Arelauquen Lodge, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel
What We Love
- A remote location that’s still just a two-hour flight from Buenos Aires
- Cushy amenities including a heated indoor/outdoor pool, sauna and solarium
- Sporty types will love the access to skiing, golf and other athletic pursuits
- Executive chef Julian del Pino’s inspired global cooking at Epic restaurant
- Daily breakfast is included in the Flash Rate
What To Know
- There’s no dedicated spa, but in-room massages and treatments are available by appointment
- Free WiFi throughout the hotel
- The best ski area, Cerro Catedral, is a 15-minute drive from the resort
- While skiing is a big focus, summer activities are also abundant
- The lodge is located within the Arelauquen Golf & Country Club
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Parking On Site
This high-end rustic hideaway has a fetching backdrop of snowcapped mountains and is set on the rolling green expanse of the Arelauquen Golf & Country Club, which includes an 18-hole course and a polo club. The 28 guestrooms are clean-lined and contemporary; each sports beam ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows that offer breathtaking views of the mountain and lake scenery of Bariloche. The rooms feature kitchenettes, ideal for self-sufficient guests, and the lodge offers a concierge service to help stock the pantry and fridge. Others might prefer to sample chef Julian del Pino’s exemplary cuisine at the restaurant, where fresh-baked pastries, homemade condiments and locally grown produce is the order of the day.
In the Area
Bariloche is South America’s adventure capital, and plenty of thrilling diversions are available right at the lodge’s doorstep. In winter hit the slopes at Cerro Catedral, a ski resort known for its 53 runs and stunning Patagonian scenery. Farther afield is an even more acclaimed ski aficionado’s paradise, La Hoya Ski Resort, around 85 miles from the lodge. In warm weather sign up for adventures ranging from whitewater rafting to horseback riding with local outfitter Aguas Blancas. For an eagle’s-eye perspective on this gorgeous region, head to the Campanario Chairlift (just go to the base of the lift on Bustillo Avenue in the town of San Carlos de Bariloche), and afterward nosh on some of the town’s best empanadas at El Boliche de Alberto, also on Bustillo Avenue.
How to Get There
Boutique Hotel in a beautiful town with refined services. Our stay at the hotel and in Bariloche could not have been better. The day we checked in (see TIP below for directions) we spent about an hour walking through the community viewing the homes and amenities the community offers. This would be a perfect place to retire. The hotel is a good-sized lodge overlooking the golf course. The hotel is also surrounded by mountain and lake views. There is a pool, small fitness center and laundry available for hotel guests to use; they even provide the detergent! Check-in was fast and our room was ready and very clean. We stayed in room 405 - while it did not have a balcony like some of the photos I saw online and thought I reserved, the view made up for it. The staff was very helpful and friendly.
Breakfast was included in the rate. WIFI seemed to be comparable to the other hotels we stayed in Chile and Argentina.
TIP: As of March 26, 2018 Apple nor Google Maps will not get you directly to the hotel. It will take you to a road that no longer exists near the private entrance to the gated, golf community. It will say you have arrived, but keep driving a bit and you will see a discrete driveway that says private property. At the gate shack, the guards will confirm your hotel reservations by calling the hotel. Once confirmed, they will give you a map to get to the hotel. They were very friendly. Once you check in, they will give you a PIN to enter and exit the community.
Arelauquen (are -eh-LAU-ken) is a scenic country club located in a large wooded area outside of Bariloche. It's dotted with private, fairly secluded residences, but also contains a modestly-sized hotel/lodge complete with a quality restaurant. Definitely worth it for golf lovers and folks seeking a Bariloche vacation without the crowds, I highly recommend that guests rent a car in advanceor be comfortable paying US$15-20 each way to visit the city center by remis (a reserved taxi), which are quite reliable. There's high and somewhat stern security at the club gates, but you'll definitely feel safe! Not really for kids, teens or folks looking to hang out in the city center at any time.
We came back for a second time to Arelauquen Lodge and after such a wonderful visit the first time, we were a little worried it wouldn't be quite as good. But in fact, it was the opposite - It was even better than we remembered! The hotel itself is a unique property - it feels almost like a private home. Everything is so personal, from the decor to the service. We loved the serenity, the views, the hiking, and all of the hotel's amenities (unbelievable breakfasts, extraordinary dinners, a setting that takes your breath away) and the staff couldn't have been more accommodating and helpful. We hope to return for a third visit - it's one of our favorite places on the planet!
We had a wonderful stay in February. Very attentive staff. Beautiful views from the Valley side rooms.
The rooms on the 4th floor were a little disappointing as they had smaller windows than the 3rd floor rooms.
The restaurant was average but the service was good. The front desk was extremely helpful. Especially a charming girl called Nair.
I would recommend this to anyone who plays golf or someone who wants some peace and quiet instead of the bustle of Bariloche which is about 15 mins away.
We did not like to have elected a 4 * hotel, paid for a 4 * hotel and received the service of a 1 * hotel.
The negative events started on our arrival and only ended when we left.
- room without face towels, we asked for them and received hand towels
- My husband was showering and suddenly the water stopped right in the middle. Reason, they were filling the pool. Whaaaatttt?!?!?!?!?
- on January 1st the room was cleaned at 8:00 pm by the receptionist, after 3 requests during the day.
- the restaurant is class 1 *! One night I ordered salad, but they could not serve because there was no lettuce :0
- another day I ordered salad again and came the lettuce mixed with oatmeal and rice flakes that served at breakfast, had nothing of what was on the menu. Besides, It took them an hour to serve us, and we were with two small children.
- One day my husband ordered a small smoked salmon pizza with a truffle cream, it was yummy. The next day ordered 2 pizzas for dinner, they came in larger sizes, with a yellow cream that had nothing to do with the day before and the dough was raw.
There were other events, but I think those were the most significant. We would never stay again and would never recommend this hotel.