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
There is minimal signage telling one where it is. Without gps it would be hard to find. When I arrived I turned off the main road to a barrier. The security agent asked for ID. He then proceeded to tell me that I did not have a reservation. After 20 minutes I was able to bring up the reservation on the spg app and he finally let me proceed. To get to the hotel from the security gate requires driving along dirt roads that again do not have signage. When I finally got to the hotel and was able to speak English to the manager he told me that he was sorry for the experience but the hotel did not employ the security at the gate. After this I was seated away from all the other guests in the restaurant. In addition there were no channels in English on the television. Oh and the checkout experience was almost as poor. I had said that I needed to leave before breakfast at 8 AM to go to the airport but when I got to the desk at 715 no one was there When the restaurant staff found someone it was clear that they were woken up to come. Then it took multiple attempts to process the credit card. When I finally attempted to drive out I got to the gate and saw the same security guard. He wanted a code to get out but I was not given one by the hotel. I just said aeropuerto multiple times and he finally opened the gate. This is not a hotel that is welcoming for people from away and is disappointing for a hotel affiliated with an international hotel brand.
Catedral ski area tends to get busy and crowded so went for a place that was close enough and peaceful in a spectacular scenery as is Arelauquen Country Club. The service is close to perfect, they are always making sure you have everything you need, worth mentioning Santiago, Nair at the front desk.
The rooms are spacious and bathrooms are refurbished recently.
It has a great restaurant and breakfast, lunch and dinner are worth trying.
We were planning to stay for 8 nights and extended our stay to 15 days because we just couldn’t leave this place . It felt like home and we were treated like family by everyone of the staff . A charming country house in the private neighbourhood surrounded by mountains and nature with breathtaking views . We were lucky that we had witnessed the first big snowfall this winter before the start of the skiing season . The place felt absolute magical Narnia like .
Everyone who works at this Boutique hotel are genuinely warm and very friendly and it had been an absolute pleasure to stay there for 2 weeks .We would have stayed longer if we could .
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.