The Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia is one of the most naturally spectacular places you’ll ever go. It’s also home to some fantastic lodges – but which one is right for you?
Located in a private nature reserve overlooking the National Park, Awasi Patagonia Lodge is the perfect place to stay if you want someplace quiet and away from the crowds, in a lesser-known but equally beautiful landscape.
Boasting 14 modern and luxurious villas spread throughout the property - each comes with its own wood-burning hot tub, private tour guide and 4WD vehicle, which allows you to explore whenever you want, wherever you want.
Awasi also features Relais & Chateaux gastronomy from award-winning chef Federico Ziegler.
The lodge is usually open from September to April and there’s a minimum stay of 3 nights to ensure that guests get the most out of the (truly exceptional) private guide experience.
One of Torres del Paine’s most popular luxury hotels, Explora Salto Chico is located along the Salto Chico waterfall and on the shores of the powder-blue-colored Lake Pehoe. From its windows, the hotel has the most impressive views of the Cordillera del Paine.
Aside from the stunning location, Explora boasts gorgeous architecture that naturally complements the landscape. There’s also a spa complete with a heated pool, jacuzzi and sauna - ideal for relaxing and rejuvenating after a fun day hiking or horseback riding.
While there’s no doubting the excellence of the service, Explora does have a ‘ski lodge’ environment where guests are encouraged to socialize and go on group tours, so it’s not for everyone.
However, it is one of the hotels in Torres del Paine that remains open throughout the harsh Patagonian winter.
Explora also joined the B Corp community in 2020, which is a win in our book.
Patagonia Camp is a one-of-a-kind establishment that gives guests the chance to sleep in Mongolian yurts, which have been adapted to offer all the comforts you’d expect in a luxury hotel. The yurts boast en-suite bathrooms, central heating and magnificent central skylights. These are tents like you’ve never seen before.
The hotel is located within the National Park and the yurts all have fabulous views of Lake Toro and the famous Cuernos del Paine. It’s a very sustainable, low-impact operation that is committed to protecting the Patagonian ecosystem.
Patagonia Camp is usually open from September to April each year and has a minimum stay of two nights.
Hotel Las Torres is located in the very heart of the National Park, conveniently at the entrance to the world-famous trekking circuits, the W and the O, as well as the base of the trail to Mirador Las Torres.
Onsite, there are 74 rooms, a restaurant full of delicious food and a bar that’s great for meeting other guests. Las Torres also has all-inclusive packages, including bed and breakfast options, as well as daily tour options throughout the national park.
There’s a minimum stay of two nights and the hotel is usually open between September 15th and April 30th each year.
From the moment you step foot at Tierra Patagonia Lodge, you’ll know you’ve made the right decision. The hotel and spa sits on a bluff where the pampas meet Lake Sarmiento, on the edge of Torres del Paine National Park. From its spa, you can enjoy a heated, indoor pool, with floor-to-ceiling glass windows and Paine Massif as a backdrop. It’s not unusual to spot Patagonian wildlife, such as the iconic guanaco, from here as well.
Tierra is also known for its innovative and ecological architecture. To capture the essence of Patagonia, the architects drew upon traditional construction techniques and design using quality materials. Outside, the gardens have been enriched with indigenous plants and traditional crops, which provides a farm-to-table experience.
The onsite restaurant serves hearty Patagonian cuisine with a contemporary twist. Ingredients are sourced locally, either from the hotel’s gardens or nearby estancias. Dinner here is the perfect way to end the day after exploring the rugged terrains of Torres del Paine.
Located in Puerto Natales, the launching-off town for Torres del Paine, Hotel Remota Patagonia is popular for its unique excursion packages which include fly fishing, mountaineering, sailing, and bicycle tours.
The hotel's 72 rooms are spacious with views of the mountains, fjords, glaciers and Paine Massif. They also have lounge rooms onsite perfect for quiet reading, a heated pool with a gorgeous view of the pampas and mountains, saunas, a souvenir shop, and a bar and restaurant, where they offer all the best local produce accompanied by world-renowned Chilean wines.
Want to explore Torres del Paine? Check out our 8-Day Santiago to Torres del Paine Tour, or another favorite, Santiago & Patagonia Lodge W Trek. Want to see even more of stunning Patagonia? Explore all our Patagonia itineraries here.
About the author: Julia Guerra Slater is the SEO and Social Media Marketing Manager at SA Expeditions. She has traveled extensively throughout the world, including a week-long hike on the W trek.
Originally published January 2021 by Nick Dall