We visited the Tierra Patagonia in mid-September. The hotel is gorgeous and its setting unrivaled, right in front of Lake Sarmiento and with the entire Paine Massif beyond. Choosing a room is simple as there are no bad rooms, since every room has the same magnificent view. We loved the bathtub in the corner of the room as it allowed us to soak and still look out at the view. If you prefer some privacy, no problem as you could opt for the rooms with the bathtubs attached to the rest of the restroom and shower areas behind the bed, which are not so exposed.
The food was excellent and there was no repeat of the sit down menu in the five days we were there, which meant that there was something new to look forward to in every meal. Given that the hotel was literally in the boondocks, with practically nothing else around for miles and miles, the ingredients were surprisingly fresh, including the seafood. Understandably, for full day hikes, where one did not return to the hotel for lunch, the packed meals were simpler, but more than filling enough to do their job, which was to provide sustenance for the extended hikes.
We enjoyed all the excursions, and we found the guides to be engaging and enthusiastic, without being overbearing. They answered all of our questions, including some which I am sure they'd heard a hundred times before, with equanimity and care. As for the hotel staff, the waiters and bar staff were very friendly and provided attentive and kind service. Likewise for the staff at the spa, and front desk and housekeeping. Chris, the manager, was also a warm host and took the trouble to engage us and the other guests where his duties allowed. This was much appreciated.
There are some advantages to visiting, as we did, in the low season, just a few days after the hotel's reopening after the winter closure. The main benefit is that there are fewer guests and therefore a greater likelihood of more personalized service. The national park is also much much less crowded and you will practically have all the trails, all the look out points, all to yourself. The negative is that some of the more spectacular hikes, like to the base of the Torres or the French Valley, remained closed by the park rangers, due to continuing snow. You can still visit the Grey Glacier, but only from a distance as the ferry that would have brought you to the foot of the glacier also had not yet started running. Don't worry though, the glacier from afar, and rest of the park are still stunning.
We came quite a distance (36 hours by air from Singapore) to visit Patagonia and so we were in some trepidation that the trip would prove to be disappointing. A bad hotel can ruin things so. We are happy to be able to report that the Tierra Patagonia more than met our expectations. We heartily recommend Tierra Patagonia. Together with our experiences at its sister hotel, the Tierra Atacama, it was probably the most splendid hotel stay we had ever had.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa is a casual but luxurious design hotel with 40 guest rooms. The hotel ambiance is Patagonian, one that radiates warmth, safety and togetherness; all things desired by those who've spent their day in the Patagonian outdoors. The hotel sits on a bluff where the vast pampas meet Lake Sarmiento, and enjoys a magnificent view of Torres del Paine peaks on the other side of the lake. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa Aisen Region/Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile