Where to Stay in Bariloche For First-Timers

Are you looking for the best places to stay in Bariloche? You’ve come to the right place.

Before visiting Argentina’s picturesque lake district, I was overwhelmed by all the options. The more I read, the more confused I became!

Do I stay in Bariloche town center?

How do I find accommodation with lake views?

Which is the best area to stay without a car?

So, to help you figure out where to base yourself, here’s my guide to the absolute best Bariloche accommodation options to match every budget and travel style! Whether you’re looking for luxury cabins or a budget-friendly lodge, this guide will take you through the very best places to stay in Bariloche.

Where to stay in Bariloche argentina
Exploring the lake district of Bariloche

Torn Tackies contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase using one of these links, I may receive compensation at no extra cost to you. See my disclosure for more information.

Quick overview of where to stay in Bariloche

Overall best place to stayCharming Luxury Lodge & Private Spa (Playa Bonita)
Best luxury hotel in BarilocheLlao Llao Resort and Spa (Villa Llao Llao)
Best mid-range hotelLirolay Apartments (Playa Bonita)
Best budget optionTrip Bariloche Select (Bariloche center)
Best for familiesPortales de la Patagonia Apartments (Bariloche center)

The best areas to stay in Bariloche

Bariloche, otherwise known as San Carlos de Bariloche, is no longer the small, quaint village it once was. It’s much bigger than I thought it would be, meaning there are many areas to stay in.

These include:

  • Barlicho town center: Convenient option
  • Playa Bonita (or anywhere on Avenida Bustillo): Close to town but not in the hustle and bustle
  • Villa Llao Llao: Surrounded by nature but own transport required
  • Cerro Catedral: Best for winter ski accommodation
  • Villa La Angostura: Quaint town close to Bariloche

1. Center of Bariloche: Where to stay in Bariloche for convenience

an empty street in Bariloche
Staying in Bariloche town center is a good option if you don’t have your own transport

Staying close to the town center is a great option if you don’t have a car rental, as it’s a hub for tours and public transport. It’s also better suited for people traveling on a budget or backpackers looking for hostels and a lively atmosphere.

The town is easily walkable and has many restaurants. While it may not be as picturesque as the other areas of Bariloche, it is certainly the most convenient place to base yourself.

I stayed in the town center for both of my visits to Bariloche – simply because it was the most convenient option for me and I was able to find affordable last-minute accommodation options.

Luxury accommodation: Cacique Inacayal Lake Hotel & Spa

Cacique Inacayal Lake Hotel & Spa
Cacique Inacayal Lake Hotel & Spa offers lake front views in Bariloche town center

What a location! Cacique Inacayal Lake Hotel & Spa is nestled on the shores of the picturesque Nahuel Huapi Lake, just a few blocks from Downtown Bariloche.

The chic rooms offer superb views over the lake and luxury finishes like designer furniture and a private spa bath.

There’s more! Stroll down to the spa area and discover an inviting heated swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, Scottish showers, and a small gym.

The hotel restaurant is warm and welcoming, serving tasty Patagonian cuisine to rave reviews. After dinner, visit the charming wine bar for a drink and a game of pool.

With its outstanding lake location, Cacique Inacayal promises a beautiful stay, no matter the season.

Read reviews and check availability here.

Things to consider

The rooms have no air conditioning, which wouldn’t usually be an issue in Bariloche, but it can feel a little stuffy during a heatwave.

Mid accommodation: Portales de la Patagonia Apartments

Portales de la Patagonia Apartments
If you’re looking for a self-contained apartment, Portales de la Patagonia Apartments is an excellent option

If you’re looking for a quiet base close to town, Portales de la Patagonia’s condo units are an excellent choice.

Compact and comfortable, they’re a 10-minute walk to downtown Bariloche with easy access to supermarkets and restaurants, including a fantastic sushi place!

You can opt for a neat studio or a larger apartment that sleeps four people. The units are new, clean, and spacious, with lots of natural light and a small balcony.

Each apartment is well equipped for a short or long stay. It has a full kitchen, dining table, and private bathroom with a shower and bidet.

