The town of Bariloche, Argentina, is a serene spot, located right at the foothills of the Andes Mountains and on the southern edge of Nahuel Haupi Lake. For many years, this town in the Patagonia region has been a refuge for visitors, dating back to the indigenous Mapuche and Poya people. Today, it’s grown into a palatial getaway for those who want to truly bask in the natural splendor that evokes images of the Swiss Alps but contains a traditional flavor that can only be found in Argentina. Here’s a number of places for travelers to stay, that will bring out the best of their visit to Bariloche.
The Llao Llao Hotel & Resort is one of the oldest hospitality structures in this area, dating back to 1939 and surviving a catastrophic fire a year later as well as being closed for 15 years. Through it all, it has maintained a reputation as being an elite hotel, that allows guests to fully experience the wonders of Patagonia.
The hotel is perched between the Tronador and Cerra Lopez Mountains and has over 200 rooms between two wings - the Bustillo wing, which is the original hotel structure and the Lago Moreno wing, which was built in 2007. The suites are delicately laid out, to give guests chalet-like comfort, with presidential suites being a favorite of dignitaries, due to their spaciousness. All of the suites and rooms are bedecked in a full assortment of amenities, including wireless internet and in-house doctors, in case of medical emergencies.
Llao Llao Hotel & Resort
Address: Av. Ezequiel Bustillo Km. 25, 8401 San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro, Argentina (see map)
Price: from 242 USD
The Gran Hotel Panamericano is a charming hotel in the countryside, a short distance from the center of Bariloche. Travelers here will find an aesthetic that is set up to give them a true mountain lodge feel, conveyed through a rustic but polished flair. The hotel has 56 rooms broken up into three separate suites, with an emphasis on rooms for couples. Each room is equipped with central heating, high-speed internet access and each is also served by 24-hour room service.
Gran Hotel Panamericano
Address: Av. Exequiel Bustillo 22900, San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro, Argentina (see map)
Price: from 59 USD
This vacation rental is all about the stunning view of Nahuel Huapi lake. Only a few minutes from the airport, the loft is a prime area for visitors to take up a number of outdoor activities, like kayaking on the lake or the nearby river. The studio loft can accommodate three guests and has a sizable balcony. There are a good amount of amenities available here, which include satellite television, a coffee maker and in-floor heating, as well as access to the swimming pool in the building and free parking.
Price: from 67 USD
Number of Guests: 3
La Petite Maison is a cozy vacation rental and is the prime choice for couples taking a holiday to Patagonia. The studio is right in the downtown area of Bariloche and is minutes from the main thoroughfare. It’s delicately furnished and while it doesn’t have a television (the hosts are keen on visitors getting out to enjoy all Bariloche has to offer), there is wireless internet available, among the other amenities available. There is elevator access, as well as a kitchen available for guests.
La Petite Maison
Price: from 52 USD
Number of Guests: 2
For those who want a true outdoor experience while in Bariloche, Chalet Centro positions itself as a postcard-perfect choice. The vacation rental is not too far from the shores of Nahuel Huapi Lake, and its tucked away inside a forest glade. Chalet Centro is built in the style of a modernized mountain cabin, with a large outdoor deck that wraps around it. The place can accommodate up to four guests, with one bedroom and bathroom, and it offers the usual array of amenities.
Price: from 60 USD
Number of Guests: 4
This vacation rental is right near the bustling Civic Center of Bariloche. Guests will be treated to a luxury setting, that offers a sweeping view of the mountains and the lake through wide bay windows in the living room. The penthouse can hold up to four guests between two bedrooms, and the amenities include a high-definition television with a DVD player and a jacuzzi in the bathroom, as well as a fully-equipped kitchen.
Luxury lake view penthouse
Price: from 154 USD
Number of Guests: 4
The Hotel Tirol is a three-star hotel property, a short distance from Mitre Street, in downtown Bariloche. It’s been in existence for over 40 years and offers guests tranquil views of the lake area from most of its rooms. The guest rooms, recently remodeled, offer the basic array of amenities, including free wireless internet and laundry service.
Address: Libertad 175, San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro, Argentina (see map)
Price: from 72 USD
Situated at the base of Mount Cerro Catedral, the Hotel Punta Condor is a mountain lodge-style hotel, that is all about providing comfort tailored to their guests’ needs. The hotel has three different room styles: there are cabins, which is a cottage-style accommodation that can host up to eight people. The studio rooms can host four people, with a kitchenette that’s mainly serviceable in the summer season and the standard rooms can hold up to seven people. All of the rooms come with the usual amenities, although with the cabins, there is a fully stocked mini bar.
Hotel Punta Condor
Address: Casilla de Correo 418 Martin Jereb 10066 - Cerro Catedral (8400) San Carlos de Bariloche (see map)
Price: from 112 USD
Before you head to Bariloche
The Patagonia region is one of the grandest places in the world and Bariloche is the centerpiece of the area. For travelers, whether it’s their first time or yet another visit, having the right place to stay is key to cementing their trip as a good one. If you’re seeking a luxurious feel or if you want to rough it amid the stunning peaks of the mountains, Bariloche has a multitude of great options to choose from.
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