This is a wonderfully charming, family-run hotel that has been designed and furnished to resemble a rustic-style winter lodge that would look right at home in the Swiss alps, and is in a top location in the middle of the Bariloche city centre. There are restaurants and shops all around, and even a supermarket right opposite the hotel, which makes it very convenient for longer-term stays (I stayed for 7 nights).
I travelled solo but was given a lovely twin room with wide windows, and I really appreciated how clean, ample, comfortable and bright the room was. Daily room and bathroom cleaning is provided, and although I was on the highest floor, the WIFI signal was strong and reliable. There is a very generous breakfast buffet spread laid out every morning, with a variety that goes far beyond the ‘typical’ Argentinian breakfast.
The owners and all staff at the Casita Suiza are always smiling and eager to help, from everything to carrying the luggage, travel advice, help with local agencies or booking taxis. Only a note to other foreign travellers like myself: I think there are only 2 staff (the owners themselves I believe) who are able to converse in English, the other staff speak only Spanish/Argentinian, so it would probably be helpful to bring your Lonely Planet guidebook Spanish along if you need any special help when the owners are not around. Personally this wasn’t a problem for me at all, and I only speak basic Spanish.
The only downside perhaps is that there is no air-conditioning in the rooms, and in the summer it can get a bit hot in the room during the late afternoon. However I came to understand that nearly all budget accommodations or B&Bs in this area do not have air-conditioning, as until recent times when the weather has changed, there was never a need for air-conditioning as Bariloche is supposed to be cool and windy all year round. There were 2 summer nights when the heat was unseasonably warm and the room became slightly stuffy.
But all in all, fantastic value-for-money given the very competitive rates offered by Casita Suiza, especially given the clean and charming rooms, wonderful service, generous breakfast and free WIFI throughout the premises. I would happily stay here again if I return to Bariloche, thank you to the team at Casita Suiza for a wonderful stay!
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