- Reviews: 2107
Hyatt Regency Santiago: Santiago's best hotel for TEA!
Although we did not stay at this hotel, we made a point to have TEA here twice. My daughter-in-law made the reservations ahead and recommended the tea after having sampled it the week before for some special occasion. The dining area was elegant and the tables faced an enormous window through which we watched cascading water spraying over the sides of an elevated pool.
The lobby was vast with glass walled elevators available to carry you to your room. Be sure to see photos 2 and 3--for more of this sophisticated hotel.
Elegant with water feature view
- Reviews: 2322
PN Torres del Paine -Hosteria Pehoe
If you want to visit PN Torres del Paine and have a roof over your head, the best and most reasonalbe option is Hosteria Pehoé.
They have 25 rooms with private bath, dining room with magnificent view to Los Cuernos del Paine, bar and cafeteria.
And the most unique view to Los Cuernos del Paine
If you want to stay in a hotel when visiting the park, this would be the most recommendable, as it offers magnificent views of the scenery, and is located more or less in the middle of the park, thus giving you chances for a lot of day hikes.
It is also the "less expensive" one.
The Hosteria Pehoe also offers boat tours around in the park.
- Reviews: 2322
Hostal Las Salamandras: Wonderful Budget Hostal in Coyhaique
The hostal is a wonderful cozy place to relax for backpackers, just some 2 km outside of Coyhaique; has 8 rooms with 2-4 beds plus 2 rooms with 1 bed (for couple). Also, 1 cabin, fully equipped, 6 beds, is available.
There is storage room for backpackers, kitchen, quite big bathroom and shower area.
Highly recommended for backpackers who go this region.
Price (according to website):
10 USD p.p. including breakfast !!
That's cheaper than others in the area without breakfast.
The Hostal is located in a huge fir forest, the owners have built it on their own, log wood (block house). Thus situated very quiet.
If you view the pictures in the Galleria (website), then you can see some fine details of the living area, as well as the bedrooms.
There is a big information "section" in the living area - pinboard, where travellers can leave notes on all and anything, tips for other lodgings in Chile & Argentina, etc.
The owner offers tours in the region - 4 wheel drive, horsebackriding, white water rafting, fly fishing, etc.
Have added some pictures from their website.
- Reviews: 2322
otel Explora - luxury in Torres del Paine PN
If you want to go to PN Torres del Paine and have luxury around you -
Hotel Explora is surely one of Patagonia's most luxury one. Beautifully set at the south of Lago Pehoe, at Salto Chico (little waterfall). Despite its "ugly" exterior, it is beautifully done and decorated in the interior.
The hotel offers 4 suites and 18 rooms with magnificent views to the Cuernos del Paine, and 6 smaller rooms with view to the Salto Chico.
You can book any outdoor tour you like (or can imagine): on foot, on horseback, in boat or by van - the guides are bilingual.
As services they offer dining room, bar, shops, internet, laundry, babysitting, library.
Indoor heated pools, outdoor jacuzzis, massage rooms, fitness rooms, sauna is offered on the hotel area.
However, this luxury has it's price. It cannot be booked only for 1 night, but in packages of 3, 4 and 7 nights. This includes pick-up from Puerto Natales or Punta Arenas (airport), 3 meals per day, daily tours.
the prices for these packages (given for the 3 day one) range from 2000 USD p.p. to 3200 USD p.p., depending on the rooms you choose.
- Reviews: 2572
Hosteria de la Colina: Volcan Villarica view
I don't know that I'd go as far as ranking the Hosteria de la Colina in the Top 10 of Chile's hotels as one well-known American guidebook does, but it is undoubtedly a most attractive place and its hosts, Glenn and Beverly Aldrich, certainly put a huge amount of thought and effort into making their guests' stay as comfortable and welcoming as possible.
Set in lovely gardens, with a views of Volcan Villaricca and the lake, the Hosteria is a charming place. We stayed two nights and had one of the garden cabanas - a pine-lined spacious room with a wide deck and huge windows. There are more rooms in the main house, some with views of the volcano. A wide terrace overlooks the garden at the front of the main house, perfect for pre-dinner drinks and watching the sun go down.
Good home-style cooking is the signature of the Hosteria's dining room. It was American Thanksgiving whilst we were there, so dinner that night included turkey and traditional Thanksgiving treats. The menu, which changes every day, is displayed on a chalk board and features three choices of starters and main dishes - and home-made icecream is always on the menu. Breakfast is an ample American feast, offering pancakes, eggs done in different ways (a welcome change from the ubiquitous scrambled encountered everywhere else), bacon, home-baked bread and home-made preserves, and - bliss - grilled tomatoes for those with a hankering for a great British (or Australian) breakfast. Picnic lunch boxes are available by arrangement.
