I was in Pucon in march 2012, so off season ; from the bus station, I walked with my luggage in the streets and visited a lot of hostals and hotels and of course the ones which were selected in "Lonely planet" and "le guide du routard" were supposed to be some of the best value. These were overcrowded, full of young people, a bit noisy, especially those in the center near the bus station. And the rooms for the price, looked more or less sad.
The tourism office was very helpful ; the girls working there are very friendly.
Finally arriving to the lake, I found the last house was an old hotel, almost the first one in Pucon, around 1930 I think ; the location is very quiet near the peninsula and right on the lake. It was almost empty ; the owners, the mother around 80 and the daughters around 55 or 60 were very friendly ; the rooms were large, a bit old but very clean and well kept, with 2 single beds which were large enough to put 2 people and very very confortable! I like this kind of hotel which has a soul.
There is no TV in the rooms
WIFI worked very well and fast.
From some rooms you can see the lake, the others are facing the hill behind. If all the rooms are occupied you may hear a little bit the neighbours.
The bathrooms are a bit old but not run down at all, very clean.
The breakfast was simple but sufficient. I suppose that when the dining room, which is right on the lake, is full, there is a buffet.
I can understand that some people prefer a more modern hotel with all up to date amenities.
For instance I have visited the grand hotel Pucon (also an old hotel) and wouldn't like to stay there ; crowded and not really pleasant.
The only thing is that hotel Gudenschwager is for sale ; nobody knows what will happen with the new owners and when it will be sold.
The price of the room was correct : 25 000 CHPesos for single and 40 000 for 2 .
Choosing a hotel is hard and depends on the sensibility of each one ; you can like eating in a Mac Donald ; this is not my way of life.
otherwise, when I walked outside hotel Gudenschwager, I saw too late that next door was a guesthouse, the "Frontera Pucon hostel" which has a 9,6 vote on booking.com and is N°1 in "special lodging" on tripadvisor ! it seems to be always full !
Pucon is a small town ; you can reach the center in 5 mn... if you walk slowly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are located on the northeast shore of the Villarrica Lake; with a front lake and volcano view. Two block from the main central park and three blocks from Pucon downtown. The Gudenschwager has been open since 1923, it was built by the German naval engineer Otto Gudenschwager, has been remodel completely, it has 20 rooms each one of them with private bathrooms. Our Lodge has central heating, private parking lot, and a tea and deli restaurant. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gudenschwager Hotel Pucon