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Simplicity is the name of the game at this comfortable hotel perched on a hill above the city of El Calafate from which to explore the wilderness and mountains of Patagonia.
Hotel El Calafate is decked out with sheepskin stools, mounted antlers and works of art, with local stone and woods throughout. All 57 bedrooms are designed for comfort and decorated with local artefacts, materials and muted colours.
The Iglu bar is one of the hotels' hot spots, offering a cosy setting with lake views, where guests can have afternoon tea as well as a good range of cocktails and Argentinean wines. The restaurant serves local and international dishes.
When guests are in need of some R&R or want to unwind after a trek, the spa contains a long stone heated swimming pool and sauna, and provides a range of body treatments.
El Calafate city centre is a short trip from the hotel, allowing guests to sample the nearby restaurants and shops the city has to offer. Further afield, the touristy but nonetheless impressive Perito Moreno glacier, Roca Lake and Rio Gallegos are all worth a day trip.
Why we love it
Spa bunnies should try the Face Rejuvenating Shock treatment at the spa, which uses local Glacier water with a fruit complex for deep moisturising.
Saskia, Original Traveller