Design Suites Bariloche

Address: Av Bustillo Km 2,5, San Carlos de Bariloche, Province of Rio Negro, Patagonia, C1060AAE, Argentina | 4 star hotel
 
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This 4 star hotel, located on Av Bustillo Km 2,5, San Carlos de Bariloche, is near Cerro Catedral Ski Resort, Centro Civico, Refugio Frey, and Cabalgatas Huara (Horse Ride Huara).
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      TravelPod Member ReviewsDesign Suites Bariloche San Carlos de Bariloche

      Reviewed by flyingdutchmen

      Good, but not perfect

      Reviewed Jan 27, 2014
      by (5 reviews) , Netherlands Flag of Netherlands

      Good hotel, great views, but very old / mot maintained very well.
      Staff is friendly, but the bed are terrible (box springs? looks like you are on a boat......)

      This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

      Reviewed by simandnav

      Lovely hotel

      Reviewed Sep 30, 2013
      by (24 reviews) , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

      Perfect location

      This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

      Reviewed by mirntat

      nice hotel

      Reviewed Nov 21, 2011
      by (10 reviews) , United States Flag of United States

      we had a jaccuzie in the room which we really enjoyed

      This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

      Historical Traveler Reviews Design Suites Bariloche San Carlos de Bariloche

      Great place

      from

      Great place to stay - we spent 3 nights. Clean, plush & comfy. Only minus is that it has a gravel drive which means cars coming and going are quite noisy.

      Great for romantic getaway

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      We had our share of bad hotel experiences in Bariloche (see reviews of Village Catedral and Panamericano). We looked at a few hotels physiclaly when in town and in desperate need of a room. We came into Design Suites and looked no further!

      The hotel consists of 3 buildings + the clubhouse perched over the main road (Av. Bustillo) just out of downtown Bariloche. The 2.5 km walk is a breeze in good summer weather provided that the wind is blowing your way (we tried walking against the wind once, and realized the futility). Taxis/remises cost 5-6 pesos to center, so it's not like it's a burn on the wallet to take them.

      Since the mountain rises pretty steeply, all rooms face the lake (the 3 buildings are facing slighly different directions, but essentially North) and the views range from beautiful to spectacular. As I recall the buildings have 4 stories (from 0 to 3), so the higher you are the better it is, but even the views from the ground floor are good. Older folks might find it a bit of a strain to go up/down the steep hill from the clubhouse to the rooms (we saw an ambulance come in for a woman who apparently fell on the walk), but the buildings themselves have elevators, and your luggage is DRIVEN from reception to the building in a minivan. The clubhouse building itself has a pretty shape, and the views from the restaurant or the reception area are excellent, not to mention the open-air hot tub.

      The rooms with the prices as I recall them: there are 3 types-standard ($135 +tax), suite ($190) and luxury suite ($210). The latter 2 types are bigger and have the jacuzzis. I believe standard rooms have balconies, but the suites do not (so that the room is bigger!). We 'walked in', saw the rooms and took the offer of the luxury suite (#3303 at the top floor of the highest building) at the price of regular one. I am sure that you can get the rooms cheaper, but it's not like we had time to search for the best deal.

      Taking the suite was actually a no-brainer once you see the room, its wooden decor, original funky furniture, the huge jacuzzi and once again the view. The one wall facing the lake consists 100% of the glass window, so you may do nothing in Bariloche but sit and watch the lake all day :) We have been very tired and frustrated, and the room just radiated peace, relaxation and happiness.

      The hotel is not a spa but does provide a range of the "outsourced" spa services (your therapists come in from spas in downtown Bariloche, one can get a full list from reception) by reservation. We both had 50-min massages for 80 pesos each, which compared to prices in the States was a good deal. I found the staff to be friendly and helpful--in fact it's interesting that the hotel manages with relatively few staff members, but it is not a huge one, either; it was great to have free hi-speed Internet; the restaurant brakfast was good (maybe not as good as at the Panamericano)--I think other meals are a little overpriced, but Bariloche has so many dining options that it was not an issue.

      So overall, we have been very happy with the hotel--it's for everyone except maybe the old/frail, people on budget, or those expecting multiple staff on standby awaiting your every request...

