The EL CASCO boutique hotel is unique, and not just due to its great location, on the shores of Patagonia's Lake Nahuel Huapi and only fifteen minutes from the Cerro Catedral ski resort. In the 1970s, it was run by German aristocrats Baron Alfred von Ellrichshausen and his wife Ruth, and the baroness still lives on an adjacent property. In 2006, the hotel reopened its doors after a complete redesign devoted to Argentine art and architecture. Filled with more than 500 paintings and sculptures, EL CASCO looks like the manor home of an avid collector. With just 33 studios and suites, this beautiful property offers fine dining, a wine bar, a wine cave and transfer service to a private lounge at the foot of Cerro Catedral. This is one of the largest ski centers in South America, featuring 53 marked trails, terrain for all levels and a regularly scheduled downhill torch parade that creates a lively, festival-like atmosphere.