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The Eden Hotel also known as El Eden and The Eden is a former hotel and historic site located in La Falda, Argentina.

Hotel Eden
Eden Hotel - La Falda - 2010 (1).JPG
The Eden Hotel in 2010, La Falda, Argentina
General information
Completed 1879 (1879)
Owner Walter and Ida Eichorn (1912 to 1960), La Falda municipality (1965 to present)
Website
http://www.edenhotellafalda.com

HistoryEdit

The hotel dates from 1897 and was constructed by German army officer Roberto Bahlcke. Its main shareholders were Ernesto Tornquist, Juan Kurth, Roberto Bahlcke and María Herbert de Kraeutner.[1]

Over the years, the results were not as expected, and in 1905 the shareholders unanimously decided the dissolution and liquidation of the company. It subsequently passed into the hands of Walter and Ida Eichorn, Germans with strong ties to the German expatriate community in Argentina and supporters of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party.[2] The Argentine government seized the hotel following the nation's March 1945 declaration of war against Germany. The government cited the hotel as representing enemy property.[2]

Successive efforts to operate and revitalize the hotel continued through the 1960s, at which point the property finally ceased to house guests. In subsequent years the vacant property was repeatedly vandalized. The hotel closed in 1965 and never again received guests. Plans to turn it into a casino eventually collided with the historical and architectural importance of the building, and it was declared Historical Monument in 1988.

[3] In recent years[when?] the hotel has been partially restored and reopened by the local municipal authority as a tourist destination.[2]

Notable guestsEdit

Notable guests that frequented the hotel include families of the Argentine aristocracy such as the Martinez de Hoz, Tornquist, Bianchi, Roca, Bunge, Anchorena, Blaquier, and Peralta Ramos.

Other famous guests include[4]:

A common theory, researched by the History Channel in its series Hunting Hitler, is that Adolf Hitler fled to La Falda and stayed at the Eden Hotel till he died of old age.[5][6]

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