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About Bariloche

Bariloche lies in the province of Rio Negro in the foothills of the Andes. It is situated on the south shore of the Nahuel Huapi Lake and is the main settlement of the Nahuel Huapi National Park. Many of the best places to stay in Bariloche are situated on the lake side and offer stunning views over both water and mountains. Our pick of the best hotels includes properties to suit most tastes and budgets from affordable lake front options to family friendly stays and design led suites which are ideal for romance!

The town, whose name means ‘people from behind the mountain’, was originally part of a route used by the Poya to cross the Andes and remained hidden from the Europeans for a long time. Bariloche in the modern sense developed from a shop established by Carlos Wiederhold, a German immigrant ‘Le Alemana’. The business grew gradually and by the 1930’s the village was redesigned along alpine lines and known as ‘Little Switzerland’. The town is filled with alpine style chalets and keeping with the Swiss theme, there's a bit of a thing for chocolate here too (there are numerous specialist choccy shops in the centre of town).

Today Bariloche is a fashionable holiday resort, attracting tourists from all over the world. There is skiing and all forms of snowsports in the winter months and beautiful beaches to enjoy in summertime, as well as hiking, biking, riding, fishing...or just gazing awestruck at the incredible scenery.

The best places to stay in Bariloche are very busy during peak periods (both summer and winter). So if you're planning a visit, get organised and book well ahead.

The Best Places to Stay in Bariloche

For great lake views

Pretty much all of our recommended hotels in Bariloche come with stunning views, but here are our favourites:

  • For uninterrupted lake views in town, look no further than the Cacique Inacayal Hotel. This dependable 4 star property has large, light rooms, a cosy lounge to gaze at the sunsets, and a large indoor pool.
  • Design Suites Bariloche is a beautifully designed eco-lodge a couple of miles into the countryside along the lake — a great spot to find tranquility in style while still being close to town. It has a lovely outdoor pool overlooking the lake and the snow capped mountains beyond.
  • In Playa Bonita, a 10 minute drive west of town, the Rochester Bariloche is an intimate lodge style designer hotel with just 12 rooms — all with views. Plus there's a pampering spa to ease weary limbs.
  • And if you want to be even closer to the lake try the nearby Charming Luxury Lodge and Private Spa, which enjoys a dramatic cliff top location and equally dramatic lake views. The suites and lodges are secluded and some boast private hot tubs and saunas. Sheer bliss!
  • Bosque del Nahuel is a half hour further along the lake, but well worth the drive. Rooms in this alpine style hotel are bright and contemporary, with lake or forest views, and the hotel has a welcome spa.
  • A short distance away, for something more intimate (and romantic), check out the tranquil and cosy Peninsula Petit hotel. With only 11 rooms they are able to offer an attentive, personal service. And the views in the communal areas, through huge expanses of glass, are something else.

For Art Lovers

  • El Casco Art Hotel is a modern hotel a short way along the lakeside with lots of contemporary art (they particularly favour the works of important modern Argentine artists) and more great views, plus an excellent spa and Patagonian restaurant.

For fine dining

  • For somewhere more secluded, a little further out across the inlet, is the characterful Aldebaran Hotel and Spa. This is a must for foodies — the Sirius restaurant serves traditional Patagonian dishes cooked in the clay oven and of course fabulous Argentinian grills. It's built like a chic mountain lodge with views over the lake, and the rooms are all unique.

For families

  • The Monasterio Boutique hotel offers a chic duplex with self catering facilities for families. It's close to town on the slopes of Cerro Otto, has great views, and a family sized swimming pool.
  • If you are happy to drive a half hour drive further up the lake, Llao Llao is ideal for a family stay. Nestled on a finger of land between lake and mountains, it offers smart accommodation, a stunning infinity pool and a kids club if you have little ones in tow.

Off the beaten track

  • Estancia Peuma Hue enjoys a stunning rural location amid the Nahuel Huapi National Park just 25 mins from central Bariloche. Come here for cosy traditional rooms, delicious food and more outdoor activities than you can fit into one holiday!

  • The small and intimate Los Juncos is a restored lakeside villa set in peaceful, charming gardens. Surrounded on one side by forest, it's a real hideaway. They offer a truly personalised service — and there's no TV!

For a self catering apartment or villa

  • Lirolay Suites offers suites and apartments by the lakeside in town, each with its own fireplace, terrace or balcony. Breakfast service is available.
  • Alternatively we recommend you contact our partners Booking.com who have accommodation to suit all budgets and tastes.

Travel Information

  • Fly to Bariloche airport, just 8km out of town.
  • Best time to visit — Bariloche is a popular destination year round. In the cold winter months it is a haven for wintersports enthusiasts and in summer the temperatures can rise to around 25°C.
  • If you wish to hire a car, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.

