Balcon de la Plaza
Friendly hotel Balcon de la Plaza occupies a restored Spanish colonial residence in central Salta.
There are many converted, refurbished mansions in the colonial heart of Salta and Balcón de la Plaza is one of the most charming, offering a genuine personalised experience. It also has the advantage of being just half a block from the city's pleasing main square, its baroque cathedral, shops, banks and restaurants. The staff are consistently highly rated for their welcome and helpfulness (in our view, Salta is justifiably renowned for its friendly population).
The hotel décor maintains the atmosphere of the building's history, with tiled and wooden floors, cast iron furniture, a small fountain and antique knick-knacks. Some of the handful of guest rooms have beamed ceilings and terracotta tiled floors. The hotel offers Wifi, parking and a laundry. A breakfast buffet is served but there is no restaurant (although there are plenty of options nearby).
What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
Most memorable experience: "First - the Andean crossing from Puerta Varas to Bariloche. Perfect weather, scenery and organisation. Second - Patagonia Camp and the mini-treks we did around the Park. Beautiful Third - Salta and the Cachi/Cafayate trip. Interesting, historic and magnificent."RW, Cobham
Excellent trip during which we felt we saw some of the real Argentina. Delightful and helpful people abounded who had an enviable pride in their country. Excellent service from JLA (particularly Lina) and local representatives in Argentina added to our enjoyment.ML, Cheltenham
Highlights?: Perito Moreno breathtaking, Cerro frias,Patagonian lunch and staff (Anna)delightful, Iguazu spectacular, Tango dancing at El Querandi unforgettable.AM, Egham
We have had a great holiday in Argentina, partly organised by JLA and would certainly recommend JLA to anyone that wants to have such a trip, as they provided very good knowledge of the areas we visited and good organisation.LS, Zurich
It was all highlights but Iguassu falls from Argentina and Brazil were really amazing. We were fortunate to be there when the water volume and power of the falls were especially high (which outweighed the occasional heavy rain by far).MW, Oldham
I have wanted to visit Argentina for years. Journey Latin America helped by interpreting our desires and pulled together an excellent itinerary. Our journey will be one of the most memorable trips we have ever been on. Each accommodation was different, giving us a taste for the area, culture and the people were so friendly. What an amazing countryLT, Wimborne
Impossible to choose a highlight - the variety made it great. the Falls were a highlight, plus Palermo Viejo in BAKW, London
Highlight: Andean crossing to BarilocheHL, Rickmansworth
The mountain trip in Mendoza was spectacular. We loved Buenos Aires too.PW, Tonbridge
Highlights:The visit to the milonga for my husband and the Iguazu Falls for meLS, Dorchester
Most Memorable Moment?: Iguazu Falls just because it was so spectacular to see.CH, Hull
Highlights: So many...the Perito Moreno glacier,meeting friendly Argentinians, riding with the Gauchos , the stunning scenery of Bariloche.DB, London
Too many highlights to mention - almost every day. Unexpected highlight was the 3 Lakes crossing from Puerto Varas to Bariloche in beautiful weather.JM, London
Each day gave us stunning scenery, amazing sights and the friendliness of the Argentinian people. Although one particular highlight was seeing an armadillo on the road from El Calafate..YGG, Wirral
Most Memorable Moment?: Difficult to pick out one part. Patagonia Camp was fantastic. However we found the scenery in Argentinian Patagonia stunning.BS, Derby
Most Memorable Moment?: Seeing Iguazu falls was brilliant.IM, Chippenham
Bariloche area and the Lake crossingHS, Grays
Highlights:- Hard to choose one: all the trips in Iguazu and Patagonia were spectacular, as was the impromptu tango in a bar in Puerto Iguazu and the guitarist in the market in San TelmoBV
Seeing the iguazu falls was unforgettable. The hotel was beautiful with a fantastic position.LD, London
We both thought that the experience and power of the Iguazu Falls when we were alone in the grounds on our own (early in the morning before the crowds arrived) was an experience of a lifetime. We've never seen an almost circular rainbow caused by the river's spray before.AP, London
Highlights?: The guides Laura, Rami and Roberto were tremendous. Highlights among many definitely include the Salta Trip to the Clouds Day, the Iguazu Falls (esp the Argentine side)and the Bariloche hiking days.JD, London
Overall, a fantastic trip. Will recommend Argentina and Journey Latin America to any friends looking to travel to this area. Thank you very much for helping us to create such a smooth running and enjoyable trip for us!KB, Chelmsford
It seems almost invidious to single out one part of the trip given the high quality overall but it has to be Puerto Valle. Our expectations were very high given our experience thus far but those expectations were exceeded. We cannot commend them highly enough.CB, Leeds
Everything met with our expectations (and beyond) but If there was a real highlight it was probably the visit to Estancia ChristinaRJ, Arundel
The weather was very kind to us and every glacier, view and the falls were stunningly beautiful. I loved being in the hotel at Bariloche sitting on the terrace overlooking the lake. I even thoroughly enjoyed travelling through the Enchanted Valley from Nequen to Bariloche because the airport had been closed. It is impossible for us to put one memorable moment as every part of Argentina that we went to was beautiful.LL, Bexley
Highlights: As booked by JLA Chiloe. W trek and trekking in Fitzroy Mountains out of this world. Perito Moreno a must.KM, Stroud
We had a marvellous time, the welcome's we got at each airport was fantastic and everyone was helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. The people of Argentina are warm and friendly we felt relaxed and would recommend a visit there to anyoneMC
Perito Merino and Iguazú Falls were undoubtedly the high points - unforgettable experiences.TW, Prenton
We had a great time. We'll definitely be going back to Argentina in the future.HD
Highlights?: A horse ride and fishing in the Andes, seeing elephant seals close up at Peninsula Valdes and that unexpected chapel service. Wonderful memories!EJ, Tregaron
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