Ok! So first of all the Power-Lodge is not in Santiago. It is in Los Farrellones, at the base of the ski area by the same name, 5 minutes from El Colorado, 10 from La Parva and 20 from Valle Nevado. Are you getting the picture? Well if not, the view from deck and the hot tub will convince you.
Look our from the Kitchen windows, from the deck or the hot tub and you may see a Condor soaring in the valley below you. Or after a ski filled, fun filled day, relax in the hot tub and watch the Alpenglow on the mountains of La Parva and El Colorado directly above you. Add a glass of Chilean Camenere to your apre ski and you may think that you have found heaven.
Now before you run off and make your reservations for next July or August consider my tastes. I have stayed at the Ritz and the W. So I understand opulence and quality. But you will never find bohemian soulfulness at the Ritz. So when I want to ski, drink red wine, soak in the hot tub, chill in the sauna, or dine with fine friends and food I want soul! There is plenty of that at the Power-Lodge.
Now the rooms and the baths are small but the common areas are quaint and inviting. We spent most of our time in the hot tub, in the kitchen or in the living room. It was like coming home for Christmas. Our host, Chris and his sidekick Tommy were there to attend to our every need. Even the conciege at the Ritz is not this good. More wine? Appetizers? Go to town for the day? Get to the ski slopes? Make the hot tub a little cooler?
Did I mention the food? OMG, Chris is a skilled and savory chef. Dinners provided an opportunity to share stories with other skiers, raise our glasses and toast to more snow, and dine like royalty. The food was delicious, presented like a 5 Star restaurant, and was plentiful. Both dinner and breakfast were included in the room and more than worth it.
Finally, there are merchants. There are hoteliers and there are innkeepers. Then there are friends. Chris, our host, is a fine individual that made us feel welcome and comfortable. I felt like I was home or visiting a close friend.
Internet technology was available although limited. If you need to be connected you can get on a few minutes per day. But don't plan on it. Besides! You are on vacation.
Don't waste your money or time on hotels or condos on this mountain if you are looking for soul. Power-Lodge is the place.