After the harsh comments "Pretty Dismal" posted 29 March 2008 I feel compelled to write a more positive review. (I have just booked a room again for a business trip this week).
I stayed at this hotel in December 2007 after a night in the MIL810 hotel, (also recommended but no pool, fitness facilities). I had booked and almost stayed next door at the Albatros. I asked to see the room first and it was small, dark and depressing. There´s nothing worse than a hotel with a facelift that goes no further than the lobby! Arriving at the Albatros after a long day of business at 10pm I asked for a late check out the next day. The answer was NO. Could I at least use the spa after the early check out (10am)? NO! The hotel wasnt even full.
Completely frustrated with the attitude of the front desk I took my bags next door to the Hotel Canal Beagle hoping they would have a room. Thankfully they did and had no problem with me using the hotel facilities until 7pm the next day when I mentioned I had a late flight. Did they have a room wtih a view I asked.....Yes of course we do... I was already feeling better!
Being an ACA hotel (Automobile Club Argentina), it´s a "no frills place" that I'd compare with a camping club with a nice hotel. Yes it's old and lost in the 70s but its fun, almost retro, and the service is excellent. It´s also part of the national automobile club speaking of which the person criticising this hotel for lack of English should make an effort to learn some basic spanish before returning to a property that´s part of a nation chain in a spanish speaking country! My room was huge, the pool is a decent size and a perfect way to relax and warm up after the chill outside. There is also a small gym, sauna etc.
Accommodation is not cheap in Ushuaia and if paying $100-$200 for a night, I consider this hotel better value for money than others in its category. A contemporary stylish hotel has yet to arrive in town, and when it does I look forward to checking it out. In the meantime I'll happily return to the basic comfort of ACA's Canal Beagle
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