On September 27th, 1939, at the age of 69, Niña Paula died in room 4 of the still existing Hotel Aguero. She is still remembered today for her kindness and generosity.
A few years after Paula’s death, Federico Dempke, one of the many Germans that arrived in Cordoba in search of peace and prosperity, bought the house and land. He lived in Santa Fe but fell in love with Niña Paula’s place and moved to Traslasierra Valley in 1941. He continued what Paula had started years before and transformed her house into the first mountain hotel in the area, which he called “Niña Paula” in her memory.
Dempke´s task was not easy, but he managed to establish a twelve-room hotel utilizing the most advanced technology available. He installed a Lister engine (allowing the hotel to generate its own electrical power), which still works! The hotel provided a taxi service to bring guests to the hotel from the closest train station in Villa Dolores.
In 1952 Angel Griot, Dempke´s friend and collaborator from Santa Fe, bought Niña Paula after Dempke retired. Hotel Niña Paula continued for a few more years until Griot decided to close it to the public and enjoy it as a holiday house for himself and his three sons, Hugo, Roberto and Ricardo, and their families.
In the eighties, after the death of Don Angel, Niña Paula was abandoned. After almost twenty years, time and looters had nearly ruined the place until Maria Lucrecia Griot, Don Angel’s granddaughter, took it over.
Perhaps guided by Paula’s spirit, Maria Lucrecia moved from Santa Fe to the Traslasierra Valley with one dream: to restore the house where she had spent so many holidays as a child. Her husband, Juan Alberto Sotgiu, along with her daughters and her parents joined her in this dream. It was not easy but thanks to their enthusiastic effort, Hosteria Estancia Niña Paula has once again become what it used to be: “a balm for the soul.”
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAD FAITH IN US, AND WHO CONTINUE TO HELP AND SUPPORT US EVERY DAY… THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS!
Maria Lucrecia Griot y Juan Alberto Sotgiu-
Clarita Sotgiu y Candelaria Sotgiu.
Beba De Los Reyes y Hugo Griot.