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“The paths/road outside are not good” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Alma del Lago Suites & Spa
Certificate of Excellence
Oxford, United Kingdom
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143 reviews
57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
“The paths/road outside are not good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013 via mobile

Room: very spacious with two queen beds and a fantastic view (I booked Lake Superior)

Bathroom: quite large as split into two, bath and toilet in one part, shower and sink in another. Lots of hot water/ fluffy towels.

Quality of sleep: slept extremely well, bed was very comfortable. They have a sheet and a quilt so you can kick the quilt off if too hot. Some noise from the corridor but not enough to ruin sleep.

Pool: if no one else is in it, great, it is about 12-15 metres so you can (just) do lengths. Opening hours were a bit strange though, 11am-9pm, I am sure I am not the only one who likes a pre-breakfast swim.

Breakfast: service a bit random, they seemed to hide in the kitchen. I thought one guest was going to take the door off its hinges in trying to attract their attention. Scrambled egg was too runny but a good spread of fruit, bread, cakes and eggs.

Location : short walk into the main centre and on dry days not a problem. However the "path" is just a dusty track next to road and is extremely uneven (little steps, big steps, big slopes, little slopes, you have to watch every step). However on wet days it is a disaster. I was dropped off from a trip on the other side of the road and despite standing back I was completely drenched in the puddle spray of 5 vehicles (they were going too fast), Because the road was so busy, crossing the road that day was very difficult, I was literally soaked to the skin from my feet to above my knees from the spray and from the head down due to the rain. If I came back, I would search for a hotel more central to avoid the road.

Other points:
There are two restaurants, I only ate in the more casual one. You could not order food from the other restaurant, you could not eat in the comfy chairs but had to eat at one if the tables. The food was good, service was good.

I was charged for items from the mini bar that I did not have, easily sorted at reception but......bit weird as it was a manual system.

The reception team are excellent.

Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Moscow, Russia
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27 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2013

Disclaimer: This rating is for Lake view rooms!!
We booked Lake Superior room but were upgraded to Junior Suite (probably they were overbooked for these room), but obviously we didn't argue )). Room is very nice and spacious, view from the window is beautiful. The hotel is very clean, location is great - on the lake, close to the city center, but still somewhat outside of noise. Stuff speaks English, is very helpful, breakfast buffet is good, overlooking the lake, they have small pool and gym. So I have nothing to complain about.
However, the hotel doesn't have AC (as I believe most of hotels in Bariloche), which was fine for us, because we just open the window. For rooms facing the road (they call them Mountain view) it could be a problem.

Room Tip: Book Lake view rooms.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Alex_L_F4
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Torremolinos, Spain
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250 reviews
125 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 676 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2013

On checking in we were give a most lovely room overlooking the lake.
This location should be tranquility!
The hotel is still not 3 years old.---now there are cracks in the structure and the paint is peeling.
Soon everything changes--when you get to the bathroom to find the water from the shower in the middle of the floor as the tiles are broken within the shower unit.
The faucets in the bath constantly leak water on to the floor.
Smells come from the toilets.
Shampoo etc may be in the room or not in the room .
The restaurant is truly a disaster area.
At breakfast many times there is no bread--no hot food--no coffee.
In time it is replenished.
The first night we had dinner---what a nightmare.
we waited over 1 hour to get a salad.
Lamb which was requested rare--came cremated.
We paid for what food we had --left and went to an outside restaurant.
Guests who came for dinner were turned away as there were no DINNER tables available--however there were many free tables not being used -in the same dining room used for breakfast which is part of the dinner area.
4 friends were lift sitting for more than 40 mins--no one came to take their order--they got up and left.
this is not a staff issue --rather a General Manager who is not in control.
The owners / investors of this hotel must immediately change GM or have a serious financial issue due to lost business.
The internet is constantly unavailable due to a weak signal.
Laundry--beware of surcharges---this is highlighted here by other guests,
we gave our laundry at 08.30 for next day service return---they brought it back at circa 17h and tried to charge 30% extra.
The staff at reception are wonderful as is the concierge--all working under great stress because of not having a professional GM instead the hotel has an accountant as GM and this clearly shows inexperience.
This Hotel could make so much money with a professional hotelier in charge.
I would NOT return

