The beauty of Torres del Paine is overrated. It is very nice, but no more spectacular than many views in the Canadian Rockies, and much less so than the mountains of Alaska and the Yukon. If this hotel wasn't so very overpriced, it would be a nice enough place to visit.
We travelled around Patagonia on a recent trip (see our blog at http://digipac.ca/blog) and stayed in mid-range hosterias and hostels. Las Torres Patagonia is no better than the average of them, but cost much, much more. Our biggest complaint is the rip-off if paying with Chilean pesos, where you will be charged an extra 19% on checkout.
We found it difficult to find any information on the price of meals, other than that it was "expensive". We ate the included breakfast, and the nightly buffet dinner. The breakfast was similar to other B & B's. The buffet dinner had a number of choices, but we found it only adequate, none of it exceptionally appetizing. We had estimated the cost, and took in what we thought was enough Chilean pesos to cover the cost of the dinners. On checkout we were astonished to find that they added another 19% to the bill because we were paying pesos. If we paid on our credit card, or in American dollars, there was no such extra charge. Since it was our last day in Chile, and we wanted to get rid of our Chilean pesos, we had no choice. We estimate that each buffet dinner cost $45 US per person. We feel that the quality of the food might be worth $25 US maximum per person. The dishes were chipped (great places for bacteria to grow). We never saw anyone wipe down the tables between settings. We expected to pay a premium for the remote location. We didn't expect to have to pay an additional 19% to pay in cash.
We brought in food for our lunches from Puerto Natales. If you do not do this, then you will not find anything to purchase to eat in the small stores on-site.
There aren't a lot of hiking trails in the area. You can climb up to the towers, or go either east or west along one trail. On our last day we hiked west, then left the trail and walked across the steppe toward the shores of Nordenskjöld Lake, far below us. This was nice, and we had a condor fly directly over us.
We stayed four nights at this hotel. On our last day the toilet plugged, and although we reported it to the front desk it had not been cleaned by the time we checked out. The area is nice enough, but we would never return to this area or this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Las Torres is located in the heart of the National Park at the foot of the main tourist attraction, Las Torres del Paine and the starting point of the main trails of the park. With 74 rooms we offer All Inclusive Packages as well as bed & breakfast options. In any case, we are very flexible, with no fixed dates or days of arrival. We do have daily tour options to the main attractions of the park, as well as a nice restaurant with local cuisine options. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Las Torres Patagonia Hotel Torres Del Paine
- Las Torres Patagonia Del Paine
- Las Torres Patagonia Aisen Region/Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile