Don't get too excited. This hotel has a commanding view of Lago Llanquihue and 2 massive volcanoes. The views of the spectacular Volcano Osorno could not be any better. And that is the best it gets. This hotel is basic and has few amenities. It is more of an overnight hotel for tourist groups. A comfy and clean bed is the only luxury you will enjoy.
There seemed to be a small restaurant tucked into the back of the hotel, but I never observed anyone using it. The bar, just off the reception area, is the hub of any activity.
Rooms are clean and bright with Satellite Television and a mini-bar. There is no air-conditioning and the room can get a bit stuffy. Open the large window for a nice breeze off the lake and a better view of Osorno.
Bathrooms are basic, but do have a telephone in case you need to make a call. Ample closets have a free safe deposit box. You can also open windows in the corridors when the rooms/hotel becomes hot.
For business travellers there are 2 small meeting rooms, internet access and photocopy/fax service available. They also have an enclosed car park.
Reception has postcards and a few souvenirs. They can also arrange car hire.
Staff are friendly and the bar is staffed by someone coming over from reception. Shame it has no view or atmosphere. Breakfast is a nice buffet served in a bright room overlooking the lake.
Puerto Varas is a town for outdoor activity and exploration. This hotel is Spartan and you won't spend too much time here. It is boring. Everything you want is just outside.
The overriding feature of this hotel is it's location and of course the fantastic view. It has no great qualities. They do have a sauna (turned off). Why bother? The town and lake are virtually at your doorstep.
Clean. Organized. The staff were extremely helpful.
If there were any headaches, watch out for the reservation staff. The guys are great but I witnessed some interested attitudes from the females. Trust me, I was being a down to earth Midwesterner too. It was almost like they were pissed off that my Spanish sucked. Well, I was trying. The guys were much more patient so I made an effort to work with them.
The rooms were very clean. The room service and cleaning staff should be praised. Pleasant. Hard-working women.
If you care to rent a car, the Sheraton staff can work this out. I used a vehicle to drive around the city and visit the coast.
Sort of a suburban feel to a portion of the area.
Restaurants and bars are close.
Not to many favorable breakfast options. The area around the hotel seems to be quiet in the morning.
Hotel location allows for easy access to the highways out of town.
The Orly hotel is situated at Providencia,a very good neighborhood. You can find everything you want,good restaurants,shoppings,and the subway is near.The hotel has a very good breakfast included in the rate. The room we stayed was very good with two bathroom.The staf was very helpful. We don´t have anything to complain.
We couldn´t hear any noise at all.Our room was in front of the main street and yet it was very quiet.
lovely people - as all around chile!!! nice accomodation!
for winter - july, august - carry warm clothes!!
I was ending up in the evening in Frutillar and I was so happy that they had a room there at the Bauernhaus. As there were no other other guests I even got their best room - the "Don Cristino" with an enchanting view of Lago Llanguihue and volcano Osorno and a balcony.
I found the house in it´s old-german-style is the most charming one in whole Frutillar Bajo. It has a dining room and some kind of a living room where also breakfast is served. They offer you coffee, cakes (or "Kuchen" in soutern Chile :)) and onces during the day. The whole villa is made of wood and it isn`t perfectly isolated - so you might be freezing there a bit in case you go in Chilenean autumn or winter. They had a heater though in the room and warm blankets on the bed. Bathroom was a bit dated but clean. Breakfast was good, especially their homemade cake. A bit odd was the loud music from the opera Nabucco I had to listen to while having breakfast :).
It was fairly cheap, I think a double room there costs around 50, 60 EUR, depending on season and type of room.
For me it was quite difficult to find a nice bed and breakfast in Santiago - I think that type of accomodation is not too popular there :). However, Vilafranca is located in the Providencia area - a very pleasant neighbourhood I found! There are many new buildings, but also some old villas. It is tidy, nice for shopping, there are many restaurants and it is close to the centre!
Vilafranca is located in an old but nicely restored semi-detached house. The reception area had lovely tiles on the floor. The common area includes a very nice living room with an open fireplace and cosy sofas and a charming patio. They provide free use of the internet. The lady at the reception (Gloria) was a font of wisdom about Santiago and very helpful. Breakfast was also ok - fruits, ham (no cheese), jam, cereals ... .
