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“Great Estancia -- All things in Perspective Please”
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Estancia La Quinta
Ranked #14 of 19 Hotels in El Chalten
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“Great Estancia -- All things in Perspective Please”
Reviewed January 27, 2012

Dont be put off by the one or two bad reviews. El Chaltan is an amazing place -- a remote valley with a tiny frontier town. There is no cell service in the whole town, no chain stores, no chain restaurants. The difference between El Chaltan and Calafate are staggering and I will take El Chaltan every time. La Quinta is a real estancia still owned and operated by one of the oldest families in the area. The hotel itself is built into the frames of the old sheep sheering sheds. Its lovely and remote and you book it knowing you are two km from town. You could walk it, but you can usually get a transfer or a ride from your hosts on the way in and pay for a taxi on the way back (they will give you the number and any store/restaurant in town will call for you). The payback is watching the cows and horses graze as you eat breakfast and the enjoying the countryside instead of the dusty cluttered town. yes,the place was created as a hotel in the 80s and its well done, clean but the style is a bit dated. But you can live with red rugs when you have the mountains at your feet and breakfast includes preserves made at the estancia with local strawberries. They really care about visitors and go the extra mile -- A gluten intolerant visitor was surprised by special bread from one member of the staff while we were there. We also we thrilled to participate in a mate ceremony after touring the estancia. This is a lovely real working estancia and everyone is welcoming and friendly. They will do their best to make your stay enjoyable and i highly recommend it! In town try La Ceverceria and La Tapera -- the best food in town. For hiking, skip the box lunch and hit a bakery in town before heading to the trails -- Que Rica (2nd best) or the place next to Seyenra on Lago del Desierto (amazzzzzzing). It is very worthwhile to book four days five nights and plan laguna de los tres for the best weather day. Taxi to the north side of the park for a one-way hike back to Chaltan via LDLT is a great way to do this hike -- you will have the trails to yourself until the half way point and the terrain is more varied in the north part of the park. Dont skip the Viedma glacier even if you are doing Big Ice in Calafate -- its better here though bigger there. have a great visit!!!!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed January 20, 2012

The estancia is too much commercialized. You can see their dogs and cows, but this is all. The home made food, which is a great attraction to estancias in general, is completely missing. The steak is actually pieces of meat on a wooden stick, and what is totally against the concept of countryside hospitality, you have to pay money for extra bread. Small thing, but very typical for this estancia. All in all very expensive, and uncomparably low level to any agriturismo feeling you can get e.g in Italy.

  • Stayed January 2012
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cremona
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Reviewed January 18, 2012

We were here in January 2012, for three days. El Chaltén is a wonderful place and you can admire during the walks fantastic landscapes. Alfredo was very kind and avalaible to us.He explained all the possibilities for the hikes and help us to choose what to do. I suggest you : Laguna Torre, Laguna De Los Tres and Lago do Desierto with the Huemul Glaciar.
The hotel is 2 km from El Chaltén in a very quiet position. The breakfast is nothing special and the Internet Wi Fi doesn't work very often.
The rooms are clean and enough small but in this place you wouldn't stay a lot in the room. It's better to profit of the fantastic Patagonia's Nature!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Moscow, Russia
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Reviewed January 14, 2012

We stayed 2 nights and 3 days at Hosteria La Quinta.
The hotel is really great. It is situated several kilometres far from El Chalten city in the small valley, surrounded by lots of trees, and thanks to it is protected from the strong winds. To my opinion you will fill there more comfortable then in El Chalten village. We had superior double room N 27 on the 2nd floor, which is very nice decorated in campaign style, spacious and comfortable.
The hotel is very clean with lots of flowers outside, staff and owner are friendly and helpful, they can advise you on all trekking circuits of the Park. Every day of the week at 19:00 they organizes Mate ceremony, that we highly recommend, and also explains the story of Estancia and the family at 18:00.
HOWEVER: Estancia is situated several kilometers far from El Chalten. To get there you shall use free transfers offered by the owner of Estancia - Alfredo (there're only 3 or 4 per day, house are fixed, and the last one leaves El Chalten at 18:30) or taxi. So if you want to walk through the city, go to the restaurant in the evening or make trekking in the Northen part of the park, you will have to take taxi to get back. As we stayed not too many days at El Chalten, we were not too much disturbed, but if you plan to stay for longer time you will have to manage it.
Another important thing to know: there is no mobile phone coverage at all and very slow internet!!! Make sure to call Estancia and inform them about your arrival time that they get you on the bus station! If they are not informed at what time you arrive, you will have to take text to go to Estancia.
During our stay at La Quinta we especially appreciated:
1. There are animals in Estancia (caws, dogs, horses, we have also found a nest of Eagle with small baby…)
2. Estancia produces own milk, meat, some fruits as strawberry, calafate fruit etc. and you can taste it all at the restaurant of Estancia. We really enjoyed the meat brochette as it was the best meat we have tried in Argentina. They also prepares very delicious home made ice cream and other desserts. Apart all this, restaurant propose you fresh fish (fished 200 km away from Estancia). We loved to eat at this restaurant and miss it a lot!
On the contrary, the breakfast is rather simple and nothing special. If you want to have some fresh fruits for breakfast, you should order it on the reception the day before. As we not correctly informed about, we couldn't get any fresh fruits, even an apple.
3. La Quinta has some private trails. One can be used to go to Lomo del Pliegue Tumbado and helps to cut some kilometers from the official trek. For us this was the most beautiful trek of the Park because of its wonderful and magic panorama to Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre and 3 valleys with glacier Grande. This trek is not too visited as it's rather difficult as you have to climb about 1000 meters and it takes about 7 to 10 hours AR.

