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BEST WESTERN Villa Sofia Apart Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Av. de los Pioneros 200, San Carlos de Bariloche R8400FDG, Argentina   |  
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London
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19 reviews 19 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
“Great Hotel Geat Value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2011

We did some research on TA and went for this hotel. It is very good value for money as it includes both gym, pool, classes access, as well as breakfast. The roms are a good size and the staff extremely helpful and responsive. The restaurant is also extemely good value for money with excllent food and staff. Issues at check out were resolved quickly and with good grace. The only potential down side is that the attic rooms have the humming of the waterpipes and the road outside can be a little bit noisy during the day. All else is excellent.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Marin County, CA
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41 hotel reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2010

The Good - Beautiful, newish building with nice well-appointed rooms, good beds and pillows. Lovely grounds with a nice gym and indoor pool. The hotel offers good off season rates on their website. And they have some very nice house cats and a dog.

Location - From the main street of town it is a 20 minute walk on varied and disrupted pavement up a San Franciscoish hill. Alternatively, the local bus, which is generally crowded, is 3 pesos. (about US$0.75). A taxi is 8 pesos (about US$2.)

Noise - The architect and designer should be made to sleep here. They used double pane windows where they should have used triple panes. When I woke up at 6:30 and pulled out my ear plugs, it was clear to me that I couldn't have stayed without ear plugs.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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64 hotel reviews
Reviews in 52 cities Reviews in 52 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2010

If you like to be away from the noisy Centro Civico then go for this hotel. It's 10-20 minute's walk from the center (depending on you go uphills or downhills). It's a little bit physically demanding but fine for us. We stayed in the hotel and I will not call it a "resort". Room is very small and a little bit outdated. Restaurant "Canela" is very good though. Gym is much better than many 4 or 5 star hotel. You can even do the bench press (not on Smith machine)! (the weight is not enough though). They also have a very small and shallow swimming pool, if you swim freestyle your arm will consistently hit the bottom. It seems like they have some aerobic courses but we didn't give a try. The highlight is the backyard which you should not miss. Other than that, there are not too many good things can be said. But I still give it 4 stars because now I am writing the review in a even worse hotel!

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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58 reviews 58 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2010

Its a great choice if you want to be close to downtown and have no car. We stayed 2 days at the cabanas and 1 day at the hotel. Both great choices, everything clean and also very warm place. Attention is pretty good, there is only 1 female recepcionist that needs to learn some manners on how to deal with guests (seems she doesn´t like what she is doing at all). If you want to have a nice on experience regarding spa installments, we wouldn´t recommend it but the rest of hotel is ok and has a good price-quality.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2010 via mobile

I read the reviews before I booked this place, but had a far different experience than I expected. Nice rooms, nice facilities, but located on a main road (There are only two here.). Little or no soundproofing. And all rooms are close to the street. We didn't need a vibrating bed, the whole room vibrated when trucks and motorcycles passed. Stay away if you like quiet. Wouldn't recommend to anyone.

  • Stayed October 2010
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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NYC
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15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2010

Got a great price for the Cabanas (Studio room, queen size bed) -$50 night. This price is probably for low season only, but I highly recommend these. Only minor issues were that the soundproofing between rooms was thin, also the rooms seemed somewhat non-secure (no card key, just an old skeleton key lock). They do have a small electronic safe in each room.

Anyway, the studio room itself was fantastic, super clean, AWESOME radiant floor heating (great for chilly nights when you come in from skiing, trekking, or drinking) - the bed was very comfortable, linens high quality and new, the kitchenette area was fully stocked with everything you could possibly need...bathroom was clean and nicely updated...lots of closet space and windows. The wi-fi connection was reliable and fast.

Note that the Cabanas are two blocks away from the rest of the Villa Sofia compound, which means that you have to make the walk if you want to use the spa, pool, fitness center...we didnt end up having time for that stuff so it didnt bother us.

The staff at both the Villa Sofia main office and the Cabana office are tremendous. Really the nicest people in Bariloche. I screwed up on the reservations and they went out of their way to fix everything no problem.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Brasília, Brazil
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2010

I traveled with my wife and two little children. I paid ca. 300 dollars a night. I believe this is not cheap, but it was high season and every other hotel was charging above this.
My apartament had complete kitchen with utensils, two bedrooms, livingroom and only one bathroom, what would be an issue was the apartment at its full capacity (6 persons). Heating never let us down.
Employees were very helpful and fullfiled everything we demanded.
Altough this hotel is more than 10 blocks away (and up) from Centro Civico, location is not a problem, because there are supermarkets, laundry, restaurant, pharmacy and phone booths within 150 m from the hotel and a cab downtown costs only 10 pesos.
The restaurant (Canela) is a hidden gem which serve marvellous fish, pork and pasta dishes for those who want to step aside from barbecue. Once you have dinner there, you won't want dinner elsewhere.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 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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Address: Av. de los Pioneros 200, San Carlos de Bariloche R8400FDG, Argentina
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Location: Argentina > Patagonia > Province of Rio Negro > San Carlos de Bariloche
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#18 Spa Hotel in San Carlos de Bariloche
#33 Family Hotel in San Carlos de Bariloche
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — BEST WESTERN Villa Sofia Apart Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 64
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Invites you to enjoy a unique experience: exclusive apartments very close to the city center, in harmony with the beauty of nature. The ideal complement to the most emblematic place of Patagonia, where you will admire the marvells of the four colourful seasons. 2 hectares of green space. Fully equipped apartments with hotel service. Swimming-pool, Gym & Spa. City and nature together ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Villa Sofia Hotel San Carlos De Bariloche
Villa Sofia Resort And Spa

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