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Sol Arrayan Hotel & Spa
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Ruta Nacional 231 Km. 64.5, Villa La Angostura 8407, Argentina   |  
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Ranked #19 of 44 hotels in Villa La Angostura
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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“Mixed feelings about Sol Arrayan”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

My husband and I spent 4 nights. The location is slightly north of the village of Villa la Angostura and you really need a car to make the most of your visit. The Sol Arrayan has a fabulous location overlooking Lago Nahual Huapi, but this is a mixed blessing. The sun beats down on the hotel and creates an hellish heat in the rooms (all of which face to the west), the common areas and the pool/deck (which has zero shade). The wooden deck is curling up from the sun damage and nails are exposed. The building has had very poor maintenance and it actually looked like the place was going out of business. There were only a handful of guests while we were there. I know about the volcanic eruption which wiped out at least one ski season and perhaps this hotel is struggling because of that. There was almost no evidence of ash at the hotel or in the village. In fact, the only place that we noticed it was on our hikes around the area.

The meals at Sol Arrayan are very average and the coffee was very poor. The free WIFI was spotty in our room but very good in the lobby. Our room was clean and a good size.

The staff (especially Paula) were fantastic and tried to respond to any problems that we had. The front desk arranged for us to be picked up by boat from the Quelque Penninsula hike to the Bosque de Arranyanes. This was a very pleasant 12 km walk that ends in a very small national park dedicated to preserving a unique grove of Arrayan trees which only survive in this area. In English, this tree is called the Myrtle. I wish that we had reserved more time to explore the park.

Villa la Angostura is a quiet little resort town with several good restaurants and no nightlife (at least while we were there in November). We enjoyed meals at Del Puerto (specialty is trout al limon), La Caballerrizza and Tinto Bistro (reservations a must). Be sure to have an ice cream at Fruitas de Bosque. There are many ice cream and chocolate stores in town, but this one is the best!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 hotel reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

We booked a "superior suite with a lakeside view" and prepaid it through booking.com. The room was supposed to have a king size or 2 single beds". When we arrived we were told that this room only has a queen bed. We had to pay an additional $130 us- which was later reduced to $90 us (after we complained to booking.com) to upgrade to a "Lago suite" with a king bed. The Lago suite was of fairly poor design with only one night table on only one side of the king bed. It had a fairly impracitical large Jacuzzi tub taking up a large part of the room , and was missing a blind over the tub , so sunlight would enter the room at sunrise. Breakfast was very basic, and dinner was served in cramped tables in the bar area, as the restaurant was closed ( a fact we were not told ahead of time). It was a 40 minute walk into town to rent bicycles.

On the positive side- the staff were extremely helpful, spoke excellent English and helped us prepare hikes and activities.

It seemed to us, that it was the management (who we never met) ,who were stubbornly inflexible, when good PR and compromise seemed in order to solve a problem of what the hotel admitted was an incorrect description of the room that we booked on booking.com

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

The hotel has fantastic views of the Nahuel Huapi and the Andes. Good amenities, gym, sauna, etc. The rooms are very modern and the service is great. Highly recommend a sunset by the pool.
We will stay there again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2012

We spend two nights here and felt the hotel was for ourselves. The service was impeccable and personable. Food at the restaurant is highly recommendable. A great hotel for a good price.

Room Tip: I think they all have views to the lake. The top floors better though.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2012

A new hotel only 4 years old overlooks the lake and mountains. Photos cannot do justice to the breathtaking views!!! The rooms are on the small side, typical for Argentina, but the amazing views from the floor to ceililng windows opens up the vista so that you feel you are actually on the lake. The staff is very gracious and helpful, but the continental breakfast is limited with no fresh fruit. We bought our own fruit from a supermarket on the way to town. A lovely spa with sauna, hydrojetted therapy shower, and a heated indoor-outdoor pool makes a lovely respite after a day of hiking the mountains and forests. It is difficult to hike on your own, except for Bosque de Arrayanes, which is a lovely, level 13 km (26 km round trip) hike in the forest along the lake. For other hikes, I recommend the services of an experienced guide who is absolutely excellent -- Dario Remorino. We have been to Angostura 4 times and have used him the last 3 times. He is knowledgeable not only about the flora and fauna but also about culture, history, philosophy, and nearly any other topic you may be interested in. He has authored a book on hiking. Dario has a heart of gold, and we have come to consider him (and his wife) as special friends. This time he took us on several hikes, but we were especially privileged to trek up a volcanic mountain where we were rewarded with amazing views of lakes and 10 volcanoes, including the one which erupted last June. The location of the hotel is about 2 km from town but there is a sidewalk all the way. A taxi to town costs about $4 (US). This little gem of a charming village right in the national park is our favorite place in all of Argentina and one of our favorites in the entire world.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2012

This hotel has a beautiful lobby with breathtaking views of the lake from a floor to ceiling window just as you walk in. The lobby also has great seating areas with a cozy fire. Our room was on the small side, but also had stunning views of the lake, as do all rooms because of the design of the hotel. The room also was very clean and well appointed. The hotel includes lovely indoor and outdoor pools and spa area with sauna. We had one dinner at the hotel restaurant. The food was decent but not outstanding. The materials in the hotel room indicated you could get lighter, snack fare at the bar, but we were told we could not order food there. Maybe this is because we were staying during shoulder season (Easter) and the hotel seemed somewhat empty. Breakfast is basic but adequate, including an assortment of breads, yogurt, cereal and some fruit. There is wi-fi in the hotel common areas. Hotel staff were friendly.

The hotel is located a few minutes drive past the main street of Villa la Angostura. There is a bike trail along the main road in front of the hotel you could use to walk or bike into town. It was our first time in the area, and we were glad we stayed in Villa la Angostura instead of Bariloche, which we found to be more crowded and far less charming. The boat excursion to the Bosque de los Arrayanes departs from the dock in Villa la Angostura and the area is beautiful.

The hotel is a great option for the area, with unbeatable views, beautiful architecture, peace and quiet. We found it to be a great value.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Jackson, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2012

A gorgeous hotel overlooking the amazing lake. It is situated perfectly to walk down the beach, head into town, and relax in their incredible pool/sauna area while watching the sunset.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Sol Arrayan Hotel & Spa

Address: Ruta Nacional 231 Km. 64.5, Villa La Angostura 8407, Argentina
Location: Argentina > Patagonia > Province of Neuquen > Villa La Angostura
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 Luxury Hotel in Villa La Angostura
#9 Family Hotel in Villa La Angostura
#13 Romantic Hotel in Villa La Angostura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Sol Arrayan Hotel & Spa 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Localizado en pleno corazón de la Patagonia argentina, Sol Arrayán se encuentra a 1km del centro de Villa La Angostura, Neuquén, Argentina. El Resort, esta situado frente al Nahuel Huapi, sus 42 habitaciones estan recostadas sobre una ladera, de esta forma Sol Arrayán les ofrece a todos nuestros huéspedes una vista inigualable, donde se pueden apreciar los picos nevados reflejados en el lago. Rodeado de árboles centenarios, entre los que se destacan ejemplares de arrayanes únicos en el mundo, se puede ir descendiendo por los jardines hasta llegar a la costa de lago. ... more   less 
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