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“A great option for families!” 4 of 5 stars
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Blanca Patagonia
4.0 of 5 Boutique Hotel   |   Capitan Soto 3555 | Los Guias, El Calafate, Los Glaciares National Park 09405, Argentina   |  
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Florianopolis, SC
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“A great option for families!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

The hotel has a fantastic view! It's simple, but very well-kept, and has a very good landscaping. We stayed in the 2 bedroom cabana. Our kids were able to run and play with the dogs. It is a little far from the downtown area (about 2 miles) but we had a rental car so it was not a major problem. It is a family-owned hotel and they run it together as a family. Breakfast is included and is continental style. I recommend this hotel for those seeking a good value for the price.

Room Tip: A 2 bedroom cabana with a lake view is a great choice!
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Rio de Janeiro
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53 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

We (me, wife and daughter) stayed for 3 nights in January 2013, coming from Chile. We had a very good time in El Calafate.

Room was clean and comfortable with little kitchen. No air conditioning, but the weather was cool. The breakfast was simple but very good. The staff was really nice and helpful. The city center is a little far from the hotel, so you have to call a taxi. It is a short ride (about 5 pesos).

Make sure you have cash to pay for the stay, because credit cards are not accepted. This is something really easy to fix and would be a plus.

Don´t miss the Perito Moreno trek! It is a once in a lifetime experience.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Fabio G
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London
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29 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

This hotel is a delight. The reception/breakfast area has stunning views over Lago Argentino through an architecturally beautiful window. The furniture there is sumptuous, enticing you to recline and really appreciate the scenery. The log fire creates a real atmosphere, as does the gentle music (think Enya). The bedrooms are stylish and quite luxurious- logs in the walls, plush thick carpets and a comfortable bed. The bathroom had a great power-shower. Breakfast is your standard Argentinian uber-sweet-diabetes-on-a plate-fayre but they do also have boiled eggs and fresh fruit.
The staff are professional and welcoming. Special mention must be made of the lovely Lucia, for whom nothing was too much trouble. She gave us honest advice about our sightseeing options. Because of her wise words we hired a car and did everything independently. What a relief not to have been on an organised tour to the Perito Moreno glacier. We really appreciated being able to spend as long as we wanted there. If there are 2 of your it doesn't work out much more expensive to hire a car, and it is so great not to be treated like or to feel like a sheep....

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013 via mobile

Gorgeous building, amazing lake view, friendly and helpful staff, lovely room. It is based out of town, but it's a pleasant walk or a cheap taxi... And as a result of the location, it is quiet and peaceful. And the scenery is stunning. Overall a wonderful stay. We wouldn't stay anywhere else if we ever return to El Calafate.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Los Angeles, California
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22 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

On the surface there's nothing wrong with Blanca, it has a cabin like feel with lots of wood and stone, the people are nice, and it has some amazing views of the lake. It was a little outside of town, but nothing more than a 30 peso cab ride and we walked in a few times, which only took about 35 minutes.

One thing to definitely note is that this is a CASH ONLY HOTEL. Not a huge deal, but you'll want to either bring a lot of cash or make sure you have time for a trip to the ATM before you pay. What's nice is they can arrange a lot of activities for you and then you can just pay the hotel for everything, however, once again, you'll need a lot of cash.

It was our honeymoon so we rented the suite thinking we should splurge for the special occasion. The suite was large and came with the jacuzzi tub and a nice stone wall. However, outside of those few things there was nothing particularly special about the room. The carpet was old and cheap, the bed average, and there were very few windows. Once again, nothing devastatingly wrong with the room, but nothing to make it worth the added expense of a suite.

We did have a few specific problems with our stay though. One of the window frames in the room had suffered some wear and was drooping away from the glass allowing bugs to get in.

Also, there is a weird system of 5 heaters in the room that all work independently from each other. Even after turning them all off it was still unbearably hot in the room, like a sauna, and we couldn't bear to stay in the room during the day. This might have been wonderful in the cold winter, but it was still the end of summer and still very hot. In fact, the whole hotel was overheated and looking around it seems like they could benefit from some ceiling fans, air conditioning units, or air vents to get the air circulating.

Because it was so hot, I slept with the covers off and got absolutely eaten alive by mosquitoes. We told the hotel about this, but they didn't seem overly concerned about it and had it not been for my following up on the issue I'm not sure if we would have been kept in the loop or even had the issue fixed. They did fix it in time for our last and final night, but once the furnace or whatever they changed was turned off, the heaters in our room started dripping water throughout the night. Once again, not something that ruined our entire stay, but it almost did and it certainly wasn't worth the price of the luxury suite.

I didn't see the other rooms, nor did I hear about them, so I can't say whether or not they had similar problems. I did sit out on the deck a little, which has an amazing view of the lake, however, they could use a few more chairs out there and maybe some cushions for them.

Room Tip: Don't rent the suite
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars
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Cape Town
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 221 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

This a small hotel located about 4 km west of the town centre, which is both an advantage and a drawback. It has beautiful views over the lake and they've made the most of this by installing huge glass windows everywhere. The lounge area is really nice to just sit and relax in. There is a possibility to dine there at night, but I didn't make use of that option as one has to reserve in advance and I never knew where I would be. Breakfast was ok, and on the last morning of three the boiled eggs were actually warm :-) Other than that, a few slices of ham and cheese, loads of sweet pastries and yoghurt. I had the room right at the end of the passage, which was great. The bed was comfortable, and there was adequate heating in the room and bathroom. It had a big TV, mini bar (hideously expensive though) and a kettle with complimentary tea only (no coffee). The bathroom had a hair drier and the usual soap and shampoo.

They insist on payment in cash though, which is a nuisance.
Lucia at reception is very helpful and will arrange anything you need.

The distance from town isn't a big deal if you're going on excursions, as all the companies pick up and drop off here, but getting back to town for a meal or whatever is really expensive. A taxi ride costs about 40 pesos one way.

Don't miss the glacerium while you're in Calafate, it's really worth the 95 pesos.

All in all I'd recommend this place if you just want a few days to chill and relax and not go into town much. Otherwise, there are many very nice hotels in the centre of Calafate too.

Room Tip: Top floor would be best. They all face the lake, as do the ground floor ones.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Hong Kong, China
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14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

We have spent two nights at Bungalow. The cabin was very nice, spacious and beautiful.
The views was very good. I like it very much. The staff was helpful and nice.
It is highly recommended for those who wanted to stay in a comfortable and relaxing way with affordable price

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Jandancing
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Address: Capitan Soto 3555 | Los Guias, El Calafate, Los Glaciares National Park 09405, Argentina
Location: Argentina > Patagonia > Province of Santa Cruz > Los Glaciares National Park
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Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Los Glaciares National Park
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Hotel Class:4 star — Blanca Patagonia 4*
Number of rooms: 13
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