I really enjoyed this hotel and thought it provided great value. As others have said, the location is up a hill from El Calafate. But there are great views of the lake from the hotel, and they provide a free shuttle service to town after 8pm. I was also on full-day excursions 2 of my 3 days in town, so it wasn't a big deal to be out of the town center. I really enjoyed the town of El Calafate - to me, it felt part ski town, part throw back town (dogs roaming, ancient beat up cars, dusty - just what you imagine).
I was upgraded to a lake view room at La Cantera, which was great. The rooms are spacious and clean. There are extra toiletries, like bath salts, and free candy in the rooms. The free breakfast was great as well - scrambled eggs, a yummy fruit salad, bread, cheese, ham and plenty of sweets. The service for the value was also stellar. They organized my transportation to the airport and all of my excursions, and even provided a (good) box lunch for my mini-trek on the glacier. For the money, the service at this hotel is really good.
Only one negative. I did have difficulty with one of the excursions I booked ahead of time through the hotel. I was placed on an all-day excursion to El Chalten that was entirely in Spanish (I don't speak Spanish). Major bummer to discover this once I was already stuck on the bus. The staff had also informed me ahead of time that it was a 45-minute hike in El Chalten, when it was more like 4 hours. This worked out fine, because I actually preferred a longer hike, but it was odd. Also, they told me there would be guides on the hike (I'm sure it was a translation issue), but there were not. As a single female traveler, I probably wouldn't have opted for this excursion if I had known there weren't any guides (for safety reasons). All in all, it worked out fine - I loved the hike and the drive, and felt pretty safe as well.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With the amazing environment of Argentine Patagonia and its Glaciers, La Cantera Boutique Hotel Calafate is built on the top of the city, ensuring a seamless perspective and having access to both the city's shopping center and any attraction you may want to visit. Inaugurated in 2004, it was the first Patagonian Boutique hotel in the area. The building was thought to provide such a cozy feeling that our guests can intermingle with the environment without isolating themselves from it. Let us guide you along the Hotel, we want to provide you with hospitality and an exclusive service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Cantera El Calafate
- La Cantera Boutique Hotel El Calafate, Argentina - Patagonia