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LA CANTERA BOUTIQUE HOTEL : WARMEST HOME IN EL CALAFATE, PATAGONIA

Southern Patagonia is one of the coldest places that I have been to however, La Cantera Boutique Hotel in El Calafate provided me with impressively warmest accommodation and friendliest hospitality!

LOCATION

Following 3-hour-and-25-minute-flight from Buenos Aires, I arrived at El Calafate Airport before 10AM. Because I opted to arrange all my transportation and excursions in Patagonia with the very efficient staff of La Cantera Boutique Hotel, I quickly saw my name flashed on a cardboard by the female taxi cab driver, sent by my hotel at the arrival area. In less than 20 minutes, we arrived in town then she said, Bienvenido a El Calafate!

The hotel is perched on a hill and located about 2 to 5 minute drive from the main avenue of El Calafate. With such advantage, guests can enjoy a sweeping view of Lago Argentino with the snowcapped mountain range of Southern Patagonia on the horizon! The area is also relatively quiet and peaceful and less busy, as compared to other hotels in town. What I like the most, La Cantera Hotel is located a stone’s throw away from a expansive supermarket where I bought some snacks and even a bottle of wine that I brought on my trips.

The view in and out of the hotel was just fantastic! 

For guests who would like to have dinner from 17:30 – 21:00 in various restaurants in town, La Cantera Hotel provides shuttle service for its guest for free! So there’s nothing to fret about its location being a bit uphill and far from the main road because the hotel offers free drop off and pick up at night.

HOTEL STAFF

From AJ, to Georgina, Gabriela, Alejandro and the wait staff of La Cantanera Boutique Hotel, I give my two thumbs up!  Muchas gracias por el eficiente servicio de hotel! 

They replied quickly to all my emails, and addressed my questions and concerns promptly. They offered transportation services from my airport pick up to my excursions in Perito Moreno Glacier Park and in El Chalten, down to the provision of airport transfer at a very competitive and affordable cost! I was surprised that the charges for the transportation didn’t seem like a hotel-price at all, so I am thankful that the staff asked me if I am interested, and they made everything hassle-free for me!

Almost all of them are fluent in English, hence I was not lost in translation while I was in Patagonia for 4 days and 3 nights.

They were very pleasant and were neither pushy nor insistent with hotel packages they offer. They let me decide for myself and weigh things out. They custom-made the transportation services according to my preferred itineraries. Also, I appreciated the offer for packed lunch during my excursions for 2 days, at very reasonable price (around 160 or less than 200 Argentinian pesos or equivalent to 11 USD) for packed lunch (wrapped in brown paper bag and packed inside official hotel black back pack; how cool and tasteful!) of a choice of sandwich (beef, chicken, etc.), bottled drinking water, cookies, some chocolate candies.

AMBIANCE 

Calming at sunrise, soothing at sunset. The view from the hotel lobby and lounge at either break of dawn or sundown was simply amazing! I heard myself saying countless, “wow!” and “oooohhhh!” because the view, that was complemented with fresh, crisp cold air was just surreal! The hotel rendered a beautiful atmosphere for a perfect vacation to say the least!

BREAKFAST BUFFET, DINNER AT THE HOTEL’S RESTAURANT

Breakfast buffet that’s included in the room package starts at 6:30AM till 10AM. Scrambled eggs and omelet, German pie with ham and thin bread, medialunas or Argentine croissant, some cereals, milk and yoghurt, a choice of tea, coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice, lemon cakes, cheese cakes and a lot more dominate the spread.

I personally decided not to go out at night and to sample the menu of the hotel’s restaurant for dinner. On my first night, I trusted one of the receptionist’s (Georgina’s) recommendation – for me to try Osobuco. And did I like it? For a total of less than 200 ARS (or 11 USD), I enjoyed a glass of white wine while I devoured a very fork-tender and fall-off the bone big chunk of meat that was slowly cooked to perfection! It’s unbelievably tasteful! So gloriously good!

The next night, I had Argentinian Beef Steak which was also good but not as delicious as the La Cantera’s Osobuco!

HOTEL ROOM

There’s no mildew smell or musty odor in the room; everything seemed pleasing and homey actually.

I was provided a king sized bed in a very massive room with a gorgeous view of the lake. I liked their pillows and comfortable bed – not too soft, and not too firm. The toilet with shower and bath tub was massively impressive and almost spotless.

The room has the basic TV set, tea and coffee making facility, a telephone, and with free and fast wifi access (that’s also provided in all areas of the hotel).

Everything’s complete except I didn’t find any hotel slippers – but blame me as I didn’t requested or asked for a pair. I’m not sure if it’s a common practice for Argentine hotels not to provide slippers for their guests. Nevertheless, I was perfectly happy with my room where I had much needed restful sleeps.

More than words, here’s a rundown of photos I personally took during my wonderful stay at La Cantera Boutique Hotel in El Calafate, Santa Cruz province, Patagonia, Argentina.

Enjoy!
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Bought these grocery items (junk foods, I know!) from a nearby supermarket.

In general, I truly had a great time in Patagonia because of La Cantera Boutique Hotel!

Muchas gracias!

LA CANTERA BOUTIQUE HOTEL is located at 306th Street 173, 9405 El Calafate, Argentina.

Phone : +54 2902 49-5998

For more details and for reservation, kindly visit and please contact them via their website :

www.hotellacanteracalafate.com

***While I was a sponsored guest at La Cantera Boutique Hotel, all words and photos on this article are never influenced, and all opinions are my own.