All staff very welcoming and helpful; many speak English. Natalie on reception was especially helpful getting my ferry bookings organised and Freddy (bar / restaurant) is also very helpful. The Lodge has a great position close to the lake but trees have been planted so that it is largely hidden; meaning that most rooms overlook the trees and not the lake / mountains – needless to say I changed rooms to Suite 108 which probably has the best view across the lake to the mountains; this view is stunning at sunrise with the scene changing by the minute (due to the sky, cloud and mist over the lake/forest). I took a lot of photos from the room of the mountains when the cloud was lit by a pink glow. I’ve had to move to Suite 102 (twin beds) as I’d only reserved one night – but stayed two. Neither room is really a suite but they have both just been totally refurbished so look good. The benefit for me is that I’m now near the lounge and have Wi-Fi in my room; I don’t however now have a good view.
The bathrooms are adequate and do have a bath. (the bath is small (American tub size) but such a nice change from a shower.) Free Wi-Fi in the lounge but not in Suite 108 – there is no desk in the bedroom but a bedside table can be adapted. The bed is a real King size bed, comfortable for three people; delightful for a change. This small hotel is built exactly like a ski lodge – made of wood, all communal areas 100% timber, three log burners add to the smell of a ski lodge and the music in the background completes the picture.
Dinner was good – the 12 prawns in garlic were excellent (but 1st night served in a cold bowl, 2nd night hot bowl) The Merluza (like hake / cod) and mash was also excellent but regrettably 1st night served on a cold plate, 2nd night on a hot plate. I had cold (my choice) meringue pie for desert, it was OK. Overall dining experience 8.5 out of 10. An excellent choice for breakfast, I had: pineapple juice, cereals, scrambled eggs, two slices of lightly toasted fresh bread (much like Brioche), coffee with hot milk – though several annoying flies around the uncovered breakfast table. In the evening (3rd March) there was a delightful warm breeze blowing in across the lake. Temperatures today = 26 high, low of 12.
I’ve only two grumbles: the windows need cleaning inside and outside; hot food is served on a cold plate unless you specifically ask. Would I stay here again absolutely.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In a hidden corner of the world, on the shores of one of Chile's largest lakes, is a place truly worth discovering. 50 Kilometers south of Chaiten through the Carretera Austral-.Here, surrounded by ice-capped peaks, rainforests and open waters, you'll find a fly fishing and adventure paradise ... more less
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