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Wanting to stay right in the town, we opted for the Hotel St George. With four in our party, we had two rooms on the same corridor in the older part of the hotel - the rooms could hardly have been more different - one was absolutely huge, the other small and really quite pokey (MrL and I got the small one!). Both had balconies overlooking the garden and swimming pool and were clean and comfortable, though the furnishings have seen better days. As we spent very little time in our rooms other than to sleep and shower, and the beds were comfortable, the bathrooms clean and adequate, we weren't too put out. The hotel has lots of spacious public sitting areas and big wide corridors, so the small room did seem something of an anomaly.
The garden was a lovely place to sit out with a drink and relax. The pool and pool area were spotlessly clean and looked inviting but we gave it a miss as the evenings weren't all that hot. The staff we very friendly and helpful.
Internet access was free. There was only one computer in the lobby but that was OK, people were pretty good about not monopolizing it and it wasn't too slow.
Breakfast was a huge buffet, with a wide range of fruit, fresh baked breads, cereals and hot breakfast foods. The restaurant featured a nightly dinner buffet (equally lavish and good value) and an a la carte menu. We tried both and were well fed both times.
I'd certainly stay here again, but would be a bit pickier about the room perhaps. We'd arrived in Puerto Iguazu after a very long day of delayed flights and just didn't feel up to insisting on a change.
Address: Av. Córdoba 148 - Puerto. Iguazú 3370, Misiones
Comparison: about average
Phone: 54 (3757) 420633
Spacious, clean rooms greeted us at the Bahia Redondo , but during the night they proved to be overheated and noisy - the heating fan turned on and off all night and there were no individual controls to turn the heat down. Comfortable beds and helpful staff were pluses but
our travelling companions had a problem getting hot water - their room was right at the end of the passage and the pressure didn't always deliver.
Rated a 3 star hotel (I'd have said two and a half was more like it) the Bahia Redonda it is adequate for a short stay. El Calafate is an expensive little town - the most expensive in Argentina in fact, so value for money isn't necessarily all that easy to find. Compared to hotels elsewhere in Argentina, this one is expensive but that's El Calafate for you.
Would I stay here again? Probably not, but that's because a new Design Suites has opened in El Calafate - a lot more expensive but if it's up to the standard of the Design Suites we stayed in in Bariloche - the budget can go hang!
Unique Qualities: The hotel's advertisements claim it has beautiful views - well, there are views and views, and with all the building that's going on in El Calafate these days I don't think it will be long before the Bahia Redonda Hotel will have to forego that claim. The purported view to the lake is across a very wide, flat stretch of land that is already being built on. The location is very convenient however - just a five minute walk from the town centre.
Breakfast was pretty ordinary, the packed lunch we ordered one day was substantial enough but boring, not a bad summation of the whole hotel really but I would have to say we probably got what we paid for both in our lunch box and in the hotel but only when you place it within the context of being at the southern tip of the country - a long way south indeed.
Address: 15th Street N 148, El Calafate 9405
Comparison: more expensive than average
Situated right at the top of Florida, a short walk from Plaza Libertad and San Martin subte station, the Plaza Florida HoJos is ideally located for easy access around Buenos Aires either walking or by the underground. The rooms are comfortable (but avoid those that end in 1 - they're inner rooms and have no natural light), clean and quite adequately roomy. The staff are very professional, friendly and helpful - they're a credit to the hotel management. Breakfasts are ample with good variety and the inhouse restaurant better than most hotels. With a small bar area and free internet access, the hotel is ideal for a city stay, reasonably priced and good value for your money.
Unique Qualities: As well as its proximity to so many of Buenos Aires' attractions, the hotel's location above ground level and on a pedestrianised street means there is no traffic noise to disturb guests - a real bonus in a big city.
Don't confuse this with the Howard Johnson Classic on Bartolome Mitre - its location is nowhere near as conventient.
As Florida is pedestrianised, if you take a taxi you will have to leave it at the corner of either Paraguay or Alvear, or you can enter the hotel from the rear via an arcade off Maipu. Both are very short distances.
