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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

4.5 Very Good 194 Reviews
Watch your bank statements
Reviewed 3 months ago

I stayed here one night and it was a nice enough place. But on my next bank statement I was charged 3 times instead of once. After quite a few emails, they confirmed the mistake but I haven't seen a refund yet. This has been dragging on for over 5 months.

Margot M.
Reviewed 4 months ago

This is a wonderful hotel. Rooms are large and beautiful, and the bathrooms are state of the art.
Everyone at reception was extremely gracious and helpful. And the breakfast spread was lovely.
A true gem.

A full and fair review of Las Bayas Hotel, Esquel.
Reviewed 11 months ago

Esquel is a small city in the Chubut province (Patagonia), who's main attraction in winter time is the La Hoya ski resort (separate review for that).

There are no luxury hotels like, say, in other towns like Villa La Angostura or Bariloche. The closest to that is this "boutique" hotel, but it fails short in several aspects.

Set in an ordinary avenue right in the city, the property has no gardens or green areas surrounding it, so the first impression is that of arriving at a hostel: a big house, not particularly charming, with parking up front and a small porsche.

The lobby serves also as breakfast and dining area, so although there actually is one sofa, it is not inviting to sit, lie or read a book, as one feels right in the middle of a restaurant salon. This wouldn't be a problem per se, but their web page says they have a "library", which is nothing but a cupboard and some books, and as mentioned, no dedicated space or furniture to reading or relaxing. The hotel will also loan you some DVD's to watch in your room. Most cable TV channels have interferences.

There is a ski stand to leave your skis overnight... but it is not covered, so you still need to store your boots somewhere else, or in your room. The La Hoya complex is 20 minutes away by taxi, and the hotel will arrange a transfer if you wish.

We experienced two rooms: one standard, and the master suite. Both spacey, with comfortable beds and good quality linen, as well as heating and air conditioning. They both offered a kitchenette equipped with an electric oven and stove, and a small fridge. However, there were no pots or pans, no dish towels, no sponge or dishwashing liquid, nothing but a few glasses, cheap tableware and cups. The master suite doesn't even have a proper table or chairs to sit on, so I was left wondering what is the point of the kitchenette at all.

Another big drawback of the master suite, which fits up to five people, is that it has one bathroom only. This can get particularly cumbersome with children, and even for an all-adult party, especially in the morning. Water pressure and temperature is very good. There are small jacuzzis instead of bathtubs in all room types.

The view is ugly, the master suite faces two construction sites which in time will hopefully evolve into nice houses, but that may happen many months from now, or who knows when. The second room, which faced the street, was a bit better.

Service is kind and personalized (Hugo, Alice and a third woman take turns at the front desk and they will do whatever is in their reach to help).

Breakfast is good and abundant (a small buffet), but it gets a bit repetitive after a few days. A warm option wouldn't hurt either. We had dinner there once as well, and the food was nothing to write home about, there are better places at walking distance (the lamb stew was made with frozen mutton and was mostly lentils). You can bring your own wine and pay a moderate service fee to open it. The restaurant's wine options were limited.

Internet service is a complete disgrace. It went on and off permanently, so it was basically useless. Mobile internet is very limited in Esquel as well, so be prepared for an offline vacation.

Another drawback is the lack of a spa, so you can call in a masseuse provided you give them one-day advance notice. The massage will be made in your room, as there is no special cabinet or room for that either. When sharing a room with friends, this can get a bit awkward.

Overall, I would say Las Bayas it is probably overrated. But now again, there are no better hotel options in Esquel (maybe cabañas?)... You won't have a bad time at all, but just don't raise your expectations too high.

Amazing experience!
Reviewed 1 year ago

A charming boutique hotel! Nice staff, really good bed, breakfast and food! Don't miss the restaurant! And take some time to visit los alerces national park and Trevellin (take a tea there)!
During the winter one can enjoy the amazing La Hoya sky station.

Excellent homely gay friendly hotel in Esquel
Reviewed 1 year ago

We stayed here one night when visiting Esquel. We were warmly received as a gay couple and didn't have the whole "are you sure you want a double bed?" issue. Staff were really sweet and friendly, rooms with large comfortable bed. The communal area/Eloisa Restaurant is a must to try - especially the trout (specialty of the region).