BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (April 16, 2013) — P Hotels today announced it is adding to its collection of luxury boutique hotels in Argentina with the purchase of a charming mountain property just outside the lakeside resort town of San Carlos de Bariloche. The Arelauquen Lodge commands one of South American’s most majestic sites on the grounds of the prestigious Arelauquen Golf & Country Club. A meticulous renovation of the recent acquisition is transforming the lodge into a five-star property that will house a world-class restaurant. Arelauquen Lodge plans to welcome its first guests this November during the Argentine spring.
Set amidst the spectacular peaks of Patagonia, Arelauquen Lodge and its elegant 28 suites overlook postcard-perfect Lake Gutierrez. Just outside its doors lie the best golf course and polo club in the region. Cerro Catedral, South America’s largest and most famous ski resort, is a mere ten minutes away. The resort’s 38 lifts access an incredible 1150 meters (3,773 feet) of vertical descent and 1200 hectares (2965 acres) of skiable terrain — during the North American summer! Heli-skiers depart from a landing pad adjacent to the lodge. Superb fishing, biking, hiking, hunting and many other diversions are also close by.
P Hotels currently offers Palermo Place and Palermo Tower in Buenos Aires’ trendiest district. Its new Auberge du Vin, in the heart of Argentina’s internationally renowned Mendoza wine country, is expected to open in April 2014 during grape harvest season. The luxury Argentine hotel portfolio and management company is owned by U.S-based Grupo EMR, which also developed each of the branded properties. Although P Hotels are noted for their superb locations and intimate ambiance, the properties are most often praised for the friendly, highly personalized service provided by the knowledgeable staff members.
Prior to becoming a hotel developer and operator, Grupo EMR CEO Edward Rubio traveled the world as a financial services executive. “Of all the countries I visited during my career in the financial sector, Argentina clearly offers the best combination of natural beauty, friendly people, diverse adventure, and exceptional value. When all four of our hotels are open, we will offer the ultimate Argentine experience – Buenos Aires, Mendoza and Bariloche, all easily accessible during one incredible vacation.”
Rubio observed that for North Americans any additional time and airfare costs associated with a visit to Argentina is more than offset by the amazing affordability of lodging, dining, fine wine and almost all other travel expenses. And there is only a one-hour difference from the Eastern Time Zone.
For those with a larger appetite for the delectable Argentine lifestyle, Rubio is offering a worry-free, no-hassle way to own real estate in P Hotels’ three locations. He has teamed up with DCP International, which pioneered the luxury residence club concept, to create The Residence Club of Argentina. Members will have equity interests in Buenos Aires, Mendoza and Bariloche hotel suites and unlimited use, subject only to the Club’s reservation policies. Rubio said one of the most attractive aspects is that the P Hotel staff takes care of all the ownership responsibilities and makes each Argentine vacation seamless, whether the visit incorporates one or all three of the Club locations.
“The only thing our members have to worry about is when they are returning for another incredible vacation in a truly amazing country,” Rubio said. He also noted that a few Arelauquen Lodge suites are available for whole ownership purchase and inclusion in the hotel’s rental program.
For more information on P Hotels or the Residence Club of Argentina call 1-435-200-3411.