My boyfriend and I spent a night at La Casa Escondida at the beginning of our month long trip to Patagonia. Our experience was so great that we made time to stay for 3 more nights at the end of our trip as well! Pamela, Luis, Mauricio and "Nana" provided excellent customer service. They picked us up from the airport, gave us a ride to and from town, gave good recommendations on things to do in Punta Arenas, and even arranged our bus tickets to our next destination for us before we even arrived. They were the nicest hosts we could imagine, and were so personable and we felt like family friends by the time we left. It was great to get to know them and how they have built their business over the years. Luis handcrafted all of the beautiful rustic cabins himself, in a beautiful forested setting just outside of the town. This place really gives you that rare feeling that the family has put their heart and soul into the entire operation, including the buildings and services they provide.
Our cabin (#2) was very nice with a cozy wood stove and a comfy bed with lots of warm comforters. We also liked to hang out in the main building by the fireplace and meet fellow travellers over a glass of wine (Pamela, Luis and Mauricio are constantly asking if they can get you anything, tea, coffee, etc). There is a computer for guests to use there, and dinner is served there as well. The bbq dinner was absolutely delicious, and included steak, sausages, baked potatoes and salad. We also had wine with all our dinners. We ate the bbq 3 times and also tried the fish dinner one night, which was incredible as well. The only thing I would add is a dessert option. Breakfast is also really good, with a personal pan of scrambeled eggs with ham, fruit salad and toast.
The property also has a sauna and outdoor shower tucked away in the woods, which was a great treat after our hiking trip through the mountains.
The place is a little outside of the main town (outside of walking distance), so it is nice and quiet and easy to get a good night's sleep. Also, Pamela or the other hosts are more than willing to give guests a ride to and from town.
Part of our trip was for birding and wildlife viewing, and we were pleasantly surprised to see lots of species around the property! They have had woodpeckers, owls and many other bird species there. I even saw a flock of about 12 Austral Parakeets fly by on our last day there!
The value for money is excellent here, and you can't beat the hospitality. We can't wait to go back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cottage decorated in rustic style run and operated by its owners. Located 7kms south of airport and 15kms north of town. Public transportation close by. Free Wi-Fi in the main house. ... more less
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