I find this the hardest review I have written so far. Why?- I find it rather difficult to put into words how absolutely wonderful and fantastic and stunning the visit was. Yes, explora benefits from being located is a most perfect spot. But they do not just rest on that benefit. Service and attitude was outstanding. The GM, Guillermo is ever present, and helpful in every respect. Food was excellent, choices are a bit limited-but considering the location, and the supply chain they have to complete to do it, I think quite well done. The guides we had (4 different) did a great job, we had lots of excursion choices. Please note the hike to the base of the towers is great, but it is a real hike- 18 to 19 km, good uphill stretches, you will know you were out hiking when done with that one! A couple of notes on the guides, and excursions- One is we found that when talking to the planners the night before the trips, they were flexible on adding choices- So just ask if you want something different, and they also projected out what the likely choices where for the upcoming days, so you could plan a bit in advance. We did both of the long hikes on the “W” circuit- The base of the towers and Glacier Grey, and the guides were attentive and interesting. The pool house (with spa, hot tubs, steam room and sauna) are all located in a separate building a few minutes’ walk from your room, but well worth it. The outside hot tubs were a wonderful point after the hikes. We found the bar tenders cheerful as well.
Transport from the airport from Punta Arenas worked just fine, but is it a long trip, and mostly through vast empty space, so the arrival at the hotel is even more stunning.
We are in our early 50’s, and the place was only about 55% occupied when we were they, but the population was diverse with several young couples, a couple of families, and folks much older, so it was easy to gravitate and meet people like yourself, and not like yourself, so that was fun as well.
OK- Seems like one always has to find some problem- so here are mine. The wait staff has trouble matching the knife with the entree. So sometimes you will get a butter knife with lamb chops… and if you are the kind of person that must be on the internet every waking moment, reconsider this property- It has internet, but with limited speed and band width, so outside of simple emails, etc., don’t expect too much.
- Also Known As:
- Explora Patagonia Hotel Salto Chico
- Explora Patagonia Torres Del Paine
- Explora Patagonia - Hotel Salto Chico Aisen Region/Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our lodge is located right at the heart of the extraordinary Torres del Paine National Park in central Patagonia. The varied and untouched landscapes of this area led UNESCO to declare it a biosphere reserve.Our Patagonia hotel lodge opened in 1993 on the banks of the Salto Chico waterfall. It affords an excellent view of the unique Paine Massif and two of the three impressive torres, or towers, which give the park its name.The lodge has 49 rooms and a variety of inviting spaces. Situated on a 3-hectare (7.4-acre) site, the design borrows certain organic forms from the landscape itself, adapting to it with simple elegance. It was designed to create a dialogue with its environment, putting human beings in touch with the sublimity of their surroundings.For travelers, the lodge provides the welcome surprise of comfort in a remote area; nonetheless, you are not isolated from nature, but placed “within” it. ... more less
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