When my 20-hour bus ride from Mendoza pulled in to the Salta, Argentina terminal, I wasn't sure what to expect. I knew Salta is loved for its proximity to enchanting destinations like Purmamarca, Salinas Grandes, and Cafayate, but had no idea it'd be such a cultural city. That woven between half a million people, colonial architecture, traditional cuisine, and nightlife, Argentina's eighth most populous city would give me a taste of the country's northwestern history.
It was a rough start: the morning overcast, empty streets, and nagging alerts announcing my phone's insufficient storage space gave a cold welcome. The effects of that overnight bus ride paired with backpacks in tow only produced sleepy eyes, aching backs, and smelly armpits.
My body begged for a shower and nap.
To stretch my legs, get my blood flowing, and improve my mood, I chose the 30-minute walk through the city over a 10-minute taxi ride. While my layered travel outfit led to uncomfortable sweating, I knew a charming posada and city awaited me.
Where to Stay in Salta, Argentina
Posada isn’t a word I usually see in tourism beyond Argentina. It seems every country has its own common term for the words hotel, hostel, homestay, lodging, and refuge -- even between cities and the countryside.
In Salta, almost everything started with "Posada de", so our beginning efforts to memorize this word without its counterpart proved useless when lost, until we realized we were essentially just asking for a hotel.
The posada that I chose for my three nights in Salta was a budget-friendly, yet stylish accommodation called “Posada de las Nubes”, nubes meaning "clouds" -- also a common word in local business names, thanks to the famous Tren a las Nubes (translated as "Train to the Clouds" and sadly partially under construction during our stay).
First Impressions of Posada de las Nubes
A walk through Salta’s pedestrian-only shopping streets and main plaza, past Spanish architecture and cathedrals led us to Balcarce, a popular street with gastronomic offerings and home to our hotel. The streets were seemingly safe, busy, and clean and the main square, 9 de Julio was just a short stroll away.
Our swift, early check-in process met good fortune, as our double garden room at Posada de las Nubes was unoccupied at the time of arrival. A garden surrounded the tall, vintage doors of our private room and European-styled café seating and a colorfully tiled fountain gave the enclosed space a romantic flair along the ground level.
Upon first glance, the rooms were warm, inviting, and featured a sufficient amount of amenities, including air conditioning (perfect to combat Salta's warm humidity), television, WiFi, and ensuite bathroom.
Accommodations, Amenities, and Security
After sleeping in tents in Torres del Paine and a series of lackluster dorm beds in Argentine Patagonia, I was glad to experience a comfortable mattress at this posada. The air conditioner worked well, shower had 24 hours of satisfying hot water, and towels, washcloths, and bathroom amenities were provided.
Best of all, this posada ran at around $25 per person, per night for this room -- a fee only a few dollars more than Argentina's overpriced and crowded dorm hostels... with better WiFi.
The continental breakfast comprised of juice, coffee, and a variety of breads, cereal, and pastries were on par with standard Argentinian breakfasts -- which has not pleased me anywhere in the country. I am just too hungry! While the breads were delicious, I often chose to wake up later and go out for a much heavier lunch, instead.
The quiet establishment was one of the most secured I've experienced in Argentina: guests are granted key cards to enter two sets of locked doors in addition to our private room's separate key. I found this hotel to be very safe and loved the reasonable distance from Salta's late night energy.
The Hotel Scoop:
I love that Posada de las Nubes was affordable; great for couples, trios, or solo travelers; near the action but not near the noise; had reliable hot water and WiFi; and included breakfast.
I wish that the boutique hotel had a more elaborate breakfast, but realize that is because I am a hungry American who loves bacon, eggs, french toast, and pancakes for my morning meal (not all at the same time... at least not everyday).
This posada is not great for people looking to make new friends within the hotel, as I didn't run into other guests too often. But that was perfect for me because I needed a social detox. This hotel is great for someone looking for a comfortable retreat to rest after exhausting day tours and treks.
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