The hotel is very well located on this street that parallels the channel, overlooking the cruise ship docks and many artisans stalls. It's a two-block walk up to the main commercial street with its many tourist shops and cafes.
The breakfast room overlooks the harbour, and offers a really good buffet. The same room is the evening dining room, though since it opens for dinner at 8 p.m., I had always eaten earlier, elsewhere.
There's free internet at one high speed computer in a nook across the lobby/bar opposite the dining room. Spa services (facials,massages etc) are in house, though they were fully booked so I could not get an appointment. The pool and sauna on the same floor looked very nice, and I noticed several others making good use of them.
There are several museums within a few blocks of the hotel in this very walkable town. The 5-star hotels are several miles away up the mountainside near the ski hill. (Hint: Get a cab to get close to the glacier and save the tour cost.) It struck me that, when the clouds roll in as they so often do, their wonderful view is just fluffy white mists.
The town itself is Resort Town, Anywhere. Several other travellers from other countries offered the same opinion: You go to Ushuaia enroute to Cape Horn or Antartctic cruises (there's definitely a pecking order, the Big A having more currency), or just to say you have been there.
The traffic outside the windows that open goes on well into the late eveining, so you have to weigh the interesting and changeable view (my choice) or peace and quiet. Take ear plugs. (The Albatross is next door=same problem.) Many cars in town are in need of mufflers and more mature drivers with a lighter touch on the gas pedal.
I would stay here again, in the rare event that I ever make a return trip, and would recommend the hotel to my friends.
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