Though El Chaltén town and its surrounding area are beautiful, the remote setting here would probably lead you to believe that your accommodation options would be basic at best. Not so – check out our favourite places to rest your drained muscles after exploring Los Glaciares National Park.
Destino Sur Hotel & Spa de Montaña, Restaurante, El Chalten
The best location in town in regards to proximity to the main trails leading up to the towering Fitz Roy. Exit this boutique little lodge, take a left and as the street ends you will be embarking on the trail, well ahead of the crowds. Return to rest your weary legs in the indoor Jacuzzi and get horizontal in a plush bed in your spacious yet homey room.
Right next door to the scrumptious Waffleria, where you will inevitably be spending your mornings if not on the trails, the Rivendel Cabins are an ideal way to feel like you have your own little cottage in the mountains for the week. A great use of space with an equipped kitchen, loft sleeping areas, and cosy bedrooms, that will make you fall in love with the small cabin lifestyle.
Los Cerros Boutique Hotel & Spa by DON, El Chalten
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Los Cerros Boutique Hotel & Spa by DON, El Chalten | Courtesy of Los Cerros Boutique Hotel & Spa / Booking.com
There’s no better place to be when the El Chaltén wind is relentlessly howling outside than cozy indoors, by your bedroom window with a warm tea. Well, maybe downstairs, relaxing in the jacuzzi staring out another window with a terrific view. Or at the on-site restaurant digging into some delicious post hike eats. The easiest way to decide how you want to relax here, is to come find out for yourself.
If you want an accommodation experience as exciting as the trails themselves, then you must be looking at Patagonia Eco Domes. Here you can rent your own private, gorgeous padded domes north of the town center, that not only block out the wind and provide an extremely comfy setting, but that also have lounge areas with an enormous transparent wall so that the incredible scenery you came for is never too far out of sight.
From the sparkling mahogany hardwood to the swirling colours of the tiles, El Puma is the type of summer cabin you have always dreamed of. Staying here feels like a home-from-home, where you can sit in the lounge area by the crackling fire as the sun sets, or in your room reading a book with the mountains at the end of your bed.
For a small mountain village, this type of luxury isn’t what you’d expect – but Chaltén Suites have found a way to provide it. This quaint-looking hotel from the outside opens up to a modern, trendy, luxurious lobby, striking a balance between that special ‘on vacation’ sensation, but with welcoming rooms that give you that ‘home sweet home’ feel.
This list would not be complete without a proper remote, rustic lodge-style accommodation – and last, but not least, the Mountain Refuge outside of El Chaltén is all of these things. Located next to Laguna Condor, the jaw dropping interior decor, tables, and handrails are all made from unique local wood, varnished to provide a luxurious shine and big glass front to the cabin to look out to the wilderness. This type of comfort and privacy will have you questioning why people stay in the town itself.