Glenn and Beverley really do go the extra mile in helping their guests have a good time. Loads of books, maps and information are on hand to help you plan your days. Glenn is a fount of local information and more than happy to share that - and his delicious home-smoked trout.
Internet access, a daily laundry service, a small bar and games room all add to the amenities. Booking is definitely advisable, especially once the summer season picks up.
- Reviews: 2572
Hotel Orly: A Santiago gem
Two stays at Hotel Orly confirmed the advice we were given - that this is one of the best hotel options in Santiago - small, reasonably priced, very comfortable and quiet - and deservedly popular, so booking ahead is most advisable.
Prettily furnished (but not in the least fussy)with antique-style pieces and soft colours, and immaculately clean, the rooms are welcome haven from the hustle and bustle of the city streets. Breakfast in the little garden room was a great way to start each day, and the guest's internet access on the first floor was often a good way to end it with a bedtime email to family and friends back home. A book exchange table in the small lounge was a thoughtful touch.
I would certainly stay here again, and have already passed the contact on to a friend who will be visiting Santaiago shortly, I know she will be as happy with her stay as we were.
The rooms may be small but they are comfortable and elegantly furnished, as are the public areas with their oriental rugs, soft lighting and attractive floral displays; the location is excellent (a quiet, tree-lined street just a block from a metro station, a short walk from the river and around the corner from busy Providencia Avenue ); breakfast is an ample buffet of fresh fruit, ham, cheese, eggs, breads and cake that can be taken a pretty glass-roofed conservatory; the hotel cafe on the streetfront serves excellent coffee and light meals as well as providing a platform for one of my favourite occupations - people watching (and one of Santiago's best and most popular Italian restaurants, Liguria, is all but next door); rates are very reasonable and the staff are helpful and obliging ... all in all, the Orly is an outstanding example of the sort of hotel all travellers hope they'll find - a charming and individual small hotel
- Reviews: 2572
Gran Hotel Isabel Riquelme: Central Chillan
Like most of Chillan's buildings, the Gran Hotel doesn't have a lot of style - the result of necessity when virtually the whole city had to be rebuilt following the huge earthquake of 1939. However, what it lacks in elegance it makes up for in its central location, good-sized rooms - ours was huge, comfortable beds, an excellent restaurant, friendly and helpful staff, good pisco sours in the bar and spacious public areas. As the "best" hotel in town, it is busy - we got the last two rooms on our first stay and we were pleased enough with it to book rooms before we left to be sure of having a reservation on our way back to Santiago.
The Gran's location, on a corner facing the Plaza de Armas on one side and the town's busy pedestrian Auraco Street on the other, does mean the rooms facing the park are definitely quieter than those on the street side. Ifg you like to sleep with the window open, ask for a room facing the park.
We ate in the hotel restaurant on both nights we stayed in Chillan - good food, well-cooked, with lots of regional dishes and game on the menu and an excellent wine list to complement the food. Quite formal, it's obviously very popular with the local people.
- Reviews: 933
a home away from home..: Casa Amarilla - Santiago
If I ever go back to Santiago I will go straight to Casa Amarilla. The familiar atmosphere and the frequent warm fiestas make you want to stay for ever... The owner, Maria, is a wonderful person who knows very well how to make you feel at home. She is cool, smiling and relaxed. So is everybody staying there... It's actually a two building guesthouse where students stay for a long time. But you can also share their common life enjoying the huge yard with the very tall fruit trees, the daily warm fiestas, and their happy temperament. They are also recycling everything ! You can wash your clothes in a washing machine, cook your meals in a well-equipped kitchen, relax on the hammocks in the shade of the garden and make a host of new friends. You hear no city sounds and you see no buildings, as if you aren't in the hectic center of Santiago. You can pick avocados from the trees and join the eating-drinking-singing of the long lunches-dinners which can last for the whole day..The rooms are simply but warmly furnished. There is also a free Internet outlet if you are carrying your laptop. The neighborhood is very quite.
Every morning I woke up with the beautiful singing of the birds and the divine fragrance of the jasmine outside my window.
We cooked recipes of our countries and exchanged long stories in a family atmosphere. One fiesta lasted from 3.00 in the evening until 3.00 in the morning....When the time to go came I decided to stay more and see some more of what Santiago had to offer.
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It's just two blocks away from Cumming Metro station. Very convenient for your daily outings.
The prices are US$9-13 single/double but there are discounts if you stay for a week or for ...a month or even for...a year.
- Reviews: 1536
Easter Island - Residencial Tahai: ..... to get a real Rapa Nui feeling
We were very satisfied about our stay in Residencial Tahai, after reading a recommendation on VT. This B&B has a setting in a tropical garden and is surrounded by flowers and palm trees.
We did have our daily breakfast on the veranda of the main house together with the other guests; an ideal moment to talk with other travellers from all over the world and to make plans for the day (perhaps to rent together a car or to do a guided tour). Every day we had a different breakfast to start another great day on Rapa Nui. Teresa (one of the daughters of the owner Maria) did look after the guests very well.
