Santa Cruz Province


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About Santa Cruz Province

Santa Cruz Province is in Patagonia in the southern part of Argentina. Famed for its mountains, glaciers, and outdoor activities such as hiking, canoeing and climbing, it boasts spectacular scenery, with over 800 identified peaks. To the south of the province is the World Heritage Los Glaciares National Park, with its awe inspiring glaciers and ice fields.

Bordering Chubut Province to the north, and Chile to the west and south, with an Atlantic coast on its east, Santa Cruz is the second-largest province of Argentina, and the least densely populated. It's home to an indigenous people called the Tehuelches, who retained independence until the late 19th century.

Santa Cruz Province also has some of Argentina's most spectacular hotels and luxury lodges - for example in El Calafate, El Chalten and along the shores of the beautiful Lago Argentino. Others are quite remote but well worth the effort to get there. Below, we have rounded up the best of these great places to stay in Santa Cruz Province.

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Best Hotels in Santa Cruz Province

  • Blanca Patagonia El Calafate (Santa Cruz) 13 rooms from £55

    Back to Nature  -  Located in the breathtaking natural landscape of the Argentinian Patagonia, this hotel makes a great retreat to nature
    Hideaway  -  Hideout in a private cabin at this boutique hotel; there is a restaurant and spa on-site, so there's no need to leave
    Local exploring  -  This hotel makes a great base for exploring Lake Argentina and the surrounding area
    Sights nearby  -  Organize an excursion to the Isla Solitaria or lonesome island; the deserted island offers beautiful natural landscapes
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    This hotel offers boutique accommodation in Santa Cruz, Argentina. Guests can choose rooms in the inn or a private cabin; rooms are traditionally dressed and have exposed wooden beams and cosy, carpeted floors. Book a luxury suite for a private hot tub. Dine at the chic restaurant; a charming hotel. See More

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  • Hostería Kaulem El Chalten (Santa Cruz) 5 rooms from £82

    Active Holiday  -  Set within a beautiful national park there are plenty of activities local to the hotel, including cycling to hiking
    Local exploring  -  The hotel is perfectly located for exploring in Chalten, both in terms of natural wonders and the local town
    Back to Nature  -  Retreat to nature at this hotel, set in verdant gardens against the backdrop of the Patagonian mountains
    Kayaking  -  Do a kayaking excursion on the Las Vueltas river; ask your hosts for local boat hire
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    This boutique hotel is located in El Chaltén, Argentina. Rooms are cosy and inviting, with wooden floors and homely soft furnishings; book a private apartment for self-catering facilities. Browse the hotel art gallery before a drink at the bar; a great base for exploring the beautiful national park. See More

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  • Hotel Kau Yatun El Calafate 40 rooms from £94

    Active Holiday  -  Set in the Patagonian steppe, the perfect terrain for outdoor pursuits.
    Sights nearby  -  Marvel at the outstanding terrain of the glaciers of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares.
    Outstanding location  -  Framed by pine forests at the top of the town.
    Full of character  -  Tradionally styled rooms
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    A stunning rural property framed by a picturesque pine forests. Quaint rooms are light and airy with cream hues and floral motifs. Sample hearty regional dishes in the atmospheric restaurant and drink local wines in the bar. A charming base from which to explore the region. See More

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  • Posada los Alamos El Calafate (El Calafate,) 144 rooms from £98

    Business meetings  -  Large conference rooms and banquetting facilities make this venue ideal for a corporate event with a difference
    Families  -  Hotel Posada is welcoming to families with large rooms and babysitting services
    Spa breaks  -  Relax in the spa after a day spent hiking in the gorgeous surrounds
    Sights nearby  -  El Calafate is a traditional Argentine town with museums, cafes and bars to explore
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    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    A beautiful building of brick dark quebracho wood boasting a fully-equipped spa, swimming pool, two bars and a restaurant offering a range of local and international gourmet meals. Rooms are cosy and uniquely decorated and come with a minibar and impressive views of El Calafate or Lake Argentino. See More