While the decor is simple, the modern living space, comfy beds, and large Smart TV are extra welcoming after a long day of exploring.

Click here to find out more about Portales de la Patagonia Apartments.

Things to consider

While the apartments could benefit from a few more homey touches, they serve perfectly as a clean, simple, and convenient base for those spending most of their time exploring the area.

Budget accommodation: Trip Bariloche Select

Trip Select budget budget accommodation in Bariloche
I stayed at Trip Select and the location couldn’t be better

I stayed at Trip Select Bariloche and highly recommend it. The private rooms are simple yet comfortable and are great value for money.

It’s also a prime location, just a two-minute walk to Playa del Centro and a block from Juramento Street’s vibey restaurant and bar scene.

The accommodation (see photos here) is clean and well-maintained, with cotton sheets on the beds and fresh towels provided daily.

While the bathrooms are a little small, the showers work well, and there’s decent water pressure. For budget accommodation, the reliable Wi-Fi is also a big plus!

A daily breakfast is included, and there’s a large kitchen available for guests to prepare meals. Across the road, there’s a lovely fruit market, and several nearby eateries offer plenty of dining options.

Things to consider

In terms of upkeep, the place could use a bit of attention, but overall, it’s clean and convenient. Considering the excellent price, you can’t ask for much more!

Read reviews and check rates for Trip Select here.

2. Playa Bonita (or anywhere on Avenida Bustillo)

places to stay in Bariloche argentina
Lake views from accommodation near Playa Bonita

If you’re looking for a quieter place to stay in Bariloche, Playa Bonita or anywhere close to Avenida Bustillo (west of Bariloche) are excellent options.

It’s close to the water and less chaotic than staying in town.

A few restaurants are nearby, but they might be a bit of a walk from your accommodation. This is why it’s best to have your own transport if you stay here.

However, the public buses drive past, so you can go without.

Luxury accommodation: Charming Luxury Lodge & Private Spa

Charming Luxury Lodge & Private Spa
Considering the prime location and comfortable rooms, Charming Luxury Lodge is the best place to stay in Bariloche

This Charming Luxury Lodge & Private Spa offers bungalows with private balconies and picture-perfect views of Lake Nahuel Huapi and the Andes Mountains.

Featuring stunning wood and stone elements, the property evokes the charm of a cozy alpine village.

The rooms are equally charming — and fancy! Think Egyptian cotton bedding and jacuzzi baths with lake views. Some even have a home theater and private spa area with a sauna and aroma and ozone therapy.

Start your day with a hot buffet breakfast loaded with fluffy omelets, waffles, huevos revueltos, and eggs benedict. The on-site restaurant also serves a selection of international dishes, and BBQ facilities are available if you prefer to DIY.

There’s plenty to do on the property, from ski lessons, horseback riding, kayaking, and bike rentals.

Alternatively, unwind at the spa, which includes an outdoor heated pool, hammam (that’s a Turkish bath), sauna, and two hot tubs.

Click here to read reviews and check availability.

Things to consider

If you don’t have your own transport, you’ll need to rely on taxis to get into town. Luckily, these are affordable and easy to arrange with the help of the hotel staff.

Mid-range accommodation: Lirolay apartments

Lirolay apartments
Lirolay apartments is another great option for Bariloche accommodation that offers lake views

Lirolay Suites offers these luxurious suites and apartments perched on a cliffside above Lake Nahuel Huap.

This property is straight out of a fairytale, with its cobbled stone and wood features, artistic decor, and large windows with magical lake views.

If you’re looking for a spoil, book the Superior Studio, which has a private balcony, panoramic views, a stone fireplace, and a double spa bath overlooking the lake.

The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool and direct access to a private beach if you’re brave enough to take a dip!

Breakfast comes at an extra cost, but it’s worth the splurge. The dining room is warm and inviting, offering a delish selection of homemade pastries, hot waffles, fruits, and eggs cooked the way you like them.

Things to consider

Breakfast and cleaning services are charged as extras, so be aware of potential additional costs. I’d also recommend hiring a car as there are no shuttles to town. However, some restaurants and bars are within walking distance, and the city is just a 15-minute (cheap) cab ride away.

