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Santa Monica Aparts
Ranked #2 of 70 Hotels in El Calafate
Certificate of Excellence
Singapore, Singapore
Level 6 Contributor
579 reviews
96 hotel reviews
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“Big 2 bedroom apartment, close to city centre, good service”
Reviewed 13 May 2014

Santa Monica Aparts
Location: Off main Av Liberatador towards eastern end
Hotel: 10 cabins, parking for a few cars
Room: Our cabin had a big living room, one room with double bed and one with 2 single beds
Positives: Well kept, fully equipped, serves breakfast in room
Negatives: creaking due to wooden floors, only 1 bathroom
Ranking at time of writing: Ranked #2 of 72 hotels in El Calafate

SMA are located just off the main avenue that runs through El Calafate and close to the offices of various adventure companies such as Hielos y Aventura and Solo Patagonia (which organizes glacier tours). There is a super-market just a block away as well and a petrol station right across the road. If you are driving there, do note that the road Freile is a no entry from Av Liberatador and hence one must turn right onto 15 de Febrero and come around.

The apartment complex is compact with 5 buildings with 2 units each. Our unit was closest to the main road, so we did have a bit of noise disturbance at night when they were practicing for the carnival. Our cabin was spacious with a sofa, dining table, stove, microwave oven et al. The bedroom was slightly small; the bed occupied most of the space, there was an open wardrobe and that’s about it. The 2nd bedroom looked more spacious because the 2 single beds gave more room to walk around. The bathroom was adequately big and they had provided toiletries. The only disconcerting thing about the apartment was the creaking noise created due to the nature of the wooden floors.

The staff – very polite and helpful, we liaised with Yenifer over emails before our arrival, she helped with all our queries and offered assistance for booking tours. During check-in we were assisted by Hugo, who too was very courteous and helpful with our queries. They served breakfast in our room as early as 6am – we didn’t have this service anywhere else in our 10 day, 4 city stay in Argentina. Full marks to them. Also, do note that they don’t exchange $s into pesos, so either bring your pesos or change at a casa de cambio along Av. Lib.

I would certainly stay at SMA again, strongly recommend for families and those who are driving down.

Also Argentina is quite unique when it comes to exchanging money; I have put our experiences into a page. Here it is: http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g294266-i977-k7275476-Our_experience_at_converting_Dollars_to_Pesos_in_Argentina-Argentina.html

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Sun Valley, Idaho
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Reviewed 19 February 2014

El Calafate is the transportation hub for this region of Patagonia, so it niceto find an accommodation choice that fits those needs. The airport is a few kilometers out of town, and we found it really convenient to have a place right in town. We could walk to all of the restaurants, shops, bars, and ( really importantly) a laundromat! We also could walk to the car rental, and the tourist agencies that can book your trips to the glaciers, El Chalten, and even Torres del Paine, although I think it's much too far to do a day trip to TDP. Still, the tour companies offer it.

Santa Monica Apts are a cluster of darling cabins, with kitchenettes. Breakfast is delivered to your cabin each morning. There is a refrigerator, which is great for keeping your lunch stuff. Most excursions do not include lunch, but from these cabins you can walk to the grocery and outfit yourselves.

Best of all, the service here is outstanding, especially from Hugo, who works the evening shift. He made dinner reservations for us, ga e directions and adivce, and had us chuckling with his terrific sense of humor. We came back a week later because we were o. Our way to El Chalten, and no one should miss El Chalten!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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KAPESBUE, Propietario at Santa Monica Aparts, responded to this review, 20 February 2014
DEAR GUEST
Thank you very much for your review
We are glad you have enjoyed your stay with us
Yours Truly
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Dallas
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Reviewed 12 January 2014

We have just returned from 2 week trip to Argentina. We spent 4 nights in Calafate at Santa Monica Aparts. There are so many outdoor activities that we were not in our cabins very much. We had a 2 bedroom cabin & I must say this was the cleanest & well run hotel & very spacious. It is also in town so easy to walk to shops & restaurants in town. Yenifer at front office is wonderful & very helpful. Breakfast was very ample & always delivered on time to our cabin!

During our stay we went to Torres del Paine, mini ice hike on Perito Moreno glacier & trip to see penguins at Cabo Viergenes. We also went to estancia for dinner with Julian of Patagonia Profunda which we very much enjoyed.

