4.5
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What We Love

  • The multilingual staff is warm, friendly and has impressive local knowledge
  • All the modern comforts — Egyptian cotton sheets, WiFi and even Nespresso — on the edge of the Patagonian wilderness
  • Double-paned windows, blackout curtains and a soak in your Jacuzzi will ensure a good night's sleep after hiking, fly fishing or skiing adventures nearby
  • Pair with a stay in Buenos Aires — Esquel’s airport is serviced by daily flights to and from the capital

What To Know

  • All rooms have Jacuzzi tubs and kitchenettes
  • Esquel is a quiet, sleepy place — the real attraction is Patagonia’s great outdoors
  • Views are of the center of town, not the famed Argentine landscape
  • Esquel is the main town three hours south of the popular resort city of Bariloche and a day's drive north of the glacier mecca of El Calafate
  • Get help from the concierge to prepare yerba mate tea in your room; the details and directions are strict and precise
  • Free WiFi

Amenities

  •  Free WiFi
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Restaurant
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Overview

The Review

Three hours south of Bariloche, the town of Esquel is a rugged destination where the elements hit you head on. Dry winds whip down valleys and through sleepy streets, and the winter months usher in heavy dumpings of snow. Opened in 2010, the Las Bayas Hotel has softened the town’s hardest edges, offering adventure-seeking travelers a warm, cozy place to rest at the end of day in the Patagonian wild.

You enter right off a main street, via the enclosed, brick-lined parking-lot-cum-garden-patio, where a bilingual staff member is there to welcome you. In the lobby, towering ceilings, soft lighting and tango or local folk music may make you want to linger for a café or some yerba mate tea. {“type”:”img-inline”,”src”:”/static/images/product/properties/3084/prop-16122-1345224573-full.jpeg”,”width”:”275″,”caption”:”The 10 guestrooms have a clean, contemporary look, with flat-screen TVs and WiFi.”}

Wide wooden stairs lead up to the 10 guestrooms, with top-floor rooms benefiting from vaulted wood-paneled ceilings. The decor is crisp and modern, if somewhat cookie-cutter, with neutral colors, white marble bathrooms and blackout curtains you can pull over white drapes. All have kitchenettes, Jacuzzis, Egyptian cotton sheets and ample desks with decent WiFi. Like the wilderness just outside, there is plenty of space.

The on-site restaurant is Esquel’s chicest hangout and has a loyal following among Esquel’s tiny posh crowd. The limited menu is justly heavy on local trout and lamb, while breakfasts are hearty affairs of scrambled eggs, classic Argentine pastries, media lunas and, incongruously enough, Nespresso coffee.

Las Bayas is right in the heart of town, but in this far-away, unspoiled place, that doesn’t mean heart of the action. In fact, Esquel’s sleepy vibe and Las Bayas’s home comforts are welcome counterpoints to the adrenaline-pumping adventures to be had in Los Alerces National Park, fly fishing in the rivers of Cholila or Manso, and skiing the little-known resort of La Hoya.

How to Get There

Las Bayas
Avenida Alvear 985
Esquel, 9200 Argentina

Reviews

Popped in for dinner
walkerhb

Trying to find dinner before 8.30/9.00 we decided to try this attractive hotel. We were the only people in there but the got into gear fairly quickly and served us a perfectly nice meal. The staff were very helpful and the bill quite small. If we are to go to Esquel again we would probably stay there.

Small gem
remesdh

I went to Esquel to ski at La Hoya. Las Bayas was the perfect place to stay. It is a small hotel, cozy and comfortable, with the relaxed feel of a B&B. The rooms are tidy, and the staff, who are wonderful people, ensure that a guest's need are met. The hotel also offers dinner, serving delicious meals. I enjoyed my experience and will stay at the hotel the next time I come to Esquel to ski.

Superior hotel.
Stephen G

Having had an unsatisfactory experience elsewhere in Esquel, we moved to this hotel which looked pretty smart from the outside. And it was. It is a smallish boutique hotel and we stayed three nights. Lovely staff. We had a large comfortable room on the first floor. The room was well equipped with a huge triple bed, TV, desk, table and chairs ,fridge, cooker, good storage plus decent bathroom with tub and shower. There were chocolates on the table, a small mini-bar, and a safe. It was quiet at night. Very efficient laundry service.
Breakfast was excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend. The only blip was that it was not really set up to serve food in the evening - perhaps we were too early in the season. Not a problem as there are good eateries nearby. We would return.