Find out more about Lirolay Apartments here.

Budget accommodation: Bonita Lake House – Hostel & Bungalows

Bonita Lake House
Backpackers and budget travelers will love the warm hospitality of Bonita Lake House near Bariloche

Bonita Lake House is a perfect choice if you’re looking for a budget-friendly stay with a laid-back vibe and five-star views.

Located next to beautiful Bonita Beach, the area offers tons of activities, including hiking, kayak rental, and various snow sports.

While a little far from town, there’s a bus stop outside and a few cafes and restaurants nearby. The hostel also offers car rental.

The hosts are fun, enthusiastic, and helpful, adding to the charm and chilled-out atmosphere of the place.

You can choose between two double rooms or a four-sleeper dorm. Although basic, the rooms are clean, and the beds are warm and comfy on cold nights.

Enjoy daily breakfast in the cozy dining room with stunning views of Lake Nahuel Huapare. Trust me, don’t miss the freshly baked bread!

Click here to read reviews and check rates for Bonita Lake House.

Things to consider

The Wi-Fi can be unstable, and the area experiences occasional power outages. If you plan on remote working or making video calls, staying downtown may be a safer option.

3. Villa Llao Llao: Best area for nature

Luxury accommodation in Bariloche
Villa Llao Llao is just a short drive from the stunning Lloa Lloa National Park

The area near Villa Llao Llao is where you’ll find the most remote and luxurious Bariloche accommodation options. Staying here is ideal for nature lovers and travelers who prefer going off the beaten track.

Villa Llao Llao is a bit of a drive from the main town center, so I recommend having your own car to get around. But it’s only a short walk from Lloa Lloa National Park and Puerto Pañuelo, two of the best places to visit in Bariloche.

Luxury accommodation: Llao Llao Resort and Spa

Llao Llao Resort, Golf-Spa
Llao Llao Resort is the most luxurious place to stay in Bariloche

Llao Llao Resort is one of the most luxurious places to stay in Bariloche. Its location is unbeatable, surrounded by mountain peaks and with incredible views from every window.

The epic 15-hectare property also boasts a golf course, private marina and beach, heated indoor and outdoor infinity pools, and a spa and fitness center.

There are two hotel wings offering a variety of rooms, studios, and suites. If you want to splash out, the Deluxe Moreno Lake Suite is pure luxury, with a double jacuzzi and next-level views of Moreno Lake and Mt. Tronador. Check it out here!

Like dining out? Llao Llao has five restaurants! Enjoy international cuisine and sample traditional dishes like the popular ‘Llao Llao Tea’ — served with a gorgeous view.

For adventurers, the resort offers archery lessons, a tennis court, canoeing, guided walks, and mountain biking. Families will appreciate the children’s playground, too.

Read reviews and check availability for Llao Llao Resort here.

Things to consider

Not all rooms have air conditioning or views, so I recommend being extra specific when booking online to ensure your stay meets your expectations.

Mid-range accommodation: Bosque del Nahuel Boutique Hotel & Spa

Bosque del Nahuel Boutique Hotel
Bosque del Nahuel Boutique Hotel in San Carlos de Bariloche

Located at the entrance to the famous Circuito Chico route, Bosque del Nahuel is a small luxury hotel offering picturesque views and spa facilities.

The cute Alpine-style cottages are spacious and stylish, featuring light wood furnishings, rustic stone details, and fast Wi-Fi.

The impressive Deluxe Suite (here) also includes a hot tub and private balcony with lake views.

There’s more to love at the spa and fitness center, like the heated indoor swimming pool with a hydromassage bench and waterfall. Jacuzzi and sauna sessions, as well as massages, are also on the menu.

On the topic of menus, the elegant restaurant serves up divine Patagonian dishes prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients and organic produce — and accompanied by seriously decent wines.

Things to consider

The hotel is located 30 minutes from the city, so hiring a car is recommended for convenience. That said, the (free) parking can be challenging to maneuver due to a small and slightly cramped lot.

Find out more about Bosque del Nahuel here.

