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Hotel Highlights

  • Patagonian postcard perfection
  • City-standard cuisine with the best local produce
  • A great base for trekking, cycling, horseriding, skiing, flyfishing and hunting

Overview

Located just outside San Martin de los Andes, the luxury lodge Rio Hermoso hotel offers interiors of richly-hued local stones and timber, tribal artefacts, and empire-size beds and furnishings. All set in a Patagonian playground – a trout-filled river, fir-covered mountains and bright blue lakes teeming with wildlife – that’s equally as impressive.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Río Hermoso with us:

A bottle of Patagonian red

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Río Hermoso

5% off three-night stays 10% off five-night stays

Facilities

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Rio Hermoso - San Martin de los Andes - Argentina

Need To Know

Rooms

Seven, including six suites.

Check–out

11am, but flexible for 25 per cent of the daily rate. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $347.11, excluding tax at 21 per cent.

More details

Rates include breakfast and tax.

Also

The beautiful river is the star of the show. Swim in its piercingly clear waters in summer, listen to its deafening roar in snow-swollen winter, and watch the trout literally jump upstream at spawning time in spring. The long, low, bleached-wood benches and outdoor sofas of the wide veranda provide the perfect spot for water worship.

At the hotel

Library of DVDs and books, gardens and free WiFi. In rooms, Organ & Co bath products.

Our favourite rooms

All rooms feature white-linened, empire-sized beds big enough to catch a fish in. We liked the three upstairs rooms off the library-like landing full of old Spanish medical and legal textbooks: No.3’s daffodil yellow armchair commands the best river view in a cosy eaves setting, and lime-lightened No.1’s terrace proffers the perfect spot for a warming or cooling glass of wine, depending on the season.

Packing tips

A hip flask, a pocket-warmer and your favourite beanie if coming to ski.

Also

The common areas are subtly perfumed with mood-enhancing eucalypt and sandlewood scents; the property also stocks local merino wool designers, Von and Dungen.

Children

This hotel is better suited to couples - leave the children at home!

Eco‐friendly

Rio Hermoso sources most food from the nearby Melquina township and outlying region, and recycles almost obsessively, even sending unused produce to a local orphanage.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Buenos Aires-trained chef Julian brings a touch of French flair to the menu. Meals are taken in one half of the expansive, glass-walled living room, the white linen tablecloths and red- and orange-striped cushioned chairs dappled by the light off the water. Afternoon tea involves test tubes full of loose leaf teas – go traditional with ceylons and darjeelings or off the map with black toffee, puer or lemon flower. Breakfast is a feast of brownies, breads and cereals, with eggs on demand; make sure you try the dangerously creamy huevos revueltos.

Hotel Bar

The housegirls whip up a potent caipirinha behind the little elevated bar in the middle of the big entertaining room downstairs. Bar stools encourage languid, pidgin-Spanish conversations; or choose one of the boardgames and settle in for thrashing.

Last orders

Everyone is rosy-cheeked and reflective by 10pm, so don’t expect to eat too late.

Room service

Apart from the dead-of-night munchies, most things can be brought to the room at any time.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Designer fleece in winter; plaid shirts and comfy Merrells all year round.

Top table

When it’s warm enough, ask for a table and umbrella out in the garden by the river.

Local Guide

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Rio Hermoso - San Martin de los Andes - Argentina
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Local restaurants

On the mountain, El Balcon is handily mid-piste with panaromic Patagonian views. It serves the best parilla grub at Cerro Chapelco, with what might be the worst service. If you don’t feel like skiing after their triple-portion, protein-packed asado, served over hot coals at the table, just trust to gravity.

Local bars

Argentines are famously vain, so the après-ski scene is wall-to-wall reflector glasswear and Prada ski jackets. Come down to base camp a little early to snag one of the white leather-look sofas dragged out onto the snow at the bar at the far end of the lift area. It mixes the best tracks and avoids some of the attitude of the more crowded, watched-and-be-watched joints closer to the end of the slopes.

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Waterfront wilderness

Río Hermoso

Ruta 63 km 67, Pje. Río Hermoso, Parque Nacional Lanín, San Martin de los Andes, Neuquén, 8370

Rio Hermoso is about 30 minutes south of lakeside town, San Martin de Los Andes.

Planes

Flights in to San Martin with Aerolineas Argentinas (www.aerolineas.com.ar) are infrequent but the most convenient. For daily options with other local carriers, including LAN Chile (www.lan.com), Bariloche is the best alternative, but it's a two- to three-hour transfer, depending if the national park shortcut is snowed in or not.

Automobiles

Most of the big-brand car rental agencies are available at Bariloche; the range is more restricted at San Martin de los Andes. This is rugged territory; don’t attempt any offroad driving without a good car. Horses, cows and the odd stag are common fellow road-users.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Mr & Mr Smith have just returned from a stay at this Argentina boutique hotel, and as soon as they've unpacked their walking boots and flyfishing trophies, a full account of their South America country break will be with you. In the meantime, just to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick postcard from Rio Hermoso in San Martin de los Andes… Rio Hermoso is designed to bring out the Rober…
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Río Hermoso

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Mr & Mr Smith have just returned from a stay at this Argentina boutique hotel, and as soon as they've unpacked their walking boots and flyfishing trophies, a full account of their South America country break will be with you. In the meantime, just to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick postcard from Rio Hermoso in San Martin de los Andes…

Rio Hermoso is designed to bring out the Robert Redford and Brad Pitt in anyone, and you don’t even need to get into waist-high waders and thread dead flies onto a hook. Just stand on the lush river bank, look up to the serrated mountainscape, and you’ll swear you’ve fished these waters for generations. Then head back inside to quaff some fine Argentine chardonnay over your delicately prepared river trout and you’ll never want to leave.

This is luxury lodge Patagonia-style – open-plan, artefact-stuffed and hugely convivial. Hosting is discrete but engaged; a cornucopia of hearty activities can be organised at will. Above all, this is a place to wind down to Nature’s pace and rhythms.

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