Most of the best hotels in Chile are independent home-grown affairs with a strong sense of place, where you can generally expect good wine, good service, and a high level of English proficiency, in addition to some spectacular views. Check out the list below if you’re wondering where to stay in Chile.
A beautiful building on stilts, with a wooden-tiled façade in the style of the island’s traditional palafito houses, the Tierra Chiloé is an all-inclusive boutique hideaway, positioned on the east coast of Chiloé, looking towards Pullao Bay and the Hudson Channel.
Here, honeyed woods are complemented by colorful works of art and textiles by local artists, and a grand copper fireplace, which dominates the relaxing lounge area. Floor-to-ceiling windows, a cantilevered wooden roof, and an industrial-style concrete bar add a modern twist to the design. The concept of this family-friendly hotel is to take care of your every need during your stay, from breakfast, lunch, and dinner to an amazing array of activities and excursions, which include horse riding, trekking, kayaking, and cultural visits to the island’s towns and UNESCO-listed wooden churches.
Tierra Chiloé not only has its own horses but also its own traditionally-built boat, which will take you to visit the other smaller islands dotted around the Chiloé coast. Back at the hotel, the spa includes an outdoor, heated infinity pool, indoor pool, sauna, steam room, and treatment rooms as well as soothing relaxation areas. You can also enjoy local walks or use the hotel’s bikes to explore the rolling coastal landscape for yourself. All 24 of the guestrooms are blessed with gorgeous sea views, but the newer rooms and suites add an extra level of luxury. The bathrooms also have picture windows so you can enjoy the view as you luxuriate in a free-standing bathtub.
The Tierra Patagonia lodge looks out across the famous granite towers of Torres del Paine National Park, a curved, two-story, wooden architectural wonder that blends perfectly into its surroundings. From its position on the shores of Lake Sarmiento, the property is a mere 15-minute drive to the National Park entrance.
The central area of this family-friendly hotel is where you will find the bar and restaurant, and sit around the log fire in the evenings. You can also relax in the quiet library which is an ideal spot for enjoying the panoramic vista with a glass of Chilean wine in hand. There is also a stunning infinity pool with a Torres view, a sumptuous spa and alfresco hot tub, an outdoor terrace for sunny days, and a walking route to explore the lakeside setting. Most people will spend the majority of their days outside, enjoying expeditions that come as part of the all-inclusive packages. There are also specialist excursions for families with children.
Whether you have a room on the lower or upper level of the building, it will have a view of the famous massif. Beds directly face the picture windows. The open bathroom area has a freestanding tub from which you can also enjoy the view. There are five family rooms in the hotel, made up of two interconnecting rooms. All meals, house wine, beer, and spirits are included in the price of your stay. Dinner is a delicious three-course affair with all ingredients locally sourced. Choose between a three-course lunch at the hotel or a gourmet packed lunch if you’re out for the day.
Tucked between tangerine-colored hills in the Catarpe Valley on the outskirts of the oasis-town, San Pedro de Atacama, the family-friendly, eco-friendly Alto Atacama is an adobe-walled wilderness lodge in the heart of the world’s highest and driest desert. Geothermal spa treatments and a serene location add to the sublime vibe. Stargazers and those with a sense of adventure are well catered for.
Characterized by restful earthy tones, traditional Inca artworks, and wall-hangings, this refuge in the dazzling desert has a roaring fire in the lounge bar. The hotel offers more than 30 private tours to nearby sites of interest and the guides are very knowledgeable.
Facilities include a soothing spa with outdoor baths heated by water from deep underground. There are also six plunge pools sprinkled about the grounds, sun-loungers, and a llama enclosure. The Atacama is one of the best places on Earth for stargazing. The hotel has an astronomical telescope atop a nearby hill, and is well-located for the area’s most popular sites and activities, including the other-worldly Moon Valley; flamingo spotting at the Salar de Atacama salt flats; Alma Observatory, altiplanic lagoons, and the geysers at El Tatio.
There are three room categories, varying in size and views. All rooms have private terraces, subdued colors, red-tiled floors, en-suite shower rooms, and vast comfy beds. The ‘Tilo’ suites are set slightly apart from the rest of the hotel with views over the hotel’s pond and south-facing terraces to take advantage of the best stargazing. The food here is top-notch gourmet cooking that embraces local produce such as guanaco, socaire potatoes, native quinoa, or chanar berries. The lounge bar offers a range of excellent Chilean wines, spirits, and pisco sours made with leaves from the rica-rica plant that grows locally. There are also outdoor fire-pits for sipping post-dinner drinks under the stars. There’s no kids’ club but the sense of adventure the location offers will appeal to children aged eight years and over.
Located in Easter Island’s main town of Hanga Roa, right on the shoreline looking out to sea, this large, eco-friendly, child-friendly hotel is designed in the traditional style of the indigenous Rapa Nui people. Rooms are set in individual huts formed of grass-covered roofs, wooden pillars, and dark stone walls. Inside you will find high ceilings and modern furnishings. The sizable spa is also Rapa Nui-inspired, bounded by a drystone wall mimicking the manavai – the stone walls that enclosed small food-growing areas on the island. There is also a pool, two restaurants, and a poolside bar, a steam room, a fitness center, and a sauna.
The huge guestrooms are characterized by larch-wood pillars, whitewashed walls, and stone floors, each complete with a freestanding bathtub carved out of black stone and a large shower decorated with mosaic tiles. Children are welcome and the sofa in each room can be turned into a bed.
Straddling the Casablanca and San Antonio wine valleys, famous for their fresh sauvignon blancs, chardonnay, and pinot noirs, Matetic is positioned just off the motorway connecting Santiago and Valparaíso.
The family-friendly La Casona boutique hotel is surrounded by fields and vines, crisscrossed by hiking and horse-riding paths, and has an excellent restaurant. The hotel is a beautiful yellow and terracotta tile single-story building set around a flower-filled garden beside a pretty lake, and a pool area with a fire pit and sun loungers. As well as being a vineyard, this is a working farm, with cows, alpacas, chickens, and sheep. La Casona has the feeling of a country house hotel, with a grand lounge area where you can enjoy an aperitif before dinner, and a cozy dining room. The full-board price includes an excursion as well as the wine tasting experience.
Each of the eight guestrooms is named after a grape variety and is decorated in the traditional style, with a high ceiling, wooden furnishings, and pictures depicting rural scenes and flowers. En suite bathrooms are huge.
There are two restaurants at the vineyard; the main one, Equilibrio, is positioned beside the lake and serves classy meals paired with Matetic wines, while El Emporio serves tapas-style dishes in a more relaxed setting. Children are more than welcome here, with their own special activities, a children’s menu, and even a juice tasting opportunity while the adults sample the local vintages. Rooms can have a bed added, and three of the rooms are interconnected. With plenty of outdoor space to explore, this is an ideal family choice.
This very stylish boutique hotel occupies an elegant 1920’s era house, located on a quiet side street on the steep slope of Cerro Alegre (Happy Hill) above Valparaiso’s seaport.
The interior is filled with lots of dark wood furniture and decorated with artworks and tropical plants. A tiered garden is lovingly maintained, complete with a pool and loungers for enjoying the view. There are 20 rooms in five categories, scattered about the rambling five-story building; they typically have very comfy double beds, classy rose, red and brown fabrics, and vintage-style armchairs. Some have terraces, which are highly desirable if you want to enjoy the fresh sea air. The lovely, blue-tiled bathrooms each have a combined bath and shower. The hotel does not cater to children under 12 years old.
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