Hotel Review: Hosteria El Faro

Trip Start Dec 02, 2008
Trip End Dec 26, 2008

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Friday, December 26, 2008

Hosteria El Faro, Villa La Angostura

El Faro is a small boutique hotel located a few kilometers north of Villa La Angostura, on the Seven Lakes Route, directly on Lago Nahuel Huapi.  It has a terrific location because it offers incredible lake views from each room and it's just a short drive to town and off-premises activities.

The views from our room of the lake were gorgeous any time of day!  We enjoyed sitting on the balcony, or on the chairs by the window inside our room.  Our room was lushly furnished and had a modern bathroom with shower and Jacuzzi - yes, facing the lake!  All of the rooms face the lake.  Our room, Patagonia 3, had windows that faced both sides of the hotel; this meant that we had the quiet of the lake side, but also the sound of cars that occasionally drove in over a metal grate.  If this would bother you, ask for the rooms that only face the lake, preferably on the highest floor.

The front desk personnel were friendly and helpful.  They had a three ring binder of information about hikes and activities in the area as well as a map showing restaurants.  They made reservations for the boat ride to Los Arrayanes National Park for us.

When we made our reservation, they asked if we had any special dietary requirements.  I had indicated that Harvey is lactose intolerant.   Shortly after we arrived, we stopped by the front desk and the chef came over to speak with us.  Incredibly, he had made milk-free bread for Harvey so he could have that at breakfast!  We appreciated the special effort on their part. 

The breakfast buffet had fresh fruit, breads, juice, sweets and yogurt, all beautifully presented.  You sit in front of the large picture windows facing the lake and leisurely let the day begin!

If you want to eat at their restaurant for dinner, be sure to ask when you check in what nights they are open during your visit.  We were disappointed because we did not know they were not open every night, and had we known we would have eaten there on our first night.

The spa was undergoing construction during our visit (December 2009), so we would not have wanted to sit by the pool because of noise.  However, it really wasn't warm enough to go in the pool and the view from our room's balcony was so breathtaking that this was not an issue.

Read more about our experience in the surrounding area of El Faro:
Be sure to read days 12 - 15

Read about Lake District Itinerary and Planning Resources:
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