On-site observatory with high-resolution telescope is staffed with a local astronomer
Jacuzzi tubs and stone-covered wood-burning fireplaces in every suite
Accommodating and bilingual staff; babysitting, transportation to ski lifts and in-room massages are available on request
What To Know
It’s a few hundred yards from the hotel to the ski lifts, so don’t forget your on-mountain essentials when heading out for a day on the slopes
The kitchen prepares an excellent but limited menu for in-room meal service only, but you can walk to nearby restaurants for more convivial dining
The Galileo is close to Cerro Catedral’s outdoor activities, but it’s a half an hour to bustling Bariloche by car or bus
Parking on site
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Modern hotel with a rustic feel and on-site observatory near the base of the largest ski area in South America
With their rough cut siding, wooden porches and stone foundations, the handful of buildings that make up this 19-room hotel are in harmony with their unspoiled mountain surroundings. The Galileo is conveniently located on the main road to Cerro Catedral Ski Resort; some of the ski runs drop precipitously right behind the property. The hotel lobby is done up with leather tables, sheepskin-covered stools and log pillars. Comfy modern sofas and chairs surround the large stone fireplace, where guests gather for conversation and wine, or to peruse one of the hotel’s beautiful Patagonia-themed coffee table books.
Bed & Bath
Handsome modern furnishings, stone floors with radiant heat and wood-burning fireplaces make the spacious rooms cozy and inviting, and the ones on the top floor have steeply vaulted wood ceilings. Opt for the Studios, for their corner Jacuzzis overlooking the mountains, or rest slope-weary muscles in the jetted tubs of the Junior Suites. All have kitchenettes, coffeemakers, fireplaces and LCD TVs with satellite programming and DVD players. Bathrooms are well appointed, with natural wood vanity tops and lots of stone, and all offer robes, large towels and bidets.
When the weather turns bad and you can't make it up the mountain, grab a board game or DVD from the lobby and call room service for a wood-fired pizza or house-made ravioli in a velvety cream sauce. Ask for a bottle of Malbec, too, and have a romantic evening by a roaring fire. If it’s a clear evening, treat yourself to views of the Southern Cross and the Magellanic Clouds in the Galileo’s own observatory.
Galileo Boutique Hotel
Calle Nubes, 20
How to Get There
Flights are available to San Carlos de Bariloche International Airport (BRC), Presidente Perón International Airport (NQN) and Esquel Airport (EQS) via connecting flights from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Transfers are available to/from BRC, about 19 miles away, for approximately $30 for two passengers, each way, or for approximately $100 for up to seven passengers, each way. Transfers are also available to NQN, about 249 miles away, and to/from ESQ, about 186 miles away, for approximately $400 for two passengers, each way, and approximately $800 for up to seven passengers, each way. All private transfers can be arranged through the property. Taxis are available from BRC for approximately $30, each way, and to BRC for approximately $25, each way.