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Los Ponchos Apart Boutique
Ranked #11 of 70 Hotels in El Calafate
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Reviewed 28 January 2014

Los Ponchos was a really nice place to stay in El Calafate, and it's where I would stay again on a return trip there. The staff was very attentive, and helped us make dinner reservations, call taxis, order lunch boxes, etc. They were also very helpful when an issue came up with one of our excursions… my Spanish is almost nonexistent, so having a bi-lingual person at the front desk made all the difference in getting us to our tour on time.

We made a conscious decision to stay out of the main town, and we ended up taking a taxi each evening because Los Ponchos was a bit farther out than we expected. However, taking a taxi is not a big deal, as the hotel called one for us when necessary, and we were always able to find one on the street when in town. The real benefit is if you're doing many excursions… you will be one of the last people picked up and one of the first dropped off. That means less time driving around on a bus.

Also, I loved the breakfast each morning. Perfect for an early morning meal after a big steak dinner the previous night, and they changed it slightly each day for a little variety.

Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 January 2014

We stayed here with our 5-year old son and this was such a nice surprise. The room is very comfy and big for a family like ours. Service was great! They did everything to help us in every way possible. They helped us find a good driver that took us to Perito Moreno. They also helped with dinner reservations and restaurant suggestions. We would go back anytime!

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 January 2014

We traveled as a family with my wife's parents joining us. Stayed in their cottage out back with 2 bedrooms and a kitchen. The staff was incredible here - very responsive and attentive. The cottage was great. Very nicely appointed and comfortable. Rooms a bit small but that's to be expected in Argentina I think. They deliver breakfast to you at the time you specify and have extras if you need.

We arrived very late, about 10:30pm, and it was still light out. We hadn't eaten dinner yet and the staff told us about a local place a few blocks away that would deliver. Since we had a 4 year old with us we decided to do this and bathe her while we waited for the food. It was great.

The first night I didn't sleep well - the windows had no blackouts and it gets bright, very early in the morning, so I was up early. The next day after we got back from the glacier they had blackouts on the windows (I think someone forgot them the first night!) and we hadn't asked. I slept much better on the 2nd night.

The next day the staff had our breakfast ready on time as well as our lunch kits we ordered to take with us on our glacier mini-trekking tour. Everything was there exactly as promised. The day after, we did a half day estancia visit and had about 3 hours to kill between the end of that and our airport pickup and the staff allowed us to stay and hang out in the lobby during that time. They also were very kind and chatted with us and my in laws and made us feel welcome and at home. We even met the owner and she seemed very nice.

I'll definitely stay here again if I ever get lucky enough to go back to El Calafate. The weekend there was magical and I'll never forget it.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 January 2014

My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights. Overall, it's a nice place, just a little far from the city center and restaurants.
The Pros:
-The staff is very accommodating, and it felt like everyone really wanted us to enjoy our stay
-Breakfast served in the morning
-Room was large and very clean and had a nice view of the lake
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-The hotel is a pretty far walk from the center of town. On one hand, the isolation is nice (part of feeling like you're near the end of the world...), but it's a little too far to walk home from dinner. You can order dinner from retaurants in town and they'll deliver
-The walls are pretty thin and we could hear our neighbors.
-We ordered boxed lunches to take with us on our day trips. It was nice to have the option to order, but food wasn't very good

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 January 2014

My wife and i stayed here in mid December. The rooms were fantastic. A full kitchen/dining room with a loft bedroom. The view was spectacular and we enjoyed eating breakfast at our own kitchen table every morning. It is a little far from town (5 minutes by taxi and about 20 min walk). The staff was friendly and helpful with any request. I'd gladly stay here again if we ever make it back to Calafate.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 January 2014

We stayed for two nights over the New Years holiday and had an excellent stay. The rooms were very clean and comfortable, and we appreciated the extra space and the kitchenette. The staff was very helpful and kind, going out of their way to help us resolve a transportation issue. The breakfast is brought to your room or you can eat in the gallery just outside your door - a nice touch. The hotel is about a 15 minute walk from town, which can seem like a long ways if the wind is howling, but a cab ride was inexpensive.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 January 2014

We stayed here for the short time on our trip around Argentina.
I wish I have spend here more time. Los Ponchos is very well run little hotel.
There is nothing bad to say about it. Customer service was excellent. Don't be afraid to ask them for recommendations what to do and they will call for you and reserve for you. All you have to do just show efectivo (cash).
Located just on the side of the downtown, easily accessible by taxi (20-25 min walk) that hotel will call for you. It cost about 50 pesos each way, which is nothing.
El Califate is wonderful little town with great restaurants and so many great souvenir shops.
Great place to spend 4-5 nights. So much to do besides Glaciers
Thank you staff of Los Ponchos
We had a great time

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Los Ponchos Apart Boutique

Address: Los Alamos 3321, El Calafate 9405, Argentina
Region: Argentina > Patagonia > Province of Santa Cruz > El Calafate
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in El Calafate
#2 Romantic Hotel in El Calafate
Price Range: £124 - £376 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Los Ponchos Apart Boutique 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
LOS PONCHOS APART BOUTIQUE, is located at 2 km from the downtown of El Calafate, between steppe and glaciers. You can live a unique experience in our cozy rooms, decorated with Hispano-American art pieces that connect the guests to our cultural identity. From the ten wide and comfortable rooms you can enjoy the impressive view of the lake Lago Argentino and admire the beauty of the Patagonic skies. In Los Ponchos we work to make our guests feel at home. ... more   less 
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