“The most stylish and luxurious hotel in the Patagonian steppe, set at the edge of the Glaciers National Park”
The accommodation has been beautifully designed to give guests a real feeling of space inside. The rooms are deservedly called suites - 12 Superior (37 sq.m), 3 Premium (48 sq.m) plus 2 Corner Suites (also 48 sq.m) with windows facing in 2 directions. All have sitting areas with magnificent views, plus a couple of corduroy armchairs to sprawl in - the perfect place to drink a fine pot of tea served in pleasingly mismatched antique china after your expeditions.
All suites are designed in the same restrained luxurious style: good quality natural fabrics in simple neutral colours (greens, beiges and whites), plain white duvet covers and crispest Egyptian cotton sheets, with a soft, bold-coloured blanket lying over the top. Beautifully restored antique night tables sit well with modern lamps, and walls are adorned with a couple of striking sepia photographs of local wildlife. Nothing here jars with the fabulous nature outside.
Bathrooms in all rooms are the same: spacious and light, with good views. You get a blonde marble floor, a long counter with 2 sinks, a power shower and a huge double-ended bath: perfect for relaxing after your trek on the ice, in a room fragranced with relaxing oils. Toiletries are thoughtfully extensive and reassuringly expensive, with lovely soap and good bath salts - excellent for tired muscles. Bathrobes and slippers are provided, as well as hairdryers.
All rooms have fabulous views, but the 2 Corner Suites offer views to 2 sides - either steppe and lake (the best views in the hotel), or steppe and mountain. An additional bed can be put in your room if you’re bringing a small child.
The food at Eolo is among the best in all Patagonia, with local ingredients used in imaginative ways. All meals are included in the rates.
Breakfast is served from 6am to 11am in the smart, modern dining room, with huge floor-to-ceiling windows flooding the room with light and giving uplifting views of the valley and the glistening Lago Argentina beyond. Simple tables are well dressed in white, with huge linen napkins and antique chairs stylishly reupholstered with traditional Mapuche weavings. Giant paintings of simple bowls add style and mystery. You get a selection of very fresh fruits prepared in big chunks (melon, grapefruit, orange and kiwi), delicious fresh orange or graprefruit juice, a selection of cereals, good leaf teas and excellent coffee. Pastries and excellent homemade jams are also on offer, and eggs and omelettes are cooked to order.
Lunch is 12 to 3pm at the hotel, but is more usually a picnic on your excursion. Here you’re going to feel smug compared with others on your trip from different hotels, as you’ll have selected your sandwiches from a detailed menu the night before. There's a choice of breads and fillings with tasty extras like sun-dried tomatoes and salads. Tick the boxes for fruit and brownies too, and a flask of tea is highly recommended for the 'Big Ice' or 'Mini Trekking' trips.
Tea is a serious business at Eolo, and comes from the excellent Teaosophy line (created by Argentine Ines Berton). You get leaf teas of the highest quality accompanied by some sweet delicacies, served in charmingly mismatched antique china either in the gorgeous open sitting area or in your room.
Dinner, from 7 to 11pm, is such a pleasure you won’t want to go into town. Expect 5 or 6 choices for each course. Begin with an exquisite salad of smoked pears with blue cheese and walnuts on mixed leaves, or a pretty stack of grilled vegetables with a piquant tapenade. Mains are sophisticated and beautifully presented: Patagonian lamb is a must, and the duo of salmon and trout with delicate coconut rice and cheese mousse is highly recommended too. Vegetarians are catered for to order. Make room for dessert - perhaps a minestrone of fruits with delicious lime sorbet, or a moist orange pudding with chocolate and orange granite. And if you’re hoping to try the famous Patagonian asado (so much more than a barbecue), the chef offers this once a week.
Families with children over 12 are welcome - an extra bed can be added to all suites on request, and 1 suite has a big hallway where you can put 2 extra single beds (enquire for details). Activities can be tailored to younger teens, such as the 'Mini Trekking' excursion.
Teens (over 12)
Extra Beds Available
Babysitting is available by arrangement.