After reading lots of reviews, we chose Patagonia Paraiso because it was well-located and not over-priced. We stayed here for 6 nights in December 2013. We do not understand why it is not better rated. Our friends and us each had a junior suite on the top floor. It is a family run inn located on Bahia Manzano, which always seemed to have the calmest, sunniest weather in the area. The pretty little bay is sheltered, unlike much of the large lake. The highway is on the other side of the bay but you cannot hear the traffic. You can swim in the lake or in the very warm and lovely pool. Each room has a balcony facing the lake. The owners were very friendly and very helpful. The included breakfast was good, and served in the dining room overlooking the lake, and you can order eggs any style. We ate dinner at the restaurant twice. We were surprised to be able to order off the dinner menu and have good food, because the restaurant is only open to the guests of the inn, so few people dine there so we were surprised at the variety on the menu. The owner's wife served the dinner and was very nice. The beds are excellent. There was a large wall-mounted fan, but no A/C. The grounds are well-kept, the beach is lovely. You need a vehicle to stay here, but you need to rent a vehicle anyway to see the seven lakes area. We would chose Villa la Angostura again over Bariloche itself. VA is better located for day trips to see the area. Bariloche also seems quite windy, and all the places we had thought of booking were located on a busy highway, whereas Patagonia Paraiso is located in a very quiet little neighbourhood. The room was not large, but certainly had everything we needed. We had to shut the insulating drapes during the day to keep the room from being too hot, but when we figured that out we were fine. Mind you, it was quite hot weather when we stayed there, but cooled off nicely at night.
We spent 4 really enjoyable days there last year. The owners and staff went out of their way to make the stay perfect. I agree that to describe the rooms as " junior suites" is very much an exaggeration, but as superior doubles I´d say they are great. High quality linens, towels, decoration. The heated outdoor pool was lovely as was the sauna. The restaurant is there to serve hotel guests only and the quality of food was excellent. What I really likejd about the place was that I didn´t have to sign for everything I ordered during the day or at meal times. I have found very few hotels that operate like this, but it´s a touch that I appreciate. They work on trust, and every 2 days push a detailed bill under your door for you to check in case any mistakes have been made. If you´re looking for top quality in everything , I´d recommend this hotel.
My wife and I spent 4 nights at the Patagonia Paraiso Hotel on a "New Year" getaway. We decided to do this on the spur of the moment, with no advance planning--just two days before in the late evening. So at about 9 PM I started calling different hotels in the Villa La Angostura area--a few were fully booked for the new year weekend, others had their reservation office closed for the day. An hour or so later, I was ready to give-up when I finally reached the Patagonia Paraiso. The person on the other end of the line identified himself as the owner, informed me that he had one room left and offered to confirm my reservation inmediately, which I did Without thinking twice. First point in favor of the Patagonia Paraiso: quick reservation process, even at 10 PM! (As it turned-out the owner, Manuel, is on call just about any hour of the day or night.)
This hotel is located in PUerto Manzano, a peninsula about 7 kilometers from downtown Villa La Angostura. It is right beside the lake in the midst of a pine forest and all the rooms have a beautiful view. (See photos) The hotel is very well equipped considering its size: full service restaurant serving all three meals and snacks in between, spa with sauna, massage and heated swimming pool, home theatre with a 50-inch plasma screen and a collection of over 200 movies.
We stayed in a room that was designated a "junior suite", although I would consider it to be a normal hotel room. It had a very good queen bed made up with crisp, white bed linen, satelite TV, DVD player, jacuzzi, electronic safe for valuables, and a terrace with chairs from which one could admire the breathtaking view. The room and bathroom (as well as all the interior of the property) were spotlessly clean and in very good condition. There were nice touches such as bathrobes and slippers for the trip to and from the spa and a very complete set of toiletries that were replenished daily. During one cold, rainy day we turned-on the heating, which warmed the room to a comfortable temperature very quickly. The only problem we had was with a leaking shower door, which Manuel took care of right away.
I should point-out that the hotel has a room specially designed for persons who use a wheelchair. Its bathroom is correspondingly equipped. The main lobby and the room are connected by a ramp.
We tried-out the sauna and the heated pool. The sauna was so clean, I actually felt as though I was the first person to have ever used it! My wife and I found the heated pool was a bit too warm for our taste--probably because we both needed to cool down after a sauna (in my case) and suntanning (in her case). I could imagine the pool temperature being ideal for winter use, but for summer I think maybe 5 degrees less would be better.
The room rate included a cold buffet breakfast with a selection of cheese, coldcuts, home-baked pastries including the famous Argentine "media luna" (crescents) and "alfajores" (two butter cookies sandwiched around a layer of rich "dulce de leche" and grated coconut around the outer perimeter). I was great to wake up with freshly-squeezed orange juice and good, fresh coffee from an expreso machine. All the breakfast items were constantly replenished up until the very end of the breakfast service at 10:30 AM.
