We arrived at this charming guesthouse quite late and in a gale but Juan Antonio came out to greet us with a cheery smile and gave us a very warm jovial welcome. He said to treat them like family so we knew we were off to a good start. The room we stayed in was not in the main house and it was a double ensuite with a small kitchenette between us and another room. The decor was a real surprise as it was simple uncluttered and yet still homely a hard balance to get right. It was also spotlessly clean. We awoke the next morning and went to the main house for our breakfast to be greeted by Flor who we instantly warmed to with her hospitality and good English (they both speak excellent English). Within minutes of discussing our plans with her she helped us to hire a car at a really good rate and then we were independent which was great due to the distance from the town. One of the benefits of their location is however, that they have lots of restaurants within a few minutes walk which is perfect for dinner and a short walk home.
There are also really comfy sofas to sink into in the main house which makes a change after travelling for several months. Juan Antonio spent at least 3 hours helping us to plan our onward trip into patagonia and gave us some of his expertise in air travel and made the whole process a joy to work out and he even threw in a glass of wine. Flor provides an excellent laundry service too. We recommend Canales del sur to people who like comfort but don't want to break the bank. - we even stayed an extra night with no problem for availability. We would recommend the bar that is located left out of their driveway and opposite the deli for simple platters of deliciousness and a great atmosphere if you prefer something lower key than a restaurant. All in all a very comfortable place to stay that i'm sure you will want to go back to. You will not find warmer hosts. Also when we were leaving Flor told us of plans for a hot tub and massage room perfect if you are doing lots of hiking.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We open our doors and invite you to join us in our traditional German house, located in the Heart of the southern Chilean tourist circuit and capital of the Andean Lake District: Puerto Varas. Canales del Sur sits on the “Lago Llanquihue” shoreline, close to the best restaurants in town, in an overwhelming environment that will allow you to relax and forget all your worries. Fully restored and conditioned to welcome you with the facilities and comfort you deserve, our house has only no shared bedrooms (singles and doubles)with private bathrooms. ... more less
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