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Estancia Cristina Lodge
Ranked #1 of 35 El Calafate B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2 reviews
“Worth the money!”
Reviewed November 20, 2013 via mobile

Definitely one of the most amazing places that I ever been to: great hospitality and service, fantastic food, and stunning location. The tours are wonderful and diverse. Not cheap, but most definitely worth every penny!

  • Stayed October 2013
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Lucia2620, Commercial Representative at Estancia Cristina Lodge, responded to this review, November 28, 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 18, 2013

Estancia Cristina is one of the most special places I've ever stayed at and was definitely our favourite on a 6 week trip to Argentina. The journey there alone was stunning, other worldly. You sail for over 2 hours on icy turquoise waters of Lago Argentina through an iceberg channel. We stayed for 2 nights and could have stayed for a week. The young guides were passionate, articulate and loved the landscape. And the difference of staying there as opposed to going on a day trip was massive. The history of the pioneers who landed there 100 years ago and the place they've left is fascinating. We will never forget the hike we did round the Upsala Glacier and through Fossil Canyon. Can't praise it enough. Thank you - particularly to Santiago, Pil and Sydney - for a truly memorable stay.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Lucia2620, Commercial Representative at Estancia Cristina Lodge, responded to this review, November 20, 2013
Thank you Federica for your opinion!!! We are very happy to know that you enjoy your staying at Estancia Cristina! We hope to see you soon! Regards, Estancia Cristina staff.
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

I would highly recommend Estancia Cristina, we only stayed for one night but wished we'd had two. It's such a beautiful, remote and secluded spot. 365 degree views of stunning scenery. The staff were helpful and welcoming, and the guides were so knowledgable about the landscape and history of this extraordinary place.

Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Lucia2620, Commercial Assistance at Estancia Cristina Lodge, responded to this review, April 24, 2013
Thank you very for your comment and shared with us your experience! Regards, Estancia Cristina staff.
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

Estancia Cristina marked the dramatic highlight of an exciting trip to El Calafate -- by a long shot. Outrageously beautiful setting. Most incredible horse ride ever: We felt like we had entered a diarama at NYC's Natural History Museum. Great hikes -- including five hours through the majestic Fossil Canyon. Tasteful and comfortable accomodations. Food is good, though the lunch and dinner menus should probably be simpler -- given the remoteness of the place. It would have been a thrill just to lounge and stare out the window at the views, but there was too much to do. After travelling pretty extensively around S. America over the last year, I would rank Estancia Cristina -- alongside my favorite Brazilian and Peruvian spots -- as one of the most captivating place to visit.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Lucia2620, Commercial Assistance at Estancia Cristina Lodge, responded to this review, April 24, 2013
Thank you very much for your comments. We are very glad to know that you loved the place as much as we do. Regards, Estancia Cristina staff.
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Kensington, Md.
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Reviewed March 1, 2013

Spent three nights at Estancia Cristina. Views were spectacular, hikes and guides were outstanding and rooms extremely comfortable. Absolutely loved the place and wished we had finished our trip there instead of starting it there since it was definitely the favorite. We hiked for three days but one of our friends did a horse ride and also had a great time. All the staff were friendly and helpful.

They keep the overnight guests separate from the day guests so except for our departure trip across the lake we were barely aware of the day trippers.

Only regret is we forgot to tip the friendly estancia dog.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Lucia2620, Commercial Assistance at Estancia Cristina Lodge, responded to this review, March 11, 2013
Thank you very much for your opinion! We are happy to know that you enjoyed your staying at the Estancia. Your greetings to Terry will be given! Regards, Estancia Cristina staff.
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed February 27, 2013

We were looking for luxury in a beautiful setting, and we certainly found what we were looking for at Estancia Christina. From the first moment we arrived at the dock for the boat ride, the experience was perfect. The setting is incredible, the cabins are lovely, the food is outstanding, and the activities were perfect. You will not be disappointed! If you like to fish, I highly recommend that you bring your dry line gear - the salmon and trout are very fun to catch in the crystal blue water. Thank you to the incredible staff for an amazing stay!

Room Tip: All the cabins are lovely :)
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Lucia2620, Commercial Assistance at Estancia Cristina Lodge, responded to this review, March 11, 2013
Thank you for your comment! We are glad to hear you loved staying at the Estancia. Regards, Estancia Cristina staff.
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

You couldn't plan a more dramatic arrival if you tried - the catamaran approaches the Estancia, surrounded by snow capped peaks and glacier-scarred mountains - it is impressive. As the only hotel within the National Park, the Estancia has remained true to its origins yet displays a contemporary design and feel. The cabins are cozy with spectacular views up the valley. The food was outstanding, the waiters professional and helpful and the guides were friendly and extremely knowledgeable of the area from its geology, flora and fauna and the Estancia's history.

This is just about my version of heaven.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Lucia2620, Commercial Assistance at Estancia Cristina Lodge, responded to this review, February 18, 2013
Thank you for your comment! We are glad to know about your experience at the Estancia. Regards, Estancia Cristina staff.
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Property: Estancia Cristina Lodge
Address: Av. Libertador 1037 | Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, El Calafate 9405, Argentina
Location: Argentina > Patagonia > Province of Santa Cruz > El Calafate
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 35 B&Bs / Inns in El Calafate
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Estancia Cristina Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on the Northwest shore of the Lake Argentino Lake on the far of Cristiana’s arm, Estancia Cristina is located in a unique corner in Los Glaciares National Park. Founded in 1941 by Joseph P. Masters and his wife, this stunning place still maintains its essence, keeping the history of this family alive, that with great effort and perseverance, made this lonely and inhospitable place a small paradise a home.Estancia Cristina is a unique Lodge; it count with 20 comfortable rooms distributed in 5 elegant cabins and exclusive access to the most stunning sights of the Upsala Glacier. An enchanting and warm place, that just like in the past grants the best Patagonian hospitality. The only access to the Estancia is by boat; the full board Lodge program offer exquisite Patagonian gastronomy, a museum and a variety of activities to enjoy of this wonderful region. There are many activity options for you to choose: Walks of different demands, 4x4 wheel drive rides, horse riding, mountain bike or fishing. ... more   less 
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