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Design Suites Calafate

4.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

There was a stink in the first room... requested a change and had to pay up extra for the change of room ... Bathroom was terriable ! Would not recommend this hotel to any one

My group (3 couples in our 30s) chose to stay at Design Suites because of the high rating on Orbitz and the amazing photos. However, we were sorely disappointed. We liked the modern aesthetic but it's only a thin veneer -- in person, it's clear the materials used are low quality and everything had a sad run-down quality (e.g., women's bathroom off the lobby area had a stall door that wouldn't close because it was hanging off its hinges and had a hole where the handle was supposed to go). The best thing by far about the hotel is the view of the lake. However, having the view means you're far from town. It took us an hour to walk to town (the front desk staff had told us it would be 30-40 min). There are only 2 shuttles to/from town per day (9am and 6pm to town, 11am and 11:30pm to hotel) so you end up having to take taxis back and forth (100-120 pesos each time). It wasn't a terrible experience overall (room was clean and comfortable enough) but it definitely didn't live up to the photos and I wouldn't recommend staying at this hotel to my friends.

Location is amazing best room view ever. Bed and bedding not as good as American hotels but great hotel. Best choice in Calafate.

This hotel says "SUITES" but only 6 rooms are real suites, and even those are small. The "Jr. Suite" rooms would not be considered even Superior Doubles in the US -- "Jr. Suites" ? NO --just boxy rooms with beds and a bath -- would be Ramada/Holiday Inn type in the US. Design is beautiful & impressive -- BUT DO NOT STAY HERE. Food is horrible, breakfast buffet is "sad" and coffee is re-heated each morning, watery. Views are striking BUT DID I MENTION THE ROOMS ARE far from even superior, much less SUITES? We stayed two different times because we had PRE-PAID...but each check-out they TRIED to charge us AGAIN!!! The operation of this (beautiful) hotel should land the owners/managers in Jail; total deception. When I asked about this hotel in town (which is reached by too small Shuttle, which only operates at night hours!!!) everyone laughed and said that Design Suites has the worst reputation among Hotel People in Calafate and is plagued by HUGE staff turnover. Finally -- are you ready? Because we had pre-paid, we had to return for a third night on NY's Eve, on our way back from Chile to fly on NY Day to Ushuaia....they had GIVEN AWAY our room (paid for in September!), and put us up at another hotel -- 35 minutes away on the other side of town -- a better hotel and better service BUT we lost two hours of NYears Eve So, do NOT be deceived by the beautiful pictures...DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT STAYING at this gorgeous but HIDEOUSLY RUN hotel...forgot to comment that the elevator was out of service on two of the three pre-paid nights we had booked on the trip. As a lawyer, I plan on filing some sort of complaint with the Argentine government after I catch up from vacation....DO NOT STAY HERE! Rob Thompson, Wash DC.

Nice Hotel with a gorgeous view of the Argentino Lake, and nice designed suites. The hotel itself is well decorated with a lounge atmosphere, but once in your room this is not soundproof... Far from city center and shuttle only available at 7pm.

Design Suites is on the outskirts of Calafate, they do have a shuttle every hour to and back from town. I recommend renting a car in Calafate, so many places to drive to, if you don't you are stuck with tour buses, distances are enormous. The hotel is ultra modern without feeling cold, very nice staff, big breakfast in the morning (ultra weak coffee though). We had dinner there one night, it was good and the dining room at night has a very nice ambiance. When going outside one night to admire the stars, we heard tons of dogs barking in town! I was glad I didn't stay there having to listen to the barking all night. (Calafate is full of dogs running loose all over the place) I would definitely stay at this hotel if I go back to Calafate, and I very much hope I will! We stayed only 3 days and wish we had stayed longer.

Calle 94 N 190 El Calafate Santa Cruz

Hotel highlights

  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Design Suites Calafate places you within a 10-minute stroll of Laguna Nimez and El Calafate Regional Museum. This 60-room, 4.5-star hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like an indoor pool, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. El Calafate Historical Interpretation Center and Calafate History Exhibition Hall are a short walk away.


Free buffet breakfast is served each morning from 6:30 AM to 10:30 AM. Enjoy a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, or relax with a drink at the bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the privacy of your room with room service, or get a pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café.


All 60 rooms feature minibars, laptop-compatible safes, and phones. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with cable channels. Bathrooms offer jetted tubs, hair dryers, and free toiletries. Desks are also available.

Property features

At Design Suites Calafate, guests enjoy features like an indoor pool, a health club, and a sauna. You can take advantage of free parking, along with a shuttle from the hotel to the airport (available 24 hours) for USD 30 per vehicle roundtrip. Multilingual staff at the front desk are standing by 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this luxury hotel include free WiFi in public areas, a meeting room, and a business center.

Room options

Junior Suite

Queen 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Suite (Estepa)

Queen 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Suite, Lake View

Queen 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3