The Naugilan rates at least a solid A-, and I'd like to give it an A, actually really an A+, but can't go that far. Contrary to some travel books, it is not inconvenient and far from downtown Valdivia. At least three buses go right by it at frequent intervals. A cab, for instance from the bus station, is quite inexpensive by Chilean (further south) lake country standards. It is a beautiful property situated on the river. All rooms face the river and there is a very nice patio facing the river as well. We stayed in a room in the standard, not the deluxe, wing for I think $106 a night when we paid in U.S. dollars. The Chilean peso price is higher. The deluxe rooms were about $150, but we didn't need that. The room was very clean and well-attended to. The breakfast (included) was very good, not the most variety we experienced in Chile, but certainly enough variety and good quality. We also enjoyed the dinners in their very nice dining room. The desk staff was friendly and helpful, though one night staffer (likely not understanding Wifi) set my wife off when he seemed to say that the hotel's Wifi didn't work, when he should have said it didn't work in the rooms, but did work in the large area at the entrance. That issue was eventually solved and my wife was happy. Why only a A-. One waiter (male) was grumpy (on two occasions; the waitress was sunny-dispositioned) and my bed was a lumpy (and in need of a new mattress). All in all, however, we had a pleasant stay here and in Valdivia. Touristy, but not as touristy as the lake country towns, Valdivia has some well presented history in the downtown university museums. We took two river cruises. One -- the one to the forts -- likely would have been enough. But we were very happy in Valdivia (and at this hotel, stayed at by many passing through middle-class Chilenos and Argentinians). If you want cheaper accommodations, there are touts at the bus station offering hotel rooms at half the price we paid. But, from all we saw from the outside, we were better off spending a bit more (which we can afford at our stage in life). The downtown casino hotel (looming over the bridge) did not look appealing to us.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Naguilán is located in an elegant german style building, 900 meters from the Square of the Republic of Valdivia, in General Lagos street; keeping the heritage of German architecture. It is located 32 kilometers from Pichoy Airport. The hotel offers rooms overlooking the Canal Haverbeck, equipped with plasma TV, free Wi-Fi, breakfast and a welcome drink, also has a large garden with pool and terrace overlooking the Valdivia river. Guests can relax on the terrace or in the lobby of the Hotel overlooking the river, swim in the pool, try our cuisine at the Esencia restaurant or enjoy reading a book in the lounge. We have 32 rooms, which are equipped with everything that is needed to make you feel at home. We have three categories of rooms: Standard Superior Suite ... more less
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