Regarding the room though I was a bit disappointed: it was nicely decorated but it was so tiny! It probably had around 10 square meters - i didn`t know where to put all my luggage actually. There was a small TV on top of the cupboard. The bathroom looked a bit old and had a very small bathtub - actually you could only sit in it, if you aren`t a dwarf :). For the room price of about EUR 50 I didn`t mind that much though :).
The only hotel of the Ritz Carlton chain in whole South America can be found in Santiago de Chile. It is located in the las Condes area, obviously a business quarter but also quite a nice neighbourhood. Metro stop El Golf, from where you can easily reach the centre, is just around the corner. It has about 200 rooms. Although I usually prefer small hotels or bed and breakfasts, I nevertheless enjoyed my stay at this hotel :).
I think I do not have to loose too many words about it`s qualities - it is a five star hotel, the breakfast was the best I had in Chile, the rooms are nicely appointed although their "floral style" is probably not everyone`s taste, and there were nice marble bathrooms. The shower was seperated by a glass door and there was also a bathtub. The bathrooms are appointed with Bulgari cosmetic products. Staff was wonderful and not too formal. But - the best thing was their spa: It is located on top floor under an impressive glass cupola. There is a swimming pool, a jacuzzi and sauna and steam room, seperated for ladies and gents. It is so nice to watch the sun going down over Santiago from there, with the Andes mountains in the background :). There is also a gym.
The only strange thing was the steam room - I couldn`t`stay for too long there as it smelled like mould so that I could hardly breathe.
They have a restaurant (prices are ok for european standards) and some kind of souvenir shop. Room prices start at EUR 235.
Hotel Antumalal is located about 2 km from Pucón at Lago Villarica. It was designed in Bauhaus style by Jorge Elton in 1945. The building is perfectly integrated into the wonderful landscape. It is located at the shores of Lago Villarica, probably in the nicest part of that lake and with a lovely park surrounding it. It has about 20 rooms.
Staying there is like a time warp back to the 1950ies or 1960ies - they kept most of the original furniture. The walls are pannelled with araucaria wood - araucaria are very slowly growing, 1000 year old trees - which are very typical for that part of Chile and the area around Pucón is also called Araucaria. Nowadays it is forbidden to use it`s wood. The most interesting features for me were the living rooms - appointed with huge open fireplaces, animal furs on the floor and huge panorama windows overlooking Lago Villarica. The bar was also delightful, there was also a fireplace and I spent the evening there playing board games. They have a swimming pool, a sauna and a tennis court.
The rooms have those wooden pannelled walls as well - and each one of the rooms has a fireplace of it´s own which was nice and cosy. The nice thing is, that they don`t have just room numbers - they put your name on the room door. They provide bath robes and slippers.
Of course there were downsides - it was probably the most expensive hotel I stayed at in Chile and it is a bit dated, so I am not so sure if the price is justified. The bathroom didn`t have the newest equipment. The breakfast was somewhat disappointing.
However - with it´s special architecture, the beautiful, nostalgic fotos on the walls (one of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philipp, who stayed there as well long looong time ago) and the permanent feeling, that Roger Moore could come around the corner with a Pisco Sour in his hands every moment :) - it gave me the feeling to stay in a very special and unique place!
A double room at the Antumalal costs around EUR 135.
Unless you travel in high season you probably won`t encounter any problems to find an accomodation in Salto del Laja. It might be a small village, but it has plenty of cabanas to rent and the Hotel Salto del Laja where I stayed at.
The hotel didn`t look that bad from outside. It had a reception area and a swimming pool (there was no water in it at the time I was visiting :)). They offer horse riding excursions as well.
The rooms, well - there are different categories. After looking at different rooms, I chose what they call a suite: It had high ceilings, was of a good size and there was also a sofa, a table with 2 chairs and a television (no cable TV, they had some kind of indoor aerial). There was a carpeted floor what I generally find awful, especially in hotels. The bathroom was dated, but clean, apart from the strong black hair I discovered between the towels :). The loo did not work when I arrived, but they sent a guy who could fix that. The best thing about the hotel are the views - it had a large panorama window towards the Salto del Laja waterfall - it was really amazing! I think I never had such a nice view in a hotel before! It was also nice to fall asleep hearing the waterfall in the background! Unfortunately they had locked the door to the terrace with some screws - it would have been nice to sit there for a while in the evening. Possibly they locked it, because the terrace was pretty tumbled down and they feared that someone`s breaking through the terrace floor:).
