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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.

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).

Now 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.

What not to miss

  • Bariloche's alpine inspired architecture with many swiss style chalets in the south American resort.
  • If you can't get enough of the snow, why not try some skiing in the southern hemisphere this winter.
  • If you would like to explore in the South American summer, Bariloche is great for hiking, biking, and fishing

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.

For great lake views

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

  • Rochester Bariloche is a charming property in a lovely position overlooking the lake. The rooms are traditional in style. There's a pampering spa to ease weary limbs.

  • Hotel Tunquelen is a luxury property - all polished parquet floors and beautiful views over both lake and mountains. Plus there's a contemporary spa and elegant restaurant.

  • Charming Luxury Lodge and Private Spa enjoys a dramatic cliff top location with views over the lake. The suites and lodges are secluded and some boast private jacuzzis and saunas. Sheer luxurious bliss!

For Art Lovers

  • El Casco Art Hotel is an elegant hotel on the lake complete with lots of contemporary artworks and epic views. There is an excellent Patagonian restaurant.

For a romantic spot

  • Many would claim that all the best places to stay in Bariloche are perfect for a romantic stay, but one of our favourites is the Design suites, a futuristic ‘Eco Lodge’ with lots of glass and natural materials. It is a chic escape!

For fine dining

  • Aldebaran Hotel and Spa 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 a chic mountain lodge with views over the lake and has atmospheric accommodation.

For families

  • Llao LLao will satisfy anyone who craves a pool with a view and is ideal for a family stay. Nestled on a finger of land between lake and mountains it offers smart accommodation, stunning infinity pool and a kids club if you have little ones in tow.

Off the beaten track

  • Estancia Peuma Hue enjoys a 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!

For an apartment or villa

If you prefer the privacy of your own place then we recommend you contact our partners Booking.com who have accommodation to suit everyone.

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 degrees celcius.

  • If you wish to hire a car, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.

Still not sure?

Best Hotels in Bariloche

  • Los Juncos 5 rooms from £40

    Bariloche

    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.

    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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  • Monasterio Boutique Hotel 18 rooms from £58

    Bariloche (Patagonia)

    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.

    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
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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  • Península Petit Hotel 11 rooms from £73

    Bariloche (Peninsula San Pedro)

    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.

    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
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
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  • Bosque del Nahuel 25 rooms from £91

    Bariloche

    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.

    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
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  • Cacique Inacayal Hotel 67 rooms from £103

    Bariloche

    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.

    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
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
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  • Rochester Bariloche 12 rooms from £108

    Bariloche

    A charming property with an enviable position overlooking Nahuel Huapi Lake. Traditionally dressed rooms feature exposed stone, beamed ceilings and floor to ceiling windows. A spoiling spa is utterly pampering. Find numerous outdoor pursuits in the surrounding countryside. Ideal for active holidays.

    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
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  • Design Suites 78 rooms from £115

    San Carlos de Bariloche

    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.

    Romantic Break  -  An achingly romantic spot with suave wine bar and luxurious suites offering jacuzzis, balconies and unbeatable views.
    Active Holiday  -  From skiing to hiking there are plenty of outdoor activities to get busy with.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Great Small Hotels
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  • Hotel Tunquelen 40 rooms from £123

    Bariloche (5 Villa Llao Llao)

    A luxury property boasting an enviable location by Lake Nahuel Huapi. Simply designed rooms feature polished parquet floors, crisp white linen and large windows perfectly framing the views. A contemporary spa and elegant restaurant make this a winning spot. Ideal for nature lovers.

    Back to Nature  -  Overlooking Lake Nahuel Huapi and the Andes mountains, this is true remote Patagonia.
    Sailing  -  The hotel boasts a private mooring on Nahuel Haupi Lake.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fly-fishing opportunities in the area.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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  • Lirolay Suites 12 rooms from £131

    8400 San Carlos de Bariloche

    A charming lakeside hotel offering guests gorgeous suites in 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.

    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
    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels
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  • Charming Luxury Lodge & Private Spa 20 rooms from £147

    Bariloche (Playa Bonita)

    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 jacuzzis) and small kitchenettes. A spoiling spa will ease post activity aches and pains. A glorious rural escape.

    Active Holiday  -  Find a plethora of activities in the surrounding countryside from skiing to hiking.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Aldebaran Hotel & Spa 10 rooms from £177

    Bariloche (Peninsula San Pedro)

    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.

    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.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Tablet
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  • El Casco Art Hotel 33 rooms from £204

    Bariloche

    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.

    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.
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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  • Llao Llao Hotel 205 rooms from £289

    San Carlos de Bariloche

    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.

    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
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor & outdoor pools.
    Outstanding location
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  • Estancia Peuma Hue 8 rooms from £285

    Bariloche (Lago Gutierrez)

    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.

    Active Holiday  -  Argentina's lake district is the perfect spot to get into the great outdoors.
    Birdwatching  -  A fascinating array of birds to be spotted.
    Fishing  -  This area is renowned for it's fly-fishing.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, I Escape
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