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  • Esplendor El Calafate El Calafate 57 rooms from £129

    Active Holiday  -  This is the ideal place for an active getaway with hiking, skiing, mountain biking, fishing and many more besides
    Back to Nature  -  Take a hike to the famed Perito Moreno glacier, or wander the shores of the beautful lake Argentino
    Total relaxation  -  Feel all your cares and woes slip away as your are massaged and pampered in the spa
    Great walks  -  There is something for all abilites from an afternoon stroll to a week long hike throguh the mountains
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    An elegant hotel overlooking the turquoise, glacial waters of Lake Argentino. The interiors echo the raw natural beauty found beyond the numerous windows- think fur lined chairs, hardwood floors and antler chandeliers. Feast on Patagonian dishes, heavy on meats and rich red wines. A sumptuous treat. See More

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  • Lunajuim El Chalten (Patagonia) 24 rooms from £106

    Local exploring  -  Located within easy walking distance of amenities and attractions, this hotel is a great base for local exploring
    Families  -  Book a triple room for a family stay; the hotel is happy to provide cots for younger children
    City Style  -  With simple, bright interiors, this hotel has lots of local Patagonian style
    Great walks  -  Explore the Los Glaciares National Park on a long walk; ask at the hotel for recommended routes
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    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    This charming guesthouse is located in El Chaltén, part of the Argentine Patagonia. Rooms are inviting and homely, with comfortable beds, quality linens and eclectic artwork; book a triple room for a family stay. Sample regional cuisine at the restaurant before drinks at the bar; a welcoming hotel. See More

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  • Hotel Kosten Aike El Calafate 80 rooms from £139

    Groups  -  The hotel can accomadate large groups and has facilities on site to cater for large parties and events
    Families  -  A fun spot for all the family - with hot tubs and sauna, ping pong and billiards and plenty more
    Sights nearby  -  The Upsala Glacier is a short drive from the property and is a spectacular sight to behold
    Great walks  -  This is superb countryside for those keen on getting out and about.
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    An Alpine inspired hotel sitting just outside the town of Calafate. The traditional interiors offer comfort and class, and the welcoming staff will make you feel right at home. Enjoy typical Argentine food in the restaurant and pampering treatments in the spa. A great option for all the family. See More

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  • La Cantera El Calafate 18 rooms from £120

    Groups  -  Guests can choose to hire a wooden cabin with two spacious rooms, dining room and kitchen - ideal for small groups
    Active Holiday  -  Discover outstanding glaciers and the lakes Argentino and Roca- perfect for trekking and climbing
    Views  -  The hotel has a wonderful terrace with views over the lake - a great spot for sunrises and sunsets
    Boutique  -  Just 18 rooms, each done up cosily and in style.
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    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels

    A stunning boutique hotel offering unbeatable views of the Patagonian landscape with floor-to-ceiling windows in the cosy bar and private balconies with every room. The on-site restaurant serves fine Argentinian cuisine in a rustic traditional mountain lodge setting. See More

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  • Los Ponchos El Calafate 11 rooms from £125

    Local exploring  -  With a central location in El Calafate, this hotel is a great base for local exploing in Santa Cruz
    Romantic Break  -  Couples love the cosy rooms at this hotel; book the Mansard Suite for great views
    Families  -  Book the independent lodge for family-sized living space and a charming garden
    Birdwatching  -  Go birdwatching at Laguna Nimez, an important site that is frequented by many local bird species
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    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels

    This boutique hotel occupies a heritage property in El Calafate, part of the Argentine Patagonia. Choose from rooms, apartments or a private lodge with cosy, inviting interiors in a neutral palette; book the lodge for family-sized living space. Request a lunch-box for day trips; a charming hotel. See More

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  • Hosteria Senderos El Chalten (Santa Cruz) 21 rooms from £133

