Our experience appears to have paralleled the couple that wrote the December 10, 2010 review for their November stay. However, we feel we got less value when balanced against the very high cost. Hence, the lower rating.
There is no question that Estancia Cristina's isolated location is stunning and the prime attraction. Excursions are generally quite good, with knowledgeable and friendly guides. However, generator switch off at 1100pm, limited dining options--lunch & dinner menus have limited options, especially for vegetarians, and repeat themselves, and nexperienced though willing staff do not justify the 5-star plus cost. Rates are, frankly, exorbitant for what you get, and value provided does not approach other similar experiences. Wine is not even included. To be fair, management reimbursed us about 8% of cost after complaining, expecially about the meals and meal service. Traveling to/from the Estancia and the day excursions are, on the other hand, an outstanding experience well worth the price. Do that and skip the overnight(s).
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Estancia Cristina Lodge El Calafate, Argentina - Patagonia