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Best Hotels in Bariloche

  • Lirolay Suites 8400 San Carlos de Bariloche 12 rooms from £97

    Total relaxation  -  Unwind in this idyllic setting, enquire about the range of holistic massage therapies on offer
    Back to Nature  -  Take in the stunning surrounding landscape of Nahuel Huapi's National Park
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the local sights including the Civic Centre, the cathedral, or the Huemul Project on lake Nahuel Huapi
    Great walks  -  Lirolay Suites sits in an enchanting national park with reams of great walks to discover
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    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels

    Charming lakeside suites offering guests log-cabin style with hydromassage baths and stone fireplaces and stunning views of the surrounding landscape. The restaurant serves fine regional cuisine including a Patagonian breakfast. The outdoor pool is a great place to unwind. See More

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  • Bosque del Nahuel Bariloche 25 rooms from £101

    Country Escape  -  With a pretty, rural location in a forest on the banks of Lake Nahuel Huapi, this hotel is great for a country escape
    Romantic Break  -  Couples love the cosy suites at this hotel and the romantic on-site spa and cinema
    Spa breaks  -  With a fully-equipped spa on-site, choose this hotel for your next spa break
    Kayaking  -  See the landscape from a different vantage point with a kayaking excursion on Lake Nahuel Huapi
    SpaRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenDisabled accessViewsParkingNo pets

    This hotel offers Alpine-style accommodation in San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina. Rooms are bright and contemporary with views over Lake Nahuel Huapi or the forest; book a luxury suite for a spa bath. Unwind in the hotel spa before a film at the cosy private cinema; a charming lakeside getaway. See More

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  • Charming Luxury Lodge & Private Spa Bariloche (Playa Bonita) 20 rooms from £150

    Active Holiday  -  Find a plethora of activities in the surrounding countryside from skiing to hiking.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Full of character
    Lakeside
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    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    A luxury property boasting a cliff top location overlooking lake Nahuel Huapi. Secluded suites and lodges are luxurious yet characterful with plenty of pine, private terraces (some with hot tubs) and small kitchenettes. A spoiling spa will ease post activity aches and pains. A glorious rural escape. See More

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  • Península Petit Hotel Bariloche (Peninsula San Pedro) 11 rooms from £135

    Country Escape  -  With a beautiful lakeside location on the San Pedro Peninsula, this hotel makes a tranquil country escape
    Romantic Break  -  Couples love the quiet setting of this peninsula hotel; book a superior suite for a more indulgent stay
    Active Holiday  -  There are lots of activities on offer at this hotel, from trekking and birdwatching to lake activities
    Birdwatching  -  Discover the array of species that frequent the peninsula on a birdwatching excursion with a hotel guide
    RestaurantGardenDisabled accessViewsParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    This pretty hotel has a privileged lakeside location on the Nahuel Huapi in Bariloche, Argentina. Rooms boast breathtaking views, Patagonian-style interiors and local artisan pieces; book a superior suite for extra living space. Start the day in the cosy hotel tea house; a charming country escape. See More

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  • Design Suites Bariloche San Carlos de Bariloche 78 rooms from £137

    Romantic Break  -  An achingly romantic spot with suave wine bar and luxurious suites offering hot tubs, balconies and unbeatable views.
    Active Holiday  -  From skiing to hiking there are plenty of outdoor activities to get busy with.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    SpaRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenViewsParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Great Small Hotels

    A futuristic eco-inspired lodge overlooking Nahuel Huapi lake. Natural materials mix with plenty of glass and fun contemporary touches. Simple rooms feature parquet flooring, large windows and crisp white linen. An infinity pool overlooks the surrounding forest. A cool rural escape. See More

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  • Aldebaran Hotel & Spa Bariloche (Peninsula San Pedro) 10 rooms from £140

    Active Holiday  -  The surrounding mountains provide endless activities to keep all outdoor adventurists entertained.
    Great walks  -  Take a walk through the virgin Valdivian rainforest at Llao Llao.
    Sailing  -  Take a scenic boat trip across the Lago Nahuel Huapi.
    Fishing  -  Try your hand at fishing on the local waters.
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    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Tablet

    A chic mountain lodge with epic lake views. Atmospheric rooms mix traditional charm with contemporary style; think beamed ceilings, natural materials and large glass doors leading onto private terraces. Stunning local cuisine is on offer in the traditionally dressed dining room. Perfection. See More

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  • Monasterio Boutique Hotel Bariloche (Patagonia) 18 rooms from £140

    Families  -  There are great options for families at this hotel; larger suites can fit extra beds to accommodate children
    Romantic Break  -  Couples love the relaxed atmosphere at this boutique hotel; book a couples' massage for a romantic evening
    Country Escape  -  With a pretty location in rural Bariloche, this hotel makes a peaceful escape to the country
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    SpaRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenDisabled accessViewsParkingNo pets

