Sitting in the outdoor pool watching the sun set over the snowy peaks of the Andes was a highlight of my travels around Argentina. The setting is simply unbeatable, with glorious views of the mountains, the lakes, the woods and the sky. Certainly if you come to Bariloche - which is a very long way from anywhere – you have to come out and stay on the lakeside, there is no point in staying in the rather grubby little town.
Inside though standards at Llao Llao start to slip from the natural ones. The log cabin kitsch of the main floor is unusual and the huge spaces are a sure sign of being in the country. The lobby bar is a lovely place to rest. Food is not good and far from 5 star, breakfast is average and is redeemed only by the view. Dinner was very poor, both in the main restaurant and also in the more casual (ie like a roadside diner) alternative.
Standards fall further as you go upstairs, although prices start a US$385 this may get you no more than a cupboard with no view. Even the more expensive rooms with a view have low standards of decoration. The style appears to be English boarding house circa 1977 with a tired, washed out look that still had hints of chintz (the floral trim on the shower curtains was worthy of a prize for bad taste!). Despite the room being large and certainly large enough for a sofa or a couple of comfortable chairs, there was only one chair and that seemed to have been retrieved from an old people’s home. I sleep with my eyes shut so can forgive a lot about poor décor – but at the huge prices charged here, this hopelessly tired look (neither shabby nor chic) was quite unforgivable.
Service was at times excellent, though this was no consistent, so there is hope and the new, west facing Moreno wing looked to have much better rooms all of wihich had views. The location is fanastic but there is a lot to do before the standards of this hotel rise to it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrounded by the Cerro Lopez and Tronador mountain peaks and the Moreno and Nahuel Huapi lakes, the Hotel has a 15-hectare park, including the 18-hole golf course, the marina, beach, solarium, heated indoor and outdoor vanishing edge swimming-pools, Spa and Healthclub with sauna, Fitness Center and other leisure activities.The Hotel has two wings: Ala Bustillo and Lago Moreno wings. The first wing has 162 rooms, 11 studios and 12 suites overlooking the Moreno and Nahuel Huapi lakes and the Cerro López mountain peak. The Lago Moreno wing has 43 deluxe studios and suites: 23 Deluxe Moreno Lake Studios, 17 Deluxe Moreno Lake Suites, 2 Deluxe Master Moreno Lake Suites, and 1 Deluxe Royal Moreno Lake Suite.Llao Llao has five restaurants. Guests can enjoy a wide variety of dishes, from International Cuisine to our top level traditional food, such as the popular "Llao Llao Tea" which is served overlooking the spectacular view of the Hotel gardens and the breathtaking Nahuel Huapi Lake. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Llao Llao Hotel And Resort, Golf San Carlos De Bariloche
- Llao Hotel