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We woke up to catch our flight from BA to Bariloche when we took a call to say our flight had been cancelled And we'd been moved to a flight in the afternoon. We didn't mind to much as it meant more time in bed! When we arrived at the airport there was a further couple of hours delay but we passed the time easily enough,playing cards and jewel …
Left the hotel at 10am after a briefing by "El Jefe" sitting on top of the truck on the destroyed bike, very impressive. He explained that todays dirt road was especially dangerous because it was covered in Volcano ashes which, combined with humidity made for a slippery surface.
It is getting cold so we covered up well. Beautiful drive. …
San Carlos de Bariloche, usually known as Bariloche, is a city in the Lake District of Argentina, situated in the foothills of the Andes on Laguna Nahuel Huapi. It is famous for skiing but also known for fishing, climbing, chocolates and war criminals.
The city was primarily settled by Austrians, Germans, Slovenes and Chileans. The Germans …
Easter in the chocolate capital of Argentina; what a lucky coincidence. Arrived on Good Friday evening to our lovely modern hotel on the edge of the huge and beautiful Lake Nahuel Huapi. First thing after breakfast on Saturday we walked into town to buy Easter Chocs. The main street has lots of chocolate shops and we had read and been told that …
... br> On the last day of the road trip we drove along some of route40, made famous in Argentina as this is the road Ernesto Guevara took with his friend on their motorcycle. In the afternoon we took the fast, less scenic road back through desert to Bariloche. After making good time we dropped the car off, had a final night back in our old hostel, then left the town next morning for a flight South to El Calafate. Love Bariloche... and an excellant selection of chocolate.
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we had a jaccuzie in the room which we really enjoyed
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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.
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!
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.
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)
Great boutique hotel
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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: ----