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El Casco Art Hotel

San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

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Why Stay At El Casco Art Hotel

El Casco Art Hotel, on the shores of Nahuel Huapi Lake, is a showcase for modern art and acts as a cozy home base for exploring Argentine Patagonia.

The Scoop

First opened in 1970, El Casco Art Hotel, seven miles from Patagonia's famed mountain resort Bariloche, had a reputation for restrained elegance throughout the seventies. But decades of neglect ended in 2006, when a new owner, Buenos Aires art collector Ignacio Gutiérrez Zaldívar, completed a $5-million refurbishment. Now, this modern-art showcase—set in a secluded copse of fir, pine, and sequoia along Lake Nahuel Huapi—is done up in a muted, coffee-and-cream color scheme. Sofa-filled common spaces are bedecked with 300 works of modern Argentine art, and in the 33 spacious guest rooms, Egyptian cotton, goose down, and fine linen make up in coziness what they lack in flair. A stay here is worth ever penny for the superlative comfort surrounded by abundant, Patagonian nature.

Insider Tips

Hotel staffers lead excursions on its private sailboat or a wooden longboat; guests can also opt for a 15-minute shuttle ride to Catedral alta Patagonia, Argentina's largest ski resort.

Two local breweries, Cervercería Blest and Berlina, are within walking distance of the hotel, and both offer tours and tastings.

Preferred Airport

Arrive at San Carlos de Bariloche International Airport () which is approximately 15 miles away. Anticipate about 30 minutes of travel time.

Avenida Exequiel Bustillo, San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro, Argentina

Hotel Features

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Property Amenities
  • Health Club
  • Gym
  • Spa Treatments
  • Indoor/Outdoor Pool
  • Outdoor Jacuzzi
  • Hairdresser
  • Golf Courses nearby
In-Room Amenities
  • En-Suite Bathrooms
  • Air Conditioning
  • Plasma TVs
  • DVD Players
  • Music Equipment
  • Desks
Dining & Nightlife
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Wine Bar
  • Wine Cellar
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Why We Love San Carlos de Bariloche

Located on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi in Patagonia's Lake District, San Carlos de Bariloche is a favorite destination for outdoor activities (skiing, biking, and sailing). The area is also known as Argentina's chocolate capital; sample some of the city's finest at Mamuschka Chocolate de Bariloche and Rapa Nui Chocolates, both on Mitre Street in Bariloche.

Don't Miss

Best Day Trip: Head out along the Circuito Chico, or the "small circuit," a 37-mile road that passes by the landmarks of Bariloche, including the popular pebbled beach at Playa Bonita and the 1936 San Eduardo Chapel.
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Where to Eat: One of the best seafood restaurants in the area, Cassis, is located about eight miles south of Bariloche alongside Lake Gutierrez. Arrive in plenty of time to catch the sunset over the water. Route 82, Lake Gutierrez, Peñón de Arelauquen.
011-2944-476-167
Dinner for two $120.

Best View: Head to the top of Cerro Campanario for panoramic views that stretch from Lake Nahuel Huapi to Lake Perito Moreno, the Llao Llao peninsula, and Victoria Island. The chairlift ride takes about seven minutes, and there's a small café for a café con leche. 17.5 km marker on Bustillo Ave.

Take in tranquil lake views.

Take in tranquil lake views.

Why Go Now

September 3-8, 2012
Gay Snow Festival
The area's first LGBT festival includes art shows and fireworks.
Various venues; Bariloche.

November 22-26, 2012
Craft Beer Festival
Sip craft beer at stalls hosted by more than 20 local microbreweries.
Civic Center; Bariloche.

November 28-December 2, 2012
1000 Millas Sport
Over 150 competitors in classic sports cars race the 3-day, 1,000-mile route from Llao Llao to Esquel and elsewhere around the Lake District.
Various venues in Bariloche.

El Casco Art Hotel

San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

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