Crowned by 6,500-foot mountains, San Carlos de Bariloche sits on the shores of Lago Nahuel Huapi inside the boundaries of the indomitable Nahuel Huapi National Park. The crystal-clear glacial lake reflects perfectly the snowcapped peaks of Argentinean Patagonia. The town, now only known as Bariloche, attracts visitors for its stunning natural surrounds and its chocolate.
The world-class chocolate can be enjoyed any time of year. Skiers descend upon the snowy mountains in winter while hikers, horseback riders and anglers flock to the west-central Argentinean town during the warmer months.
The hotels here feature a ski lodge feel to keep guests warm amongst the powdery snow. You just have to pick the one with your favorite view of the lake, mountains and seasonal forests.
8. Hotel Concorde
You’ll find Hotel Concorde right on Bariloche’s lakeside road of Juan Manuel de Rosas. The brick facade of the hotel looks like nothing special, but cozy comfort awaits on the inside. The modern interior is fitted to look like a ski lodge complete with fireplaces, log cabin-style wood and thick comforters.
The rooms of the water-facing side of the hotel have stunning views of the glacial lake, but, if you don’t get one, you’ll get views of the surrounding mountains instead.
7. Arelauquen Lodge
The Arelauquen Lodge is absolutely stunning. Sitting high above the town, the hotel grounds give you sweeping views of Bariloche, Lago Nahuel Huapi and its thundering crowning mountains. Take advantage of the indoor-outdoor swimming pool any time of year. Enjoy a drink in the hot tub while watching the snow fall about town in the winter.
The rooms are clean, bright, and large with high ceilings. And you can’t miss the views. Each room in the ski lodge features massive windows to let you know that you’ve arrived in the dream town of San Carlos de Bariloche.
6. Villa Huinid Hotel Bustillo
The most stunning feature of Villa Huinid Hotel Bustillo has to be the indoor pool. You wade down the steps of the bright blue pool while looking out over the lake and beyond. Villa Huinid Hotel Bustillo sits right up against Lago Nahuel Huapi, and staying here is affordable.
The rooms are basic, clean and comfortable, but every guest is able to take advantage of the lake-facing pool and hot tub. The free buffet breakfast makes this affordable and rustic lakeside accommodation perfect for a traveling family that loves the outdoors.
5. La Cascada Hotel
There are no streets separating you from Lago Nahuel Huapi at the La Cascada Hotel. Walk down from your homey room to a staircase that takes you to the rocky shores of the glacial lake. This hotel is a home away from home. Each room has its own unique ambiance, but they all feel like you’re staying over a friend’s house.
And the hotel grounds are utterly jaw-dropping. The hotel’s lakeside garden features lush local flora and a cascading waterfall. In fact, the hotel is named after its most prized garden feature. Just head on to the indoor pool if it happens to be cold outside.
4. Panamericano Bariloche
Hotel Panamericano Bariloche is a bit closer to town but not too far from the lake. You’ll enjoy big city amenities in this towering hotel. The rooms at the top have stunning views of Bariloche and the lake, and each guest can take advantage of the rooftop pool for a swim with a view.
The rooms are dark, masculine and comfy featuring warm leathers and dark, rich woods. You’ll find a warm lair in the heart of the hotel complete with plush couches and a fireplace to keep the winter frost at bay.
3. Villa Huinid Hotel Pioneros
This hotel, not to be confused with the Villa Huinid Hotel Bustillo, offers up an affordable accommodation that puts you right on Lago Nahuel Huapi. The lake-facing side of the hotel has been cleared to give you unencumbered views of the glacial gem.
You’ll also find a clean indoor pool on the backside of the hotel. This hotel is all about value. You get a clean room with plenty of space, colorful linens and a comfortable bed in the heart of the Argentinean Patagonia. Villa Huinid features a friendly lakeside bar and a spacious dining room where an included buffet breakfast.
2. NH Bariloche Edelweiss
Tucked just a block away from the lake, the NH Bariloche Edelweiss features mesmerizing architecture with jutting windows and asymmetrical patterns. This hotel puts you close to downtown Bariloche, so you’re never too far from the town’s amenities.
But you might not need to venture into town as the NH Bariloche Edelweiss has everything you, your friends and family needs. An incredibly modern bar, an indoor rooftop pool and cozy public fireplaces await guests inside this edgy building.
And you’ll love how modern the rooms feel with just a hint of ski lodge architecture to remind you that you’re in the mountains.
1. Design Suites Bariloche
The lake-facing side of this hotel is absolutely stunning. With nothing separating the hotel from Lago Nahuel Huapi except a forested slope, the backside of the Design Suites features a heated wraparound pool.
You’ll find the hotel’s restaurant and bar on a viewing deck above the steaming blue water. This hotel is absolutely stunning during any season, but it is especially cozy in the winter months.
Rooms feature lake-facing hot tubs with open windows so you get the most out of your Bariloche visit. And the interior is modern, dark and masculine with natural woods, warm leathers and natural stone.