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Hostería Meulen

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The staff were wonderful and very helpful. It is about 1.5 miles from town center, but you get an incredible view of the lake and mountains if you ask for a room in front. Breakfast was adequate. Fresh pastry, cereal, yogurt, ham and cheese. I did miss eggs. id stay again

The staff here were nice, although they were understaffed and a bit ditzy. The breakfast was the biggest disappointment, as they had very little options and often ran out of things. And because they only had one staff member working at a time, replacements took time. They had small containers of tea and coffee, which always seem to be empty. The place itself is nice and clean, and if you want to hike around Lake Nimez (highly recommended) it's a good location. But, otherwise it's not central (about a 25 min. walk into town) so we ended up taking their free transfers to the center (which is only available at certain hours), or paying for a cab (~$100 pesos).

Our hotel was about 400 meters from the shore of Lago Argentino, and our room had great views of the lake. The hotel staff were very nice and helped us arrange all of our tours while we were visiting El Calafate. The hotel also serves a breakfast that is included in the price of the room. The breakfast had breads (a bowl of sweet rolls was put on each table), cheese, sliced ham, cereal, and juice. You can order sack lunches to take on the different tours. All of the tours we were on had no food or minimal food at a slightly high price. Dinner is available in the hotel if you notify them before 5:00 PM that you are intending to eat at the hotel. Otherwise, there are many good options for dinner in town. Our room was nice and had enough space for the four of us. The shower had plenty of hot water and pressure. The wifi is slow so we had to sometimes use the computer in the hotel lobby if we needed to search for things quickly. The hotel will provide a free shuttle to town at designated times, but they do not provide a ride back to the hotel. Taxis back to the hotel were relatively in expensive and only took 10 minutes. You can also walk back to the hotel in about 30 minutes. Not all places in El Calafate accept credit cards so be prepared to carry cash. There are ATMs at the banks if you need extra cash.

Our staff was the best and the service was amazing. Since the moment we went in, we felt like we were at home. The hotel is at a great location - very peaceful and quiet. Carola and Cintia are amazing! We highly recommend this hotel if you travel to El Calafate!

we felt very welcomed by the staff, and the owners make you feel at home! The location allows you to enjoy a beautiful view to the lake and town. The rooms are comfortable, well equipped and nicely decorated. You feel quality. The food is delicious! The atmosphere is cozy and pleasant. We felt very happy here and would love to come again.

I loved this Hotel the Staff were great, the ambience quiet, OK for most people you would need a car I didn't have one but didn't miss out. Breakfast was more than adequate and I had 5 evening meals there and that would be the only small criticism I would make, the menu does not vary at all.The bedrooms are a good size with plenty of storage. The view from the hotel is brilliant and some great sunsets were a bonus.But the staff are the big bonus I thought them all very helpful and kind to me a single traveller.

We stayed for 2 nights with our whole family... Welcomed warmly with a glass of Pisco...loved our room (2 adults and 2 college aged children) Very comfortable room and open spacious public spaces Highly recommend!

I am in the process of putting in an official complaint to the Secretary of Tourism of El Calafate and of Argentina. We had a reservation for December 18, 2014 that we made online. On my reservation I specified and called out that we would be arriving on the daily flight from Buenos Aires into Calafate at 1:30AM and that we would arrive to the hotel very late that night. It was 0 degrees at 1:45AM when we pulled into the hotel on a taxi. We rang the door bell of the lobby, no answer. We did this for 30 minutes. No luck. We called the hotel phone number. No answer (I could hear it ring from the outside). We called and rang the door bell for a total of 45 minutes. We knocked, we tried it all. We were left stranded for a paid hotel room in a hotel that is far from the city center, on top of a mountain, with NO ONE around to help us. The IRRESPONSIBLE HOSTERIA MEULEN STAFF left us outside in 0 degree weather with our suitcases. The night staff left the lobby completely unattended. Luckily, we had packed warm clothes. Had this been an older couple, they could have DIED waiting in the cold for the irresponsible Meluen staff. I had hurt my foot and had a 50 pound suitcase with me. What did we do? We walked for 45 minutes to the nearest hotel - by this time it was close to 4AM. The receptionist was not able to give us a room and was kind enough to call us a taxi to take us to a hostel that had availability in the center of town. For this, we also had to pay a second taxi. We contacted Hosteria Meulen for a refund. What did we get? Just a refund and a verbal apology of the "bad time" we experienced. Bad time? We were walking around each lugging our 50 pound suitcases in 0 degree weather, at the disposal of animal attacks and with a hurt foot... we could have died, gotten pneumonia... And what did they do in return? Give us our money back for the night that we had paid for, that's IT. They refused to pay for our taxi rides to and from the hotel and for the other hotel nights that we had to pay for (rates that were not planned for). For reasons far beyond belief, this hotel should be CLOSED. Do yourself a favor and DO NOT STAY AT HOSTERIA MEULEN. This is the worst experience we have ever had and Meulen did nothing to make it more bearable.

