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
- 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
We recently visited Bariloche to climb the Tronador mountain. We stayed at the Galileo for 4 days. The stay was fantastic. We were treated to daily room breakfasts (brought in by a hotel clerk every morning at your chosen time). But the real treat came at night when the observatory opened and our astronomer enthusiast gave us a tour of the southern ski. What a delightful activity! Never before we were so enthralled by a hotel extra activity. My closest comparison would be the Ritz in Battery Park, where they give you a telescope to see the statue of liberty. This was way better.
Kudos to the whole Galileo team and especially the manager, Sol.
Great place! Even better ski rental place! Within 10 steps of the gondola is an absolutely fantastic ski rental place. They even help you put on your boots as a skier with over 25 years of experience I don’t need but they keep them overnight, they keep your skis, everything shows up clean and ready in the morning. They’re fantastic and most of all, they are only 10 steps from the gondola.
Wish I could remember some of the guys that worked there. The manager refers to himself as “el chino”. The people at Galileo are fantastic. The heated floors in this place are unbelievable! It really makes the room warm and cozy.
I loved my stay at the Galileo. I was looking for a nice mid-range hotel for a 5 day ski trip, and the Galileo exceeded my expectations. The service is excellent, Veronica in particular really went out of her way to help us, she helped us rent a car, and spent time doing inquiries on a fishing trip that we were looking to do. The other hotel employees were great as well. I forgot a belt in my room after I checked out, and they emailed me about it and I was able to come pick it up. Each room has a jacuzzi, there's nothing better than that after a long day of skiing! On one of the nights the hotel brought down an astronomer and invited the guests to join him as he showed us different stars using the telescope on the roof.. that's really unique! Even though the wifi never worked well, this hotel gets a 5 star rating from me for the great service and all the other nice things it has. I would stay here again in a heartbeat.
the service is so wonderful. they help you make a fire in your fireplace every night! there is a jacuzzi tub in the living room! All you can eat breakfast in the lobby is a nice atmosphere. if i wanted snacks I could get them whenever I wanted.
I enjoyed my stay at Galileo. The room was beautiful and comfortable -- stone floors, very clean, all new-looking and (important after skiing) hot water. I particularly enjoyed the helpful and accommodating staff, which helped me feel settled in notwithstanding my very short stay. They also have larger suites with kitchens, which would be great for groups or longer stays. A 5-minute walk from the base of the mountain as well.