We were recommended La Serena by some locals we met on the bus. It was just on the outskirts of the centre, across the bridge and turned out to be quite a find. We were the only people there for 3nights and were travelling with three other travellers we had met along the way in Valle del Fertile.
Senior Mario was looking after the house as Junior Mario was out for a wedding and we were given the warmest welcome possible. The cooking and BBQ facilities on the lower level were brilliant and suited us perfectly. Besides the BBQ area there was also an extra outdoor chilling out area by the river. The rooms upstairs were spacious enough, some with private bathroom, some with a bathroom just outside the room and some with shared bathroom facilities. The bathrooms had good hot water though the room had no heating facilities and blankets had to do.
Breakfast was typical Argentinian (bread, butter, dulce de leche, jam, tea, coffe, mate) but graciously enough was served whenever we were ready.
Mario Junior who runs the place joined us on the last day and was very kind despite all the loud noises we made late through the night. He dropped us off to the bus terminal.
There is no wifi in the place, but a dongle is available and the laptop is free to use whenever required. Both Mario's speak English and were very helpful with questions. The rooms were cleaned daily and in good order. La Serena has a homely feel and I can highly recommend a stay here. We looked at several accommodation ( for almost 2 hours) before we finally settled on this one and it was a good choice for the price, offering a lot more than the competition in the centre or around the bus station ( it is still only a 10 minute walk from the bus station and a 5 minute walk from the centre)