The Llao Llao Hotel emerges proudly in the beautiful resort town of San Carlos de Bariloche in the province of Río Negro, Argentina. A walk through its labyrinth of corridors, on luxurious carpets of classic design, will make you feel as if you were in a sanctuary impervious to the bustle of the outside world.
Surrounded by natural wonders, this legendary hotel was built in 1938, and a year later, it disappeared engulfed by the flames of a fire and— like the Phoenix— rose from its ashes to become an emblem of the Argentinian Patagonia. It has hosted Presidents, aristocrats and illustrious guests such as designer Phillipe Starck, actors Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones and the filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola.
Each of its 205 rooms delivers a warm feeling and reflects the Patagonian style in every detail. The Bustillo wing is located in the original building, with stately rooms that display a variety of alternatives to suit every guest. The Moreno wing, opened in 2007, complements the design with a modern and elegant setting by the shores of the lake.
The kitchen at Llao Llao, under the direction of Chef Federico Domínguez Fontán, is an undisputed gastronomic reference in the region. Los Césares restaurant offers modern French cuisine featuring an outstanding tartare of prawns and shrimps with champagne, coconut and curry mousse. For dessert, the parfait of yogurt with raspberry, the vanilla Breton paste and the almond nougatine are not to be missed. If you prefer a loca alternative, you can enjoy the Creole atmosphere and Argentine traditional food at the Asador restaurant, or dinner at the Patagonia, which offers products from the area and serves dishes such as cheese fondue, smoked fish board or cream of mushrooms.
Chandeliers made with antlers and leather-upholstered armchairs welcome guests to the Lobby Bar, the meeting place par excellence, adjacent to the winter garden, where they can delight in the famous Argentinian champagne. The Llao Llao tea is an afternoon classic, serving the famous Llao Llao cocktail, created by sommelier Inés Bertón, as well as a variety of teas, hot chocolate, cakes and fruit tarts, scones, croissants and smoked salmon or prosciutto sandwiches.
If you love sports, Llao Llao has a strategic 18-hole golf course with unique views of the snow-capped peaks. And under the pristine Argentine sky, the undulating shapes of the heated swimming pool seem to merge with the lake between the valleys and mountains.
In a symphony of greens with the backdrop of the Andes mountain range, reflecting ponds, cypresses and araucarias, this great mountain hotel that dazzles with exclusivity and its history. ■