Argentine Patagonia hotels
Choosing the right hotel in Patagonia can be a minefield. Service is sometimes shockingly poor and prices exorbitant, and even the most exclusive properties may be marred by mediocre food and an overdeveloped taste for flowery bedspreads. Many visitors to rural Patagonia opt to stay in estancias, ranches built by 19th-century European immigrants. A large number of these ranches remain in the hands of their founding families, who help offset maintenance costs by accepting paying guests. Only a handful of estancias and country lodges get it right, though. Choose wisely, and you'll enjoy an unparalleled view of Patagonian culture, authentic country cuisine, and a chance to cast for monster trout and salmon or gallop into the sunset across the mythical steppe. Urban centers, too, offer a broadening selection of new and newly refurbished hotels, ranging from boutique properties to revamped classics. Go to our Chilean Patagonia guide to view Patagonia hotels across the border, and see the Fact Sheet for overall orientation.