Breakfast is served in your room and was disappointing- there was a cake which was ok, some old bread, ham and cheese, which didn`t look tempting :). Besided there was some instant coffee, tea and freshly squeezed apple juice which wasn`t good at all. If you walk down a bit there is a restaurant in the hotel area which was surprisingly good - I had a tomato soup and some kind of vegetable tortilla. It was pretty cosy as well, nicely decorated and with a fireplace.
My Résumé is, that this hotel is ok for one night, but I wouldn`t want to spend a whole week there! It is such a nice setting with all that nature and waterfall around it - if they did some investments, they could create a super nice place to stay at! Price of a room was between 25 and about 40 EUR per person, depending on which category you choose.
Hotel Gervasoni is not really a "gran" hotel, it is a small boutique hotel with a couple of rooms. It is located on Paseo Gervasoni, a nice, central area with a couple of beautiful buildings. You can go up there by Ascensor Concépcion - the oldest ascensor in Valparaiso by the way. It is an old (1870) but beautifully restored villa. Apart from the Manoir Atkinson I haven`t seen any nicer or more charming hotel in Valparaiso.
Actually, especially in the lounge you feel like back to the beginning of the 20th century. In the lounge they also have an open fireplace, which is more a decoration object I suppose, granny style furniture and some copies of the bible to read :). They also have a restaurant and a nice terrace for breakfast or to have a Pisco sour.
I saw quite a few of their rooms and have slept in 2 of them - room no 4 and room number 2. Both were nicely appointed and had the most comfortable beds I slept in in Chile. Room no 4 had a small balcony with an excellent view over the port. A narrow staircase was leading down to the bathroom. Room no 2 was even better - there the bathroom was on the same level and it was in top floor - like a bird`s nest with wonderful views! Both rooms had a jacuzzi bath tub. I saw also some rooms facing the street, which were also furnished in an interesting way - one of them had a gallery with the bed on it, so that you can sleep high up in the air :). However, you should ask for a room with sea view, as the others were a bit dark.
Breakfast was nothing special and service was pretty slow - apart from that I loved the hotel!
The Hotel Gallerias is a good centrally located 3 star hotel in downtown Santiago.
It has an excellent restaurant, swimming pool and pool bar. There is a safe in the room and pretty good room service. There is free internet access in the basement and a small coffee shop in the lobby. There are several small supermarkets a few minutes walk away.
The hotel is about a 5 minute walk from the Plaza des Armes and 10 -15 mins to the station/mercado area and bohemian bellavista area.
We stayed in Ho(s)tel Coiron in November 2006 prior to and after our Dientes hike.
Service was 2nd to none!! They even contacted the ferries office to make sure we got on the boat, and that saved our day! because saying/promissing something doens't mean it will go ahead in this place!
The food.....delicious!! rooms, small (for us Dutchies) but good, warm water showers etc. nice log fire in the living room.
(more then) Home away from home... and a Dutch contact!
Way 2 go.
The're hospitallity sets Coiron appart. In a hard place they give the maximum!
Will come wit additional info over a week or 2.
Around dusk we arrived in the small village of Cameron. We spent the night in a cottage there.
The fire was going when we arrived, we had brought our food, and we had a fresh spotted
trout to grill.
It was an old house that had been refurbished.
There are 3 bedrooms, living area/ dining area, kitchen, and large bathroom.
It was a nice quiet night.
I would recommend staying here if you want to get away from everything.
This cottage was included in our tour package of Tierre del Fuego.
The small village of Cameron took me back to memories of my childhood. I spent the first few years of my life in a small village much like this.
The last place that we stayed while in Chile turned out to be the most memorable.
The Aqua Terra Hotel in Puerto Natales was a very cozy place to stay. I just wish we could have stayed longer.
The staff were very friendly and helpful. I would certainly recommend this hotel.
The rooms were not huge but very clean. The beds had down comforters and the bathrooms had fluffy peach towels. The mountain views from the upstairs library were fantastic.
The Los Flamencos Hosteria is a very friendly place to stay in Povenier. It sits upon a hill and you have a great view of the bay. It was almost deserted when we were there but it can get crowded if there is a tour group in town.
They do not speak english here so it would be good to brush up on your spanish before you arrive.
They make dreams come true. What ever you are wanting to do or see in the southern part of Chile they can arrange. I told them what we wanted to do and they delivered.
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