Overall our stay at the Esplendor was pleasant. We stayed two nights with the Big Ice glacier hike between. The hotel is very well designed - a very ascetically pleasing stay. The theme is a mix of modern, western, and kitsch. It felt very cool, and as a late 20's-something man traveling with his partner we felt at home. The resataurant has incredible food - we ate there the first night because we got in late and enjoyed it so much that we skipped the touristy spots on the main drag and ate there again the second night. We also spent some time in the bar area with some delicious drinks and played some games they make available in the bar (chess, checkers, and others).
After a 12-hour day of hiking we went to the indoor heated pool to loosen up the muscles. The pool was nice but not as clean as I would have liked. The rooms are well appointed but slightly less upscale than the common areas. We also had some water heat issues in our shower - it would get scalding hot for one second, then suddenly cold for one second, then be fine for 10 seconds, and would repeat. Once you got in the routine of escaping the water every 10 seconds it was fine, but certainly not ideal. Finally, this being El Calafate, the winds were howling one night, and this howling created a whistle in our window. Made it a bit difficult to get to sleep.
Finally this place is near the center of town but not on the main drag - that's about a 10 minute walk away. Overall we enjoyed our experience very much!
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- Also Known As:
- Esplendor El Calafate Hotel El Calafate
- Esplendor Del Calafate El
- Esplendor El Calafate Argentina - Patagonia