In one of Patagonia's most spectacular corners, Design Suites Calafate rises among lakes, glaciers and mountains to deliver an enchanting experience to its guests.
By Verónica Boix
Stunning views, beautiful lines and exceptional service define the Design Suites Calafate hotel, located on the shores of Lago Argentino, the largest and southernmost of the Great Lakes in the land of eternal ice: Patagonia, Argentina.
The architecture of Design Suites Calafate is as austere as it is expressive. The structure is the brainchild of renowned Uruguayan architect Carlos Ott, author of emblematic projects such as the Opera Bastille in Paris, the Creek Hilton hotel in Dubai and the Hangzhou Grand National Theater in China, among others.
Throughout his successful career, Ott has been recognized with distinguished honors such as the Arts and Letters Award and the Legion of Honor of France, and received prizes from institutions such as the School of Architecture of Uruguay, the University of Washington and the Museum of Fine Arts of Buenos Aires.
His architectural vocabulary shines in this hotel in southern Argentina. Through the introduction of simple lines and angular geometry and the masterful use of glass walls and slopes, Ott creates the illusion that the mountains and clear waters of the surrounding landscape are part of the hotel itself. More on design and architecture.
The exterior walls, built with stones from the area, and the wooden terraces harmonize with the dazzling landscape of the Andes mountain range. The architect offers the opportunity of living in the midst of nature with all the comforts and the latest technology while showing utmost respect and reverence for the environment.
The curves mounted on ramps and glass planes tilted in multiple directions evoke labyrinths inside a building that boasts an atypical floor plan. Around any corner, it is equally possible to find yourself in the middle of a cozy room warmed by the crackling blaze on the hearth, or in open terraces with panoramic views of the snowy mountains.
Reflected on the waters of Lago Argentino, the stylish restaurant offers a delicate and exclusive menu with a balanced selection of flavors. The dishes combine the chef’s creativity with local products, including a delicious Patagonian lamb ragout.
The 60 luxurious suites of this hotel express the temperament of its creator. The austere design has a clear protagonist: the magnificent landscape that can be enjoyed from every angle. Designed to please the most discerning tastes, the hotel also features an art gallery, a health club with sauna and spa, wine bar and a heated outdoor pool. Llao Llao, another tourist paradise in Patagonia.
From this special corner of the Argentinian Patagonia, the Design Suites Calafate hotel becomes one with lakes, glaciers and mountains to deliver a lovely experience. ■
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