About this listing
Clean 50m2 private apartment in the exact center of town! Everything within walking distance. 3 blocks to the beach, 2 to the main square, 1 to the bus station.
2 bedrooms (one matrimonial; one bunk bed, one extra bed). The couch in the livingroom folds out. Welcome to wonderful SanMartin!
*** NEW: we now have internet in the apartment as well as a fixed telephone line with free local calls. We also had the apartment totally repainted in 2014. ***
We rent our our great apartment, located in the exact center of wonderful San Martin, 30ft from the main street and a few minutes walking from the lake! It is on the corner of San Martin st and Rohde St., this is the only airbnb apartment in SMA that is really in the center.
Many other places in San Martin are far away from the actual center, but from our place in the exact center, everything you might need in town can be reached walking, no car or even bicycle is needed:
- The biggest supermarket: 1 block
- The main shopping street: around the corner, full with souvenir shops, outdoor gear, chocolates, ski rental and much more.
- Bakery: around the corner
- Restaurants on all sides
- Bike repair and rental: on the corner
- Pharmacy: underneath
- Same day laundry wash & drying service: around the corner
- Hospital: across the street (and hospital service is free in San Martin!)
Furthermore we are located exactly between the beach/lake (3 blocks) and the central square (2 blocks).
The bus station is only one block away, so you do not need a taxi to get to us. If we are in town, we can even pick you up.
The apartment is on the 3rd, top floor, all the rooms are on the same level (no stairs inside the apt) and therefore accessible by wheelchair or by elderly people. There is an elevator but also open stairs to get to our front door. As we are the only apartment on this top floor, you basically have 2 private balconies as well, where you could store bicycles if needed, or enjoy the sun.
Inside there is a nice and light living room, connected to the open kitchen. The kitchen has a large fridge with freezing compartment, gas oven/stove, microwave and water boiler, of course with a 'mate' setting as you are in Argentina. There are plates and cutlery for 6 persons.
There is a large table with 6 chairs and the living room has a 30" flat screen TV (cable) and a large couch/futon which folds out to become a full-size 2 person bed.
The main bedroom has one 2-person matrimonial bed and large storage space for clothes. The 2nd bedroom has 3 single beds (one bunk bed and a separate bed that can be stowed underneath or erected to be at the same level at the bottom bunk) and more clothes and storage space.
Both rooms have windows to the inside of the building, which is very quiet and light. So together with the 2-person futon there are 7 sleeping spaces (one futon, one 2p bed and 3 single beds) divided over 3 different rooms, so you can be very flexible and still have privacy.
The bathroom is entered from the hallway and has a toilet, bidet and hot/cold shower.
There are several restaurants and coffee shops around the corner with great food as well as free WiFi.
In spring Patagonia is beautiful and many people come to cycle, canoe or fly fish. summer (December - March) is high season and there are countless things to do: hike, walk, cycle, fish, shop, eat, drink, listen to live music, lie on the beach, ride the famous '7 lakes road' to Bariloche, take boat tours, paddle a canoe and much more. You can go horse riding, climb Volcano Lanin and even go on a day tour to Pucon, Chile!
Autumn (April-June) is quiet but gorgeous as all the forest turn yellow and red, a wonderful sight.
In winter (July-September) San Martin still offers all the great amenities, but also changes into a full-blown ski-village with the slopes and half-pipes a short drive away (there are shuttles). Get your winter sport in July!
It is the only city in Argentina that is clean, safe and feels like a small alpine town: the people greet you, there are roses on the sidewalks, cars go slow and stop for pedestrian crossings (there are no traffic lights!). There are log cabins and by law the buildings are limited in height and the space they occupy. Walk 15 minutes in any direction and you are in a forest (or in a lake :).
This makes San Martin very different from Bariloche, at the other end of the 7 lakes road: though there is also wonderful nature around that city, the city itself is too busy, dangerous and full of cars and high-rise buildings.
You will relax and enjoy San Martin and Northern Patagonia and our place is the perfect base for it.
You will have your own entire apartment, we don't live there anymore :)
Interaction with Guests
We always meet you at the bus station or at the apartment (if you come by car or bike).
We will show you where the best restaurants are and other things to do. If you like Mountain biking, Harry might even take you for a rough ride! For any questions, we are always close, always online to receive messages and you can even call us for free using the free fixed line.
It is the center of town, with everything in walking distance. Great food, wonderful shops and a great lake and forests. Still the apartment is very quiet, as it is on the 3rd (top) floor.
You can walk everywhere without any problem. There is also a taxi stand 1 block from the front door, bike rental 20 meter from the front door and the main bus station is 2 blocks away (for local and long-distance buses to Buenos Aires, Bariloche, Chile etc).
Other Things to Note
There is a full-time exhibition of Harry's award winning photographs of nature and culture in the apartment. You can simply enjoy them, but these limited edition photographs (on museum-quality Hahnemuhle papers) are also for sale, framed or non-framed.
We often live in our apartment and ask you to treat it with respect as if it were your own.
We do not allow smoking inside the apartment (and drugs are illegal in Argentina, so don't use them anywhere). There is a large balcony (with overhanging roof) where you can smoke if needed, please dispose of your cigarette butts appropriately (extinguish in water and deposit in trash can).
If people smoke inside we will need to charge an addition $100 to clean the house and wash the curtains and you will not be welcome back in our place.
Please clean what you use, close the doors and windows when you are out or when the heating is on and try to use the resources carefully.
We are very ecologically conscious and ask you to help us protect the environment by not using more (hot and cold) water than you need, to use the heating only when needed and switch off and unplug all electrical devices when not in use (tv, phone chargers, laptops etc).
Please respect your neighbours and help us keep San Martin clean and the wonderful place it is!
San Martin and Lake Lacar. Our apartment is in the top floor of the white building, center/right side of the photo.
About the Host, Harry, Ivana
We are a married travellers couple from the Netherlands/Argentina. But we met in Tibet :)
We have climbed the highest mountains, cycled around the world (we actually arrived in San Martin by bicycle coming from Alaska: 26,000km/16,000 miles through 21 countries in 3 years!) and love to travel. We visited over 60 countries and speak English, Spanish, Dutch and German (and a bit of French). We love to share stories and hear those from other travellers.
We want to share the beauty of Northern Patagonia with you and are sure you are going to have a good time while in our perfectly located apartment. We are often in SMA and if so, will be there to help you settle in and find your way around.