The Aldebaran is the best of Bariloche. While the center of town is extremely touristy, with Swiss-chalet style architecture, and the Llao Llao, while imposing and impressive in its way, is pretentious and equally out of place, the Aldebaran fits easily, gracefully and comfortably into its environment, which could not be more spectacular. This is partly due to the simple, elegant, site-appropriate architecture (high, timbered ceilings, lots of stone and terra cotta), partly due to its location several miles outside of town, but still an easy drive into the center (should you choose to spend time there; we did not), and largely due to the delicate and highly appreciated mix of professional attention and respect for guests' privacy with which the hotel is run.
Rooms are all spacious, with several sitting areas, beds are very comfortable, bathrooms are huge, simple and gorgeous, and kept immaculately clean, and each room has a balcony or deck. I would recommend, for views and privacy, nos. 5, 4 (ours), 1 and 2, in that order. There is also an executive suite that we didn't see.
The hotel is right on the lake (you walk down the hill to a private dock) with stunning views of the near and far mountains from all rooms, and far off of a dirt road that insulates guests from all traffic noise and from the tourist circuit. There are many beautiful hikes, from extremely easy to extremely challenging, a short drive from the Aldebaran.
We stayed five nights, and had dinner at the Aldebaran the first night. Decided to venture out the next two nights, but for the final two returned to the hotel. There was really no reason to go anywhere else. The food and the atmosphere at the Aldebaran restaurant were phenomenal. More than worth going to even if you aren't staying there.
We tried to keep our picky requests to a minimum, but no request was accepted with anything less than perfect graciousness and friendly willingness to help.
This is one of the best places we have ever stayed in the world. It's a relatively well kept secret (e.g., as compared to the Llao Llao resort), but it is there for lucky travelers to bask in. Don't hesitate ... Unless you have a hankering for somebody's idea of a Swiss-style lodge right on the busy main road, you won't regret the alluring Aldebaran.
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- Also Known As:
- Aldebaran Hotel San Carlos De Bariloche
- Aldebaran Hotel And Spa