One of my sons and I spent four delightful days at El Casco during the first days of July, at the beginning of the Bariloche ski season..We had a wonderful and unforgettable experience. It is difficult to find a more perfect hotel anywhere. A fascinating art collection is displayed throughout the building and gardens. The staff was extremely courteous at all times and always eager to help us in all our needs. Service was seamless. Every room features a different Argentine artist: we were given a magnificent and spacious suite, almost an apartment (the "Soldi" suite, called after the famous painter who did the Teatro Colon dome in Buenos Aires). When we arrived to our room we were greeted with a bottle of red Patagonian wine and two small plates of cheese, cold cuts and crackers. That gave us the tone of what to expect the following days. The hotel features a hot-water swimming pool that expands out to the open air terrace facing Nahuel Huapi lake, where we would rest after long and strenuous ski hours. There is also a small, well equipped health room and a sauna. In addition to the excellent breakfast fare, and being an inquisitive food lover myself, we also tried dinner at the hotel, and I must say that the menu was extremely interesting and the food exquisite. There is a chef-in-residence who really knows his profession. Just a few references to give an idea of the passion for details at El Casco: contrary to what happens in most places in Argentina (where tips are always handed out in cash), El Casco consumption slips include a line to allow for tips to be charged to your account. And (finally!) someone realized that some of us who need glasses to read do not take them to the shower, so at El Casco all bath gels, shampoo and conditioner containers have large and conspicuous lettering so no confusion is possible. No more shampooing our hair with mouthwash! We asked for bycicles and shortly after we had a pair of excellent bykes we used to pedal our way around the area. Two additional tips for art lovers if you stay at El Casco: adjacent to the dining room there is a smaller room with a very tall center table, ideal for wine tasting: take a look at the excellent paintings on the walls, from a famous Argentine painter (Bertani) who has used wine and spirit bottles as a source of inspiration for his works of art. Also, in the dining room, do not miss two extraordinary museum-quality pieces: two large English silver trays from the mid-19th. century worth taking a look at.Also, the sculpture garden is worth a visit. If you go to Bariloche to ski, note that during the ski season the hotel provides free and confortable transportation to the Catedral ski resort which we used every day. Even if I tried hard to identify a drawback at El Casco, I do not think I could do it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the shore of Nahuel Huapi Lake, in one of the most beautiful spots in Patagonia, in the Lake District, and just 15 minutes away from Bariloche city, and from Cerro Catedral ski resort, El Casco Art Hotel blends with the landscape with its stylish architecture, design, and refined tranquility.Intimacy, privacy and personalized service are our main goal, and each of the 33 rooms and suites have original works of art, air-conditioning, state-of-the-art plasma TVs, DVD & sound equipment, WiFi internet connection, Frette sheets (Italy), well appointed amenities, and best of all, direct vistas of the Nahuel Huapi Lake at only 40 metres away, which contributes to make your stay a total delight ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel El Casco Art