El Calafate is booming. Hotels are being built left and right. We must have seen close to 10 hotels under construction during our stay. This hotel is among the new ones. They were still working on the outside brick when we were there. It is quite large and professionally run. Staff is polite and eager to help.
Our room was very cute with its brick wall and beamed ceiling. It was spotless and thoroughly cleaned daily. The floor was ceramic tile but it was HEATED which was a nice touch. The bed was king-sized and comfortable. The TV worked well and got many channels, but it was suspended a little high on the wall. You could only watch it when lying on the bed because of the angle. There was plenty of room to store suitcases and hang clothing. The bathroom was a little small but still comfortable and clean. Plenty of hot water. We didn't have a view, but then again we were on the ground floor and on the wrong side to see the mountains. We could see them from the restaurant at breakfast though. Speaking of breakfast, it was a large buffet made up mostly of pastries and other sweets, but they did have yogourt and eggs (if you got there early enough...).
The hotel is located uphill a little after the main street ends so it's peaceful in the area. It's only a 10-minute walk to downtown and all the restaurants, souvenir shops, and travel agencies (where you can book excursions to the glaciers, horseback riding outings, etc.). Note that one of the city's most popular and delicious restaurants, La Tablita, is not even 5 minutes on foot from the hotel (do make reservations the night before at the very least).
Note: our room was terribly overheated and we didn't have access to the controls so the only thing we could do was open up the window despite the cold weather! It became annoying to open and close and open and close the window all the time we were in the room. However, after talking to other tourists who stayed in other hotels in this city, this seems to be the norm (for now anyway).
What we absolutely HATED about the room though was the paper-thin walls. Unbelievable!!! We could hear every single thing in neighbouring rooms, down to zippers being zipped! I did get the impression that guests noticed this problem quickly and were as discreet as they could be, but we ended up with an elderly lady and her hard-of-hearing husband in the next room... We found this problem unacceptable in such a new hotel. In any hotel, I suppose it's normal to hear muffled sounds coming from next door, but not every single little detail as if we were in the same room as our neighbors! We did complain on their evaluation form at check-out time.
To sum it up, the price was right for this expensive city (booming tourism will do that) and we enjoyed the location, the service, the décor, and the cleanliness. It's a good place to stay and I would return, but only if I could book an end-room so as not to have any neighbors on one side!
They do have a Web site with pictures.
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- Also Known As:
- Hosteria Posta Sur Hotel El Calafate
- Hosteria Posta Sur El Calafate, Argentina - Patagonia