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“A very decent retreat before you leave for the mountains”

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Hostal Francis Drake
Ranked #24 of 51 Puerto Natales B&B and Inns
Reviewed February 6, 2012

We stayed in this hotel before and after our trekking trip in the montains. The hotel is very pleasant, with reasonably sized rooms and a nice bathroom. The furniture is not new, but functional. As usual in South America, there is no tea/coffee facility, however breakfast is served in a large room and it's typically a continental breakfast, with various local sweets.
Water is drinkable. The hotel has WiFi and a PC for use by the guests. The manager was very kind and welcoming and helped us with some good restaurant recommendations. Hairdryer and shampoo can be asked at reception as they are not avaialble in the rooms.
The hotel is located very close to the town centre and very close to the fjord shore.
We would definitely recommend a stay at this hotel. One thing - make sure that you bring ear plugs as the hotel is for the majority made of wood, which creaks a lot with a lot of the guests arriving and leaving at different time of the day, or night.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 26, 2012

We spend a week in Puerto Natales. We are so happy to spend our last day in Puerto Natales in the comfort of the Hostal Francis Drake.
Two days earlier we were staying in another hostal and it was not comfortable, to say the least.
Feeling exhausted and a little “under the weather” we decided to spend a bit more and check in to a nicer place. We seen this hostel and it looked quiet and cozy. When we arrived, we got the twin bed room, which we booked online, but I saw a lovely double bed room and requested for it. The staff said it was, “impossible” as the entire hostel was booked.
I must have looked dismay as the owner of the place notice it and he arranged and made it Possible. This is what I call 1st class service. The ability to be flexible and perceptive.
A lovely way to spend the entire day resting in our cozy, clean and spacious room with the big sunlit window. Compared to the two other hostels we stayed in this town this place is quiet like a sanctuary.
Kudos to Francis Drake Hostal, Puerto Natales

susan from Singapore

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 10, 2011

I had a fine stay at the Francis Drake. The room was tiny with two twin beds somehow cramped into the room. There was a small closet for luggage, and a tiny bathroom as well. I do not need a lot of space, but it did feel cramped. The staff was very friendly and helpful with directions. The breakfast was adequate, nothing special. The hotel is close to the downtown area and it is easy to walk around town from the location, and it is very close to the waterfront. The price of the hotel is excellent. It is a very good value. They keep the rooms very clean. Noise carries well, so if you are a light sleeper take earplugs! Most guests were courteous however, and there was minimal noise late at night.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled solo
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Thank skyeport
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Reviewed April 30, 2010

Was really surprised by the price quality with this hostel which felt more like a hotel. The room was comfortable with private bath and cable TV which at $16.000 pesos very reasonably priced. They changed the sheets and towels every day which in my opinion is wasteful so I suggested they give that as an option for guests. The shower was nice and hot and they provided small bars of soap. The breakfast was nothing special but sufficient with warm breads, jam, cereal, yogurt coffee or tea. This is definitely not a back packers hostel; its better suited for 30+ crowd or anyone looking for a quiet place to sleep.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled solo
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Thank daweb66
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Reviewed February 17, 2009

Nice small hotel that is easy to find and close to everything. Helpful staff. Not much parking. Close to the lake and main square. Good value for the price. Good restaurant suggestions. Try the fish place - Restaurant Manuel Marin - Ultima Esperanza at Eberhard 354. Very good.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 8, 2008

The owner of this hotel has to be one of the most unbelievably rude and incompetent managers i have ever come across. He went out of his way to harass and annoy us jsut after a 5 day trek around the Torres del Paine - we were understandably tired. He was so rude we decided to simply leave and leave him to it. I would advice going around the corner to other similar hotels which you will find considerably cheaper.

  • Stayed: November 2006, traveled as a couple
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Thank dedalus77
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  • Stayed: February 2017, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hostal Francis Drake

Address: Philippi 383, Puerto Natales, Chile
Location: Chile > Magallanes Region > Puerto Natales
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 51 B&Bs / Inns in Puerto Natales
Price Range: $0 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Location with excellent location, towel service in rooms, Also can help to make reservation of excursions. ... more   less 
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Hostal Francis Drake Puerto Natales, Aisen Region, Chile

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