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Travel Blogs from La Rioja
We awake rested and refreshed, more like normal for the first time in what seems like many days. We head to the hotel lobby for continental breakfast. As expected, the spread is more European than American. Sweet and regular breads, pastries, ham slices, cheese, cereals, 'drinkable yogurt' which we learn later is quite popular here, great coffee …
We wake up refreshed though stiff from the lousy bed in room 302 at the Hampton Inn. I miss my IKEA bed more than ever. We head down I-95 to Miami but as we approach and realize we are ahead of schedule I feel compelled to stop in Ft. Lauderdale, my old stomping grounds. We stop at the Cemetery where my brother Michael and grandparents are buried. …
... in order to have the full experience of hiring a car, I got bogged once again! Fortunately for us there happened to be an Argentinean couple driving along at the time and they managed to use a shovel to help dig us out of trouble. Luckily for me, Ian hadn't quite mastered the death stare that Jaclyn had given me when this had previously occurred during our stay in Bariloche.
Finally after being in the car with a crazy frenchman and getting ...
... humidity - a bit of a shock. I got to the hostel and found myself talking to a bunch of other travellers and 10 of us went out to dinner to help one of the guys celerate his birthday. It was a late, but very enjoyable, night out.
I woke up at 5 to 10 in the morning, just before breakfast closed, and decided to move on. It had rained overnight and was still overcast, but not as humid as it had been when I arrived. I wasn't going to make the 10.30 bus ...
... My emotions run high as I reflect on Ryan's life. Once again I am struck how this man was destined for travel as I recall when he was 3-4 years old and would disappear in a flash to wander down the street in search of adventure. Now he lives and goes to school on another continent. Who knew?
After breakfast, we grab the car and drive out to the bakery to pick up the sweets for the reception dessert table. Argentines love ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
We chose this hotel for it's location (central La Rioja) and its 5 star designation. I guess I should have first read by whose standards it was 5 star as it certainly isnt AAA or Michelin. It meets our needs but frankly is pricey for what you get. Havent seen its competiter the Plaza but plan to do so before we return on another trip. This hotel was not worth the extra money we paid for it.
All that said, it is right in the heart of La Rioja just off the main plaza, walkable to restaurants and shopping - but so is the Plaza.
Would I come back? I dont think so.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.