El Calafate is one of the busiest towns during high season. Many visitors arrive at the city which is the gateway to Glaciar Perito Moreno, El Chaltén, and Chile’s Torres del Paine. In this article, I give you my top choice hotels in El Calafate.

I visited El Calafate around 6-7 times since I lived in Argentina. Every time a different hotel to check out together with my family and friends. An honest and personal review.

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My top choice hotels in El Calafate

Design Suites El Calafate

So far my favorite hotel in El Calafate is Design Suites. Located on the edge of the city but with a beautiful view of Lago Argentino. Is definitely worth getting the upgrade with a room with a view of the the lake.

On top of that, the rooms are clean, the bed is perfect and the bathroom has a bath/shower combination. The temperature is good to regulate. Which is important during the cold nights in Patagonia.

The hotel has a pool which I truly can recommend to use. Bath towels are provided by the hotel at the pool.

Every morning there is a continental breakfast with a magnificent view of the lake.

When staying there, it is recommended to have a rental car to get up and down to the hotel. Also, the hotel provides a shuttle but only twice per evening. Of course, you can always order a taxi at the reception.

Design Suites El Calafate Hotel
Beautiful view at Design Suites Hotel – El Calafate

La Cantera Hotel Boutique Calafate

La Cantera Hotel Boutique is conveniently located in the city center. Just a bit uphill, so it is quiet there during the night. The wooden look from the outside was already very nice to see.

The hospitality was super as also the rooms. Spacious standard rooms with a bath/shower combo. It felt from the first moment a warm and cozy atmosphere. A hotel where you come to rest and can enjoy the evening.

The breakfast was good with ham and cheese, bread, yogurt and fruit. Perfect to start the day.

La Cantera Hotel Boutique is often fully booked. So you need to book really in advance.

La Cantera Hotel Boutique El Calafate
La Cantera Hotel Boutique – El Calafate

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Hotel Mirador del Lago

Hotel Mirador del Lago is a four-star hotel located on the main avenue of El Calafate. The closer you cannot be to the city center. Perfect when we went out for dinner and walked back to the hotel.

I had a feeling of an old-style Swiss hotel like in the Alps. Good temperature control in the room and in the morning the breakfast was just perfect with local sweets, bread, and many other things.

For me, the location is very handy. Therefore the third place as a best choice hotel in El Calafate.

Hotel Mirador del Lago El Calafate
Hotel Mirador del Lago El Calafate

Terraza Coirones

My very first stay in El Calafate was in the family-owned hotel Terraza Coirones. A four-star hotel located with a view of Lago Argentino. It was a bit of an old-style hotel but all was very clean and well maintained. Bed was good and loved the hot showers of a day of hiking.

The hospitality here was one of the best so far in El Calafate. The receptionist was eager to explain things about the city and gave us some tips.

The breakfast was good and in general, nothing to complain about.

The hotel is located on the edge of the city. You need to take a taxi or rental car to get to the city center.

Terraza Coirones El Calafate
Terraza Coirones – El Calafate

Xelena Hotel & Suites 

This hotel was my only five-star hotel experience in El Calafate. One of the main highlights of the Xelena Hotel is the pool with the view of the beautiful blue lake.

Clean rooms but I expected a bit more comfort for a five-star hotel. A classic look and feel.

I surely recommend this hotel if you are looking for a spa experience in El Calafate. Also, the restaurant in Xelena was good. Just perfect if you want to stay in the hotel.


Xelena Hotel and Suites Calafate

Xelena Hotel and Suites El Calafate

Many more top choice hotel in El Calafate

El Calafate has many hotels in the city. For sure you will find your things there. I give you a map below with an overview of all available hotel in the Patagonia glaciar town.


Since 2017 I'm living in Buenos Aires close to the heart of Patagonia. The perfect home base to start many trips throughout the beautiful Patagonian landscapes. With Secrets of Patagonia, I like to share honest information to plan your once in a lifetime trip. Hours of talking with local residents, traveling by myself and the experience of working in the tourism industry. I hope you will enjoy Patagonia as much as I do.

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