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Diego de Almagro Punta Arenas
Ranked #12 of 25 Hotels in Punta Arenas
Victoria, Texas
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Reviewed February 7, 2012

Nice hotel great view wonderful staff. Stayed here on a business trip for a week. Will stay again for sure.

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Navi Mumbai, India
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Reviewed January 28, 2012

If ever all countries of the world did a catwalk, Chile wins hands down. A length of 4279 km, with a svelte waistline of 64 km at the narrowest, Wow! Take a flight from Vancouver to New Mexico: you would have overflown entire USA from north to south and traversed to middle of Mexico, covering 4770 km. That’s the approximate length of Chile, the long ribbon-like country sandwiched between the Andes and the Pacific in the south American continent. Then come to the width. It’s a staggeringly narrow 177 km, on average. A long-distance runner can run end to end in 24 hours.
If you thought such a north –south length is more than someone can digest, rather govern, then the story gets more interesting with Chilean territorial claims. Cape Horn (56* S), the southernmost tip of Chile, borders the Drake Passage, the treacherous 800 km breath of ocean between land’s end and the Antarctic continent. Go to Punta Arenas, the southernmost town in Chile, almost at the fag end of 4000 km, and there you find a large white obelisk in midst of a traffic island. If Chileans had their way, this obelisk would mark the center point of their country, which, as per their claims, extends southwards all the way up to the south Pole. Only, if wishes were horses!
During the height of the Cold War, USA and USSR surprisingly came together to draft the Antarctic Treaty System (ATS) in 1961, now ratified by 49 nations. The ATS defines all land and ice shelves south of 60°S latitude, as Antarctica, which is the Earth's only continent without a native human population. Today any country is free to establish a scientific base in Antarctica, but all military activity is banned.
So what if Chileans’ sovereign rights claims remain just that? The country is the gateway for everything that happens in the Antarctic Continent. The North Pole can be flown in from Russia, Norway or Alaska. But choices slim down in the south. Most expeditions to main land Antarctica - to reach the south Pole, or climb the Vinson Massif, or run a marathon there – start their journey at Punta Arenas in Chile (there is also a sea route to the Antarctic Peninsula – the King George island – and the voyage starts from Ushuaia in Argentina, braving the Drake’s Passage).
The Antarctica Ice Marathon was slated for 1 December 2011. I had planned to reach Punta Arenas by 27th November. I took a JFK – Santiago LAN flight, and completed Chile immigration formalities at Santiago. It was a domestic flight thereon to Punta Arenas. In a shop at Santiago airport, I found hematite pebbles piled up with a small pouch kept hanging alongside. For $ 5.95, I could fill in as many pebbles as possible in the pouch and take. These are highly magnetic, bright black pebbles and form good decoration on the refrigerator door.

Diego de Almagro hotel

I landed in Punta Arenas by evening and took a taxi to the Diego de Almagro hotel. A striking feature of the Punta Arenas landscape is the slanted trees. Due to heavy winds blowing from the south Pole, most trees are slanted to one side, except those that are trimmed and rounded. The charming sea-front is in itself a maritime museum of sorts. Most of the street decorations are artifacts from bygone naval wars. Scale models of actual warships lie docked for tourist view.

The rooms in Diego de Almagro hotel were very well furnished and the bathrooms had all the modern amenities including a bathtub. But I noted with dismay the absence of my favourite gadget: the coffee maker. The staff were very co-operative, like when I got accidentally locked out, the house-keeping girl came running with the master key-card. Girls at the reception always hurried to find an interpreter, whenever we strayed into stumbling communication. Breakfast, included in the room rent, was wholesome, though in no way lavish. It was repetitive too. But very delicious menus (including vegetarian) were available for dinner.

Punta Arenas is a tranquil township. The central Plaza has a huge statue of Magellan, who was the first to circumnavigate the southern hemisphere and discover the link between the Altantic and Pacific Oceans. Locals sell their wares in attractive brick red caravans at the Plaza. In the couple of malls that I visited, I was in for unbelievably attractive bargains. They had bumper sales going, on everything from trousers to fleece jackets. More pleasing was the attitude of everyone there. Shop assistants were keen to know, if after coming a very long way from India, I had a good experience with the Chileans. I told them I could not have asked for more.

Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
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St. John's, Canada
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Reviewed January 15, 2012

I spent six nights at the Diego in Punta Arenas in December. The rooms were clean and comfortable although a bit dated. The views on the Strait side were fantastic-it was great to watch the mood of the strait change with the weather. The breakfast buffet was delicious with offerings changing a bit each day. The raspberry juice was my favourite. The young man working the desk at night was fluent in English and very helpful. The other desk staff were less so but they did their best to be helpful. I managed to get my laptop stuck in the hotel safe and the manager was great in helping solve the problem (the safe is too small for a 15 Macbook Pro). All in all, a fine stay in a comfortable hotel on my way to and from Antarctica.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
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Lima, Peru
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Reviewed January 13, 2012

returned to the hotel after 3 years. great location view to magallean staight. rooms big clean. restaurant good food. staff recommended to rent a car. i would definetly come back .

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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London, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

Standard Diego de Almagro offering - and had a view of the strait which was nice. Rooms looking tired. Much better option is the new Dreams hotel. Breakfast offering is reasonable.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Woods Hole, Massachusetts
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

For Punta Arenas, the hotel is in a pretty good location, walkable to most places, and a good value. The hotel itself was okay, nothing special - it is Punta Arenas though - so don't expect anything special unless you want to pay for it.

There were some issues checking in (as we were a large group), but they were smoothed out. It is very helpful to know some spanish. Do not expect to get around and do everything you need without a little knowledge of the local language.

The breakfast was very good, and nice to have on site.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled on business
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Rancho Santa Fe
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Reviewed January 2, 2012

The reception was a disaster. Took them 30 minutes to find our reservation on check in and then on check out took 45 minutes to check out because the charged us double for our room and could not figure out how to fix it.
Food at dinner was really inferior.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
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Property: Diego de Almagro Punta Arenas
Address: Avenida Cristobal Colon 1290, Punta Arenas 6200862, Chile
Location: Chile > Magallanes Region > Punta Arenas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Business Hotel in Punta Arenas
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Hotel Class:3 star — Diego de Almagro Punta Arenas 3*
Number of rooms: 181
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