4. Cerro Catedral: Where to stay in Bariloche in winter

A map of Cerro Catedral in Bariloche
Cerro Catedral is the leading ski resort in Argentina

If you’re visiting Bariloche in winter, Cerro Catedral is the best area to stay if you want to be close to the ski resort. It’s a bit further from the center of town, but you’ll save so much time getting to and from the ski slopes.

Luxury accommodation: Hosteria Sudbruck

Hosteria Sudbruck
Hosteria Sudbruck is where you want to stay in Bariloche on a cold day

Hosteria Sudbruck is a picture-perfect mountain getaway just 200 meters from Cerra Catedral’s ski lifts.

Surrounded by dramatic slopes and epic views, the hotel has a striking Nordic design with intricate wooden features, vaulted ceilings, and a roaring stone fireplace.

All eight rooms offer views of Cerro Catedral and charming loft-like designs. Think tall windows, extra cozy beds, fluffy blankets, and all the modern comforts you’d expect.

A yummy buffet breakfast is served daily, and guests rave about the hotel restaurant, which is rated the best in Villa Catedral! The roast lamb is a standout dish, and the selection of boutique wines will impress.

Gastronomy aside, Hosteria Sudbruck is hugely popular with travelers hiking or skiing in the Cerro Catedral area. The friendly owner is knowledgeable and eager to share tips about the region.

Click here to read reviews and check availability at Hosteria Sudbruck.

Things to consider

The bathrooms could use some upgrading, with reports of wobbly toilet seats and outdated showers. But it’s a minor issue compared to the overall quality and beauty of the hotel.

Mid-range accommodation: Cabañas Don Pepe

Cabañas Don Pepe
Cabañas Don Pepe has family-style accommodation, perfect for a ski holiday

Cabañas Don Pepe offers a choice of rooms and fully-equipped cabins. Their spacious six-sleeper is particularly popular with families or groups.

For ski enthusiasts, Cabañas Don Pepe is an ideal homebase, located less than 1 km from Cerro Catedral Ski Resort and just 500 meters from the ski lifts.

The cabins are rustic yet cozy, featuring warm colors, quality linens, and good heating. They also include a small kitchenette with basic appliances and a flat-screen TV. Take a look at the photos here.

If you’re in a cabin, the (super friendly) staff deliver a daily dry breakfast with toast, cheese, and jams. Alternatively, the hotel offers a buffet breakfast with fresh croissants.

If skiing isn’t your thing, there’s lots to explore within walking distance, including a market on the main street and the nearby shops, restaurants, and bars.

Things to consider

Access is tricky without your own car. Bus times to the center are limited, with the last bus leaving at 8:15 PM. I recommend planning your outings carefully to avoid disappointment.

Check rates and availability of Cabanas Don Pepe here.

Mid-range accommodation: Los Nires Lodge

Los Nires Lodge
Los Nires Lodge is another great option for larger groups

Los Nires Lodge is a wonderful choice for families and friend groups looking to explore the nearby ski slopes or hiking trails.

While not exactly luxurious, the peaceful mountain retreat has excellent character and a great outdoor swimming pool.

The accommodation features intriguing wooden accents and vaulted ceilings. Options range from a studio apartment with unique views of Catedral Hill to a cozy cabin and spacious family townhouse.

Each unit has a small kitchen with a coffee machine, satellite TV, and a private bathroom — with a bidet!

The hotel’s restaurant is a real vibe. Friendly and casual, and the grill is always lit!

All in all, Los Nires Lodge provides excellent value for money and a charming, comfy stay.

Things to consider

If you’re planning a summer stay at Los Nires Lodge, breakfast is not included. However, the well-equipped kitchens are more than adequate for preparing your own meals.

Click here to find out more about Los Nires Lodge.

5. Villa La Angostura: Where to stay close to Bariloche

best areas in Bariloche Patagonia
Villa La Angostura is along the 7 Lakes Drive in Bariloche

Villa La Angostura isn’t technically an area to stay in Bariloche. Instead, it’s a beautiful village an hour’s drive north of the famous town.

If you stay in Villa La Angostura, you’ll need your own transport. It’s part of the 7 Lakes Drive, and you can easily take day trips to Bariloche town.

