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Rincón del Calafate

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Initially we had trouble locating this hotel but eventually found it on the outskirts of town. The walk back into town took about 15 mins, and we felt safe at all hours. However, a warning to be careful with take away food: the street dogs will follow the smells and can and will get aggressive as they compete for the food. Best not to carry any. The rooms are small but clean, with fresh towels and hot water. Some of the staff spoke good English and all were very friendly and helpful with tour and transport suggestions. The buffet breakfast was awesome, with a great selection of hot and cold foods. Gluten-free options were available on request. Good value for money.

Older style large hotel situated at end of a gravel road on the outskirts of town and amidst industrial sites. Apart from the location breakfasts were great and included in the tariff. Rooms clean, beds made daily, plenty of hot water in excellent volume and clean towels.

1. SMALL ROOMS - the rooms are fairly small you will fit 2 people, double bed and 2 suitcases, that is all. 2. HOT ROOMS- the rooms and hotel overall is way overheated during summer. We had the window open all night on the ground floor, which leads me onto... 3. NOISEY, walls are thin and corridors & doors noisey. There is a large metal bridge next to the gravel road which the hotel is located on. Every 5 minutes a vehicle will drive over it with a loud booming BANG BANG BANG noise, so when you have to have windows open because it's too hot it all becomes too much!! 4. BREAKFAST; frosties with walm milk, mouldy bread, tinned fruit, concentrated orange juice and soggy fatty croissants. 5; ordering taxi for airport: we ordered via reception the airport taxi which should be 240pesos for 10am. Instead we got, a car at 10:15am (15mins late), which was not a taxi but probably a mate of the receptionist in a normal car, who charged us 300pesos - rip off!! Overal a 1star experience. Pay more and stay somewhere better would be my advice....

This hotel is in the cheap end of town, but within easy walking distance of the town centre and we didn't feel unsafe walking back late at night. Basic and comfortable room. Nice lobby area. Breakfast ok. Basically we wanted a cheap clean room and that is what we got so price very good value for money.

Rooms are very small: two beds and nothing else can fit in. Breakfasts are very poor, hardly can be called Continental, with no hot meal. Nice staff, but poor location on unpaved dusty street. Look a better choice.

The hotel is bad, we stayed two nights there and we will never go back. Staff was very good and helpful, but when the venue doesn't have good maintenance there is very little to do. Toilet seat was different from toilet so it didn't fit, they had to change our room because the shower didn´t work. TV wasn't working properly, it had rain and they couldn't fix it. Rooms are extremely hot. Lots of details of no maintenance. summarizing, not a good hotel

S50°20.615' W72°15.195' in a slump part of El Calafate, before the bridge to the city centre, between car repair shops and DIY-housing, this large hotel is the favourite of travel companies. During our stay in December 2014, we opened overheated room 104 with constant noise of a compressor. Complaining at reception, they confirmed that the compressor sound was part of the heating and warm water supply system of the whole building. Turning off the heat would also result in turning off the warm water supply. We switched to room 206 with less compressor noise, removed all blankets and opened the window. A very small effect on this tropical environment was noted. Turning disadvantage into an opportunity, we washed our clothes in the bathtub and the room temperature did a better job than any tumble dryer did. Shower was good and the bed slept well. Wi-Fi reception was excellent and breakfast buffet good. Staff spoke English and was very helpful. City centre (Libertador) with shops and restaurants is a 10-minute walk away.

We are still guests of this sort of hotel in El Calafate. As we know it is high seasons we did not have such a great expectations from the hotel but the service it is worst than our immagination. The structure could be a kind of nice traditional hotels 30 years ago, for sure not now. It is very old, no elevator, no condition air, no tarmac road to access. The furniture are cheap and not well maintained. But the bottom point is the service. We ask to reserve a restaurant for two days but they were not even able to make a phone call. Than we decided to make it by ourselves using the room phone, not working either. At the end we finalize in few seconds using our mobile (making an international phone call). Breakfast and cleaning service are just decent. Luckly us tomorrow we will leave the hotel. For sure we will never get back here again and suggest you not to be guest here.

There was something about this place that we loved. Yes, it is a 15 minute walk into town but who goes to this area and does not like to walk? The neighborhood was fine, just not upscale. We never felt unsafe walking. The rooms look just like the pictures. The walls are thin. I know this sounds negative but I am telling you, there is something about it that is just warm and lovely. The people that work there were friendly and helpful. It was really a comfortable place to be and relax. The pasties at breakfast were delicious.

The Rincon housed us for two nights. Our room was a bit on the small side so backpackers needing more space may want to stay at a hostel. I imagine that the extra money would not buy a lot more space (compared to a hostel). There is WiFi and a small TV but no private refrigerator. The location is a bit on the edge of town but should not be a problem with hikers/trekkers. The staff handles English competently and addressed some planning oversight with the local shuttle service with earnestness. It did not disappoint though it does have competition for the price.

Calle 700, 273 El Calafate Santa Cruz

Hotel highlights

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

Rincón del Calafate is a short stroll from Plaza de los Pioneros and Santa Teresita del Nino Jesus Church. This 48-room, 3.5-star hotel has free breakfast and a restaurant, along with free in-room WiFi. In central El Calafate, the hotel is also close to Argentinian Museum of Toys and Gnome Village.


Free buffet breakfast is included with your stay and awaits you each morning from 7 AM to 10 AM. Explore the hotel and meet new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge, or enjoy a bite to eat at the onsite restaurant. You can get a quick energy boost at the coffee shop/café.


All 48 rooms feature safes. Flat-screen TVs come with cable channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi.

Property features

Rincón del Calafate features free WiFi in public areas and a fireplace in the lobby. Airport transportation is made easy with an airport shuttle for a fee (available 24 hours). The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with concierge services, and answer any questions about the accommodations.

Room options

Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

68% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 224 reviews