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Aldebaran Hotel & Spa
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Reviewed 12 April 2009

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.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 April 2009

We spent three wonderful nights at the Aldebaran, the highlight of an 8-day trip through the Lakes District. The staff, hotel and food were just outstanding. The hotel is on a quiet peninsula jutting into Nahuel Huapi lake, with excellent hiking options nearby and away from the chaos of Bariloche city. By dinner our first night, over slow cooked trout, grilled vegetables and Malbec wine, we were already talking about our next visit.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank BAscribe
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Reviewed 9 March 2009

we stay for two nights in this lovely place cecilia she helped arrange for a car .you will need one if you want to go places .the beauty and the views are amazing the food fantastic if we have to rated it will be a five star.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 February 2009

I try not to give five-star reviews, so let me get this out of the way first: my girlfriend and I fell absolutely, completely head-over-heels in love with the Aldebaran. It is, without a doubt, one of the most lovely places we have stayed anywhere, at any price.

Having had a disastrous stay in another hotel, we checked out early and set off intent on staying at the famous Llao Llao hotel a few kilometres away. Having read about the Aldebaran in a guide-book, we decided to take the turning at the sign and take a look.

The omens were good right from the start - the drive-way welcoming us swathed in lavender, dozens of honey-bees dancing between the plants. The property itself is small (ten rooms) and drops down the hillside overlooking one of the Lake District's gorgeous lakes. We were given the choice of a standard or superior room and opted for the standard, preferring the wooden deck with loungers to the small balcony of the larger room. The room itself was large, simply decorated in sand and natural woods, with a large, well-appointed bathroom. Upstairs, the lovely lounge bar and restaurant offered countless comfortable and welcoming places to sit, despite its small size, each with astonishing views. The restaurant too enjoys lovely views, and its freshly-prepared food is delicious, and rich in fresh, local Patagonian ingredients.

However, what made the Aldeberan special was the truly wondrous staff. There is efficiency, and there is friendliness; usually incompatible, and if the first is in evidence, the friendliness is usually, at best, forced and clinical. Not so here. As soon as we arrived it was as if we were part of a family: advice and help offered and given, usually in the midst of warm conversation peppered with personal anecdotes and genuine concern for our well-being.

No, there is virtually nothing to even criticise the hotel for, let alone complain. Would I change anything? Well, if I were pushed, I may make the bed a touch harder, and extend the free wi-fi from its limited scope in the lobby. But that's it. It really is that good, and that's before looking at the price. We got a 30% discount on the advertised rate, but even without it, our stay would have been cheap.

  • Stayed: January 2009
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2  Thank BochanTraveller
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Reviewed 23 November 2008

The Aldebaran is a very charming small boutique hotel that borders on an upscale bed and breakfast. We arrived in the evening and were warmly met by the staff who gave us an option of rooms. Our room had a fabulous view of the lake. There is a small dining room and a bar where we had a drink before dinner We then settled in for a very nice dinner. Considering the size of the hotel ( 10 rooms ) it was surprising that they had such a full menu. In the morning the staff gave us quite a few things to do and see in the area. You absolutely need a car if you are staying here as the hotel is located 2 to 3 kilometers down a dirt and gravel road that is loaded with pot holes. The first time you drive down the road you can't believe that a hotel is somewhere down this road. You will want to explore the area and dine at other restaurants so don't make the mistake of not renting a car. The hotel has a small but very nice spa. I would recommend the hotel but if you are looking for convenience there may be other hotels you would want to consider.

  • Stayed: November 2008, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank mikeandjill
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Reviewed 20 November 2008

The Aldebaran was our first stop on our honeymoon, and we stayed for 6 nights. We absolutely loved it - it was certainly our favourite hotel out of all the ones we stayed in in Argentina. When we arrived we felt like we'd arrived at a friend's house - we got such a lovely welcome! Our room was very spacious, with a balcony overlooking the lake - such amazing views! The staff couldn't do enough to help - they booked activities, excursions and restaurants for us, everything was made really easy. It was my husband's birthday while we were there, and they made him a birthday cake! We ate at the hotel restaurant a couple of nights - it was very nice, but the hotel was very quiet when we were there (off-season I think) so the restaurant was quiet too.

The hotel is out of the way (which is partly what makes it so lovely) and our tour operator had arranged a hire car for us which was great. But in the evenings we just got taxis to and from restaurants which was fine.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this hotel to others.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank KLNLondon
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Reviewed 25 September 2008

I was originally planning to stay at the Llao Llao, as that was the hotel highly recommended by a colleague. When I went online to book, there were no rooms available for when I would be in Bariloche, so I decided to book at the Aldebaran instead.

I was certainly not disappointed with my stay. The hotel has a country estate feeling, almost if I were staying in someone's home. I had just arrived from BA, and was suffering a rather severe cold, so the Aldebaran was just the place to get some rest and recuperation.

The room was simply gorgeous, designed in a very minimalist way. I had a balcony overlooking the lake and the snow capped Cerro Otto, and I could sit there for hours just taking in the view. The accomodations were large and comfortable, and the bathroom was so large it could be mistake for a squash court. My only complaint was the location of the bathroom windows, a little too low that it didn't afford a lot of privacy, but then again, it was a secluded small hotel and privacy was not an issue.

Service was very good and professional. The front desk staff always helped us find things to do and arrange for trips, understanding that I was too sick to do anything overly exerting. They even got us on a very exciting trip zip-lining through the snowy forest - a highly recommended trip.

Because of the remote location, it was difficult to get away for dinner at outside restaurants. I ate dinner mostly there, and the food was very well prepared. It took a while for service to warm up, but by the second meal, the professionalism opened up to a more friendly demeanor.

Overall I would highly recommend the Aldebaran for a wonderful, secluded escape. Because of its remote location, don't expect to go out to town after a day of skiing or hiking - it's far too remote. However, I think that's what adds to it's charm.

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled with friends
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1  Thank JDTears
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Additional Information about Aldebaran Hotel & Spa

Address: Loica 2327 | Peninsula San Pedro, San Carlos de Bariloche 8400, Argentina
Region: Argentina > Patagonia > Province of Rio Negro > San Carlos de Bariloche
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Ski-In / Ski-Out Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Ski-In / Ski-Out Hotel in San Carlos de Bariloche
#7 Romantic Hotel in San Carlos de Bariloche
#7 On the Beach Hotel in San Carlos de Bariloche
#8 Luxury Hotel in San Carlos de Bariloche
Price Range: £112 - £209 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Aldebaran Hotel & Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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