There are few places which evoke an emotion upon arrival. But when I walked into Eolo’s main sitting room, with the evening light turning the countryside a warm yellow and the lake shimmering a translucent, milky blue in the distance, you can’t help but feel pretty emotional. Located in a valley with sweeping views of the mountains, the steppes and Lake Argentina, this is truly a magical place.
Built as a square, it was designed to fit in with, rather than stand out from its surroundings. Its huge windows take advantage of its spectacular 360° views, with common areas on every side of the house to give you a different view. The property is small (just 17 rooms) and feels more like a home than a hotel. Valentin, the manager, instantly makes you feel welcome, with his warm and calm manner. All the staff are unbelievably friendly and professional and ensure you are very well looked after.
The rooms are all spacious, and all, of course, with large windows. I loved the design, all the furniture are genuine antiques sourced from antique markets all around Argentina. Some of the antiques have been restored to incorporate more of a Patagonian feel; Patagonian wool is used throughout the property, for the chair upholstering, the rugs on your bed, the carpets. The result is beautiful. I was lucky enough to stay in one of the two Corner Suites, Eolo’s top rooms which offer windows on two sides. Waking up and seeing the lake on one side and the mountains on the other was incredible.
Food is another big reason to stay here. Relais & Chateaux hotels are known for their food, and Eolo’s standards are very high. Their dining room is one of the most beautiful restaurants I have eaten in, and the dinner I had here was sensational. It’s Full Board when you stay here, so if you’re out for the day exploring Patagonia they will prepare a fantastic lunch box for you (think smoked salmon sandwiches and fresh salads, with delicious homemade brownies and cakes).
You’re in Patagonia mainly to see the glaciers and enjoy the stunning landscapes. Eolo is the perfect base. They also have horses, so you can experience the area like a Gaucho. If you just want to relax then Eolo offers comfortable sitting rooms and a library, as well as a lovely small pool and tiny spa area.
This was by far my most favourite hotel in Argentina. It’s hard to pinpoint why exactly, as it’s a combination of the breath-taking views, beautiful interiors, fantastic food and wonderful people. Eolo calls itself ‘the Patagonian spirit’, and it’s worth travelling to Patagonia just stay here, which is a big statement considering Patagonia is a stunning destination in itself.
Ruta Provincial 11,
9405 El Calafate,