Break-seeking surfers, nature lovers and adventurous souls should set their sights on these, the best places to stay in the southernmost country on earth.
For a long, slim strip of a country, Chile has an incredibly wide range of landscapes and hotels to suit every traveler. From converted century-old sheep warehouses in the Patagonian wilds to Pacific-facing surf lodges and wine-minded inns in the Colchagua Valley, we’ve got you covered in this selection of Chile’s best hotels – all bookable on Culture Trip.
Tierra Chiloé Hotel & Spa
Boutique Hotel, Independent Hotel
4.7/5 (3 Reviews)
Courtesy of Tierra Chiloé Hotel & Spa / Expedia | Courtesy of Tierra Chiloé Hotel & Spa / Expedia
Tierra Chiloé Hotel & Spa is for nature aficionados who like an ambitious expedition (but want luxurious comforts on return). Each of the 24 Scandi-chic rooms on this far-flung Chiloé island hideaway features handcrafted wooden furniture and locally woven fabrics. Knowing you’ll be looked after on return, head out to spy palafito stilt houses, trek through the virgin forest of Tantauco Park or collect clams at low tide along the shore. Then slide back into the hotel’s heated pools or vegetate in the sauna at the Uma Spa before treating yourself to a shiatsu massage.
If you’re looking for tranquility and seclusion, head to The Singular Patagonia – a former sheep processing plant and warehouse, set on the shores of the Last Hope Sound in Puerto Natales. The comforting rooms all have heated floors and beds quilted in Egyptian cotton linens, from where you can enjoy views of the Patagonian fjord. Trek through the renowned Torres del Paine National Park or try kayaking on Sofia Lake before returning to the sanctuary-like Singular for helpings of local food, such as Austral hake and king crab.
Ambitious surfers and outdoor enthusiasts should head to Hotel Apacheta in Arica – a contemporary beach lodge with 18 rooms overlooking the Pacific. Surfing impressive waves, mountain biking through arid valleys and climbing or abseiling in the Anzota caves, are all on the cards for adrenaline junkies here. To dial it down a notch, sip on a fresh fruit juice or glass of cabernet sauvignon in the glass-façaded oceanfront restaurant.
History buffs, get yourselves to Casa Higueras in the colorful hills of Valparaíso. This stately house dates back to the 1920s and features atmospheric time-worn mahogany paneling throughout. The 20 rooms are all delicately decorated to blend history and modernity – old photos here, on-trend textiles there – each with a balcony looking to the bay below. Relax beside the infinity pool on luxe loungers that reign over the rippling rooftops of the city’s historic houses.
For the culturally curious, there’s Hotel Palacio Astoreca in Valparaíso’s Cerro Alegre neighborhood. Housed in a 1916 building, today glamorous rooms all have a feature wall of ornate wallpaper and great views of Chile’s port city. There’s a sultry piano bar downstairs, a well-stocked wine cellar and a historic library stacked with reads on art, travel and literature. The Baburizza Palace, which houses Valparaíso’s Museum of Fine Arts, is a short trot away.
Hotel Alaia is for lovers of rugged landscapes who know their way around a surfboard. The hotel sits within a natural reserve on the Punta de Lobos peninsula – off which the ‘El Diamante’ break lingers. There are only 12 rooms, each decorated using woods from the region, with their own deck overlooking the ocean. When you’re not surfing or surveying the scenery, there are yoga sessions at sunrise or sunset and an outdoor wooden hot tub to chill in.
Adventurous souls with a hankering for wholesome, organic food will love andBeyond Vira Vira, in the Araucanía region of Chile’s Lake District. Nature abounds in the area, especially in the property’s organic farm, where produce takes a shortcut straight to the restaurant. From heli-skiing to white-water rafting and even dog sledding through the snow in winter, there are ample intrepid expeditions to embark on – all so you work up an appetite to sample the goods of the in-house cheese factory.
The swanky Hotel Magnolia sits atop Santa Lucía hill in downtown Santiago. Tucked into a tree-lined street, this lavish design hotel rests in a restored Spanish-style mansion dating back to 1929. Deluxe rooms show a nod to the building’s history with their blond-wood paneling and geometric rugs giving a contemporary twist. Suave urbanites should head to the stylish rooftop bar to soak up sweeping views of Santiago while sipping on a signature cocktail. Aperol spritz, anyone?
For would-be sommeliers, Vik Chile certainly ticks all the boxes. This spectacular architectural feat is perched on a hilltop overlooking the landscapes of the Vik Reserve in the wine-making Colchagua Valley. The undulating titanium and bronze roof shines like the flashy abode of a Bond villain. Here in the foothills of the Andes, you’ll also find Vik’s modern winery, surrounded by vines and with a tasting room where you can quench your thirst.
If you love the good life, Hotel AWA in Chile’s Lake District has you covered. With a glass and concrete exterior, there’s plenty of natural light sweeping through the property. The plush rooms feature native woods and woven fabrics and look out over the waters of Lake Llanquihue and the snowy peak of Osorno Volcano. To wind down, inhale the soothing wooden and citrus aromas of the spa’s sauna or stretch it out with some yoga.
The thatched adobe huts of Alto Atacama blend subtly into the curves of the Catarpe Valley in the Salt Mountain Range of the Atacama desert. The hotel has a tranquil and peaceful air, accentuated by the extensive sweeping views of the rolling desert and the simple, chic interiors. Watch your surroundings transform from earthy browns and dusty beiges into candy floss pinks and royal blues as the sun sets and the stars begin to illuminate the sky. Gaze upwards to the extraterrestrial sky from the pool or the comfort of your room.
Nestled amongst the temperate Chilean Patagonian rainforest, the magical Nothofagus Hotel & Spa feels like something truly out of the ordinary. As you creep down Alice in Wonderland’s rabbit hole, you will be greeted with the gnarly tree roots extending in all directions, creating this quirky-looking hotel, where you can climb up onto the roof of the treehouse to look out over the volcano. Buried in nature, explore the Huilo Huilo Biological reserve, search for the waterfalls and volcanoes hidden amongst the thicket. If you are fortunate enough to visit when there is a coating of snow, you will very quickly fall in love.
The sustainable eco-lodge Hotel Espejo de Luna takes rustic, wooden cabañas to a whole new level of creativity. One takes the form a ship overlooking the lakes, while another sits capsized. This nature lover’s paradise combines a sense of harmony and serenity with nature. Get to know the surrounding areas by walking through the luscious vegetation or riding along the beach. In the evenings, you can enjoy the panoramic views from your room, watch the sunset or read by the log fire.
This hotel is also situated in the Huilo Huilo Reserve which covers a massive 60,000ha (231sqmi) of Valdivian forest. Delve into the depths of the forest, discovering hidden lakes, natural hot springs and the Volcán Mocho-Choshuenco. This hotel is hidden underneath the undergrowth, the exterior is complemented by a waterfall that splashes out of the tip, as well as a bridge that leads you into the woods. The lodges are secluded and set the scene for a romantic fairytale scene.
Sitting on the edge of Lake Sarmiento, Tierra Patagonia perfectly complements the landscapes it has been built into. What’s more, the views here are particularly impressive. After a day of exploring the Torres del Paine National Park, you will be welcomed home into the warmth of your room, the bubbling hot tub or the enticing pool, where you can enjoy vistas of rugged snow-capped peaks with a glass of Chilean wine in hand.
Lucy Pierce has contributed additional reporting to this article.
These recommendations were updated on June 23, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.