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What We Love

  • The view of Lago Nahuel Huapi, framed by the snowcapped Andean cordillera and a big Patagonian sky
  • The affable staff delights in the surroundings, entertaining guests with tales of the Patagonian outdoors
  • The Celeste Room with its rose-fringed wooden deck and path that winds down to the lake
  • Nighttime dips in the heated indoor/outdoor pool, with moonlit views of Lago Nahuel Huapi

What To Know

  • Luma works equally well as a multiday Patagonia base or overnight stop between Bariloche and San Martín de los Andes
  • Ideal for couples, families or small groups
  • With its land sloping sharply to the lake shore, guests are transported to the hotel in a four-wheel-drive Polaris, akin to a souped-up golf cart
  • The restaurant’s dishes are tasty, fresh and expertly executed, but the menu is limited
  • The Cerro Bayo Ski Boutique is a short drive from Villa la Angostura
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Overview

The Review

Eight-room family-run Luma Casa de Montaña sits on a two-acre forested lot a mile northwest of Patagonia’s Villa la Angostura village. The 90-minute drive from Bariloche airport edges the eastern shore of Lago Nahuel Huapi, where clouds of broom and ñire beech rise from glacier-fed waters to the Andean foothills.

Built in a Tuscan style, the sandstone house overlooks some of Patagonia’s most compelling scenery, a bewitching natural composition of lake, mountain and forest. In the densest thicket, there’s even a venerable 600-year-old arrayán, a cinnamon-barked tree that thrives in Patagonia and nowhere else on earth. Known to scientists as Luma apiculata, it gives the guesthouse its name.{“type”:”img-inline”,”src”:”/static/images/product/properties/3033/prop-18163-1343679272-full.jpg”,”width”:”275″,”caption”:”Built in a Tuscan style, the sandstone house overlooks Patagonia’s breathtaking scenery.”}

Luma’s eight spacious rooms share the same rural view and feminine, yet decidedly unfrilly, decorative style. Each room is painted in a pastel shade, from sand to mustard yellow, and the ceiling beams, hewn from cypress tree trunks, offset walls of distressed plaster. Bathrooms have two-tone tile floors and are outfitted in old-fashioned country style, with iron radiators and lion-paw bathtubs that make for a restorative soak after a muscle-cramping day in the great Patagonian outdoors.

In the December to February summer, guests set off each morning to tramp the trails in nearby Nahuel Huapi National Park, saddle up for a cross-country gallop or cast for record-breaking trout on Lago Nahuel Huapi. In the June to September winter, Luma provides an excellent base for the 27-piste Cerro Bayo Ski Boutique, just a short drive from town. Whatever the season, guests return at dusk to doze by the stone fireplace in a sitting room decorated with antique mirrors and sepia-hued family photos or dine by candlelight on fresh, local dishes. I loved mushroom and eggplant salad sprinkled with chive flowers picked that very morning.

For relaxation seekers, Luma’s sun-filled, north-facing terraces are perfectly positioned for admiring Patagonia’s natural splendor. Settle in here with a book and a Patagonian pinot noir, but keep your eyes peeled for a chance sighting of a Nahuelito — a Loch Ness–type monster that would be right at home in this fairytale setting.

How to Get There

LUMA Casa de Montaña
Avda. Siete Lagos 2369
Villa La Angostura, 08407 Argentina

Reviews

5.0 Excellent 243 Reviews
Charming Tuscan villa on the lake
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A charming Tuscan villa with amazing common spaces, spa and pool. They have only 8 rooms and as many seating areas. The rooms are pretty large and so are the bathrooms. The view from the rooms and all common areas are spectacular. The whole place seems to be done up very tastefully with eclectic artefacts from all over. Marcus the owner was so helpful and nice.
The place is however a 10 minute drive from the town center. It's convenient when you have a car. Unfortunate that the hotel only serves snacks. Only reason I will give them 4 stars. Would be nice if they had some hot food even if it is a limited menu. This would give one an option of dining in. Also breakfast is very basic and for the 300 odd USD you pay, at least some eggs would be appreciated. An amazing place to stay despite the few glitches.

Classy and charming
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a recreated Tuscan style mansion with eight rooms. The place is just outside of town. Room and bath were large with a superb view. Breakfast was adequate but lacked vitality. Our stay here was warm cosy and homely. Recommended if you don’t mind the higher cost.

Lovely spot
Reviewed 3 months ago

Great hotel with splendid rooms and friendly staff. The spa is cosy with an in/out pool which was not open all the time as it was a bit cold and rainy. The restaurant was not open which meant driving into town if you wanted more than snack food. Breakfast was heavy on sweet stuff (not good for diabetics) but fresh baked bread was good.

Wonderful
Reviewed 6 months ago

Fantastic place, fantastic rooms: everything was just perfect. The only negative point: we spent only one night there (and since we left, we are just dreaming of coming back, and I have no doubt we’ll stay there again).

An oasis of calm
Reviewed 9 months ago

We spent three nights here as we drove up through the lakes from Bariloche to St Martin de los Andes; while the weather was not great, the warmth of our welcome was lovely and thoughout our stay we were really well looked after. The rooms are beautiful, with lots of space and fabulous views out across the lake. Eating in was very relaxed and always very good food and service. A great place to base toe xplore the local area.