      Fantastic Hotel & Location

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      This hotel was an absolute delight. From the moment we set foot on the property my body just relaxed. The setting is serene and the view is spectacular across the lake - even though the rain came and went. Hotel staff was helpful and we were provided a great room with a view and an in room jacuzzi in the window.

      Hotel guests during our visit included a variety of older tourists from Argentina who were part of a tour as well as GLBT and we found hotel staff welcoming us (my partner and I).

      Swimming pool and gym were ok. But then you are not there for the swimming. Also liked the location better (closer to Bariloche) than the Llao Llao resort, as well as the contemporary design and architecture of the rooms and the hotel.

      Only negative I would say is that the walls were a touch thin, so the first evening I had to ask the neighbors to turn down their stereo as the sound of it came straight through the walls. They did so and we enjoyed our stay tremendously.

      Would definitely recommend it and stay there again. I'm from NYC and travel frequently so this was a delightful find on Trip Advisor.

      For travellers seeking five star accomodations, the Llao Llao is probably more your style, however note that it is a bit stuffy and although we only had lunch there, we felt that we were 'screened' by security as we walked through the lobby area - which we found uncomfortable and uncessary.

      Loved, Loved, Loved the Design in Bariloche

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      Design Suites in Bariloche was an excellent starting point to our Latin American getaway, this hotel is beautiful and in a great part of town amongst the trees. It's close enough to the center of town, but set back in the woods with a beautiful view overlooking the lake. the rooms were fully-equipped and a reasonable rate of $110 USD...a word of advice, you might want to wait until you arrive in argentina to book at the best rate. we had the front desk book our stay at the Design in Buenos Aires and saved a bundle. (IE, they booked us at $110 usd while on the net found nothing under $200/night for this property)

      the breakfast was excellent and the hotel has a basic gym and a beauful indoor/outdoor pool which was amazing.

      The only "con" in staying here, is that it made the rest of our trip with something to be desired...bariloche is truly a magnificent place.

      Great boutique hotel

      from

      This is a funky, contemporary hotel that has a diverse clientele and exceptional service. The rooms are very well-appointed, but (at least our room) lacked a good view of the scenery. Still, the room was large, comfortable and well-decorated and we were very happy with it. The outdoor heated infinity pool is great.

      Fantastic Spot

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      Started our trip with three nights at the Llao Llao. The LL is great, but we felt the Design Suites was fantastic as well - in some ways better. No comparison in the room - the Design Suites room was gorgeous. A Jr Suite on the top floor with an unbelievable view - simply stunning. My wife sat in the massage chair facing out to the beautiful lake and timidly asked, "Do we ever have to leave?" Our room was 3304 - ask for it. I think the W is a pretty fair comparison - the rooms are boutique shic - heated floors in the bathroom - very modern. Our room was pretty flawless except for some water damage in the nice wood around the sink.

      Perhaps more importantly, the Design Suites is only about 2 KM outside of Bariloche. This makes it a much easier place to stay if you want to take advantage of some of the great restaurants in Bariloche or some of the activities back towards the airport. We walked into town once, but took very cheap taxis or remises the rest of the time. Bariloche is a nice town, with its fringes a bit tattered. But the restaurants were wonderful.

      Kandahar, Cassis and Il Gabbianno were all excellent, excellent restaurants. And very reasonable. A couple only took cash - but didn't mind dollars if you were low on pesos. Il Gabbiano may have been the best of the three but it was tough to tell. While we were at Cassis I personally heard the proprietor speak fluent Spanish, English and German if you are worried about communication! Probably one of the biggest take aways for me from our trip was how good the food was - almost trumped the natural beauty!

      We went fly fishing for trout outside of town with a guide on a cataraft. The float trip alone was worth the money - and there were a great deal of trout, or trucha, to boot. We went for a gorgeous horseback ride on an estancia outside of town - I highly recommend it! At the end of the ride there was a great little lunch with wine and I think the whole thing was $30 USD per person?! As far as I could tell over lunch, every person who went for the ride loved it. We also went on a boat ride on the lake out to Victoria island, etc. The bus to the boat from town was a bit long and tedious. Instead I would set up a remises to take you to the harbor (in front of the Llao Llao) directly and pick you up after. The lake trip was very nice though once onboard - its truly beautiful. We paid a bit extra for the VIP room of the boat mainly for the included food and drinks which I felt was worthwhile.

