Design Suites in Bariloche, Argentina
Will Ross, January 30, 2024
Alpine resorts of modest stature are used to attracting global attention, including the lakeside town of San Carlos de Bariloche 1,500km south-west from Buenos Aires. Aspects of the town can be compared with traits of European and American equivalents – there are chocolates to rival the Swiss, deep blue waters to rival California’s Tahoe and a craft brewing scene to match Colorado resorts. Though Bariloche is better known for its winter ski season, its summer months are also relevant to triathletes and ultra trail runners.
In terms of accommodation Bariloche, Design Suites Bariloche is a boutique hotel overlooking the blue water of Lake Nahuel Huapi. A blend of modern design and Patagonian charm has been enjoyed by guests since opening in 2016. The hotel has five room types each uniquely arranged to make the most of the panoramic views looking north. As for interiors, wooden surfaces are abundant, lightly toned and restrained.
The hotel features several expected amenities, including an indoor/outdoor swimming pool, a spa and a basic fitness center. The on-site restaurant, La Susana, serves Patagonian-inspired cuisine with a focus on fresh, local ingredients – decent food but not a selling point in itself.
Training Notes & Races
Bariloche’s water and mountain access has attracted race organisers. An ultra marathon takes place in late-November – Bariloche Ultra Trail or “BRUT” in short. The race has distance options ranging from 10km to 60km.
The race takes place within two miles of Bariloche, making the most of the hilly terrain to the town’s south-west. As for finding an esplanade for continuous training runs, make your way to the waterfront to the town’s north where you can find a pedestrianised strip – few of the town’s roads have sidewalks.
Cyclists have limited but high quality options when setting out from Bariloche, with both road routes and mountain bike trails streaming in different directions. Road bikes can be rented in Bariloche through SITIO BIKES (Instagram) – they have carbon frames from Giant.
As for road cycling routes from Bariloche, make a note of the 17-mile Circuito Chico Bariloche which includes c. 400vm of climbing – see Strava Route. A climb up to Villa Cerro Catedral ski resort provides more climbing to complete a ride in the town center.
Swimmers can enjoy open water during the summer – beaches Villa Tacul and Bahía López are good places to set out from. Throughout the year, also look up the 25m indoor pool run by Campo d’Acqua (Google Maps) – they have free lane swimming each morning.
More information and booking at hoteldesignsuitesbariloche.com