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Esplendor El Calafate

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The trip from Buenos Aires to Calafate was the highlight of our trip.... The hotel is incredible.... Overlooking the lake and the nearby town 5-10 min walk to the center... The Hotel is modern with a rustic Argentine flair.... Enjoyed the pool with steaming hot water.... I would stay again.....

The hotel while looking nice, has a fatal flaw: the rooms are way too hot, over 90 degrees even when it was freezing out. If you open the windows, some cool air comes in but then you are bombarded by barking dogs and loud cars. Stay away!! [...]

Absolutely phenomenal. It was the most comfortable and best hotel I've ever stayed in. From helping us to make plans for our excursions to the glaciers, to the wonderful buffet breakfast, it was truly a wonderful experience for me and my wife. We even just spent a day relaxing in the hotel instead of venturing out to the beautiful surroundings. That is saying a lot about how wonderful this place is.

Nicely situated over looking Lake Argentina. Short walk to town. Very clean hotel, nice menu and good service.

A fine place to stay, only negative comment was the rooms were all perfumed with a coconut scent which was not pleasant.

El Calafate is still a developing, remote town near the glaciers of Patagonia as its first airport was only constructed 10 years ago. So while some areas and roads are still rough, it is still very safe and friendly. This hotel was very good with many modern comforts. It felt like a US West mountain lodge. Service was friendly and helpful and they readily arranged Patagonia tours. Rooms were very comfortable and well maintained. Hotel bar was nice, not too busy so you had your own space with beautiful views. The free breakfasts were above average. I assume this is one of the nicer hotels in the town.

While I was in El Calafate I had the chance to visit Perito Moreno and did a trip in a 4X4. I highly recommend both, Also I got a facial in the hotel, and it was nice and relaxing! It was one of the most amazing trips of my life and the Esplendor hotel was the perfect place to stay!

I don't expect other travellers who want to go to El Calafate to be the types who want to have massages and get treatment that one would expect at a resort location - instead, you are likely to be going to Calafate to see the glaciers and the hotel is of secondary importance. It was for me. That being said, the hotel was a very pleasant surprise...and as it turned out, I believe you CAN get massages, etc.! Staff at the hotel and restaurant were very friendly, and the rooms were quite nice. Certainly better than I expected for the price and at the bottom of South America in a fairly remote location. There's a great ambience about the place that I can't quite put my finger on in terms of how to describe...but it's a really nice style. Food at the restaurant was very good too. My wife loved the place, and I think I scored some points for the selection, which was a relief particularly after getting some demerits for my selection on Easter Island! :) I would stay here again in a heartbeat, and would recommend it to my friends and family without reservation.

nice and clean hotel that provided all the services in a professional manner. helpful staff. not in the town center, but has a very nice view of the town and lake because it's situated on a hill. short walk into town, about 7-10min. hotel has a decent restaurant. i would definitely stay there again.

The Esplendor was a great hotel. Beautiful interiors. Lobby was like a boutique ski resort. Room was large and very comfortable. The Town of El Calafate is very dirty and noisy with the stray dogs, but this hotel was a great retreat, up on a hill, from that. Staff was excellent and practically predicted my every need. I called them beforehand to set up excursions for me for the glaciers and they were perfect!

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Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Indoor pool

Esplendor El Calafate places you within a 10-minute stroll of Anfiteatro Del Bosque and Calafate Fishing. This 57-room, 4-star hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like an indoor pool, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. It's in the mountains and also a short walk from Gnome Village and Argentinian Museum of Toys.


Dining

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.


Rooms

All 57 air-conditioned rooms feature minibars, safes, and phones. 21-inch LCD TVs come with cable channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and bidets. In-room massages are available, and rooms also include desks.


Property features

Guests of Esplendor El Calafate enjoy an indoor pool, free WiFi in public areas, and a business center. There's free parking, as well as an airport shuttle for a fee (available 24 hours). Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this boutique hotel include an arcade/game room, laundry facilities, and a fireplace in the lobby.

