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Mendoza is Argentina’s Wine Capital and Much More

Nestled in the foothills of the Andes, about 1000 meters above sea level, is the charming city of Mendoza. Known largely for being the capital of Argentina’s wine making industry – especially the renowned Malbecs – Mendoza is also the center for skiing in the higher Andes peaks during July, August, and September. Plus the year-round natural hot springs just a short drive from town along with the beautiful parks and lakes in the city are fashioning Mendoza as a popular new vacation destination especially for budget-conscious travelers.

The city is the perfect place to call home while taking short excursions, day trips, or even overnight journeys to explore the numerous different vacation activities in this diverse region. Filled with tree-lined avenues, beautiful plazas, historic architecture, and artisan markets Mendoza offers a relaxed pace of life in a bustling urban environment. The heart of the city pulses in the main square called Plaza Independencia, while the Parque San Martin offers a multitude of relaxing outdoor activities in a lush green environment, and the Area Fundacional is a trip back in time to the city’s early settlement days. And of course the annual “la Fiesta de la Vendimia” in March is the renowned wine festival for which Mendoza is now renowned worldwide.

Finding accommodations in Mendoza can be challenging with a multitude of options and price ranges. Every style and size of hotel is available from major brand name chains to small independent pensionnes with everything in between. But the gay-owned and operated Deptosmendoza offers two alternatives for suite rentals in the heart of the city at reasonable rates with a variety of styles and sizes to match with every holiday budget. The Modigliani Art and Design Suites are eleven modern contemporary, comfortable, spacious apartments with complete facilities and a Galeria de Atre on the top floor. Coupled with the Dot Suites—a boutique resort, with only five unique units, minimalist design, with an emphasis on architecture, art, design and lighting—any vacation requirements and budgets can be accommodated by Deptosmendoza. The English speaking staff are extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the whole region and can assist with all holiday plans for time in the city or excursions around the region. A surprisingly “big-city” gay welcome and experience awaits the smart gay traveler in this cozy mountain retreat town.

The dry desert-like climate almost guarantees hot sunny days for enjoying outdoor activities coupled with warm nights where outdoor dining is the perfect end to a high-altitude day.

A sophisticated local culture blends with a simpler, unhurried lifestyle for a perfectly relaxing vacation. Great sights and experiences by day plus restaurants, bars, and cafes offer a multitude of nightlife entertainment options including gay and gay-friendly establishments. Late at night the Aristides Villanueva is the street for dining out and of course the action starts at about 10PM as with all Argentine dinners. Here you will find a festive atmosphere with large patios full of locals and tourists indulging themselves at restaurants offering every International culinary delight imaginable plus, of course, the renowned Argentine Parillas, where beef is a heavenly delight especially when accompanied by a local Mendoza vintage red wine. All at prices lower than almost any other major vacation destination in the world today!

After dinner a leisurely stroll, perhaps some refreshingly cool Crema Helada – ice cream – and a visit to a local gay bar will be the perfect end to a fun-filled day. Either Queen or La Reserva Pub – the major LGBT bars in town – located in the heart of downtown Mendoza will be open and waiting to entertain you until dawn, or perhaps even later. On the weekends the city is very much alive at sunrise and as some people end their day almost as many vacationers are making an early start to theirs!

It’s easy to understand why so many smart gay travelers are including a visit to Mendoza on their South American holiday adventures. Suddenly it’s being recognized for much more than just the annual wine festival in March.

Boutique Hotels in Kolkata – A New Name For Luxury

Kolkata is a splendid city located on the eastern part of India. It was formerly known as Calcutta. The city is situated in West Bengal and is a home to many great artists and their artistic work. This city is also called as ‘City of Joy’ as it is believed that people of Kolkata are known for their lovely, lively and friendly behavior to each other and also to its non-native inhabitants. It’s the people of this city that adds soul to this already gorgeous city. There are many places worth visiting in this city and there are many boutique hotels in Kolkata that will make your stay pleasurable.

There are many luxury hotels which can be found in Kolkata. These hotels vary in their services depending upon their star rate. Right from economic hotels to budget hotels to 5-star hotels that offers only luxury and classy stay, every type of accommodation is available in this city of Kolkata. Numerous hotels near airport are seen in Kolkata. Many of the luxury hotels are located within a distance of 10 km from Kolkata airport. And they indeed provide a beautiful stay for their clientele. The hotels in Kolkata near airport are not only centrally located but also close to shopping markets and remains well connected, thus making them an attractive option for travelers.

The boutique hotels in Kolkata offer exclusive facility to all of its customers in terms of room decoration, kind of food offered and many more. This especially attracts customers and thus not only the fellow travelers but also big huge businessmen prefer residing in boutique hotels. The designs of some hotels are sometimes influenced by a particular theme and this trend is followed in rest of the hotel. These provide with versatile food choice- ranging from Indian, Chinese, and Continental to Thai. Apart from such exclusive varieties in food, they also offer other recreational facilities such as swimming pool, gym facilities, and various other adventurous and fun sports.

The budget hotels in Kolkata near airport although offer few limited basic services but these are enough to stay in a comfortable manner. Although they do not offer variety of food but the food is decent and stay is pleasant as the staff is generally very friendly. The luxury hotels offer more than the basic amenities and provide an exclusive service to its customers. They also offer business facilities to conduct high range business meetings, conferences and also secretarial services. They often provide complimentary services such as free valet parking which also equally attracts customer. In addition they also provide airport pick-up drop facility and sightseeing facilities for those entire customer who wish to make use of such facilities. They give best service to their clients.