Estancia Cristina

Av. del Libertador Gral. San Martín, El Calafate, Argentina

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Hotel Description

If you’re going to go to the trouble of embarking on a Patagonian trek, you may as well get deep, deep in it. And if remoteness is the new face of luxury, then Estancia Cristina deserves eight or nine stars. From El Calafate you board a small boat for a three-hour ride across the deep blue Lago Argentino and up into its long glacial fingers, ringed by impossibly tall peaks, and when finally you arrive at the Estancia you’ll feel — with some justification — as though you’ve arrived in another world entirely.

One reason to love South American lodges is that they know better than to try to compete with the views — like the best of them, Estancia Cristina is not without its architectural charms, but it’s restrained, almost utilitarian, its pleasures more a matter of warm, rich textures, simple fabrics and raw woods. Here three simple structures contain the Estancia’s 20 rooms, each one dominated by a wide picture window oriented towards the mountains.

The facilities are first-rate, the cuisine is satisfyingly well-crafted, and everything’s included aside from the booze. It’s important that the comforts be fully in order back at the ranch, as it were, because the main event here is the Patagonian wilderness. Treks include everything from hikes and horseback rides to 4x4 rides to the Upsala glacier — chances are you’ll need a square meal and a stiff drink at the day’s end.

Please note: Estancia Cristina is a seasonal property and will be closed from April 15 through October 15.

How to get there: The hotel provides mandatory transportation, included in the rate: a van departs from your location of choice in El Calafate at 6:30 am for a 30-minute ride to Punta Bandera, followed by a scenic boat ride to the Estancia with arrival at noon. The return trip departs daily by boat at 8 pm and arrives at your location of choice in El Calafate at 9 pm. Please contact customerservice@tablethotels.com to arrange transfers from your hotel of choice in El Calafate to the Estancia.

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Hotel Criteria

  • 20 Rooms
  • Style: Contemporary Classic
  • Atmosphere: Secluded

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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • Adjoining rooms
  • Bar
  • Free wi-fi
  • Lounge
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • No pets allowed
  • Restaurant

Need to Know

Please note: • Estancia Cristina is accessible by boat only. Boats leave at 8:00am, once a day from Puerto Punto Banderas, 50 km away from El Calafate. Boat rides, activities, transfers from and to El Calafate hotels, and National Park fees are included on the rates. • Note that an overnight stay in El Calafate is mandatory before and after visiting Estancia Cristina (due to the boat schedule). As Perito Moreno cannot be accessed from the Estancia, guests who want to visit the glacier should do so during their stay in el Calafate Hotels. • Please contact the hotel: reservas@estanciacristina.com and customerservice@tablethotels.com for further assistance and to coordinate your pick up and drop off from El Calafate. • Electricity is turned off after 23.30 everyday. • Based on local tax laws, all Argentinian citizens and foreigners resident in the country, must pay a tax (VAT) of 21%. Only foreigners who pay with a foreign credit card, debit card or via bank transfer are exempt from this tax (VAT - 21% additional) presenting a foreign passport or a foreign ID along with a supporting document handed by the national migrations authority, if applicable. • The VAT exemption applies in the accommodation and breakfast portion rate. • Services, such as sailing, excursions and full board (which are part of the All Inclusive program), are not covered by the new resolution that states the return of taxes imposed on foreign tourists.All reservations must be prepaid to be considered as confirmed. • 30% of the total of the reservation must be prepaid as an updated payment at the moment of confirmation.The remaining 70% must be paid 30 days prior arrival at the Estancia. • Children less than 2 years old will not be charged. • Children between 3 and 11 years old will be charged at 70%. • Children over 12 years old will be charged at full rate.

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2pm,

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11am

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    • 344 ft²/32 m².
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    Views: mountain or park.

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    • 344 ft²/32 m².
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    Views: mountain.

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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • Adjoining rooms
  • Bar
  • Free wi-fi
  • Lounge
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • No pets allowed
  • Restaurant

Need to Know

Please note: • Estancia Cristina is accessible by boat only. Boats leave at 8:00am, once a day from Puerto Punto Banderas, 50 km away from El Calafate. Boat rides, activities, transfers from and to El Calafate hotels, and National Park fees are included on the rates. • Note that an overnight stay in El Calafate is mandatory before and after visiting Estancia Cristina (due to the boat schedule). As Perito Moreno cannot be accessed from the Estancia, guests who want to visit the glacier should do so during their stay in el Calafate Hotels. • Please contact the hotel: reservas@estanciacristina.com and customerservice@tablethotels.com for further assistance and to coordinate your pick up and drop off from El Calafate. • Electricity is turned off after 23.30 everyday. • Based on local tax laws, all Argentinian citizens and foreigners resident in the country, must pay a tax (VAT) of 21%. Only foreigners who pay with a foreign credit card, debit card or via bank transfer are exempt from this tax (VAT - 21% additional) presenting a foreign passport or a foreign ID along with a supporting document handed by the national migrations authority, if applicable. • The VAT exemption applies in the accommodation and breakfast portion rate. • Services, such as sailing, excursions and full board (which are part of the All Inclusive program), are not covered by the new resolution that states the return of taxes imposed on foreign tourists.All reservations must be prepaid to be considered as confirmed. • 30% of the total of the reservation must be prepaid as an updated payment at the moment of confirmation.The remaining 70% must be paid 30 days prior arrival at the Estancia. • Children less than 2 years old will not be charged. • Children between 3 and 11 years old will be charged at 70%. • Children over 12 years old will be charged at full rate.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express

Check in:

2pm,

Check out:

11am

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