The rooms are very spacious with bathroom; we had one in a separate building with a more or less private shadowed veranda with a view into the garden.
Fatima, another daughter, is married with Patricio Ballerino, who is the best guide on Easter Island. He and his wife Fatima will pick you up from the airport.
On his website (AO Tour) you will find more information about the residencial; be aware the pics on that site are a little bit outdated.
Unique setting in the middle of a tropical garden ...
Yummie breakfast ...
Relaxing ambience ...
- Reviews: 933
Santiago-Sammy's backpackers' guesthouse
Sammy's hostel was named after the owner's beloved dog...It's a colourful, brand new guesthouse with a lot of space, comfortable beds and a lot of facilities. Backpackers , I am sure you will like it ! Charles himself, the owner, is a very warm person and a perfect host. There is a healthy, generous breakfast included in the price. As well as fast internet, a pool table, a fully-equipped kitchen for you to cook your meals, a table football and a comfortable living room to relax, talk with your friends and watch movies. There is also a shady patio for the warm summer days. There is also an option of staying free if you are prepared to work in the hostel for a few hours..if you are needed..
Get into his Sammy page to read about his story...
2007 prices: dorm rooms 10 US$/ single rooms 16 US$, double room 13 US$pp
- Reviews: 2221
Tierre del Fuego: Good location
I chose to stay at the Tierre del Fuego Hotel because I liked the name plus the price was right. We were not disappointed. It is located right on a very busy street but I loved the bay window and watching the people and traffic.
We had a nice large room with a queen size bed. The bay window overlooking the main street. If you closed the side windows there was no street noise.The room also had a small kitchenette. Great for us who like to have our coffee early and want something besides nescafe.
The rooms with the kitchenette are the same price as the ones without, you just have to request them when booking.
The hotel is within easy walking distance of most everything in the city.
Breakfast is included in the rate.
I would stay here again and recommend it to others.c%*
The kitchenette had a gas stove, small fridge, and a sink. Nothing in the cabinets or drawers.
Lucky for us we had a corkscrew and a pocket knife. We bought some glasses, a cup, and a tea pot.
- Reviews: 933
Casa Azul in Puerto Varas
The inside of the hotel is very neat and tidy, made of wood, with a large kitchen for breakfast not included in the price( 5 $US extra). But you still have a choice, if you are short of money..You can buy things in the nearby Market or supermarkets - just a few blocks away- and cook your own meals.
The hotel is well organized and well-run. There is an internet service but the connection is awful unless something changes.. The beds are good and warm. There is a beautiful garden with hammocks for..more leisure time. Also car park, disk burning, healthy food, book exchange, table games, Laundry service, information and more. Interesting destinations around are Lake Todos los Santos with the emerald waters, the Passage to Argentina "Cruce de Los Lagos", Petrohue with the wonderful "waterfall", not very wild but extremely beautiful !!
Prices are 14 $US for dorm beds--23 $US for a single, 31$US for a double room with common bathroom and 43 $US for private bath room.
- Reviews: 933
Villarica - Torre Suiza!
I had seen an ad of Torre Suiza and I was determined to stay there. I was happy to find out that the hotel met all my expectations.
It is a warm and happy wooden chalet in the middle of a nice garden. It's just three blocks from the bus terminal.
The building reminds of a big family house. The colours are pleasant and optimistic. The decoration simple. The beds are of good quality and breakfast is a revelation as whole grain bread and home made jam are dancing in your mouth ! Fruit and yogurt and oat meals and syrup and muesli...everything is there ! There are also bikes for rent, book exchange, laundry service, parking space and baggage storage. You can use the kitchen .
The couple owning it have ridden their bike for thousands of kilometers all over the world. Then they decided to settle down in the peaceful and charming city of Villarica and open this guesthouse. Very good plans, my friends...I have had this same idea in my mind for years. Someday I may follow your steps....
There are very nice things to do in Villarica and they are going to arrange the best for you. Biking tours, trekking in the Parks, or climbing Volcano Villarica, horse riding or hot spring baths !!!
Prices (in 2007) 6,000 to 12,000ch pesos.(12$US--24$US)
- Reviews: 1083
las vicuñas: putre,gate to P.N.Lauca and lago chungara
before becoming a hotel,was built for mining people!
the reception is not always jovial,but it's the "best" hotel in putre!
putre:145km east of arica,on main road to la paz (bolivia) through P.N.Lauca.
clean rooms with private shower.
restaurant :only one menu for the day,no possibility to eat a la carte.
of course,very quite place.
prices for 2 persons,breakfast and dinner included.
- Reviews: 240
Hotel Antumalal: Pucón: Travel James Bond style :)
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.
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