Best Areas to Stay in Bariloche, Argentina

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Where to stay in Bariloche – A guide to the gate to Patagonia

San Carlos de Bariloche, known simply as Bariloche, is the capital of the province of the same name, located in the department of Río Negro, in southwestern Argentina.

Bariloche is the most visited destination in Patagonia and one of the most visited destinations in Argentina.

Its lakes, forests and high mountains, as well as important ski centers, are the main attractions of Bariloche.

The Argentine city is considered the second ski destination in the world, and the most important in South America.

In addition to its impressive natural landscapes and ski slopes, Bariloche is an important destination for bird watchers since its natural parks are a privileged place to appreciate the Andean condor, the largest flying bird in the world.

The climate of Bariloche includes abundant winter rains and snowfall. Its temperatures are cold. In Bariloche there is little annual thermal variation but a wide variety on a daily basis. The summers are dry, short and mild, with precipitation concentrated in the winter that is in the form of rain and snowfall.

The main tourist attractions of Bariloche are its natural wonders, among which the Nahuel Huapi National Park, Cerro Catedral or Cerro Otto stand out.

When it comes to the best areas to stay, as it is a geographically dispersed destination, the choice of accommodation will depend to a large extent on the purpose of the trip. If you are looking for a ski trip, then the best area is undoubtedly in the vicinity of Cerro Catedral (See accommodation in Cerro Catedral). If you want a more central position in the city to explore the surroundings of Bariloche to your liking, then the city center is a better option (See accommodation in Bariloche’s City Center).

Here’s a guide with the best areas to stay in Bariloche, Argentina.

The best areas to stay in Bariloche, Argentina

1. Our favorite area: Bariloche’s City Center

Bariloche’s City Center is located next to the shore of Lake Nahuel Huapi.

This lively area has the look of a European alpine city, with wood and stone buildings and dark slate roofs.

The life of the center of Bariloche revolves around Miter Street, the main commercial artery of the city, full of souvenir shops, chocolate shops, galleries, and tourist agencies where it is possible to hire tours to the surrounding natural attractions.

The center of Bariloche is a must for tourists and locals and is the place where important cultural events are held in this Andean city.

The Cathedral of Bariloche is located a few steps from Miter Street. It was finished in 1947 in neo-Gothic style.

The central area of Bariloche has hotels of all types and for all budgets, but if you are looking for cheap accommodation in Bariloche, it is more likely that you will find it here than in the adjacent areas to the ski slopes.

Best areas to stay in Bariloche - City Center

Best areas to stay in Bariloche – City Center

Accommodation in Bariloche's City Center - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Bariloche’s City Center – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Bariloche:

  • Pedestrian-friendly
  • Cathedral of Bariloche
  • Central location
  • Well-connected area
  • Mitre Street
  • Cheap accommodation

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Soft Bariloche Hotel

The Soft Bariloche is an establishment with free Wi-Fi located in the commercial center of Bariloche and a few meters from the Nahuel Huapi Lake. The Cathedral ski area is 12 miles away.

from US$69
Budget

HOPA-Home Patagonia Hostel & Bar

Featuring free WiFi and breakfast, HOPA-Home Patagonia Hostel & Bar is located in San Carlos de Bariloche, 2 minutes from the beach and 7 minutes from the city center. There is a shared kitchen.

from US$49
Luxury

NH Bariloche Edelweiss Hotel

The Edelweiss is a 4-star establishment offering spacious and bright rooms with views of Nahuel Huapi Lake and the snow-capped mountains. The property offers ski storage service.

from US$129

 

 

 

2. Cerro Catedral

Cerro Catedral is located 11 miles southwest of the center of San Carlos de Bariloche.

It is the most extensive ski center in the southern hemisphere and one of the most important in the world.

Cerro Catedral is the best area to stay in Bariloche for lovers of winter sports, as this area has all the necessary infrastructure to serve skiers.

But not only is Cerro Catedral recommended during the winter. In the summer, you can practice many other activities such as hiking, climbing, abseiling or mountain biking.

