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Puerto Natales Hotels

Hotel Explora—Salto Chico

  • Grande Dame
  • Fodor's Choice

Pros

  • The grande dame of Patagonian hospitality and one of the best hotels in the country
  • Heart-stopping views from the center of the national park

Cons

  • A bank breaker
  • Not a stunning building from the outside

Updated 08/13/2014

Fodor's Review

Next to a gently babbling waterfall on the southeast corner of Lago Pehoé, this lodge is one of the most luxurious—and most expensive—in Chile; outside, the shimmering lake is offset by tiny rocky islets, and although there may be some debate about the aesthetics of the hotel's low-slung minimalist exterior, the interior is impeccable, with a Scandinavian style using local woods throughout. Pressed Patagonian wildflowers and frontier photographs of indigenous people

line the hallways. A dozen full-time guides tailor all-inclusive park outings to guests' interests. They're all fluent in English (some are expats), and they ferry you around in a fleet of imposing-looking vans. A four-night minimum stay is required, for which you'll pay a minimum of US$6,000 for two people, including airport transfers, three meals a day, drinks, and excursions. Rooms with better views, including one of the mountains from your bath, go up to almost double that. Yet, as a testament to the value, the place consistently sells out even during the winter.

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Hotel Information

Phone:

2-239–5280-in Santiago; 2-395–2580-in Lake Pehoé

Website: www.explora.com

Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 49 rooms
  • All-inclusive

Updated 08/13/2014

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