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“Not inexpensive but good value” 4 of 5 stars
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Lodge Andino Terrantai
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Tocopilla No.411, San Pedro de Atacama 10, Chile   |  
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North Battleford, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Not inexpensive but good value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

We stayed in this hotel for 3 nights at the beginning of March,2013. Had 2 rooms near the pool. Found the hotel staff very friendly and helpful,especially the bartender and front staff.Great location. Breakfast was good. Our connection on last day wasn't picking us up until 6:00PM-our luggage was stored by hotel and we were offered se of pool after we checked out. Only complaint was that rooms were to hot.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Baltimore, Maryland
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8 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

I did a lot of research on lodging options in San Pedro, and for right now, your options are pretty limited. Hostels in the $50-$80 range. Ultra-luxury resorts in the $600-$1200/night range. Not much in the middle.

We chose Terrantai because it was closest to the middle at $200/night. Not what you would get for $200/night anywhere else, but for San Pedro, it's about as good you'll find.

The hotel's location is conveniently near the center of town. Check-in was uneventful. You should know some basic Spanish, as the staff's English is pretty limited. You get a ridiculously large key-ring attached to your key, the intent of which, I believe, is to suggest that you're supposed to leave your key with the desk when you leave the hotel, I suppose because they use actual metal keys that are impractical to replace when lost. We always took our key with us.

We arrived in the middle of one of the worst rainstorms San Pedro has seen in a generation, and when the rain started falling again, we were happy we chose Terrantai. Apparently, whenever there's any lightning, the town turns off the power, so we were relieved when, seconds after being plunged into darkness, a generator turned on--we didn't even lose internet! As the downpour ensued, we went to the hotel restaurant, weary from a long day of travel and mudslide-related delays, and were happy to find the kitchen, and more importantly, the bar, open as well. We received a pretty good meal and some pisco sours from a good-natured server. We sipped our drinks next to the firepits, warm and dry, as cold, soggy tourists draped in ponchos enviously looked in the windows. I felt a little guilty about it haha The next morning, we were told horror stories by people in our tour group of dark nights spent mopping out their muddy hostels--apparently most buildings are at ground level in San Pedro, since it rarely rains.

The torrential rain runoff turned the tiny pool green, so we weren't able to use it, but the pool area was tranquil and inviting otherwise. If you need towels for swimming in the pool, or for your excursion to Laguna Cejar, you'll find them in a compartment in the wall surrounding the pool. The stone wall lined-passageways to your room are quaint and add a lot of character. And while we never had an opportunity to use it, since we were usually exhausted from our excursions, the common area with fire pits was cozy and inviting, and if we had little more energy, we would have drank several bottles of wine there throughout our trip, I'm sure.

Breakfast was average, when we were actually able to eat it. Breakfast is served at 7:30--far too late for most who are doing excursions to the geysers or all-day tours to the salars, or up early for a transfer to the airport. We were able to eat it one morning, and it was the usual spread of luncheon meats, cheese, bread, fruit, and yogurt as well as comically tiny bowls of cold scrambled eggs. To drink, premade instant coffee, and hot water for tea or mate, as well as various indigenous herbs for making teas--a nice touch.

The room was clean and nicely decorated--especially the bathroom, which had a sky light. It appears all the furniture is hand-made in the room. I suppose you can't exactly run to the furniture store in the middle of the desert. The room we received (#6) was tiny. There is no television--not that we were ever around to watch one if there were one. The room also gets pretty stuffy. Though there is a large ceiling fan, there is no air conditioning. The window tilts open a bit, but not enough to do much. When we were certain the rain was finished, we started leaving the window open all day with the fan on, which helped a little bit. They offer larger rooms that open up to the courtyard--maybe worth the splurge.

In sum, a great, if pricey, base of operations for your trip to the Atacama. I wish breakfast were offered earlier, and you may wish to opt for the larger room, but other than that, I would not change a thing.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

Stayed three nights and no complaints. The room was clean and adequate.The location is great for exporing as it is right in town. We didn't spend very much time in the hotel as we were on excursions most days but we did find it was sometimes difficult to get the staff's attention but they were very helpful once engaged. The hotel is very quiet and you are pretty much left to get on with it.

They provide a packed braskfast if you have an early trip (you need to request this the night before) which was very helpful on a few early morning trips. Overall a quiet and amiable stay.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London
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46 reviews 46 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

Stayed here 3 nights and no complaints. The room was clean and large enough. though just beside the pool and sitting out area, it was quiet in the evening. Staff were very friendly and helpful. There is parking for cars down the road ina separate area which you have to get a key for so the vehicles are secure. Didn't eat in the restaurant so can't comment but the breakfast was good.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013 via mobile

Great location in the downtown area, extremely helpful staff (Kerime and Clara). One of our best meals at Atacama was at the restaurant here- great soup, no charge for using our own wine, and best tres leches ever.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fribourg, Switzerland
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130 reviews 130 reviews
37 hotel reviews
Reviews in 68 cities Reviews in 68 cities
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

To reach our room, one walked down open passageways, the walls of which appeared to be composed of evenly-arranged pebbles. (Mature reflection suggested these were factory assembled, but that did not detract from their charm), These arrangements of polished grey stones gave a very rustic and original appearance to the walkways. Our room was comfortable, albeit basic: the small wardrobe contained an eye-level safe for which a key was available at Reception. The bathroom was fine but not spacious. The free wi-fi worked well in the communal area near the bar. We spent two nights here as part of a small group and enjoyed delicious, well-cooked dinners both evenings. Breakfast was lavish and scrumptious. Being in the heart of this little town was a joy: the tiny shops were fun to visit and the corner souvenir shop had the best selection of postcards we encountered in two weeks in Chile.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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125 reviews 125 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

We were absolutely delighted with our stay at Terrantai - we booked a family room with three beds (one king and two single) + view on a delightful patio. The breakfast is varied with fruit juices, eggs, different breads you can toast, cheese, ham, yogurts and most importantly coca leaf you can infuse in hot water and which makes a bit difference if you are going to do high altitude expeditions such as the Altiplanic lagoons which are by the way aboslutely marvelous! I would like to thank all the staff at Terrantai, namely Carla, Gabriela, Marcial, Cristian, Lourdes and Amanda for making our stay in San Pedro de Atacama a memorable experience we will treasure for ever!

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Tocopilla No.411, San Pedro de Atacama 10, Chile
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Location: Chile > Antofagasta Region > San Pedro de Atacama
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Luxury Hotel in San Pedro de Atacama
#8 Romantic Hotel in San Pedro de Atacama
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Lodge Andino Terrantai 4*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The first boutique hotel in San Pedro de Atacama located in the heart of the old quarter, beside the church of the town and surrounded by art shop galleries, centers of craft and restaurants. Terrantai invites to have a cultural experience, from comfortable rooms of Andean design, the sound of ancestral musical instruments until the cooking experience of delicious flavors in our restaurant Wiphala of novate-andean kitchen. ... more   less 
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Lodge Andino Terrantai Hotel San Pedro De Atacama
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