very helpfull and kind people at reception ,bar and restaurant. Very quiet place ,a bit far from center ,but reception organizing everything for customers with good suggestions. The rooms are a bit old fashion ,but very clean .The overall stay remains as very pleasant

Decent accommodations, overall a disappointment Positives: 1. Rooms : accommodations were decent for the price. 2. Transportation : Upon arrival to the airport, we called the hotel and they organized a taxi to collect us which arrived quickly. 3. Features: We had a nice view of Lago Argentino from our room. Negatives: 1. Tour reservations/bookings : the staff poorly explained the different tour packages available upon arrival to the hotel. Specially, we were left with a poor view on how the locals of Calafate treat tourists and the impression that the hotel has arrangements with certain tour groups and/or travel agencies which significantly limits the guests options. We were later able to find the tours we wanted on our own however, it cost us an entire day of unnecessary travel and a lot of additional expenses. The hotel refunded us the money for the original tour, but only after we escalated the complaint to the manager of the hotel and explained that the staff had assured us numerous times that we would get a refund if the tour we wanted later became available. 2. Meals : For the most part food in Argentina is inexpensive, even in upscale restaurants. We were surprised when we received a bill for $648 pesos for a very basic, small lunch we ordered in the lobby upon arrival to the hotel which included 4 small soups, 4 ham and cheese sandwiches and 4 beers. They also included a service charge which is uncommon and typically only suggested. As a comparison, we had dinner at a nearby upscale restaurant in town which included 4 entrees and 3 nice bottles of red wine - the bill was $800 pesos and did not include a service charge. 3. Exchange rate : most places we visited in Argentina offered us 11 pesos for $1. The hotel only offered us 8.50 pesos for $1. They also require that everything be paid in cash. Advice: book all tours in advance and go directly to the travel agencies. There are several of them located in El Calafate and El Chalten and have different options available -beware the prices also vary between groups so it's better to research all the tour packages available in advance to ensure you're able to do everything you want within the days you have and don't get ripped off.

Calle 202 y 92 El Calafate Santa Cruz

Hotel highlights

  • Free full breakfast
  • Free WiFi and wired Internet in rooms and public areas
  • Free valet and self parking
  • Onsite dining

Located within a mile (2 km) of Laguna Nimez, Hostería Meulen is within 2 miles (3 km) of El Calafate Regional Museum. This 21-room, 3.5-star hotel welcomes guests with free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and free valet parking. It's on a lake and also near Calafate History Exhibition Hall and El Calafate Historical Interpretation Center.


Free full breakfast is included with your stay and awaits you each morning from 6:30 AM to 10 AM. Sit down for a leisurely bite to eat at the onsite family restaurant, or enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room, get a quick pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café, and mingle with other guests at the free daily manager's reception.


All 21 individually decorated rooms feature refrigerators, minibars, and safes. Guests can expect 24-inch flat-screen TVs with cable channels, along with free WiFi and wired Internet. Bathrooms offer rainfall showers, hair dryers, and free toiletries, and pillowtop beds with premium bedding ensure a restful night. Phones are also included.

Property features

At Hostería Meulen, guests have access to free WiFi in public areas, coffee in a common area, and an arcade/game room. Free valet and self parking are available—or if you're not driving, take the airport shuttle (available on request) for USD 50 per vehicle. The front desk has multilingual staff that can help with concierge services, luggage storage, and securing valuables. Additional amenities include express check-in, express check-out, and a terrace.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

78.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 193 reviews