Although Villa La Angostura is famous for its great restaurants, we did have a light lunch in the restaurant. Manuel's wife attended to us personally. Needless to say, the service was very good and the food, although simple, was of excellent quality.
To sum-up, I highly recommend this hotel in every respect. My wife and I felt like guests in a home, with Manuel and his wife as our hosts. It was a great experience and we plan to return later this year with my parents-in-law.
My husband and I are Argentine residents so the rates that applied to us may not be available to foreigners. We also traveled in March, which is medium to low season. However, it is an excellent season to travel, as the weather is fine (end of summer), the prices are low and the places are not packed with children and teen-agers (school time has started). At the Patagonia Paraiso, we paid 80 US dollars per night for a double room (called Junior Suite, but just an average room) with whirlpool bath and view to the lake, even from the whirlpool.
Patagonia Paraiso is situated on a peninsula, on the coast of the bay, overlooking the mainland. This peninsula and bay (Bahía Manzano and Puerto Manzano peninsula) are 7 km from Villa La Angostura, the village on the northern shore of the Nahuel Huapi Lake. Famous Bariloche lies on the southern shore of this huge lake. In fact, travelers have to fly to Bariloche airport first, when coming to Villa La Angostura. The best deal is to rent a car and drive the 80 km or so round the lake. But an alternative is to take a bus from the bus terminal ($12 or 4 US dollars), which will drop you in Villa La Angostura after a 1 1/2 hour journey. From there, you can take another bus to the beginning of the Puerto Manzano peninsula ($1 or 0.33 US dollars, running one per hour), or a taxi ($15 or 5 US dollars). There are several trekking circuits up the mountains and to waterfalls, plus bus and boat tours in the area, and in winter there is a skiing resort about 2 miles from Bahía Manzano.
Now that you know where the place is and what you can do, let's concentrate on the hotel itself. It is advertised as a 4-star hotel. True in some aspects: only 12 rooms ensure that you are very well taken care of, and all of them have gorgeous views to the lake (see photos). Fittings in the room are top quality, as are mattress, linen, whirlpool tub in bathroom, electronic safe in the closet, complimentary terry cloth bathrobes. Beautiful common areas, including a TV room with a 54" plasma screen and comfortable sofas, free Internet access in the TV room, available 24 hours a day, breakfast terrace with open view. The newly opened heated swimming pool is small, but since there are few guests, it turns into an almost private swimming pool. You can walk along the coast from the inlet where the hotel is situated right to the beginning of Bahía Manzano, where you will find the harbor for private boats and a couple of restaurants (about 300 yards). Or you can just sit and read on the terrace or under the tall coihue trees, or next to the local arrayanes bushes (reddish bark, part of a National Park attraction), or lie on the volcanic sand beach and bird watch. We had lunch there and found the food adequate.
On the other hand, it is also true that the hotel's maintenance is lacking a bit, since there were areas of the room that needed repainting (and working on the plumbing, since apparently there were leaks into the room from the bathroom), and I would guess that, since the hotel is only one year old, the problem is that the quality of construction is not up to standard in these far away places . The rooms are small in size, but the closet space is adequate and so is the bathroom, with a separate sink area. The wall separating the whirlpool tub from the bedroom included a huge ceiling-to-tub glass pane, through which you could see right up to the lake. It did have a curtain, though, which could be pulled down when needed, for privacy.
Breakfast buffet was adequate. European travelers might miss the hot food (eggs, for example), but there was a wide assortment of pastries, fresh fruit salad, cereals and yoghurt, as well as ham and cheese.
So I would rate it as a three-star plus hotel. The plus also has to do with the fact that the owners, Manuel and Ana are always there to help you with whatever you need.
We have just stayed 5 nights at this small hosteria in Puerto Manzano, not far from Villa la Angostura. The location is excellent with a number of good restaurants nearby - the best of which is Puerto Tomato where we had a couple of great lunches. ( try the homemade pasta ! ) As to the Patagonia Paraiso I must say we were disappointed. The rooms, though well decorated, were quite small. They had lovely bedding. After our 3rd night the owner asked us to relocate to a different room as they had a family group arriving. We were not pleased and thought the owner should have put us originally in a room where we could stay for our whole visit. This hosteria could be much better than it is if more attention would be paid to details. Although only a year old, the building needs repairs and they are not being done. The second room we stayed in badly needed painting. One of the stairs in the lobby was missing part of the tread. When we arrived the patio surrounding the pool was covered in dirt and the pool was full of leaves. The room price was reasonable so it's good value. Just that it could be so much better.