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Hosteria Patagonia Paraiso
Ranked #36 of 48 Hotels in Villa La Angostura
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Level 6 Contributor
98 reviews
52 hotel reviews
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“Good hotel with special features”
Reviewed 24 March 2007

My husband and I are Argentine residents so the rates that applied to us may not be available to foreigners. We also traveled in March, which is medium to low season. However, it is an excellent season to travel, as the weather is fine (end of summer), the prices are low and the places are not packed with children and teen-agers (school time has started). At the Patagonia Paraiso, we paid 80 US dollars per night for a double room (called Junior Suite, but just an average room) with whirlpool bath and view to the lake, even from the whirlpool.
Patagonia Paraiso is situated on a peninsula, on the coast of the bay, overlooking the mainland. This peninsula and bay (Bahía Manzano and Puerto Manzano peninsula) are 7 km from Villa La Angostura, the village on the northern shore of the Nahuel Huapi Lake. Famous Bariloche lies on the southern shore of this huge lake. In fact, travelers have to fly to Bariloche airport first, when coming to Villa La Angostura. The best deal is to rent a car and drive the 80 km or so round the lake. But an alternative is to take a bus from the bus terminal ($12 or 4 US dollars), which will drop you in Villa La Angostura after a 1 1/2 hour journey. From there, you can take another bus to the beginning of the Puerto Manzano peninsula ($1 or 0.33 US dollars, running one per hour), or a taxi ($15 or 5 US dollars). There are several trekking circuits up the mountains and to waterfalls, plus bus and boat tours in the area, and in winter there is a skiing resort about 2 miles from Bahía Manzano.
Now that you know where the place is and what you can do, let's concentrate on the hotel itself. It is advertised as a 4-star hotel. True in some aspects: only 12 rooms ensure that you are very well taken care of, and all of them have gorgeous views to the lake (see photos). Fittings in the room are top quality, as are mattress, linen, whirlpool tub in bathroom, electronic safe in the closet, complimentary terry cloth bathrobes. Beautiful common areas, including a TV room with a 54" plasma screen and comfortable sofas, free Internet access in the TV room, available 24 hours a day, breakfast terrace with open view. The newly opened heated swimming pool is small, but since there are few guests, it turns into an almost private swimming pool. You can walk along the coast from the inlet where the hotel is situated right to the beginning of Bahía Manzano, where you will find the harbor for private boats and a couple of restaurants (about 300 yards). Or you can just sit and read on the terrace or under the tall coihue trees, or next to the local arrayanes bushes (reddish bark, part of a National Park attraction), or lie on the volcanic sand beach and bird watch. We had lunch there and found the food adequate.
On the other hand, it is also true that the hotel's maintenance is lacking a bit, since there were areas of the room that needed repainting (and working on the plumbing, since apparently there were leaks into the room from the bathroom), and I would guess that, since the hotel is only one year old, the problem is that the quality of construction is not up to standard in these far away places . The rooms are small in size, but the closet space is adequate and so is the bathroom, with a separate sink area. The wall separating the whirlpool tub from the bedroom included a huge ceiling-to-tub glass pane, through which you could see right up to the lake. It did have a curtain, though, which could be pulled down when needed, for privacy.
Breakfast buffet was adequate. European travelers might miss the hot food (eggs, for example), but there was a wide assortment of pastries, fresh fruit salad, cereals and yoghurt, as well as ham and cheese.
So I would rate it as a three-star plus hotel. The plus also has to do with the fact that the owners, Manuel and Ana are always there to help you with whatever you need.

  • Liked — Service and views
  • Disliked — Size of bedroom, need to repaint and plaster walls in some places.
  • Stayed March 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 March 2007

We have just stayed 5 nights at this small hosteria in Puerto Manzano, not far from Villa la Angostura. The location is excellent with a number of good restaurants nearby - the best of which is Puerto Tomato where we had a couple of great lunches. ( try the homemade pasta ! ) As to the Patagonia Paraiso I must say we were disappointed. The rooms, though well decorated, were quite small. They had lovely bedding. After our 3rd night the owner asked us to relocate to a different room as they had a family group arriving. We were not pleased and thought the owner should have put us originally in a room where we could stay for our whole visit. This hosteria could be much better than it is if more attention would be paid to details. Although only a year old, the building needs repairs and they are not being done. The second room we stayed in badly needed painting. One of the stairs in the lobby was missing part of the tread. When we arrived the patio surrounding the pool was covered in dirt and the pool was full of leaves. The room price was reasonable so it's good value. Just that it could be so much better.

Stayed February 2007
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Property: Hosteria Patagonia Paraiso
Address: Calle Los Pinos 367, Villa La Angostura 8407, Argentina
Region: Argentina > Patagonia > Province of Neuquen > Villa La Angostura
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#17 Spa Hotel in Villa La Angostura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hosteria Patagonia Paraiso 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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