This hotel has an Alpine ski lodge sort of decor...lots of timber and very spacious public areas. The rooms are large and comfortable, in the same Julie Andrews Sound of Music decor, with comfortable bedding. There are a few spacious lounge and bar areas and a games room. The staff are generally pleasant enough, but not outstanding. I expected something a bit warmer and welcoming for a hotel in a remote town, but it is a large hotel catering to big numbers of people, so perhaps I was being unrealistic. The manager on duty for the three days I was there wasn't very pleasant. It is located a couple of blocks from the main street and there are plenty of cafes and shops nearby.
Housekeeping was excellent. The buffet breakfasts offer the usual Argentine variety in a pleasant, light filled room. You can also dine there at night, which can be comforting after a full day of outdoor, adventure type activities. In those circumstances, I don't always feel like going out at night looking for somewhere to eat and often like to come back, have a drink, then shower or have a massage , eat dinner in the hotel and then tuck up in my room. The restauarant catering was good and reasonably priced. Bar prices were OK, but for a reason which I couldn't understand, we were not able to book drinks or food to our room account. It all had to be paid for by cash or credit card straight away. In any case, though puzzling, it wasn't a big problem.
The adventure type tours I took had very early starts and went to places where food wasn't available. The hotel offered a packed lunch which you can order the night before and pick up at breakfast time. There are about 6 menus, including one for gluten intolerants. I thought the lunch packs were good value at around 60 pesos. Mine had a good helping of roast chicken, a carrot/cabbage salad, a small spinach tart, an apple and a bottle of water. I liked it enough to order the same thing for the next day.
On the top floor, there is a gym and hot spa. Cristian is very obliging and offers a range of massages, including one with hot rocks. He was very good at his job and I thought the massages were excellent value at around US$30-40, unlike a lot of other hotels which charge outrageously.
My stay was pleasant enough, though not starling. I would probably stay here again if I ever came back to El Calafate.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- KOSTEN AIKE HOTEL.It is located in El Calafate, a small town in the extensive and mysterious Patagonian Plateau, near the imposing Andes Range; being the entrance gate to the majestic “Los Glaciares National Park”, where the Perito Moreno Glacier is the main attraction.Our hotel is a southern style Chateau, built with local wood and stones, located in downtown. Few minutes away from the Calafate International Airport.We have 80 rooms (76 Deluxe and 2 suites and 2 apts.); heating; TV; minibar; in room safe boxes; desk phone and Wi Fi connection. Room for handicapped; restaurant; bar; garden terrace; Play Room; Parking Lot; Drugstore; Tourist information; Convention Center ( For 170 persons ) and KOSTEN CLUB: Free Gym, Jacuzzi, Sauna and Scottish shower. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kosten Aike Hotel
- Kosten Aike El Calafate
- Hotel Kosten Aike El Calafate, Argentina - Patagonia