I have stayed at quite a few B&Bs/posadas in Argentina recently and Casa Patagonica in Puerto Madryn (www.casa-patagonica.com.ar) is definitely in my top two (the other being a place in Buenos Aires). This is mainly because of two things - the excellent quality of the accommodation and the fantastic service from the owners, particularly from Eugenia (service which was extremely helpful, but not too 'in-your-face´'...a difficult balancing act for any B&B-owner to pull off, but they do it perfectly here).
Eugenia went out of her way to help me plan my time in Puerto Madryn...she booked various tours for me, helped me find out when various things were open, etc. Nothing was too much trouble.
You share a lovely lounge/dining room and kitchen with the other guests, but when I was there this week I was lucky enough to have this area all to my self, which felt incredibly luxurious! This space is provided just for the guests (the owners live in a separate building), which is an arrangement I like, as it means you can watch the television and make some dinner or a cup of tea without feeling as though you are in any way intruding. However, all the while, the owners are just a one-minute walk away if you need them.
The room I stayed in (the double with en-suite) is lovely and the bed is very comfortable...a little traffic noise, but then that would be true of all of the well-situated B&Bs and hotels in Puerto Madryn. If you are looking for somewhere to base yourself for a visit to this amazing part of Patagonia, look no further! The bigger hotels in Puerto Madryn are quite a bit more expensive...so I was very pleased with my choice.
Breaskfast-wise, it´s solid, but not mindblowing. It's toast, a different (and often delicious) cake/pastry each day and plenty of good quality coffee and tea. As the breakfast varies a little each morning, if there is something you want to guarantee getting every morning (like dulce de leche or jam) I would ask the owners...I am sure they would oblige. Plus you have a fridge-freezer for your use if you want to buy anything additional from the nearby shops. I loved the fact that the timing of breakfast was very flexible, to work around my plans, which meant the coffee was always fresh.
Location-wise, I tended to walk into the city centre (it's about a 3 minute walk to the beach, and about a 20-minute walk to the city centre), but taxis are easy and quick to order.
Incidentally, I also strongly recommend the tours that Eugenia can book for you too, especially the snorkelling with seals (through www.madrynbuceo.com) and the trips to Doradillo and the pensinsula (through www.foresterotour.com.ar). If you need an English-speaking guide, however, do mention this to Eugenia. I was more than happy with a Spanish-speaking guide...so, as a result, Ricardo was perfect! But I could imagine that it might be a little tricky to access his vast and very interesting knowledge of the killer whales, seals, sea-lions, etc. if you do not have some Spanish. In the end, I went on three tours with Ricardo, so I was obviously happy.
Overall, I loved Casa Patagonica! I would say that this part of Argentina is an essential place to visit if you are heading to Argentina (although first do check the timetables for the different wildlife if you particularly want to see something). I have seen most of Argentina now and this coastal part of Patagonia ranks up there with Iguazú Falls as an unmissable stop. And, when you do visit Puerto Madryn, I doubt you'll find anywhere better to stay than Casa Patagonica. I have a feeling it won't be long before I head back there myself!
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