    Active Holiday  -  Set at the foot of Mount Fitz Roy, this hotel is perfectly located for a hiking or cycling holiday
    Families  -  With split-level suites available that can accommodate children, this hotel is good for families
    Back to Nature  -  Located within a breathtaking national park, this hotel makes a great retreat to nature
    Kayaking  -  Explore the famous seven lakes of Patagonia with a kayaking trip; enquire with the hotel for recommended providers
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    This hotel is nestled at the foot of Fitz Roy Mountain in the Los Glaciares National Park. Rooms feature wooden floors, comfortable beds and crisp linens; book a suite for split-level living, great for families. Dine at the restaurant or have drinks at the wine bar; a charming, quiet nature getaway. See More

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  • Hostería El Pilar El Chalten 10 rooms from £140

    Back to Nature  -  Set within the breathtaking grounds of the Los Glacieres National Park, this hotel is a great nature retreat
    Romantic Break  -  Couples love this intimate hotel and the cosy, romantic suites; unwind by the fire after a day out walking
    Active Holiday  -  With a unique location close to the Fitz Roy, this hotel is perfect for a walking holiday
    Sights nearby  -  Walk down to the Río Blanco, a beautiful river that runs close to the hotel
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    This charming hostería is located within the Los Glaciares National Park, 20 minutes outside of El Chaltén. Guestrooms are simple and elegant, with wooden floors, heritage furniture and mountain views. Unwind by the wood-burning fire after a day's trek to the Fitz Roy; an authentic country retreat. See More

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  • Design Suites Calafate El Calafate 60 rooms from £190

    Back to Nature  -  Offering beautiful views of Lago Argentino and the surrounding landscape, this hotel makes a unique back-to-nature retreat
    Local exploring  -  This hotel is perfectly placed for local exploring in the Argentine Patagonia; book local tours through the hotel
    Romantic Break  -  Couples love the cosy hotel interiors and chic spa; book a luxury suite for a private hot tub
    Sights nearby  -  Take a trip to the Isla Solitaria, an island in the middle of the Argentine Lake which is home to a quiet provincial church
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    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    Built of wood and stone, this stylish Patagonian hotel offers amazing views of Lago Argentino just outside Calafate. Guestrooms feature soft carpets, cosy throws and chic design pieces; book the junior suite for a private spa bath, and have dinner at the restó bar before a sauna and swim. See More

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  • Destino Sur El Chalten (Santa Cruz) 36 rooms from £160

    Back to Nature  -  Set in the breathtaking landscape of the Argentinian Patagonia, this hotel makes a fantastic retreat to nature
    Active Holiday  -  With Cerro Fitz Roy close by, there are lots of activities to keep guests entertained for an outdoors holiday
    Families  -  With larger rooms available to accommodate children, this hotel is great for families
    Great walks  -  The hotel lies on a number of marked walking routes; walking is a great way to explore the Patagonia's natural wonders
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    This hotel is set in Chaltén, in the Argentine Patagonia. Rooms have wooden floors, homely, cotton linens and artisanal goodies in the snack bar; book a premium room for extra living space. Book into the hotel spa or use the hot tub before drinks by the fireplace. A charming, back-to-nature retreat. See More

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  • Don Los Cerros Boutique Hotel El Chalten (El Chaltén) 44 rooms from £186

    Views  -  Don Los Cerros Boutique hotel boasts stunning views of the surrounding valley and Fitzroy Mountain.
    Active Holiday  -  From boat cruises to hiking there's plenty to do in the nearby surrounds.
    Restaurant  -  Don Los Cerros Boutique Hotel's restaurant serves both traditional Patagonian and International dishes
    Full of character
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    Recommended by  -  I Escape

    A charming boutique hotel framed by snow-capped mountains. Brightly decorated rooms are traditional in style. Glass doors lead onto private terraces to sit and enjoy the view. Based in Argentina's hiking country, spend days in the great outdoor, then relax in the spa. An adventurer's haven. See More

