I stayed with the Monteserin family in Bariloche during one week. This is a cheap and wonderful alternative to checking in at a hostel. Living with Silvia and Roberto was very helpful for my Spanish, before visting Bariloche I almost didn't speak Spanish at all, but after spending one week in this place I felt so much more confident with the language. Also, I enjoyed being a part of the Monteserin family, if so even for only a week. Silvia and Roberto are very friendly, very helpful and have a great sense of humor! I loved being around in the house and play cards or only talk with them. You will love staying with them, I promise!
Staying at B&B Los Monte means staying with, and becoming part of, the Monteserin family. Roberto and Silvia are the best hosts you could dream of having, and their grown-up daughters Cecilia and Natalia (if they are around and not off on their own adventures) are just as friendly and welcoming as their parents.
Silvia's cooking is second to none and Roberto's enthusiasm is completely infectious. Their love of, and knowledge about, the local area is evident from the start and we would thoroughly recommend taking them up on any offer to take you out and about - you'll see places others won't, and just spending time with this family is good for the soul.
Bariloche has plenty of pubs and bars to keep the night owls happy, but we spent many happy evenings playing cards with Roberto and Silvia, picking up a couple of new games along the way. Be warned though - they are formidable 'Escoba' opponents!
I guarantee you'll leave feeling happier and more optimistic than when you arrived, and absolutely determined to return.
I saw your piece on 'boutique' hostels and that you had recommended 41 Below. I've been in Bariloche for the last few weeks and can tell you that the best hostel in town is actually 1004.
It's on the top floor (10th) of the tallest building in town, which is, frankly, a bit of an eyesore from the outside. But the views from inside are something to behold, especially at sunrise and sunset.
Aside from that, it has a fantastic lounge area, balcony overlooking the lakes and mountains beyond, a really warm atmosphere and great staff. And a near-restaurant quality kitchen.
San Martín 127 (Pagano's corner) - Bariloche Center Building - 10th floor - Apartment 1004.
San Carlos de Bariloche (CP 8400) - Río Negro - Patagonia Argentina
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