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Esplendor Hotel El Calafate
Ranked #11 of 70 Hotels in El Calafate
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 14, 2013

Esplendor is an OK hotel. It is up on the hill above El Calafate, so it has good views. However, it is too far out to walk to town, so you are a bit trapped if you don't have a car. The hotel room was stiflingly hot and the only way to cool it down is to leave the windows open which lets in cool air, but also lets in the noise from cars driving by and dogs barking. The elevator packs a wallop when it starts moving. No matter how many times we rode it, we were always surprised by how much of a jolt there was. We were there at the end of the season so the restaurant was closed; we ate in the bar and it was quite good as was the service. The breakfast is good with nice views from the dining room.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

The staff couldn't have been more helpful at this hotel on a hill overlooking the lake, mountains and town. We had a lovely room with stone pulls on the drawers and hand made antler lamps/rugs/pillows. Comfortable beds and good breakfast daily. The staff gave us ideas for restaurants in town that were divine choices! Check out Mi Rancho and La Tablita. I wish I would have brought home more calafate berry jam since it's only available in this town and it's yummy!

Room Tip: We have a view of the lake which was marvelous! But, the rooms on the back might be more quiet sinc...
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Overall, this hotel represents very good value for money. The location could not be better. Probably the strongest point is the helpfulness of the staff, especially in helping us choose among the various day-tour options, and then in booking them for us. The hotel property is very well maintained--like new. The restaurant has excellent food--well-priced. And the pool and spa were most appreciated.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank sarandisuites
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Reviewed May 1, 2013

We stayed here for 2nights for our honeymoon. Great large lobby with free use of computers. Rooms were a decent size and we were lucky enough to have a view of the lake. The lighting was very weak in the room and the showers were very temperamental, going very hot or very cold.
Breakfast good with plenty of variety. Spa was lovely, and the lady that does massages was very good. Would recommend that!
Good location for town - 5 minute walk to the centre.

Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
1  Thank Annan8312
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Reviewed April 24, 2013

Overall our stay at the Esplendor was pleasant. We stayed two nights with the Big Ice glacier hike between. The hotel is very well designed - a very ascetically pleasing stay. The theme is a mix of modern, western, and kitsch. It felt very cool, and as a late 20's-something man traveling with his partner we felt at home. The resataurant has incredible food - we ate there the first night because we got in late and enjoyed it so much that we skipped the touristy spots on the main drag and ate there again the second night. We also spent some time in the bar area with some delicious drinks and played some games they make available in the bar (chess, checkers, and others).

After a 12-hour day of hiking we went to the indoor heated pool to loosen up the muscles. The pool was nice but not as clean as I would have liked. The rooms are well appointed but slightly less upscale than the common areas. We also had some water heat issues in our shower - it would get scalding hot for one second, then suddenly cold for one second, then be fine for 10 seconds, and would repeat. Once you got in the routine of escaping the water every 10 seconds it was fine, but certainly not ideal. Finally, this being El Calafate, the winds were howling one night, and this howling created a whistle in our window. Made it a bit difficult to get to sleep.

Finally this place is near the center of town but not on the main drag - that's about a 10 minute walk away. Overall we enjoyed our experience very much!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Gregoryfishki
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Reviewed April 23, 2013

The decor is indeed as pompous and confused as it looks in the pictures. It gets even more interesting in the rooms, with the poured concrete tub and stuffed sheep-like settes. We got upgraded to a suite, which was a pleasant surprise given that we booked the hotel at rather deep discount via booking.com. The room was huge, the bed was very comfortable. And overall, for the $120 we paid it was excellent.
However, if we paid $600 for this room, then I'd be upset. The hotel appears to have put all of it's money towards the antlers, fogetting the landscaping. Our room had a rather sad view of a couple of emaciated horses permanently tied up outside and the barren burnt out dusty hill that the hotel is perched on. Given the walk into town is 10 mins, which isnot bad, but requires crossing 4 lanes of traffic uphill the benefit of this location without a view is questionnable at best. Breakfast was mediocre.
Perhaps this hotel needs to grow into it's decor.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Smithochka
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

We stayed at the Esplendor on two different occasions in a comfort room. First, I'd like to compliment the excellent staff who were very accomodating especially, Antoinetta and others at the front desk. They kept our luggage for 4 days while we traveled further south and were very welcoming when we returned.
The "comfort" room was spacious with a comfortable King bed, an ample bathroom with a very nice view of Lake Argentine. Bathrooms offer nice bath amenities including a tub, shampoo and moisturizing lotion. In addition, there is a bidet, and sink cabinets for storage. Storage in the room was ample as well. Wooden floors and interesting local decorations give it a unique look.
The breakfast buffet was very extensive offering an array of breads, fruit and eggs. The coffee was excellent ! The hotel is located up on a hill about a 10 minute walk to town and very close to the bus station.
The property however, needs some serious updating. The elevators were shaky and sometimes did not work at all. The internet is sporadic at best and one of the screens on the computors in the lobby was almost impossible to view. The rooms are very hot as the windows open only from the top. They did send a fan up to me upon my request, so that helped.

We had a very favorable rate on booking.com, so I would probably go there again. Perhaps , they will have fixed some of the problems .

Room Tip: Rooms facing the lake are very nice.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Esplendor Hotel El Calafate

Address: Juan Domingo Peron 1143, El Calafate 9405, Argentina
Location: Argentina > Patagonia > Province of Santa Cruz > El Calafate
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in El Calafate
#5 Luxury Hotel in El Calafate
#10 Family Hotel in El Calafate
#15 Romantic Hotel in El Calafate
Price Range: $121 - $305 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Esplendor Hotel El Calafate 4*
Number of rooms: 57
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