5 Jaw-Dropping Luxury Hotels in Bariloche
I was recently deleting photos on my Iphone (I’ve got over 22,000!?!), & scrolling through sooo many pictures can render you a bit immune to beauty. But when I happened upon my long-forgotten photos of San Carlos de Bariloche: it made me pause. This place is SO GORGEOUS. Unbelievably so, really. The only place in the U.S. it somewhat reminds me of is Lake Tahoe ~ but Bariloche may be even prettier, with its soaring, craggy mountaintops & numerous waterways that all converge into Huapi Lake. Though Bariloche is in Patagonia, which is known for being quite rugged: you’ll find far more pampering here than down south. So in that vein, let’s check out “5 Jaw-Dropping Luxury Hotels in Bariloche.”
Map of Bariloche
Bariloche is located in northern-most Patagonia, near the Chilean border. Because flights were so expensive, I took a 24-hour bus ride from El Chalten in southern Patagonia to Bariloche….& I would NOT do that again! Because Bariloche is in a rather isolated location & quite far from Buenos Aires, I HIGHLY recommend booking a flight there ~ & book early.
Llao Llao Resort
El Casco Art Hotel
Las Balsas Gourmet
Luma Casa de Montana
1. Lirolay Suites
Boutique, Chalet-Styled Hotel with Jacuzzies in Room
We’ll start our tour with the hotel closest to San Carlos de Bariloche: Lirolay Suites ($119+). When you pull up, the Swiss-styled exterior may have you thinking you’re in the Alps ~ & the hot tubs in every room will only enhance this feeling. With private entrances, massive picture windows, decadent jacuzzies, & balconies in every room, plus a cozy, upscale-log cabin vibe: this is an ideal spot for a romantic getaway. And if you feel like exploring town, it’s just a quick drive away.
With rooms starting around $100 U.S./night, this is one of the most affordable luxury options on the list. Check prices at Lirolay here.
“We stayed for 2 nights & it felt like staying with family. Small boutique hotel that did not disappoint.
And then…the view from the room was…stunning. – Robert F.
2. El Casco Art Hotel
Modern Yet Warm, with Original Art in Every Room
Where Lirolay is more cozy, El Casco Art Hotel ($318+) is a little more sleek & modern; their clean rooms exhibit an understated elegance. With only 33 rooms, this is also a boutique hotel, & original artwork adorns the walls in every room. On the grounds, you’ll find a highly-rated spa, beautiful gardens, a solarium, heated indoor/outdoor pool, steam room & sauna. If you’re visiting during summer (December through February), there’s easy access to boating, swimming, & fishing; likewise, during winter, El Casco is just minutes from the Cerro Catedral Ski Resort.
Check prices for El Casco here.
This could be your view at El Casco Art Hotel.
“Rooms are big & full of light, with warm decoration, overlooking the Nahuel Huapi lake. The view from our room was stunning & it had a balcony with chairs & plants. All bedrooms are decorated with Argentine paintings from famous artists.
– Review from FlywithLola
3. Llao Llao Hotel & Golf Resort
The Most Iconic Hotel in Patagonia
And now we come to the most iconic hotel in Bariloche, & perhaps all of Patagonia: the Llao Llao Hotel & Golf Resort ($470+). When I stayed in Bariloche, I took a 17-mile bike ride around this side of the lake, & biked right alongside the Llao Llao. All I can say is: WOW. With its unique position perched atop a small hill, surrounded by mountains & lake on all sides ~ this really is one of the best situated hotel sites I’ve ever seen, anywhere in the world.
And it’s one of Bariloche’s most historic hotels, built in 1938. With just over 200 rooms (in two different wings), five restaurants, an 18-hole golf course, indoor & outdoor pools, a marina, beach, & health club with sauna & spa: this is one of the largest hotels in Bariloche, & makes a great destination for families, couples, & those seeking a once-in-a-lifetime kind of trip.
Check prices at the Llao Llao here.
One of a kind experience! So memorable we plan to go back for sure. At arrival, it immediately reminded me of the beauty of the mountains & lakes in Switzerland. In both winter & summer, the Llao Llao is a choice that you won’t regret.
– Nicolas E.
4. Las Balsas Gourmet Hotel & Spa
Peaceful Relaix & Chateaux Property with Delicious Food
Now we’re heading a little further north, just over an hour’s drive from Bariloche, to the beautiful Villa la Angostura region. A Relaix & Chateaux property, the charming blue Las Balsas Gourmet Hotel ($399+) is a little more calm, a little more peaceful than the other hotels listed ~ because you’re that much further from the bustle of Bariloche. Known for their food, you can also rent bikes here, enjoy the infinity pool, get a massage, go horseback riding, or simply explore one of the many hikes in the area.
Then again, you can always simply enjoy their private beach & daily happy hour!
“Stunning location & beautiful hotel. Excellent service & food – the restaurant is superb, one of the best places I’ve eaten while living in Argentina for over four years. The staff is wonderful & knowledgeable of the area. Common areas are beautiful, & the tiny bar is a dream. A very special place.”
– Pablo Rossello
5. Luma Casa de Montana
Elegant 8-Room Boutique Hotel with AMAZING Lake Views
For our final hotel, we’ll stay in the Angostura region & check into the elegant Luma Casa de Montana ($335+). Blending the eclectic with a mountain feel: this is perhaps the most unique hotel on the list. With just 8 rooms, you’re more likely to hear the sound of birds singing or waves lapping against the shore; this is less a family hotel, more a couple’s or solo retreat. You’ll feel like family here, & rooms are some of the most spacious on the list. Plus, you’ll still find amenities such as pool, sauna, & spa ~ plus daily breakfasts with awe-inspiring lake views.
The room we stayed in offered the best views we’ve ever had from a hotel: Nahuel Huapi Lake & the Andes mountains behind it. Almost every good hotel in the region will have lakefront rooms, but the privileged location of this place in Villa La Angostura beats anyone I can imagine.
– Daniel S.
5 Jaw-Dropping Luxury Hotels in Bariloche
That’s a wrap on luxurious accommodations in San Carolos de Bariloche. I’ve written extensively about Argentina: check out my guide to Argentina’s “hidden” Salt Flats, find out how much I spent on a trip to Patagonia, & where my favorite Patagonian hikes are.
And for those visiting Buenos Aires, find out where to watch professional tango….