      Design Suites has a nice small restaurant in the main building (seperated from the buildings with the rooms) called Monet - has a great view and the food is fine. The pool and work out area are small but modern and adequate. I found the staff very helpful and there is a rep of a local tour agency there in the lobby every day to help you arrange any excursions you require. Il Gabbianno and the Victoria Island excusion are a hike from the Design Suites, but other than that the Design Suites is perfect if you want to enjoy what Bariloche has to offer while at the same time staying in pampered luxury.

      Like a small scale W-hotel

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      If you want Motel 6/HoJo style you'll have plenty of places to choose from in Bariloche. But coming from NYC, I had certain standards in mind when reserving a place there. I did not want Llao Llao since it's so far from the town center so the next best thing I was told is Design Suites. It has a W Hotel-esque feel. Minimalistic rooms so as to focus on the views from the wall of windows in each room. Get the Junior Suite Room 1205 in the building next to the main lobby. My husband and I enjoyed the view from the hot tub - the only down side is that the rooms are seperate from the main building so on a cold/rainy day it's a pain to dress up to get to the lobby/restaurant/gym/pool/spa. Many Brasilians/European/Americans there. Andrea gave best 1 hour salt scrub/massage and all for US$35! Cab rides to town center is only 5 pesos and I recommend the gourmet route if you want to stay in standards with this hotel like Cassis, Calle Espana, Kandahar and Bechamel. Meals were 40 dollars for the 2 of us and all these places are B&B type with upscale and cozy ambience with food you'll have to pay 2-3 times for in NY! Enjoy your stay - we did!

      The best cost/benefit ratio

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      We visited the hotel as part of our honeymoon. The service and the place was great. The excelent restaurant with very fancy gourmet selections. A great argentinian wine list ( no wines from other countries). Romm service fast and very professional. The best tour counselor we have ever met, he helps you to choose the tours at the lowest cost without sacrificing quality. Definetely book the rooms with jacuzzi. If you need a quiet lace with everything you need , Design is the place.

      Great restaurant

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      I stayed at the Design Suites only once, for two nights in September 2004, but since then I have returned on several occasions to their restaurant. They have a comfortable restaurant with an amazing view of the lake, good service, and good food. They have excellent self-service breakfasts, and a great lunch and dinner menu. Vegetarian options are limited on the menu, but the chef will always put together a special vegetarian dish upon request, and it is always delicious.

      Rooms are impeccably clean, and beautifully designed (as is the restaurant and the rest of the hotel). Some rooms have a large, round jacuzzi with a lake view. Be sure to ask for one of these rooms when booking.

      Alpine paradise

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      I was fortunate to run into the Design Suites Bariloche when looking for lodging on ----. The place is brand new. I think it opened sometime last year. Bariloche itself is gorgeous, but when we pulled up to the Design Suites, we were taken aback by its decor. Its very modern. The lobby itself is in the shape of a sail. The help desk was the most professional, and friendly staff I have ever encountered. All of the rooms are in the three lodge-like buildings above the lobby. You are driven up to your room, and down whenever you need to. The room was excellent for a standard room. It had a jacuzzi, and there was a temp gauge for the floor. Not a lot of closet space, since its a modern, boutique hotel, but everything else makes up for that. Every room has a balcony. The views out of the room were amazing. You are high above and there are pine tress everywhere, and in the distance is the Lake Nauel Huapi. Just breathtaking. The restaurant is in the main building and so is the spa and the pool. The pool is a heated infinity pool and its on the edge of the hotel, so you have the most perfect views of the lake. We had dinner and lunch at the restaurant 'Monet', and both experiences were great. They have a varied wine list and the menu changes daily, I think. Overall, 5 star service by the staff. If you want to see pictures, go to my webshots page: ----

      TripAdvisor Reviews Design Suites Bariloche San Carlos de Bariloche

      4.00 of 5 stars Excellent
       

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