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Lodge Andino El Ingenio
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

This Lodge is set in the hills in well maintained gardens with swimming pool.
A great get away from it all destination with various activities available if required. We had full
board for our 4-night stay and the food was delicious - thanks to the two Chefs - the best we had
during our 8 weeks in Chile. Large airy bedrooms and bathrooms with no televisions. Wi fi is available in the general area. The staff were very helpful at all times. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

This is a hidden gem. Because we're traveling with a toddler, we did not want to take another flight so were looking for a feel for the magnificent Chilean outdoors without another flight. Only 90 minutes from Santiago, this hotel delivered it. In the foothills of the Andes, it is in a beautiful location, and offers hiking, horseback riding and other outdoors activities.

With only 7 rooms, it feels cozy and non-touristy, and allows for incredibly personalized service (and the feeling that you've truly gotten away). The Manager, Enrique, personally organized and guided us on all our daily activities, including horseback riding and hiking and was incredibly warm and attentive. The chef, Rodrigo, provided excellent Chilean food, and did not have any problems catering to my finicky wife.

The property itself is stunning, with a pool and jacuzzi, and they will set up private meals for you where-ever you want - indoors, by the pool, out on the lawn. The last night they had a traditional barbecue for us - with the mountains in the background, and great Chilean food and wine it was a magical experience.

We have stayed at some of the best and most unique hotels and lodges in the world, Lodge Andino is definitely one of the best experiences we have ever had.

Room Tip: The rooms in the lodge are very small, the ones outside are a bit more money but definitely worth it.
  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 29, 2010

We went to Lodge Andino at very short notice when our planned trip to the Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia fell through because of local unrest. Luckily we were in the hands of the excellent Chile Tours of London, who suggested and arranged for us to go to Lodge Andino instead, including a transfer from Santiago airport. I recommend a transfer as the lodge is not the easiest place to find, and to gain entry through the heavily padlocked metal gates one needs to be able to phone ahead to be let in.

The lodge itself is a fantastically beautiful place, set in lovely gardens with acres and acres of walnut groves beyond. Their yellow leaves were fiery in the autumnal sunshine and sitting in the garden listening to the sound of walnuts dropping is a wonderful way to start the day.

The Lodge specialises in riding and trekking, as well as other seasonal sporting activities by arrangement. We do not ride, and an annoying cold meant trekking wasn't what I felt like either. Instead, Chile Tours arranged for us to be taken each day on an excursion by our hotel guide, Nicolas, who expertly drove one of the in-house 4wd vehicles, and (as a bonus!) Pedro the chef, who laid on seriously good picnics. Both our trips were higher up the valley, to remote areas far off the normal tourist trail. We had two of the most unforgettable day trips it is possible to imagine - with the unexpectedly entertaining company of our wonderful guide and chef. I absolutely recommend a visit to the spectacularly located reservoir and far remote hot springs - impossible without a high-clearance vehicle and local knowledge.

Pedro's cooking was seriously good - some of the best I've had in South America. Original, delicious and beautifully presented.

The lodge is hosted by its delightful owner, Magdalena, who joins you occasionally for breakfast and also for dinner (unless you wish otherwise). It is run something along the lines of a house-party, in that one is 'at home' rather than 'in a hotel'. We were the only people there at the time, but had there been others we would have been more involved with them than in a 'normal' hotel. But there is plenty of space around the place for privacy too should you wish it.

Our spacious room in the grounds, reached by a crunchy walnut-shell path, was one of the loveliest I have had in a hotel - combining luxury with cosiness, elegance with comfort. All the usual facilities are more than provided, but notable bonuses were a lovely cushioned window seat looking into the garden, and a wood-burning stove, lit for us when we returned from excursions. Drinks of any kind will be brought to the room if you wish.

If ever there was one, this hotel is a hidden gem - I cannot recommend it highly enough.

P.S. The hotel is part of a collection of facilities including a nearby but totally separate restaurant/business facility, and a fabulous bakery.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed December 6, 2009

Lodge Andino was a piece of paradise tucked away in the Maipo Valley in the midst of the Andes mountains. I knew a business group who went there for a day trip earlier in the week, said it was wonderful so I decided my last couple days in Chile alone. The lodge arranged for a driver who picked me up at my Santiago hotel. Magdalena, who owns this piece of well hidden heaven (they will provide directions for you) along with her husband had paid great attention to details making this lodge feel like a home away from home. Feather beds, chaise lounges (also feather), fireplaces in your room, views no matter where you look, incredible flowers, hot tub, pool, horses (Jorge provides a great ride to the top of the nearby mountains as well as extended rides and overnight rides), the chef, Pedro prepares all his meals with a flair that is a delightful surprise. You will never be hungry nor will your palate be bored plus the freshly made beverages again are very special as well. The lodge is on over 80,000 acres but only accomodates less than 20 guests overnight which keeps it very intimate and the staff guest ratio small enough that you are doted upon if you so chose. If you like skiing, this is also a great place to have as a home base after skiing all day.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 4, 2009

We just returned from two weeks in Chile! We spent three days in Santiago, four days at Hostal Gastronomico. Mapuyampay, three on the coast at San Alfonso del Mar and our last two days at Lodge Andino El Ingenio.
All of our stays were truly wonderful in every sense of the word...location, ambiance, service, etc. but Lodge Andino
was by far the most elegant. We were always made to feel most welcomed with outstanding service and accomodations. Each room is fashionably styled with luxurious linens, soft towels, robes, and slippers.
The chef, Pedro, prepares meals that are lovely to look at and delicious to taste using only the finest organic ingredients. Everyone at the Lodge Andino is so personable and your wishes are truly made to come true!
We enjoyed horseback riding, excursions along the river and into the walnut orchards, swimming, and even a relaxing time in the jacuzzi!
Magdalena, the owner/hostess, was so warm and welcoming that we felt as though Lodge Andio was our home!
Although we didn't have time for the Lodge's specialties of heli-fishing and heliskiing in the Andes, we enjoyed everything that
Lodge Andino had to offer and glad that we had saved "the best until the last" part of our trip to Chile!

Thank expl0rer67
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