The top of the hill has a lot of facilities for tourists and incredible views of the surrounding mountains and lakes.

Cerro Catedral is an excellent area to stay in Bariloche for lovers of adventure and sports, either in winter or summer.

Where to stay in San Carlos de Bariloche - Cerro Catedral

Where to stay in San Carlos de Bariloche – Cerro Catedral

Accommodation in Cerro Catedral - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Cerro Catedral – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Bariloche:

  • Wide variety of hotels
  • Ski area
  • Best area for sports

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Hotel Punta Condor

Hotel Punta Condor is located in Bariloche, just 2 minutes from the Cerro Catedral ski slopes. It has 2 swimming pools, a gym and a sauna. The property offers rooms with mountain views and free Wi-Fi.

from US$79
Budget

Base 41

Base 41 is 2 minutes from the ski lifts located at the base of Catedral Ski Resort and 12 miles from Bariloche’s city center. It offers fully furnished apartments with free Wi-Fi.

from US$64
Luxury

Village Condo

Village Condo is located in the ski resort of Cerro Catedral, just 3 minutes from the ski lifts. It offers ultra-modern accommodation with a hot tub, spa services and free Wi-Fi.

from US$147

 

 

 

3. Playa Bonita

Playa Bonita is a neighborhood located next to Lake Nahuel Huapi, about 8 kilometers west of downtown San Carlos de Bariloche.

Living up to its name, Playa Bonita is a pleasant place with a beautiful pebble beach and cold water.

The beach of Playa Bonita is an excellent place to relax in the sun during the summer or to practice outdoor activities that include kayaking, snorkeling, windsurfing or diving. For all these activities, the use of neoprene wetsuits is recommended since the waters of the lake are extremely cold.

The neighborhood next to the beach is quiet and refined, with several restaurants and shops.

Playa Bonita is one of the best areas to stay in Bariloche due to its beautiful beach, its family atmosphere and the possibility of outdoor activities, particularly during the summer.

Best areas to stay in Bariloche - Playa Bonita

Best areas to stay in Bariloche – Playa Bonita

Accommodation in Playa Bonita - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Playa Bonita – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Bariloche:

  • Peaceful area
  • Beach area
  • Outdoor activities

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Hostería La Luna

Located on Bustillo Avenue, just 1 block from Playa Bonita, La Luna offers rooms with a private bathroom and an American breakfast daily. It has free Wi-Fi and common areas with views of the lake.

from US$79
Budget

La Casona Hostel

La Casona Hostel is located in San Carlos de Bariloche. There is free private parking and free WiFi in all areas. Lake Nahuel Huapi is just 5 minutes away.

from US$41
Luxury

Nido del Cóndor Hotel & Spa

The Nido del Cóndor Hotel & Spa allows you to enjoy the warmth of a country house with all the luxurious amenities of a 5-star hotel and an attentive staff that provides personalized attention.

from US$119

 

 

 

4. Lago Gutiérrez

In the surroundings of this beautiful lake, you will find many tourist attractions of Bariloche.

The main points of interest in this area are the numerous lakeside beaches, trails and its small paleontological museum.

In the area, you can also do forest tours, horseback riding and fishing.

Most of the beaches around Lago Gutiérrez are accessible by paved roads, among its main ones are Villa Los Coihues and small beaches on the western shore of the lake.

The paleontological museum contains fossils and eggs of native dinosaurs of Patagonia.

The Gutiérrez Lake or Lago Gutiérrez area is one of the best areas to stay in Bariloche, especially for families.

Where to stay in Bariloche - Lago Gutiérrez

Where to stay in Bariloche – Lago Gutiérrez

Accommodation in Lago Gutiérrez - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Lago Gutiérrez – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Bariloche:

  • Family friendly
  • Lakeside beaches
  • Paleontological museum

Accommodation in this area

  • Top Choice
    Hosteria El Condado

    The cozy Hosteria El Condado is located in San Carlos de Bariloche and offers spacious accommodations with exclusive furnishings and beautiful views of the lake or the mountains.

    from US$98
 

 

 

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