Hosteria El Penon

Location: Salta & Northwest Argentina | Argentina

Price guide: $$$$$ $100-$200 per person per night

Hosteria El Penon is a comfortable boutique guesthouse in the Argentinean town of El Penon. The hotel exhibits the traditional architecture of the Andean region, with rugged stone and local wood throughout, and is a comfortable if simple affair. There’s only electricity in the evenings, but that’s all part of the charm at a place fantastic for exploring the rugged beauty of the Puna grassland region.
Perfect forA boutique stay in the Andean desert.
In the know
  • Boutique lodge in the desert oasis of El Penon
  • Spectacular views over the Puna grasslands
  • Easy access to the nearby Laguna Grande
  • Eco-friendly hotel using solar power

Recommended for...

  • Boutique Hotel
  • Off the Beaten Track
  • Rustic
  • Service & Hospitality

Hotel Overview

Sense of place

The hotel sits at nearly 3,500 metres above sea level, making for some pretty spectacular views over the Puna gasslands. The surrounding landscapes of high-altitude desert have a moon-like quality, and their rugged beauty is reflected in the organic aesthetic of the hotel.

Rooms at Hosteria El Penon

Rooms are decorated in a rustic, simple style reflecting the aesthetic of the Puna grassland region, with extensive use of wood, stone and other organic materials. All rooms feature views over the Penon oasis, a verdant area thick with poplar trees which rises against the backdrop of the Andes.

Food & Drink

Food at the hosteria’s restaurant is simple and hearty, based on traditional regional recipes and using fresh local produce. Food is accompanied by an extensive wine list which showcases the very best of Argentinean produce. Packed lunches are also provided to take with you on your excursions.


The hotel’s cosy lounge features a fireplace and satellite TV; WiFi is also available in the lounge.

Activities at Hosteria El Penon

The nearby Laguna Grande is a spectacular spot, where tens of thousands of pink flamingos come to gather and drink against the backdrop of the Campo di Piedra Pomez pumice field. The otherworldly desert landscapes in the surrounding area also include the Pomez and Carachi pampa fields, the Galan volcanic crater, and the Seca and Real Grande gorge. A range of excursions depart from the hotel, catering to various fitness levels and lasting from a few hours to several days.

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