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  • Estancia Nibepo Aike 9405 Colonia Francisco Perito Moreno, Santa Cruz Province 10 rooms from £214

    Country Escape  -  Make the most of the Argentine rural experience in this charming converted farmhouse.
    Full of character
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
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    A traditional sheep farm turned cosy hotel. Find sash windows, parquet flooring, fireplaces and warm hues throughout. Regional dishes are served in the restaurant. The outstanding location makes this the ideal starting point for exploring the hidden glaciers by horse. An adventurers paradise. See More

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  • Estancia Helsingfors El Chaltén, Santa Cruz Province 9 rooms from £583

    Eco break  -  With a carefully considered sustainability policy you can enjoy this holiday knowing it won't cost the earth
    Back to Nature  -  With a privileged location in the Argentine Patagonia, this hotel makes a unique nature retreat
    Local exploring  -  Set within the Los Glaciares National Park, there is plenty to explore local to this hotel
    Great walks  -  Explore the beautiful landscape of the national park on an easy stroll, with marked trails for all levels
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    This luxury lodge is located in the Los Glaciares National Park in the Argentine Patagonia. Homely guestrooms feature wooden floors, plush linens and comfortable beds; book a family room to accommodate children. Relax by the fireplace after a day's trek to the Blue Lagoon; an inviting nature lodge. See More

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  • Estancia Cristina Santa Cruz Province 20 rooms from £589

    Active Holiday  -  Find numerous outdoor pursuits in Los Glaciares National Park.
    Fishing  -  Excellent conditions for salmon and rainbow trout fishing.
    Barefoot Luxury  -  For total relaxation.
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    A secluded lodge boasting epic views of the hanging glaciers and surrounding mountains. Large airy rooms feature bay windows, soft patterning and sink-into beds. Find gourmet regional cuisine accompanied by an excellent wine list. Spend days exploring the national park be it by foot or horse. Bliss. See More

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  • Aguas Arriba Lodge El Chalten, Santa Cruz Province 6 rooms from £781

    Back to Nature  -  Situated in the Provincial Lago del Desierto reserve with woods, glaciers, lakes and mountains on your doorstep.
    Active Holiday  -  Make the most of the numerous outdoor activities in the surrounding area.
    All inclusive  -  Price quoted is per room and includes all meals (but not drinks).
    Great walks  -  Head off into the wilderness and explore this rugged landscape.
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    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels

    A luxurious lodge in a spectacular secluded setting. Contemporary design throughout reflects the surrounding nature with plenty of pine and large glass walls allowing for different views from every room. The homely food is utterly delicious. The ideal spot to get back to nature. See More

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  • Eolo 9405 El Calafate 17 rooms from £858

    Back to Nature  -  Situated in a magically remote Patagonian location, next to Argentina's largest lake with views stretching over the Andes.
    Outstanding location  -  Plenty of glass afford incredible views over a wide landscape
    Birdwatching  -  There are an exciting array of birds to be spotted in the area.
    Restrictions on children  -  Children over 12 are welcome.
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    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Relais & Chateaux, CN Traveller

    A remote luxury lodge with an outstanding location. Rooms are simply designed with emphasis given to the surrounding views, admired from enormous windows and terraces. Sample gourmet cuisine in the restaurant and unwind in the fabulous spa. Discover authentic Argentina in serious style. See More

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  • Explora El Chaltén El Chalten 17 rooms from £890

    Outstanding location  -  Located in the Southern Ice Fields of Patagonia, the planet’s second-largest freshwater reserve
    Back to Nature  -  Total peace and tranquility in a remote location, surrounded by magnificent scenery
    Spa  -  A spoiling spa with outdoor hot tubs with views to die for
    Views  -  Glorious mounatin views from every angle

    A spectacular property for those who love nature and trekking, with stunning views of the Electric Valley and the Marconi Glacier. Patagonian cuisine with local produce and a spoiling luxury spa greet the weary explorer. A rejuvenating stay for those seeking privacy and silence. See More

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