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During the 1970s and for twenty years El Casco was a famous hotel on the shores of the lake, attracting tourists from all over the world with its atmosphere of European glamour and the hospitality that its owners, Baron Alfred von Ellrichshausen and his wife Ruth, managed to impart.

Located only fifteen minutes from the city of Bariloche, the first building was built in the image and likeness of the Cala di Volpe Hotel in Sardinia, one of the many hotels that the von Ellrichshausen family - German aristocrats who emigrated to our country during the second half of the 20th Century, used to frequent during their holidays. After many successful seasons, El Casco closed its doors for seven years until Ignacio Gutiérrez Zaldívar bought the property. In December 2006 the hotel opened its doors once again and Ruth kept the adjacent house where she lives.

The redesigning project was carried out by Architect Julio Coccifi and Engineer Carlos Thays. The new building was built with a classic but contemporary style. Even though the only thing that remains of the old El Casco is a wooden and iron spiral staircase, those responsible for its construction have preserved the spirit given by its original owners.