Would recommend staying at Santa Monica Aparts for a stay in Calafate.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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KAPESBUE, Propietario at Santa Monica Aparts, responded to this review, 13 January 2014
DEAR GUEST
Thank you very much for your review
We are glad you have enjoyed your stay with us
Yours Truly
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 4 January 2014

Honestly, we were disappointed by this hotel because we had been expecting a quaint "boutique" hotel but it was more rustic and run-down than we expected. We had seen in the photos that it might be like staying at Grandma's house - which would have been ok - but everything felt so threadbare and dusty that it was hard to get comfortable.

The staff was amazing, though - very kind and helpful. The breakfasts (delivered to your room!) were also great - simple breads and OJ, perfect to start the day.

Overall, we were also disappointed with the town of El Calafate. The Santa Monica Apartments are in an ideal location for exploring the town but there isn't much to do in this town. It's a tourist trap with nothing authentically Patagonian about it. If we had known, we would have skipped it.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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KAPESBUE, Propietario at Santa Monica Aparts, responded to this review, 11 January 2014
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Connecticut
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Reviewed 4 January 2014

My husband, daughter (11) and I stayed here two nights. The two bedroom cabin was great. Plenty of room for the three of us and our luggage. The kitchen was superbly equipped for making coffee/tea, lunches, etc. Breakfast was brought at the time requested, and while limited was still fresh and plentiful. Bathroom was large and amenities were provided. The area is perfect for walking into town and nearby restaurants. The yard is beautiful and the front desk staff, especially Jennifer, were very helpful. The only small complaint would be that the floors in our cabin were extremely squeaky. We would definitely stay here again though!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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KAPESBUE, Propietario at Santa Monica Aparts, responded to this review, 11 January 2014
DEAR GUEST
Thank you very much for your review
We are glad you have enjoyed your stay with us
Yours Truly
SANTA MONICA APARTS
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St. Moritz, Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 357 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2013

A lot of praise here for this boutique hotel and it merits it all or even more. This is a beautiful place. Some cute tidy and absolutely clean cottages in a tranquil and well-kept garden. You tell the staff the evening before at what time you want your breakfast and exactly the time arranged they knock on your door with a try full of delicious fresh breakfast items. A wonderful start into another adventerous day.
Jennifer really is THE trump of this hotel: from the first inquiry e-mail you send there she takes personal care of suggesting a tailor-made itinerary for you and she knows about everything available and even goes out of her way to contact service providers for you. This is really a great service we rarely found in all our travels. She speaks perfectly English, so no communication problems here.
We enjoyed very much our stay in El Calafate and it was so nice to return to the cozy cottage after a day out in the cold and wind. Besides all the local scenic excursions we also took the one-day excursion to Torres del Paine and Jennifer arranged for us the perfect tour with an off-road bus who could take a short-cut, thus less time on the road, more time in the park.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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KAPESBUE, Propietario at Santa Monica Aparts, responded to this review, 12 January 2014
DEAR GUEST
Thank you very much for your review
We are glad you have enjoyed your stay with us
Yours Truly
SANTA MONICA APARTS
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Parkdale, Oregon
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Reviewed 15 December 2013

Cute cabins. Ibes going after worms in the morning. Priced right. Located at one end of town within easy walk of bus station. Can leave luggage while off on other adventures. And Jennifer! She was fantastic. She goes out of her way to arrange everything for you for the hotel stay and for your adventures around the area. She is a hotel concierge and travel agent all rolled into one. Always a smile and eager to help. Her advice is excellent.

Room Tip: We stayed there twice using two different cabins. Both were great. One near the office had a squea...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Thank you very much for your review
We are glad you have enjoyed your stay with us
Yours Truly
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Property: Santa Monica Aparts
Address: Josefa Freile 42, El Calafate, Argentina
Region: Argentina > Patagonia > Province of Santa Cruz > El Calafate
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in El Calafate
#3 Romantic Hotel in El Calafate
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — Santa Monica Aparts 2*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The resort is made up of ten cozy aparts suites, parking park and Reception. They are built in wood, with a cypress log exterior. Lavenders, lupines and calafates make our park one of the most beautiful green spots in town.Service, comfort and caring attention, we offer you the best from hotels in a fairy tale setting. ... more   less 
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