Room Tip: avoid this hotel
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2013

This hotel has the best view and is clean and modern. we stayed there over Christmas and had Christmas dinner on the 24th. It was delicious and comprised of a 5 course meal with plenty of vino and some bubbles. The breakfast was not disappointing either as there was a good selection of pastries,bread etc and there were also omelets and scrambled eggs.

The pool was nice and looked out onto the lake but the sauna was not working during our stay.
The service was good and staff were friendly.
We felt it was good value as it really is a gorgeous hotel... One you can happily laze in if you fancy taking a rest!
Just don't get your laundry dine there...it was very expensive!!
We only wish we could stay again

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank EimyTom
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Sydney, Australia
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49 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2012

Location! location! location!

This hotel is built directly on the lake shore, a 10 minute walk from the downtown area. The lake view rooms offer views better than the nearest Mirador. 

The staff are friendly, helpful and provide a good level of service. The rooms are spacious, the king size bed is super comfortable and the views are of course unbeatable. 

The restaurant dinners are good, breakfast is pretty average (definitely room for improvement here).

My only gripe is the restricted pool hours. The pool doesn't open until 11am (after checkout time) and closes early. Such a waste of a wonderful space. 

Would recommend this hotel and would stay again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Darren M
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Fribourg, Switzerland
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227 reviews
59 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2012

We spent a couple of nights here with a group of fellow travellers and warmly recommend this luxurious establishment. Some of our party were less fortunate and did not have the same glorious views that we enjoyed, so people making their own bookings would be wise to ask for a lakeside outlook. We were on floor -2 (the entry level from the road being on floor zero) and can confirm that room 2303 directly overlooks the lake and the mountains. The waves lap onto the rocks almost directly outside the large picture window. By all accounts, the rooms backing onto the main road were noisy from the constant stream of traffic and should thus be avoided if possible. The layout of our bathroom was intriguing, with a glass door separating the loo and bidet and one end of the bath from the glassed-in shower and washbasin. As a very welcome touch: not only is the room safe thoughtfully placed at eye level (no need to lie on the floor to use it), it also has an interior light and is particularly easy to operate.

Breakfast (buffet style) is delicious. The two dinners we ate here were satisfactory and the views over the lake from the dining room are superb - so what if the service is a little slow!

Natalia in the spa provided an expert and vigorous body massage on the eve of our return home -just what was needed before being cooped up for hours and hours on a transatlantic flight.

It's just a short walk from the hotel (very irregular pavements) to the town itself, which has an attractive lakeside promenade. The main street is crammed with hotels, restaurants, bars and souvenir as well as more up-market shops.

Room Tip: room 2303 on floor -2 was just great.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Kathleen M
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Calabasas, California
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2012

We had a wonderful time staying at Alma del Lago. We were coming from a long trip and we took the day off at this wonderful new hotel.
From the reservation agent Andrea that was very attentive, to the rest of the staff Matias and Florencia that helped us finding our way around Bariloche and programming the excursions.
Their breakfast is great and the restaurant outstanding. Ricardo and Claudia made us feel at home. Something that we like very much when we're traveling.
The views are phenomenal and the spa and the gym facility are very clean.
We would go back in heartbeat.

Room Tip: The suites are phenomenal, well worth the difference in price.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Alma del Lago Suites & Spa
Address: Av. Bustillo km 1,151, San Carlos de Bariloche 8400, Argentina
Location: Argentina > Patagonia > Province of Rio Negro > San Carlos de Bariloche
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 136 Hotels in San Carlos de Bariloche
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Alma del Lago Suites & Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 95
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