Galileo Boutique Hotel
What We Love
- On-site observatory with high-resolution telescope is staffed with a local astronomer
- Jacuzzi tubs and stone-covered wood-burning fireplaces in every suite
- Accommodating and bilingual staff; babysitting, transportation to ski lifts and in-room massages are available on request
What To Know
- It’s a few hundred yards from the hotel to the ski lifts, so don’t forget your on-mountain essentials when heading out for a day on the slopes
- The kitchen prepares an excellent but limited menu for in-room meal service only, but you can walk to nearby restaurants for more convivial dining
- The Galileo is close to Cerro Catedral’s outdoor activities, but it’s a half an hour to bustling Bariloche by car or bus
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
With their rough cut siding, wooden porches and stone foundations, the handful of buildings that make up this 19-room hotel are in harmony with their unspoiled mountain surroundings. The Galileo is conveniently located on the main road to Cerro Catedral Ski Resort; some of the ski runs drop precipitously right behind the property. The hotel lobby is done up with leather tables, sheepskin-covered stools and log pillars. Comfy modern sofas and chairs surround the large stone fireplace, where guests gather for conversation and wine, or to peruse one of the hotel’s beautiful Patagonia-themed coffee table books.
Bed & Bath
Handsome modern furnishings, stone floors with radiant heat and wood-burning fireplaces make the spacious rooms cozy and inviting, and the ones on the top floor have steeply vaulted wood ceilings. Opt for the Studios, for their corner Jacuzzis overlooking the mountains, or rest slope-weary muscles in the jetted tubs of the Junior Suites. All have kitchenettes, coffeemakers, fireplaces and LCD TVs with satellite programming and DVD players. Bathrooms are well appointed, with natural wood vanity tops and lots of stone, and all offer robes, large towels and bidets.
When the weather turns bad and you can’t make it up the mountain, grab a board game or DVD from the lobby and call room service for a wood-fired pizza or house-made ravioli in a velvety cream sauce. Ask for a bottle of Malbec, too, and have a romantic evening by a roaring fire. If it’s a clear evening, treat yourself to views of the Southern Cross and the Magellanic Clouds in the Galileo’s own observatory.
How to Get There
More than anything the staff at Galileo were unbelievable. We seemed to be constantly asking for help or advice with one thing or another and they always delivered.
I stayed for 5 nights with friends and family. The location is a very easy walk to the center of the village. For only a few pesos we left our skis etc at Nestor Ski each day right by the chairlift so we didn't feel the need to be as close as possible to the center.
Our room had everything we needed to be comfortable. The staff were very helpful with recommendations for restaurants and other activities. They organized transportation for our big group whenever needed.
We loved our time in Cerro Catedral and hope to return and stay at Galileo once again. Thank you!
Very kind staff, great location (10 minutes walking distance from the base of the resort), convenient amenities (really appreciated the refill of wood for the chimney fire every day). Loved the star-seeing in the astronomical tower of the hotel!
Great staff that also speak English and can help you navigate the area, good food with its own intimate restaurant, clean well appointed rooms, good location for the snow. The planetarium that is part of the hotel really was one of the highlights of my stay in Bariloche, would highly recommend staying at this hotel.