sheraton Mendoza was a great choice for a city hotel where you can earn or redeem points while visiting wine country. However, I would also suggest you head out into the countryside to stay at some of the lovely inns and lodges at many of the wineries in the area so you can get the full-on experience of staying out among the vineyards. There’s no telling how much longer these cards will be around and available for new applications because of the Marriott takeover, so now might just be the perfect time to apply. Apart from hotel redemptions, you can transfer Starpoints to over 30 airline partners, and now also transfer points from Starwood to Marriott Rewards at a 1:3 ratio, opening up even more redemption options.
There’s no telling how much longer these cards will be around and available for new applications because of the Marriott takeover, so now might just be the perfect time to apply. Apart from hotel redemptions, you can transfer Starpoints to over 30 airline partners, and now also transfer points from Starwood to Marriott Rewards at a 1:3 ratio, opening up even more redemption options.