We knew this was the place of choice for our trip to see the glaciers of southern Patagonia, but we certainly did not expect anything as polished and subtle as this. Set in a beautiful open plain, surrounded by mountains that continually changed aspect with the movement of clouds and sun, Eolo surprised us with luxurious simplicity. Built in a U around a courtyard, all the rooms face out to expansive vistas, and all are furnished similarly in modern comfort, using colors, materials and images derived from and appropriate to the natural setting. The quality of the meals was far beyond anything I'd have imagined possible in so remote a location in a climate not conducive to gardening etc. Apart from relatively limited quantities of fresh produce, the meals were as varied, refined and delicious as in fine restaurants around the US. The wait staff and chef were all quite sophisticated hospitality professionals who were living and working at Eolo for the season, returning to Buenos Aires or Europe when it ended. Traveling with friends, we'd decided to wait until after arriving in this region to book our boat tours and other activities. Therefore, we were very happy to find that upon our arrival at Eolo the smart, efficient young women who handle all the reception/concierge functions led us to the library/lounge for tea and a discussion of what we might want to to when during our days.
They masterfully juggled our different preferences, helped us plan for optimal variety of experiences and later, when weather didn't cooperate or someone had a change of heart, willingly handled the changes of plan. Among their valued suggestions: pay the difference and go "first class" on the boat tour to see the glaciers (way more comfortable and convenient), do a jeep trip up into the mountains directly behind the hotel (fabulous views, close encounters with the llama-like guanacos, spirited driving over rough tracks), keep close track of the weather before committing to a walk on the Perito Mereno glacier. Personally, I found the hotel so pleasant that after a week of Patagonian tourism I commandeered a large leather chair in a quiet corner and spent my final day with a book, taking time out for another lovely lunch, some afternoon tea in the lounge and an occasional photo stroll into the grasslands beyond the back door. Given the world-class appeal of the region's geography, the draw of Southern Hemisphere summer during February, and Argentina's strong European heritage, it is not surprising that Eolo attracts a sophisticated, multi-national clientele.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- EOLO - Patagonia's Spirit, Relais & Chateaux, is located within an "estancia" of 4,000 hectares (10,000 acres) between El Calafate, Argentina, and the Perito Moreno Glacier. With only 17 room, it offers the most exclusive accommodation of the area with a remarkably complete experience, affording a comfortable and luxurious window onto Patagonian life. Eolo.... Luxury of the simple thing! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Eolo - Patagonia`s Spirit Hotel El Calafate
- EOLO - Patagonia's Spirit - Relais & Chateaux El Calafate, Argentina