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Hosteria Lago del Toro
Reviewed November 28, 2012

We stayed for three nights in the small hotel and were very warm welcomed. It is à pretty and cosy hotel. The owners are really nice but can not speak english. The price for à dinner is very expensive, we had to pay $27,-. In other reviews it was $20,-. Probably they raised the prices. The food came out of tin cans, is wasn't really nice. Next door is à big hotel were you can have à very good buffet dinner for the same price.
The location is perfect for day hikes (if you have à car). The room was very clean. Compared to other hotels you pay $20.- less but other hotels have more facilities.

Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 6, 2011

This is really good value for money (while everything is very expensive in the neighborhood) if you want to be close to Torres del Paine.

Officially it's in Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, but not far from the treks, see http://www.visitchile.com/eng/south-patagonia-torres-paine/hotel-location.asp?id-hotel=TPA008. Follow the signs of the Rio Serrano things and you'll be fine.

The staff is very friendly and funny. If you speak just a little Spanish like we do, you'll manage to communicate. Lunchboxes can be assembled the way you want, dinner and breakfast are fine. And the view is still very beautiful if the wetter is OK.

If driving a rented car from El Calafate to the park, you'll probably be helped with some tips. There is a big chance you'll find NO PETROL on your way. The station in Villa Cerro Castillo is closed down and in Tapi Aike was without when we passed. Another thing: the border crossing El Turbio - Villa Doratea is much less crowded (read lesser tourist buses) than Cancha Carreras - Villa Cerro Castillo.
So you'll probably need to go the way Calafate - El Turbia (get petrol here, much cheaper than in Chile) - Puerto Natales (get you're Chilean pesos out of an ATM) - Torres del Paine.
Driving the unpaved roads in the park and the part of the RA40 between El Calafate and Tapi Aike is easy even with a Ford Ka. You don't need to rent a 4-wheel-drive.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 28, 2010

We stayed there 2 nights, while visiting the Park :Torres del Paine. We enjoyed our stay. The rooms are very quiet and the food excellent. The staff was very friendly and helpful. After a day outside, hiking most of the time, it was good to come "home" and sit in the cosy sitting room at the warm fire and enjoying the beautiful view.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank wiesen12
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Reviewed May 17, 2010

We stayed in one of the cabanas. It was great. When it got cold, we started a fire in the wood stove. Horses would wander by the front window. Big windows to take in the valley. Our three kids loved the cabana. Amazing views when the weather permitted.
The staff did not speak much english and we did not speak much spanish, but they were more than willing to try and were very helpful.
We found staying in Rio Serrano area much easier to explore the park but still reasonable in terms of cost. Making meals in the little kitchen also helped.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled with family
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1  Thank Zarath
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Reviewed January 23, 2009

Our travel agents booked this for us, and my initial reaction was that it was small and a bit shabby compared to the newer Hotel Serrano which is right in front of it. Several other lodges are also in this area. I imagine that the view from this Hosteria must have been incredible before the Hotel was built, but this now blocks some of the view. It's still beautiful from the windows. I hope that there won't be any more buildings blocking the view.

We were given room 21 which is the largest one on the top floor. We had views in 3 directions. The room was large, clean and comfortable; the bathroom was small but adequate and there was hot water. The heat and light was limited to save energy, but it did not matter very much in the summer because it was light until almost ten at night anyway.

The dining/reception area was small and warm. There was one sofa, which was occupied, but we sat at the tables. If you want to sit in a large, modern lounge with a slightly better view of the mountains, it is easy to just walk across the street to the big hotel.

The staff spoke limited English but it was better than our Spanish, and we managed to communicate. We enjoyed the food, including the box lunches they made for us. The women were friendly. We were supposed to go on a kayak but it was cancelled due to the wind, so we came back and started eating our lunch on the table, and the receptionist brought us napkins and plates for our box lunch.

By the time we left two days later we had become fond of the staff and our old-fashioned room. And our view was totally better than any of the back rooms of the larger hotel!

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank AnotherHiker
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Reviewed December 5, 2008

We like (note that we did not stay in the hotel but in a rustic cabana 20 meters from the main building):
Location, right in front of the Torres and Cuernos del Paine although not inside the national park
Size of the cabana, with decent living room and bedrooms (have you checked other options in the hotels nearby? Compared to them, you will think you have found a royal palace)
Fireplace
Be able to cook your own food when you cannot find respectable and affordable places in the surroundings
A overall feeling of natural wild environment, with horses galloping in the fields around the cabanas

We don't like:
Could be more clean (especially the kitchen tools)
Very basic furniture and décor on the poor/rustic side. But hey, they call it “cabanas” for a reason.
At the time of our visit, the surroundings were a building yard, so we expect that the sense of isolation will be soon ruined by the addition of new hotels (that anyway are already a few in the area)
Excessive cost, but all other options (in stamp-size hotel rooms nearby) seem the same, if not worst

Stayed: November 2008, traveled as a couple
1  Thank kangi
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Reviewed May 26, 2008

I agree with most of the previous review. We did find it hard to find as there were no signs. Little English is spoken, but I realized this after my first email, as the reply was totally in Spanish and so after that I corresponded with them in Spanish.
The room was a little old fashioned. It was large, but clean and we had no problem with warmth as it was lovely sunny weather for our visit. The bathroom was very basic with no bathtub, just a shower. The food was wholesome and the wine cheaper than anywhere else we stayed in Chile. The breakfast was OK. We enjoyed the views from the small conservatory where we drank an aperitif whilst enjoying the sunset and views of the Torres del Paine landscape. We were the only guests staying and so it was very peaceful. As previously mentioned we stayed there as it was considerably cheaper than hotels in the National Park and glad that we had chosen it over the adjacent Lago Tyndall Hostelry and Hotel Rio Serrano, where coach loads of tourists were being deposited.
Very friendly staff. Satisfactory for one night.

  • Stayed: January 2008, traveled with family
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2  Thank heb999
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Address: Bernardo O_Higgins National Park | Torres del Paine, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
Location: Chile > Magallanes Region > Torres del Paine National Park
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#1 Best Value Hotel in Torres del Paine National Park
Price Range: $178 - $180 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hosteria Lago del Toro 3*
Number of rooms: 102
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