Design is the right name for this hotel - contemporary sophistication is definitely the trademark of the Design Suites Hotel as far removed from a one size fits all block as a hotel could be. Situated at the 2.5km mark out of Bariloche's town centre, high above the road in lovely gardens, this is really tranquil spot. We stayed four nights, ate dinner twice in the restaurant, had lunch served to our room another day and came back to tea by the huge windows with their panoramic view of the lake every day ... this is definitely a hotel that makes you want to savour its comforts. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble and the attention to detail everywhere was generally spot on.
A mini bus makes the run into town morning and evening, at 5 pesos the taxi fare is minimal and a small price to pay for the tranquillity of the location. It's raining or you're feeling tired at the end of the day? the minibus will run you up to your building.
Not only would I come back here again - I'd stay at the other Design Suites Hotels in Argentina as well.
Unique Quality: This is one cool hotel - very stylish, with wonderfully big and comfortable rooms (heated floors in the bathroom just one of the comforts and the beds are great). Our room had a wide view of the lake from the bed, the deep balcony and the spa bathtub set right by the window. We were in the first of the three buildings on the hillside that house the rooms - all of which face the lake. There's a reception building slightly lower down where you'll find a lounge (with free interrnet access), the bar and the restaurant.
There's a beautiful small infinity pool and an adequate fitness room but you're probably going to get enough exercise with all the outdoor activities on offer around Bariloche. Breakfast is served in the restaurant - a buffet of fruit and cereal, scrambled eggs and ham (a change of that component of breakfast would be welcome - scrambled seems to be the only way eggs are served at breakfast in South America, and I'd have killed for a grilled tomato) , breads and yoghurt and lashings of fresh coffee - but (and this is my one real niggle)why don't they serve freshly squeezed juice?
Directions: As the address says - 2.5km from the centre of town, by the lake
Av. Ezequiel Bustillo km 25, San Carlos de Bariloche
Avenida 12 de Octubre 135, San Carlos de Bariloche
Avenida Ezequiel Bustillo Km 6, San Carlos de Bariloche
San Martin 202, San Carlos de Bariloche
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Address: Av. Bustillo KM 2,5, San Carlos de Bariloche, Province of Rio Negro, C1060AAE, Argentina