Two good restaurants within a short walk are El Establo (2 blocks away at Paraguay 489) for great steaks served in a traditional Buenos Aires eating house and Tancat (Parguay 645) for excellent tapas and authentic Spanish food. Both restaurants are very popular and always busy.
Address: Florida 944
Comparison: about average
Directions: The website is in Spanish. Choose the "Folletos" option on the menu for optional languages
Phone: +54 11 4891 9200
Historic Club Tapiz
From the moment we arrived we knew this was going to be something special. A charming, and historic, complex set around a shady courtyard, surrounded by 10 hectares of old vines and olives, a warm and efficient welcome, simply furnished and comfortable rooms opening onto the courtyard, all promised something special. We weren't disappointed.
An evening winetasting in the large, clubby salon, dinner in the excellent in-house restaurant, a peaceful early morning walk through the vineyard to work up an appetite for a lavish breakfast was a perfect start to our stay. Returning in the evening to tea on a sunny terrace that caught the last rays of sun from the west before indulging in a spa treatment, another round of pre-dinner drinks and another beautiful meal in the restaurant. More unwinding with late-night talk and more red wine in those comfortable salon armchairs, then bed only to wake up next morning ready to repeat the whole exercise again - all in all the best of all our Argentinian hotel experiences..
We would certainly stay here again, and would, as we did this time, book way in advance to be sure of getting a room. With only seven rooms, very reasonable rates for this level of accommodation and nothing but praise for the place wherever it is mentioned on the web or in guidebooks, you'd be advised to do the same.
Unique Qualities: A most sympathetic conversion of an historic estancia (founded in 1890 and on the Maipu Register of Historic Places), gorgeous views of the mountains; a pool; a spa (and the sweetest therapists); bikes for guests to use - and a dog to go walkies with you; charming, helpful and unobtrusive staff all combine with an intimate and most welcoming clubby atmosphere that creates its own little world to make Club Tapiz something special.
As the hotel is in Maipú, 30 minutes from Mendoza, you'll need a car or the hotel can organize taxis for you should you want to go into the city. We did have a car, as did most other guests, but those who didn't said that it really wasn't a problem. Of course airport transfers can be arranged, as can all tours, by the hotel.
Address: Ruta 60 s/n 5517 Maipú - Mendoza
Comparison: more expensive than average
Directions: Check "Access" on the website here for directions and a map
Rooms with a view
One of the newest hotels in San Carlos de Bariloche, the Design Suites is located at the 2.5km mark out of Bariloche's town centre, high above the road in lovely gardens with beautiful lake views, a lovely spot. We stayed four nights, ate dinner twice in the restaurant, had lunch served to our room another day and came back to tea by the huge windows with their panoramic view of the lake every day ... this is definitely a hotel that makes you want to savour its comforts. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble and the attention to detail everywhere was noticeable.
Contemporary sophistication is definitely the trademark of the Design Suites Hotel. It's as far removed from a one size fits all block as a hotel could be.
Not only would I come back here again - I'd stay at the other Design Suites Hotels in Argentina as well.
Unique Qualities: The hotel is spread over four buildings - three with rooms and the fourth for Reception, restaurant, spa, etc. Should it be raining or just if you feel like it a minibus is available to drive you up and down to the main road and to your rooms - otherwise it's a pleasant walk through the gardens.
Our room was big, comfortable and very stylish with a wide view of the lake from the bed, the deep balcony and the spa bathtub set right by the window. We were in the first of the three buildings on the hillside that house the rooms - all of which face the lake. The reception building is slightly lower down the hill.
Breakfast is served in the restaurant - a buffet of fruit and cereal, scrambled eggs and ham , breads and yoghurt and lashings of fresh coffee - but (and this is my one real niggle)why don't they serve freshly squeezed juice?
The food in the restaurant was excellent with lots of regional specialities on the menu, imaginative vegetables (a rarity in Argentina!), yummy desserts and a very good wine list.
Address: Av. Bustillo KM 2,5, San Carlos de Bariloche C1060AAE, Argentina
Comparison: more expensive than average
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