History of the House
The building dates back to the eighteenth century, and five generations of the owner’s family have dwelled in this house.
All the antiques and furniture of the house becomes from the large heritage of families with long roots and history in the Sucre:
Gantier – Calvo, Zelada-Urioste, Uriburu, Valda, Ichazo, Suarez, La Torre.
We have recovered some antiques from several famous people like:
Dr. Daniel Calvo, poet, politician, writer and educator. He was part one of the most remarkable persons of the national congress and the author of the nation’s 1st Education code
The diplomat Damas Uriburu and Fernando de la Torre. The Argentine President Jose Evaristo Uriburu and his grandfather General Juan Antonio Alvarez de Arenales.
General Arenales fought in the patriot side during the Independence war, from the 25th May 1809 to the triumphal entry of the city 26th April, 1825.
Another interesting personalge is Lady Eulalia Reynolds Portillo, married to Ezequiel Urioste Gomez, miner that hadn’t very good luck with the business, so there was Eulalia that had to pull on his large family, making candies and syrups.
A few years passed and his son launched the 1st Chocolate Factory inspired by her mother’s recipes.
History of the Hotel
This unique hotel is the result of the creativity and warmth of 2 generations of the family house:
Maria Luisa Zelada Urioste: Charismatic person who led the hotel’s decoration.
She created and adapted each one of the unique bronze lamps of the hotel.
Luis Gantier Calvo: A man with loves flowers and plants who, gave life to the Hostal de Su Merced .
Bernardo Gantier: Priest and artist who participated in the restoration of many parts of the hotel, like the mainly carved ceiling of the reception.
Juan Luis Gantier: He studied Business Administration. He conceived the idea of the project and the organization of the company.
Maria del Carmen Darwich: She speaks 4 languages . She is the hotel’s manager and she talks often with the customers.
Rafael Gantier Darwich: He has finished a Master in Business Administration in France and he is in the Commercial Manager of the hotel.
Sucre’s love for Maria Luisa
She ardently loved Sucre’s culture and traditions.
It was one day that she found antique clothes of the family and she decided to give them life. With her creativity, she created traditional Sucre’s characters and ambiances that let understand foreigners how was life in past years.She contributed with more than 1.000 objects, antiques and clothes, and with BID’s help, she could finally create “Museo Costumbrista Dehesa”.
She wanted to describe how was her lovely city to foreigners and young people so, she decided to write a book telling Sucre’s anecdotes: “Recordar es Vivir”
Leading also leaded a group of Senior ladys for writing a book with Sucre’s history. “Historia de Sucre”