Luxury accommodation: Calfuco Wine Hotel & Spa

Calfuco Wine Hotel & Spa
If you’re happy to stay a bit further outside of Bariloche, Calfuco Wine Hotel & Spa is incredible

Calfuco Wine Hotel & Spa is a peaceful retreat with top-notch facilities and panoramic lake views.

The location is perfect for outdoorsy activities, with free bike rental and easy access to hiking, kayaking, and sailing.

Best of all, it has a private beach by the lake with a deck and bar service — perfect for sundowners!

Architecturally, it’s also impressive. The design has a harmonious feel, with modern decor, warm color tones, natural light, and lots of comfy furniture.

All rooms offer stunning views of the lake and mountains, but only some have private balconies.

The restaurant is first-class, offering a wide selection of gourmet plates and an impressive wine list featuring over 1000 types of wine. Yes, please!

Last but not least, there’s a glamorous spa and wellness center complete with an indoor swimming pool and a sauna.

Check rates and availability at Calfuco Wine Hotel and Spa.

Things to consider

The Wi-Fi is unreliable, and there is little to no phone reception. Great if you’re looking to disconnect and unwind, but inconvenient if you need to stay connected for work or other reasons.

Mid-range accommodation: Alehue Casa de Montaña

Alehue Casa de Montaña
Alehue Casa de Montaña is ideal for a quiet stay away from the hustle and bustle

Alehue Casa de Montaña is the perfect choice for couples wanting a peaceful getaway in a secluded setting.

You’ll have a choice of three intimate cabins surrounded by thick forests and prime views of Lake Nahuel Huapi.

The units are beautifully done with lots of thoughtful details and large windows to maximize the view. The extra-large (and extra-comfy) beds also deserve a mention.

Wake up to a continental breakfast served on the terrace overlooking the lake. It’s a dreamy moment — and the food is pretty good, too!

The grounds are simply stunning, with lots of lush open spaces and little paths leading through the forest.

Whether you are searching for a romantic retreat or a solo escape in nature, look no further than Alehue Casa de Montaña!

Things to consider

When you’re this far from the bustle of Bariloche, taxis can be hard to come by, or may struggle to find the property. That said, the remote beauty of Alehue Casa de Montaña is the reason people return to this spot. Find out more here.

Budget accommodation: Hostería Las Cumbres

Hostería Las Cumbres
Hostería Las Cumbres

Hostería Las Cumbres is a small mountain inn with charming rustic-chic decor and mountain views.

The forest setting is peaceful and secluded despite being on the main road and a few minutes from Villa La Angostura’s center.

The inn has a welcoming, laid-back vibe, and the friendly hosts quickly make you feel right at home.

The rooms offer great value for money. They boast a private bathroom, comfy beds with soft linen, and unique accents crafted from reclaimed wood and stone.

Kick back in the spacious common area and enjoy the garden views, comfy leather couches, and crackling stone fireplace.

In the morning, head down for a continental breakfast with bread, butter, and homemade jams — the perfect start to a day of exploring the region!

Click here to read reviews and find out more about Hostería Las Cumbres.

Things to consider

While it’s close to the town center, you can’t reach it on foot. I recommend hiring a car, as taxis can be scarce in the area.

Final thoughts on where to stay in Bariloche, Argentina

You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to where to stay in Bariloche.

Even during high season, you’ll find something to suit your budget.

But if you’re picky, you should definitely pre-book your accommodation. The best hotels get booked fast, and prices increase dramatically when demand is high.

For the most convenient budget accommodation, Trip Select gets my vote. I stayed here, and the private rooms offer great value for money.

But for the ultimate luxury hotel in Bariloche, book a stay at Llao Llao Resort and Spa. This place is next-level amazing!

Like it? Pin it!

Where to stay in Bariloche patagonia argentina

Do you have any questions about accommodation in Bariloche? Drop me a message in the comments section below!

Looking for more Argentina travel information? Check out my other posts!

About Carryn

Hi, I'm Carryn. I’m an adventure travel blogger trying to figure out my way through life by traveling and exploring. Join me as I share my travel guides and tips for life abroad. Find out more about me here.

Leave a Comment