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“Lovely hotel with great views” 5 of 5 stars
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El Casco Art Hotel
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Av. Bustillo Km 11,5 | Bariloche, San Carlos de Bariloche R8409ALN, Argentina   |  
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Chicago, IL
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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“Lovely hotel with great views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012

A lovely hotel with great views of the lake. The rooms are beautiful with wonderful art-all different in every room Great bathrooms..Service was also excellent. My husband had massage and they have an indoor/outdoor pool. We had an a very well executed dinner in the dining room although the service was a little off. The only downside was the tiny fitness room where one of the two treadmills was broken. A shuttle to town would be nice as well so you did not need to rely on the remissas.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012 via mobile

Clean, beautifully designed with art for all tastes everywhere. Friendly, warm staff with good English language skills. Grounds are small but pretty and dotted with outdoor sculpture installations. Small pool and compact workout room. We only had breakfast at the hotel which was exactly the same every day and relatively limited. Dining and activities were all a $10-15 cab ride away. As others have noted, the two lane highway is at the front door so not really a bucolic setting. If had to do over again would stay nearer town and walk to meals and attractions.

Stayed April 2012
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

We just got back from almost 3 weeks in Argentina and stayed in very nice hotels but our favorite was El Casco. The service, food and staff were excellent. Had 2 great massages by Sandra and would highly recommend her. The location of the hotel is simply amazing with lots of art by Argentinian artist all around. The sculptures scattered throughout the property (inside and out) add so much. We took the all inclusive package and we felt that it was worth it. It is close to 2 local breweries so it was nice to walk a couple of minutes on the main road and do a beer tasting. We did go to town but I would recommend skipping it as it was very touristy.

Room Tip: The suites are nice but I believe they are on the side of the building where the AC compressors are...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Miami
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2012

We loved everything about this property. In fact it was one of our favorite stays during a three week trip through Argentina. Every place you look is filled with Latin American Art. The rooms are large, bathrooms spacious with all the amenities you could need.
The pool and gym area are beautiful. The restaurant is refined and serves local dishes. Try the tomato salad at dinner. The chef has come up with a fantastic dish. For breakfast you can get smoked local trout and eggs to your liking. Just ask for what you want. The service and assistance you receive at this hotel is world-class. English is easily spoken by most. It is located in the middle of Bariloche and is a short and inexpensive taxi ride to town or Llao Llao (another small more remote city).

Room Tip: Our room had a beautiful view of the lake, mountains and art filled garden.
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  • Stayed March 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2012

Nice hotel, overlooking the lake, but we were SO disappointed with the position, right beside the main road that runs along the lake. Constant traffic noise and nowhere to walk. The garden is small. We also had dead flowers in our bedroom. The staff are all charming and helpful. We ate in the restaurant twice and the menu was limited and did not change, although it was delicious. You defintely need to have a hire car here to see the area. Such a shame the road and the noise spoilt it for us.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sierra Madre, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2012

I was part of a small group traveling through Patagonia and Chile. The Casco Arts Hotel was my favorite. I did not want to leave. The outside terraces are beautifully landscaped with fragrant mounds of lavander and plentiful seating areas overlooking the magnificent lake. I never heard any road traffic except when pulling up to the front of the hotel. We took a taxi to the Llao Llao Resort, which is magnificent. I would not stay there after experiencing a somewhat unfriendly staff and an expensive and disappointing dinner.

The dinner at the Casco Arts Hotel was far superior, and the staff was consistently kind, courteous, and eager to please. The rooms facing the lake are a must---ideally with a balcony or terrace. I dream about returning to the Casco Arts Hotel. My fellow travelers enjoyed the spa for excellent massages. Terrific place to relax and use as a base for hiking and kayaking.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Chicago, IL, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2012

Definitely request a room overlooking the lake--it looked like it was made of glass. Beautiful hotel with easy access to the town and surrounding nature. I preferred this location to Llao Llao, which is much father away from everything. Rooms were extremely comfortable with nice amenities. Dinner at the restaurant was nice, I will agree that breakfast could have been a little better. I enjoyed the indoor/outdoor pool as well.

I liked that the hotel was on the main road--made it super easy to hop on the public bus into Bariloche if you didn't have a car.

Overall this is a beautiful part of Argentina and is not to be missed.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about El Casco Art Hotel

Also Known As:
Hotel El Casco Art
Address: Av. Bustillo Km 11,5 | Bariloche, San Carlos de Bariloche R8409ALN, Argentina
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Location: Argentina > Patagonia > Province of Rio Negro > San Carlos de Bariloche
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in San Carlos de Bariloche
#3 On the Beach Hotel in San Carlos de Bariloche
#5 Luxury Hotel in San Carlos de Bariloche
#6 Romantic Hotel in San Carlos de Bariloche
#11 Family Hotel in San Carlos de Bariloche
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — El Casco Art Hotel 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on the shore of Nahuel Huapi Lake, in one of the most beautiful spots in Patagonia, in the Lake District, and just 15 minutes away from Bariloche city, and from Cerro Catedral ski resort, El Casco Art Hotel blends with the landscape with its stylish architecture, design, and refined tranquility.Intimacy, privacy and personalized service are our main goal, and each of the 33 rooms and suites have original works of art, air-conditioning, state-of-the-art plasma TVs, DVD & sound equipment, WiFi internet connection, Frette sheets (Italy), well appointed amenities, and best of all, direct vistas of the Nahuel Huapi Lake at only 40 metres away, which contributes to make your stay a total delight ... more   less 
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