Altiplanico Sur is a striking single storey building partly made with grass bricks and roofed with grass as inspired by the dwellings of early inhabitants of the area. This helps it blend sympathetically into the landscape. It is 3 kilometres from busy Puerto Natales, yet has a quiet setting by Last Hope Sound, so staying here you have the best of both worlds.
Interior design is minimalistic, and great use has been made of natural materials such as wood and slate. Communal areas have large windows and your eye is constantly drawn to the superb lake views. Regional, national and international food is served at the restaurant, accompanied by Chilean wines, and there's a bar where you can socialise with other guests.
Hotel staff can help you explore the local area, including Torres del Paine National Park, on tours arranged by local travel agencies. On your return to the hotel you can relax and ease any muscular aches and pains with a soak in one of the hot tubs, or a massage, or curl up on a sofa in the lounge where a log burner adds warmth when needed.
Rooms are simply styled and the decor is easy on the eye. The picture window lets you enjoy the views in complete privacy. You have an en-suite bathroom with a walk-in shower. In the bedroom heating and thick throws keep you warm and cosy, and soft furnishings add pleasing splashes of colour.
Open: Altiplanico Sur is open from October to May each year, closing for the winter months.
Location: The hotel is in the hills 3kms from the city of Puerto Natales. It faces Last Hope Sound and the Baquedano glacier. Torres del Paine National Park is about an hour’s drive away.
Rooms: There are 22 guest rooms, comprising twins, doubles and triples. Each has a telephone, Wi-Fi internet access, safe, heating and en-suite bathroom. Decor is deliberately low key, and each rooms has its own colour theme. All rooms have a large window with views of the water.
Activities: Go walking, cycling, horse riding, kayaking and fishing near the hotel. Further afield you can go hiking in Torres del Paine National Park, take trips to see Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers, cruise on Grey Lake. Hotel staff can help you arrange a variety of excursions through agencies in Puerto Natales.
Facilities: The hotel has a restaurant, bar and lounge with a reading area. Recreational facilities include 2 jacuzzis and a massage service. There is a laundry service.
Dining: The restaurant is open for continental breakfast, lunch and dinner, a 3 course meal with dishes reflecting Patagonian, Chilean, Peruvian and French influences.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: There is no malaria in Chile.
Communication: There is free Wi-Fi internet access throughout the hotel.
Notes: The hotel is part of the Altiplanico group, which also has properties in Santiago, Atacama and Easter Island.
Explore three contrasting regions of Chile, with varied tours led by local guides, as you experience desert, lake and mountain scenery.