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Famous for gorgeous wines, colonial buildings and a (relatively) lively nightlife, the charming city of Salta beguiles visitors with its insouciant attitude and laid-back atmosphere. Tucked away in the northwest of Argentina, visitors often overlook the capital of the wider Salta region when hurrying out to the vineyards and sceneries of the surrounding areas. Those who do stay find a place with one foot in the past and another firmly planted in the present. Thanks to its many contrasts, you can tap along to traditional folkloric music in the peñas before heading out to a drum ‘n’ bass night in a heaving club.

While the afternoon is dedicated to siesta, you can spend mornings and evenings walking around Salta’s narrow streets. Nighttime is a different story and arguably when the city really comes to life. Dine late at one of the many parillas, with plenty of local wine, then dance until dawn.

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KKala Boutique Hotel

Located in Salta’s quiet and leafy Tres Cerritos neighbourhood, KKala is a family-run boutique hotel that combines rustic-luxe with personalised service at good-value prices. The stone facade gives a hint of what to expect inside: KKala’s interior is a showcase of natural materials, paired with antiques and a high-quality finish. There are only 10 rooms – each one is individually designed to showcase the panoramas surrounding the hotel. Artisanal textiles are used liberally alongside colourful walls and luxurious touches such as the crisp bed linen. Rooms are split into four categories: classic, superior, deluxe and suite; some have whirlpools, others plant-filled private balconies. All come with private wifi and use of the hotel’s facilities, including its sleek pool and comfortable library.

Legado Mitico

One of two Legado Mitico hotels (the other one’s in Buenos Aires), the Legado Mitico Salta is in the heart of the city. Rooms are named after famous local figures – a nod to the country’s heritage. In fact, the hotel itself is located in a converted 1930s mansion, and it has retained many of its original period features. The rooms are spacious and feature mahogany wood complimented by a restrained colour palette. The 11 rooms are split into a number of categories; for out-and-out opulence, opt for one with a four-poster bed. All rooms have private outdoor spaces that are perfect for sundowners mixed from your in-room bar.

Finca Valentina

Located a short drive from Salta, Finca Valentina gives you the perfect opportunity to enjoy the pace of the city and then retreat to this elegant and relaxed guesthouse. Decor-wise, low key is the name of the game here, while the finca blends the traditional patterns and materials of the surrounding areas with an easy-going Italian chic. The eight rooms are small, even by boutique standards, something that yet adds to the friendly family feel. With an in-house chef who creates a wide selection of local dishes and a living room featuring a welcoming fireplace, this is the perfect place to enjoy cosy evenings. On top of that, hosts Fabrizio and Valentina know the surrounding area in intimate detail and are always on hand to make recommendations or to help you organise your day’s activities. A true home away from home.

Finca Valentina

Legado Mitico

KKala Boutique Hotel

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