Patagonia Vista Lodge

near Bariloche, The Lake District, Argentina Book from

A cosy lodge with 5 apartments for 2-4, on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi in Argentina's stunning Lake District
There’s nothing like watching light glinting on the surface of a lake from the comfort of your bed, with thick forests of towering conifers all around. This is Patagonia Vista Lodge, and you don’t even have to venture out from under your duvet to drink in the magnificent views.

Bariloche is undoubtedly the centre of Argentina’s spectacular Lake Distirct region, with miles of stunning hikes and ski runs in the snow-capped mountains above, and many places to stay strung out along the lake road to the west. But in the forest of chalet style buildings, it’s hard to know which to choose. Patagonia Vista follows the traditional stone-and-tree-trunk style, but its simple and unpretentious apartments are thoughtfully equipped with everything you might need for a relaxing longer stay. There’s also a small spa with a sauna and an indoor/outdoor pool: wonderfully soothing after a long day’s rafting or snowboarding.


  • The great location, 22km from Bariloche on the shores of the lake, is handy for boat tours and the picturesque Llao Llao peninsula
  • Each apartment has a TV, WiFi and a terrace with sunloungers - perfect for soaking up the grand vistas or lazing around with an evening drink
  • Breakfast is served in your room when you want it
  • There’s a spa, an indoor/outdoor pool and a sauna, providing excellent value for money
  • Hiking and skiing heaven is close at hand - regular buses and taxis take you into town or up to the slopes


  • There's no restaurant (though your kitchenette is very well equipped) and you’ll need to take a taxi or drive if you want to eat out
  • To get the best out of the area, you’ll probably want to hire a car
  • The apartments are functional rather than luxurious, and the soundproofing could be better!
  • Don’t expect hotel-style service or staff who speak fluent English
  • This would be a great place to come with friends but all beds are doubles

Best time to go

Summer (December to March) is this area's busiest period. January and February are packed, although December and March are quieter. April is stunning here, with the lenga trees covering the mountains in yellow and scarlet. May is rainy. The ski season runs from June to September and is incredibly busy, so make sure you book well ahead.

Our top tips

This is not the most luxurious option in the Lake District, but it's an economical base for experiencing the huge array of activities nearby. If you want to leave money to splash out on day trips then it's a great choice.

Great for...

Great Outdoors
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Luxury Lodge
  • 5
  • Self-catering
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pools
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Concierge Service


The 5 contemporary apartments are divided into Junior Suites and Senior Suites, with the latter having an additional bathroom and a sitting area with a fireplace and sofabeds. Each is designed to sleep 2, but groups of friends or families should ask for a Deluxe Suite, which consists of adjoining Junior and Senior Suites.

The colour scheme is completely neutral, giving centre stage to the glorious views that fill the large windows. The design follows clean modern lines, with furnishings in beige, cream, brown and white, and a mix of suedes, silks and cottons. Senior Suites have sofas; Junior Suites have armchairs and a table.

The kitchens are very well equipped, with a gas cooker and hob, a microwave, a large fridge-freezer, a coffee machine and everything you’d need to cook a simple meal. Outside, each suite has a private balcony with sunloungers for stretching out on and gazing at the lake.

Bathrooms are small but contemporary, with a bowl sink, a shower or tub, carefully rolled-up white towels, hairdryers, robes and basic toiletries. They’re functional rather than luxurious, but they have all you need.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Coffee tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Dvd player
  • Extra beds
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Kitchenette
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi


Breakfast is delivered to your room: it’s the traditional Argentine continental spread of croissants (here called medialunas), breads, jam, tea, coffee, hot chocolate and orange juice.

If you want to self-cater, the kitchenettes in each apartment are very well-equipped (with a fridge-freezer, gas oven and hob, microwave, kettle, coffee machine and toaster). Strung out along the 22km road to Bariloche are several supermarkets and small shops, as well as places selling local delicacies such as wild boar, smoked meats, cheeses and trout, so it’s quite easy to get supplies, but you need to plan ahead. Once at Patagonia Vista there’s nowhere to buy food within walking distance.

There’s no restaurant on site, but there are some excellent places nearby if you want to eat out. Top-notch is the spectacularly-set Llao Llao Hotel (at the km25 marker), which has excellent restaurants - from the gourmet Los Césares to the less formal Café Patagonia, which offers a great lunch with grand views. The Winter Garden serves a superb tea.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Coffee tea making
  • Fridge
  • Kitchenette


  • Explore the Nahuel Huapi National Park, home to some of Argentina’s most staggeringly beautiful landscapes. The whole area is a pleasure ground for anyone who loves the outdoors, with endless possibilities for adventures such as trekking, rafting, riding and snowboarding
  • Take the all-day boat trip to Puerto Blest (this departs from Puerto Pañuelo around 3km away - you’ll need to book ahead). The journey forms part of the Three Lakes Cruise towards Chile and the boat passes through the stunning Lago Frias, a milky jade fjord that leads to the majestic snow-tipped volcano of Tronador. It’s an expensive but unforgettable trip
  • Hike through magnificent forests along the Llao Llao Peninsula, just 15 minutes’ drive from the lodge. The wildlife is prolific: keep your eyes peeled for huemul (an almost extinct member of the deer family), pudus (a type of dwarf deer) and condors
  • In winter (June to September), head for Cerro Catedral - South America's best ski resort - which is only 18km from your front door
  • Take the cable car up to the top of Cerro Otto (1405m) and have tea in the revolving restaurant at the top, watching the incredible panoramic rotate past you

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Boat trips
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horse-riding
  • Kayaking
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Rafting
  • Shopping / markets
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Trekking
  • Wildlife


Children of all ages are welcome, though the steep grounds and proximity to the lake means you'll need to keep a close eye on little ones.

Best for:

Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

The different suites can accommodate families of all sizes

Baby equipment:

Baby cots are available on request

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kid Friendly:

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