    This boutique hotel is located in the countryside in the Argentine Patagonia. Choose from cosy suites or private cabins with wooden floors and a king-size bed; book a duplex for family living space, self-catering facilities and lake views. Unwind in the pool overlooking the mountains; a chic hotel. See More

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  • Rochester Bariloche Bariloche 12 rooms from £195

    Active Holiday  -  Well located to access multiple outdoor pursuits in the surrounding mountains and lakes.
    Great walks  -  Enjoy picturesque walks through the Nahuel Huapi National Park.
    Sailing  -  Go on a cruise on Nahuel Huapi Lake.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Air conditioningSpaSwimming PoolGardenViewsParkingNo pets

    A charming property with an enviable position overlooking Nahuel Huapi Lake. Traditionally dressed rooms feature exposed stone and floor to ceiling windows, with kitchens and balconies or patios. A spoiling spa is utterly pampering. Find numerous outdoor pursuits in the surrounding countryside. See More

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  • Los Juncos Bariloche 5 rooms from £160

    Romantic Break  -  Couples love the restored heritage property and its natural setting; book an al fresco 3-course dinner for a romantic evening
    Country Escape  -  Set within an orchard on the banks of Lake Nahuel Huapi, this hotel makes a beautiful escape to the country
    Active Holiday  -  With skiing, horseriding, rafting, and kayaking all available, book this hotel for an active getaway
    Kayaking  -  Discover the lake from a different angle on a kayaking trip; enquire with the hotel to book
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    This hotel offers accommodation in a restored alpine house in Bariloche, facing Lake Nahuel Huapi. Suites are individually styled and feature natural accents and lake views; book the master suite for extra living space and a bathtub. Dine in the restaurant or have a barbecue outside; a homely stay. See More

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  • Cacique Inacayal Hotel Bariloche 67 rooms from £180

    Local exploring  -  There is easy access both into town and into the lake and mountains from this hotel, making it a great base for local exploring
    Romantic Break  -  Couples love the romantic rooms at this hotel; book a luxury suite for the best views of the lake
    Country Escape  -  With a privileged lakeside location, this hotel is a great escape to the country
    Kayaking  -  See the lake from a privileged vantage point on a kayaking trip; use the hotel's kayaks for free
    SpaRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenViewsParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    This four-star hotel is located on the banks of the Nahuel Huapi Lake in Bariloche, Argentina. Expect classic, cosy interiors with a splash of traditional, Patagonian textiles; book a junior suite for designer furnishings and unspoiled lake views. Unwind at the spa after dinner; a chic luxury hotel. See More

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  • Llao Llao Hotel San Carlos de Bariloche 205 rooms from £211

    Fishing  -  If you're looking for a bit of peace and tranquility then pack a lunch and head off to one of the lakes for a spot of fishing
    Great walks  -  The surrounding mountains and lakes provide some absolutely stunning hiking trails
    Restaurant  -  Cuisine is varied from regional Patagonian lamb to international.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor & outdoor pools.
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    Llao Llao is nestled between mountains and lakes in rural Baroliche. Its rooms and suites offer splendid views of the surrounding countryside and room service is available 24/7. Relax in the infinity pool after a long day out hiking and feel completely rejuvenated at this wonderfully outdoorsy spot. See More

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  • El Casco Art Hotel Bariloche 33 rooms from £285

    Back to Nature  -  A secluded house overlooking the picturesque Lake Nahuel Huapí and with Mount Otto as a backdrop.
    Views  -  stunning views of the gardens, lake and mountains beyond.
    Restaurant  -  El Casco Gourmet restaurant seving Argentinian cuisine.
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
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    An elegant lakeside property with epic views and adorned with numerous pieces of contemporary art. Smart rooms are designed with soft hues, large windows, dark antique furniture and luxury bathrooms. A superb restaurant serves up Patagonian staples. A very comfortable base set in epic surrounds. See More

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  • Estancia Peuma Hue Bariloche (Lago Gutierrez) 8 rooms from £749

    Active Holiday  -  Argentina's lake district is the perfect spot to get into the great outdoors.
    Full board  -  Price quote is per room (two people) per night including all meals and non alcoholic drinks
    Birdwatching  -  A fascinating array of birds to be spotted.
    Fishing  -  This area is renowned for it's fly-fishing.
    RestaurantGardenViewsParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, I Escape

    A charming lodge boasting spectacular views across the tranquil lake and jagged mountains. Cosy rooms are traditional in style with Argentine artefacts, exposed stone and plenty of pine. The home-cooked meals are fabulous. A cosy lounge is the ideal place to curl up with a book. Spectacular. See More

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