“A charming little hotel with an excellent restaurant and its own bodega in the wine-growing region of Mendoza”
It’s a real pleasure to throw open the door and find yourself in the airy, ochre-painted spaciousness of the rooms at Club Tapiz. Retaining the original proportions, each room is wide, uncluttered and high-ceilinged, with plenty of room for queensize or twin beds, a dressing area and gigantic wardrobes.
Beds are comfortable, with white linen, floral or quilted throws and simple night tables. Fabrics and towels are slightly fading now, but bathrooms are modern and neat, with a charming feature washbasin and exquisite mosaic-tiled mirror in some rooms. Dramatic floral displays add a touch more colour, and there are mod cons in the form of huge cable TVs, air conditioning, free WiFi, safe boxes, telephones, bathrobes and hairdryers. Room service is also on offer.
Most rooms sit off the gallery in the main house, and many of these have French doors which you can fling open for breezes and vine-filled views. Be aware that some are more private than others, however, so ask for one of the quieter rooms when booking. Another 4 rooms are located 300m away in the separate Casa Zolo, which has opened since our last visit but is similar (if a tad more floral) in style. It has its own lounge and pool, but guests get full access to the hotel facilities, too.
The Terruño restaurant is one of the real delights of staying at Club Tapiz. Converted from the oldest part of the house, it has wonderfully high ceilings, bold paintings, and deep red walls creating a sense of intimacy; a dramatic setting for some really sophisticated food. The Mendoza region of Argentina produces excellent fruit and vegetables, as well as world-class wines, and the chefs have devised some stunning meals to combine local ingredients and set off those wines to perfection.
We enjoyed superb scallops from just over the border in Chile, and some amazing slow-cooked salmon. The steaks were excellent too, but the real surprise were the pork chops - a speciality of the house. Dark tables and simple linen runners complement the well presented dishes, giving a modern feel to the elegant space, but there’s nothing formal or stuffy about it. Attentive staff and the thoughtful and well-informed sommelier make you feel nothing is too much trouble.
Dinner is served from 8 'till 11pm, so don’t spend too long over the nibbles at the daily 8pm wine tasting! Breakfast is generally from 7.30 to 10.30am, but it can be served earlier if you have an early start. It's a buffet of the usual cereals, pastries, cold hams and cheeses, as well as a good selection of fruit.
If you're staying for several nights, it’s worth having an evening out at the superb French-inspired La Bourgogne restaurant at Carlos Pulenta’s bodega, where the chef creates extraordinary concoctions in a magnificent setting. Staff can make reservations and arrange a car for you.
Children are welcome here, though few actually come, as the atmosphere is very much for grown-ups. Baby cots and extra beds can be added to all rooms.
Teens (over 12)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Babysitting is available by arrangement.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking