EL CALAFATE HOTELS & ESTANCIAS
Estancia Cristina / Luxury
One of El Calafate's most luxuriously isolated properties is Estancia Cristina, a former ranching outpost once operated by a pioneering Englishman. To get here, guests take a stunning 4-hour boat ride past icebergs and the famous Upsala Glacier and upon arrival can explore the Patagonian plains and their sparkling glaciers further through trekking or riding excursions. With only 20 rooms distributed throughout rustic-style lodges with skillfully incorporated modern facilities, guests intimately experience the sweeping expanse of the Patagonian frontier.
Eolo / Luxury
With arguably the best customer service and views in the region, Eolo is an estancia-style hotel located on the grassy Patagonian plains. The perfect mix of rustic charm and upscale comfort, Eolo offers a glimpse of Patagonian immensity with the convenience of being just a short drive from the area's main attractions. With only 17 rooms, Eolo's main attraction is a sense of sweeping insignificance compared to sprawling surroundings, which can be appreciated anywhere within hotel thanks to generously oversized and abundant windows.
Casa Sauces Hotel / Luxury
Designed and owned by Argentina's former president, Casa Sauces is a posh 4-acre property located just outside Los Glaciares National Park. The 38 rooms exude country refinement and are scattered throughout 5 sophisticated buildings. An immaculate spa, distinguished and attentive staff, and acclaimed restaurant allow guests to properly pamper themselves during their Patagonia vacation.
Alta Vista Inn / Superior
This welcoming 7 bedroom inn is part of Estancia Anita, the region's largest operating sheep farm. In December you can see the thousands of sheep being sheered, while during the rest of the year your hosts will invite you to explore the extensive property by horseback. Located between El Calafate and the famous Perito Moreno Glacier, Alta Vista Inn is a calm, cozy, and quiet retreat.
Imago Hotel / Superior
Located on the edge of town, Imago is a sleek hotel featuring a heated pool, spa, and sauna ideal for a soothing soak after a long day of glacial trekking. This modern hotel features a contemporary design with dark wood paneling, stone brick walls, and neutral colors accented with tasteful highlights. Guests can also enjoy a meal at the hotel's Cicero Bistro restaurant or snack on one of their packed lunches during an all day excursion.
Esplendor / Superior
Perched on a hill overlooking the town, this polished and modern hotel offers a fantastic panoramic view of the glacier-fed Argentino Lake and quick access to restaurants and boutique shopping as long as you're okay walking up-hill. Its 57 cozy rooms provide a warm retreat from the Patagonian winds with rich colors and textures from the region, some with mountain or lake views. Upgraded suites provide more space and oversized soaking tubs quite desirable after a good day's hike.
Nibepo Aike Estancia / Boutique
This working estancia with 10 cozy bedrooms is inside Los Glaciares National Park. Nibepo Aike specializes in showing its guests the realities of a rural lifestyle through demonstrations of sheep shearing, cow milking, and cattle corralling. For those who prefer a more structured program, the estancia also offers numerous horse-riding excursions and hikes. Guests are also likely to appreciate waking up to a homemade breakfast of scones, jams, and breads, and ending the day with traditional Patagonian asadas of roasted lamb and beef.
Los Canelos / Boutique
This rustic styled hotel is located on the outskirts of El Calafate with half of its 9 rooms facing the lake. Its cabin-like interior features thick wooden beams, basic brick walls, and plenty of worn wicker furniture facing the azure Lago Argentino. An on-site high-end restaurant and wine bar allows guests to skip nightly trips back into town if desired.
Koi Aiken / Boutique
Located just outside of town, steps from the Argentino lake, Koi Aiken provides upclose panoramic views of the lakeshore and quality accommodations at a great value. The rooms are simple in design and reliably comfortable and there's a massage room and sauna available on site to ease any aches after a long day of exploration.