We work with all hotels in El Calafate from mid-level upwards. And we will include any hotel you wish in your itinerary, however, there are a selected, few hotels that we prefer to work with.
In fact, this is the point. When travelling such a long way to South America there are two options. One is to keep all costs down, which often means sacrificing comfort and enjoyment where you sleep each night. The other is to enjoy all aspects of your trip and stay in a nice hotel, with good, comfortable, well decorated rooms and relax and enjoy that part too.
El Calafate hotels
El Calafate offers various options for hotel accommodation ranging from hostels to luxury level.
Some hotels we have included in our featured category. This is because these hotels offer something special comprising one or more of these attributes: style, comfort, location, uniqueness, and general feeling. This does NOT mean that these hotels are ALL luxury level.
Top Level Hotels
The hotels that are the best at the destination in terms of comfort, decoration, service and the overall package we have put into the "top level" category. This does not mean that a hotel in this category is at the same level as another hotel in another destination in our "top level" category. It just means that these hotels are the "better hotels" at this destination out of all options.
Mid Level Hotels
The hotels we have put into the "mid level" category are those hotels that do not merit being in the "top level", but are not at the lowest level either, hence "mid level". Usually, these hotels are perfectly good for a couple of nights and offer "practical" accommodation and facilities. If you are looking for only a "place to stay" and nothing more then a mid-level hotel will suffice.
Our definition of a "boutique hotel" is one that offers a particular, "personal charm". These hotels are usually small in terms of the number of rooms and also "cosy", even "homely". However, there are also more modern "design" hotels that also come into the category of "boutique". These hotels also small regarding room numbers, but rather than offer the "cosy" feeling they offer the "clean, minimalist" feeling.
An estancia is the South America name for a traditional horse, cattle or sheep ranch. Therefore, if you stay at such a place you will often not be far from working farm animals such as sheep, horses and / or cows. In other words, staying in an estancia is all part of the authentic Patagonian experience, and adds yet another dimension to your enjoyment of this part of the world.
All El Calafate Estancia Hotels
During our inspections we ask the hotel owners if we can stay overnight at the hotel. We ask this because staying overnight is vastly different to just popping in with a quick visit. We like to know what the noise pollution is, what the breakfasts are like, how comfy the beds are, what the staff are like.
Therefore, if you see “inspected & approved” we are saying that we feel the hotel is perfectly good. If it does not have “approved” it means we have not stayed overnight or we feel it is not up to the level that our clients will require.
The reason we have a selected number of hotels that we choose to work with is because we regularly visit the hotels in Puerto Natales in order to know what they are really like. We cannot rely on the hundreds of often “suspect” reviews published in the internet. Therefore, we try to promote the better hotels that we know will make your trip more enjoyable. However, if you see that we have “inspected” a particular hotel, this does NOT mean that we recommend it necessarily. The ones we recommend are “approved”.
We also include in the accommodation section information on hotels that are not, perhaps, that great, and in some cases maybe they are a little “tired”, but clients will often ask for such hotels because the cost is lower or because they are under the mistaken belief that they are better than they are. We have not said derogatory things about these hotels, but if you see a lack of enthusiasm in the description you can derive that that particular hotel is “average”.