Bariloche in Patagonia is a favoured haunt of many visitors to Argentina, and to locals as well. But where are the best places to stay that afford you stunning views of the lake district and Patagonian mountains, as well as world class service and exemplary comfort? We round up our list of the best boutique hotels in Bariloche.
The quintessential Bariloche lodging, this renowned hotel was built in the 1940s and boasts all the Alpine luxury that was in style at the time, as well as modern updates that have brought Llao Llao into the 21st century. Situated on 15 hectares of incredible Patagonian land, the hotel is surrounded by the imposing peaks of Cerros Lopez and Tronador and overlooks the Moreno and Nahuel Huapi lakes. It also has a golf course and spa, and offers a range of activities such as mountain biking and rappelling.
Originally a humble wooden building way back in early 1900s, Alma del Lago, or the Soul of the Lake, was expanded into a luxury five-star hotel in 2002, after having spent the best part of 70 years as a three-star resort that garnered fame locally for the amazing views over the Nahuel Huapi lake, which it rests on the shores of. Nature forms an almost integral part of the hotel, and the cosy rooms are clad internally in pine boards, giving it a truly Alpine feel. Indulge in the spa facilities and dine at one of the delicious onsite restaurants while overlooking the breathtaking Patagonian scenery beyond.
Located on a rocky bluff overlooking the blue waters of the Nahuel Huapi lake, Charming Luxury Lodge does exactly as its name advertises – charms and enchants its guests. What sets this impeccably-sited hotel apart are its spa facilities, and it prides itself on the fact that nearly every suite has its own private spa. The larger rooms have saunas and Jacuzzis, so you don’t even need the comfort of your room to pamper yourself. And all this while gazing out over the lake views that every room benefits from.
Situated where the mouth of the Correntoso river meets Nahuel Huapi lake, Correntoso Lake and River Hotel has a privileged vantage point out over the lake from the wooded outcrop on which it sits. Secluded and private, each room has large windows that look out over the lake, and the hotel also has a herbal hammam and spa, where you can treat yourself to massages and an array of other treatments if the incredible landscape and hotel isn’t enough of a treat in itself.
Located at the base of Argentina’s premier ski destination, Cerro Catedral, Galileo Boutique Hotel has all the trappings you would expect from a mountain lodge, and more. Best visited in winter when you can avail of everything the ski resort has to offer, Galileo provides guests with almost direct access to the slopes, and is perfect for groups travelling to the area on a ski holiday, as some of the rooms can accommodate up to 10 people. The hotel also boasts an indoor observatory, from where you can star gaze and pick out the constellations in the brilliant Patagonian night sky above.
This hotel, also located on the banks of the impressive Nahuel Huapi Lake, is focused not just on providing guests with a unique Patagonian experience, but also on making that experience come alive through the incredible collection of over 400 artworks by local artists and masters. This sophisticated hotel has a range of elegant suites that are sure to charm even the most demanding guest.
The quirky exterior of this hotel and apartment resort in Bariloche merges Alpine architecture with local character to create a unique boutique hotel that is among the most popular in the region. All the comforts of home are mixed with a four-star experience that will make you not want to leave Bariloche. Jacuzzis, fireplaces and, of course, stunning views of the lake, are available in pretty much every suite, so if you choose not to partake in any of the fun activities that the region has to offer, you will be more than satisfied just staying in the hotel.