Ideal for a family or group of friends who want to enjoy nearby San Martin Park, the bars and restaurants of Aristedes Villanueva or quick access to the centre of Mendoza our comfortable four bedroom, two bathroom house also has a pleasantly, green back yard for barbeques.
Location is excellent, close to a large park with a lake, also many restaurants, bars, and has a supermarket, greengrocers, service station, banks, wineshop, ice-cream parlour within a three block radius. At the heart of the house is the master bedroom, accompanied by an en-suite bathroom and large walk-in closet, all of which can be closed off from the rest of the building should you wish privacy from accompanying friends or family. Another large bedroom is also equipped with a double bed, while there are three beds in the other two bedrooms. A well-lit spacious living room overlooks the Street and is located adjacent to the well-equipped kitchen.
Guests will have the entire house (apartment-like, built above a pharmacy) and exclusive access to an inner courtyard and a pleasant back-yard with bar-b-que facilities and a laundry with washing machine. There is cable TV and wi-fi internet.
Interaction with Guests
We usually give our guests a map and a run-down of where to find local goods and services. We can also give advice on tours, trekking, rock-climbing and mountaineering.
Location is ideal for visitors, in that all every day needs can be met within a two or three block radius, including banks, a supermarket, green grocers, wine stores, a health food shop and an excellent ice-cream parlour. It is also only a few blocks from the street of Aristedes Villanueva, Mendozas main wining and dining axis in the evenings, with a number of brew pubs, travel agents etc. It is also only two blocks from Mendoza's largest park, which is endowed with an artificial lake and is a magnet for locals to exercise or hang-out. The city centre is also within walking distance or a quick taxi or bus ride.
The house is a 20-30 min taxi ride from the airport (cost around $USD10) or 10-15mins from the bus terminal. It does not have off-street parking, but guests usually park on the well-lit and well transited street outside. Public transport is readily available by buses at stops within a block of the house or by using inexpensive taxis, which can be readily hailed on the street or called by phone (typically arriving within 5 mins)
Other Things to Note
Discounted rates can be negotiated for stays of more than a week. Monthly rates may also be discounted for stays of several months.
Smoking is not permited within the premises.
Colin was very friendly upon our arrival and was waiting for us at the apartment. Although he lives a few blocks away, he was readily available the one time we needed his assistance (a circuit breaker had tripped shutting off all electricity to the apartment) and we texted him the What's App from an unsecured WiFi signal in the neighborhood. His apartment is on the second floor (US, first floor Europe) above a pharmacy. 4 bedrooms was far more than we needed. Excellent firm mattress for dbl bed in first bdrm. Living room and kitchen face onto a fairly busy street but the bedrooms are all towards the back courtyard which has high walls around it and lots of shade. The location is fine if you like to walk a bit to get to more downtown area (about a mile or a little more to central plaza) but there is a super Mercado only a block and a half a way and a quick stop shop, coffee bar right across the street. We think this apartment is good value for the price but wish that the furniture (other than excellent beds) had been a bit more comfortable and the maintenance of plumbing, while adequate, could be better. There were also things missing in the kitchen that surprised us (no salt but pre-ground black pepper), no toaster, no proper glass wine glasses (in Mendoza!), plastic plates, etc. We made do just fine but why not? Good natural light in living room, rest of the rooms a bit dark but no big deal. Oodles of closet space if that is a consideration. The air conditioner in the living room worked very well as did the one in the first dbl. bedroom. The older AC in the rear dbl bedroom with an extra TV was useless, horrible noise without cooling. Given the hot weather Mendoza was experiencing in mid-Feb that meant we did not choose to use the back bedroom with the TV. The back courtyard is really private and quiet and very desirable but cheap white plastic chairs were not very comfortable. Would suggest replacing them with inexpensive but better folding outdoor webbed chairs. There were a couple of heavy thunder-storms during our 4 days there and water did accumulate in the patio area of courtyard but one could still use it by moving away from it. WiFi signal was usable but not very strong, used it only in living room and dining room... this seems to be the norm in Argentina and Uruguay even at much more expensive places but we did have an excellent strong signal in Buenos Aires. No screens on windows, lots of security in the form of window bars where needed and three different locked doors to get through from street to apartment, this seems standard in Mendoza. Colin is a very good host and was really friendly and helpful when we needed to interact with him.
Sensational flat. Expansive, and nicely furnished, on tree-lined street with delis, specialty cheese and olive stores, a stand where vegetables are delivered daily on horse cart, laundromat, kioscos, bakeries, restaurants and a superbly well-stocked, outsized super market all within 2 blocks. Four short blocks to trendy Aristedes Villanueva.
The street can be noisy mornings and afternoons, but no more than any other city neighborhood and double-plated windows soundproof most of it. There is always the quiet, brick-walled garden out back with a massive avocado tree offering abundant shade. We took coffee and cocktails there each day.
Colin? A star. As superb and gracious a host as one could desire. For starters, we were delayed 4 hours, yet, there he was, on the doorstep, literally, to greet us, then orient us with an abundance of literature, maps, suggestions and other generosities. I owe him more than one beer. Thanks, Mate.
Colin was an excellent host - impressively swift to reply to all our questions, and very accommodating for our constantly changing schedules. The apartment itself is great. The neighbourhood is really peaceful and about a 15 minute walk to the centre, but closer to the street with the main restaurants and bars.
I would highly recommend the place!
Todo esta muy bien, la casa es comoda esta cerca del parque san martin y a unas cuadras de la calle Aristides Villanueva donde puedes tomar una cerve por la tarde, el taxi sale alrededor de 25 pesos argentinos, al centro donde puedes cambiar dólares y contratar tours a las viñas
I recently stayed at Colin's apartment with my family. Colin was very easy and quick to communicate with. Colin meet us on our arrival and showed us around the apartment and gave us some handy tips for our stay in Mendoza. The house is true to the photos and is also very suitable for larger groups with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The air con was very appreciated in the bedrooms! The house is in good walking distance to the main park and main city centre but was on a relatively quiet street. Colin invited us to his house for an asado, to meet his wife and extended family- which was a lovely experience . Colin also allowed us to have a late check out which was very much appreciated!
Nos alojamos dos noches en la Casa, al principio nos dio la sensación de estar lejos del centro, pero en realidad no es necesario estar en el centro para nuestro viaje, teníamos para cenar cerca una zona con bastantes opciones para disfrutar de un buen restaurante y lugares animados para tomar algo.
Nos sentimos cómodos y Colin siempre estuvo predispuesto a ayudarnos en cualquier necesidad.
We were a group of 5 visiting Argentina. We stayed at Colin's for 3 nights. Colin was very nice, we only arrived at midnight, he gave us a tour of the house and some tips on the surroundings. The house was on a nice quiet street, had all the necessary and was clean. Overall, a nice experience.
I enjoy trekking, rock-climbing and mountaineering and have travelled to many parts of the world to undertake these activities, in particular I like the Himalayas, Karakoram and Andes. I also read a lot of modern literature and paint landscape in oils. I enjoy exotic foods, especially spicy Asian dishes, but when travelling a while I always start to miss the Argentine asado and Malbec red wine from Mendoza.