Do not miss ice climbing or trekking at Viedma glacier!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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laguna niguel, California, USA
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Reviewed January 2, 2012

My husband and two girls and I stayed here for 3 nights in December and had a wonderful time. El Chalten is a very small town, catering to people who love the outdoors and want a chance to hike near the FitzRoy. Alfredo and his family and staff run this wonderful estancia and are very kind and extremely knowledgeable and helpful. On the days we didn't catch a ride with Alfredo into town, we either walked or called for a taxi. It was a full 40 minute walk along the road to get to town but we enjoyed the time, looking at the beautiful scenery and getting warmed up for rock climbing. There was wifi in the lobby, a generous breakfast every morning, and the option to eat at the hotel restaurant for dinner. I ate a delicious trout dish with a mild blue cheese sauce, my daughter and husband loved the beef too. A highlight of our stay was learning about the mate ritual with their charming employee Lucrecia. I was happy to be out of town, in the beautiful countryside, with such kind people. This was a wonderful place to relax after a long day of hiking and being outside. I hope to come back to visit again soon.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the front of the hotel have a great view of the hills and the cows.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed December 31, 2011

Estancias have an incredible opportunity to create a unique lodging experience – rich in history, the outdoors, and an aesthetic that’s integrated with that history and geography. And some of them do this beautifully. But Estancia La Quinta opted for teal carpet, disinfectants that will make you gag, low ceilings, shoddy cleaning, tiny rooms, and an awkward 1980s aesthetic that simply doesn’t work, and isn’t true to the environment. The room was also just a terrible value given the price point – we paid $170 per night for a room that immediately left us wishing we had made another choice.

If you don’t have a car, prepare to walk. It’s about a 50-70 minute walk through the hills into town. It’s quicker on the road, but who wants to walk along the road in Patagonia? The walk through the hills is actually gorgeous, with wonderful views of the Fitz Roy, but it can become a chore if you don’t want to eat at La Quinta’s restaurant. (On the restaurant, the pasta sauce tasted like it was from a can, so we didn’t go back.) The proprietors offer shuttle service at 9am and 6pm, but that’s pretty inflexible – we go on vacation to relax, not adhere to timetables.

The hosts should seek out another calling – they aren’t natural innkeepers. When we departed, no goodbyes, just a blank stare. I think they wanted to be nice, but they don’t have the natural charm or warmth to make their guests feel comfortable and at home.
Our recommendation: stay in Chalten itself… all the hikes are right there, and if you want an estancia experience, go to one that has horses and a more true-to-form experience and aesthetic.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed December 11, 2011

My husband and I stayed at Estancia La Quinta for 3 days during our 3-week honeymoon in Argentina. What differentiates the experience at La Quinta is the level of warm, friendly, and accommodating service you receive as a guest there. We really enjoyed interacting with Alfredo - he was so friendly and helpful, and made some great trekking recommendations to us. He also has a great sense of humor and we loved chatting with him. The staff arranged for us to have a personal mate ceremony while we were there and explained the significance of this Argentine custom. They even gave us Champagne to toast to our honeymoon. We had a very tasty dinner in the on-site restaurant as well, and enjoyed the convenience of the packed lunches offered each day to take on the trails (nothing tastes as good as a hardboiled egg after hiking up to Laguna de los Tres!). We had a car so it was no problem to get in/out of town, although it seemed quite simple and inexpensive to arrange a taxi if you did not have a car (Alfredo also offered us free transportation if we needed it). We also loved seeing all the animals on the estancia each day - there's even a friendly eagle that lives out on the lawn. Our room was clean and comfortable with good bathroom facilities. Wifi worked in the lobby but not in the rooms (not a big deal - we were there to hike and get away from it all).
El Chalten is a very cool town that hasn't yet been "ruined"/overrun/touristified - get there while you can. And the setting is magnificent - unforgettable. We had clear skies and warm weather with beautiful views of Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre during our stay. What a treat. Coolest spot in town for a beer and delicious post-hike food is la Cerveceria .

Room Tip: We had room 6 on the first floor, which was very pleasant and had a view out toward the Pategonian s...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Estancia La Quinta
Address: El Chalten 9301, Argentina
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Location: Argentina > Patagonia > Province of Santa Cruz > El Chalten
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