Room options

Guest reviews for Esplendor El Calafate

Couples (6) Family (1) Other (1) Friends (2)
5

argentine trip

Couples

The trip from Buenos Aires to Calafate was the highlight of our trip.... The hotel is incredible.... Overlooking the lake and the nearby town 5-10 min walk to the center... The Hotel is modern with a rustic Argentine flair.... Enjoyed the pool with steaming hot water.... I would stay again.....

By on Apr 10, 2015

2

nice looking hotel, rooms too hot

LGBT

The hotel while looking nice, has a fatal flaw: the rooms are way too hot, over 90 degrees even when it was freezing out. If you open the windows, some cool air comes in but then you are bombarded by barking dogs and loud cars. Stay away!! [...]

By on Apr 17, 2011

5

phenomenal, the best hotel

Couples

Absolutely phenomenal. It was the most comfortable and best hotel I've ever stayed in. From helping us to make plans for our excursions to the glaciers, to the wonderful buffet breakfast, it was truly a wonderful experience for me and my wife. We even just spent a day relaxing in the hotel instead of venturing out to the beautiful surroundings. That is saying a lot about how wonderful this place is.

By on Feb 21, 2011

4

great location

Couples

Nicely situated over looking Lake Argentina. Short walk to town. Very clean hotel, nice menu and good service.

By on Feb 11, 2011

4

esplendor review

Couples

A fine place to stay, only negative comment was the rooms were all perfumed with a coconut scent which was not pleasant.

By on Jan 14, 2011

4

beautiful lodge like hotel

GetawayWithFriends

El Calafate is still a developing, remote town near the glaciers of Patagonia as its first airport was only constructed 10 years ago. So while some areas and roads are still rough, it is still very safe and friendly. This hotel was very good with many modern comforts. It felt like a US West mountain lodge. Service was friendly and helpful and they readily arranged Patagonia tours. Rooms were very comfortable and well maintained. Hotel bar was nice, not too busy so you had your own space with beautiful views. The free breakfasts were above average. I assume this is one of the nicer hotels in the town.

By on Jan 14, 2011

5

absolutly beautiful!

Families

While I was in El Calafate I had the chance to visit Perito Moreno and did a trip in a 4X4. I highly recommend both, Also I got a facial in the hotel, and it was nice and relaxing! It was one of the most amazing trips of my life and the Esplendor hotel was the perfect place to stay!

By on May 19, 2010

5

a nice surprise

Couples

I don't expect other travellers who want to go to El Calafate to be the types who want to have massages and get treatment that one would expect at a resort location - instead, you are likely to be going to Calafate to see the glaciers and the hotel is of secondary importance. It was for me. That being said, the hotel was a very pleasant surprise...and as it turned out, I believe you CAN get massages, etc.! Staff at the hotel and restaurant were very friendly, and the rooms were quite nice. Certainly better than I expected for the price and at the bottom of South America in a fairly remote location. There's a great ambience about the place that I can't quite put my finger on in terms of how to describe...but it's a really nice style. Food at the restaurant was very good too. My wife loved the place, and I think I scored some points for the selection, which was a relief particularly after getting some demerits for my selection on Easter Island! :) I would stay here again in a heartbeat, and would recommend it to my friends and family without reservation.

By on Oct 12, 2009

4

good stay

GetawayWithFriends

nice and clean hotel that provided all the services in a professional manner. helpful staff. not in the town center, but has a very nice view of the town and lake because it's situated on a hill. short walk into town, about 7-10min. hotel has a decent restaurant. i would definitely stay there again.

By on May 2, 2009

5

beautiful boutique hotel

Couples

The Esplendor was a great hotel. Beautiful interiors. Lobby was like a boutique ski resort. Room was large and very comfortable. The Town of El Calafate is very dirty and noisy with the stray dogs, but this hotel was a great retreat, up on a hill, from that. Staff was excellent and practically predicted my every need. I called them beforehand to set up excursions for me for the glaciers and they were perfect!

By on Oct 17, 2008