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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 231 Reviews
Wonderful
Reviewed 1 month 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 4 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.

Truly magnificent hotel
Reviewed 5 months ago

I confess to being a little cynical about the rave reviews I read before our five-day stay at Luma Casa de Montaña. With the stay now behind us, I can honestly say that my cynicism was profoundly unjustified. Quite simply, Luma Casa is one of the best hotel experiences my wife and I have had. The location, room size and decor, the incredible warmth and helpfulness of Marcos and the rest of the team, were superb. The little (big?) things that make a difference: beds, linen, showers, bath, flexibility, were all spot on. Now I’m cynical about any other hotel on our trip getting close to Luma Casa’s Standard!

A Little Bit of Heaven
Reviewed 5 months ago

Sadly, our visit was only for 3 nights. I had to tear myself away from the blissful spot.

We had Celeste suite which had direct access to the pool area and spa and enjoyed a private deck with amazing views of the lake and to the mountains beyond... and the setting sun.

The suite was spacious and airy with double doors leading directly onto the deck. Another set of double doors led to the huge bathroom.

The staff were excellent and more than accommodating. Thank you, Sergio, for the lesson in preparing mate!

A beautiful hotel and for the quality, it's also excellent value.
Reviewed 5 months ago

We loved it here and were charmed by it the moment we arrived. The staff were excellent - Sergio made us some mate by special request - and Marcos and Elizabeth were lovely too. The room was wonderful - with very tasteful finishes and fine quality fittings. The food from the snacks was excellent but to be honest, I was a little disappointed with the breakfasts - I could have done with the option of having eggs for breakfast occasionally and the cereals and bread are always so sweet, which for me is unnecessary and spoils it. Otherwise, a wonderful place!