From the Atacama Desert of the north, to the depths of southern Patagonia, Chile offers wonderful scenery, with an array of whimsical lodging to match. Check out Culture Trip’s guide to the best boutique hotels, that span Chile’s 2,653 miles (4,270km) all the way from north to south.
Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa, San Pedro de Atacama
Welcome to the world’s driest desert. Here you’ll find salt flats, active geysers, blue lagoons, and a stunning view of the Andes. Whether you want to relax in Alto Atacama’s spa or trek through the desert valleys, this is a great destination. At night, you’ll likely grab a glass of pico sour or wine and stargaze for hours, either in the garden or perhaps on your private terrace, before returning to your spacious suite. If you’re wanting luxury, then head over to Alto Atacama’s Desert Lodge and Spa.
Just outside tourist town San Pedro de Atacama, Tierra Atacama Hotel offers a range of services, environmentally-friendly design and delicious cuisine with locally sourced ingredients. With both an indoor and outdoor pool, guests can enjoy a swim year-round. Tierra Atacama Hotel is a great home base for adventures in the Atacama Desert.
Chile’s second largest city, located an hour-and-a-half north of Santiago on the Pacific coast, Valpo is the heart of Chile’s bohemian culture, a historical city nestled into hills. Declared a world heritage site in 2003, Valpo is a special place with historical significance. With a rising boom in boutique hotels there are a lot to choose from. Hotel Cirlo Armstrong is a place is for the modern adult. Located near the top of Cerro Alegre, this hotel offers a great view of the town and is surrounded by great places to eat; although it’s likely you’ll rather eat in, as their own breakfast is incredibly cultural and delicious.
Hotel Boutique 17, bayside and elegant, offers free wifi, flat screen TVs, a panoramic view of the bay, and assistance arranging your tour excursions. Also a plus, Hotel Boutique 17 is just 6.2 miles (10km) from Viña del Mar, one of Chile’s most popular beaches.
Nestled in the commune Providenica, CasaSur is an oasis in the bustling city. Awaiting you is a locally sourced Chilean breakfast, free wifi, tour transport and premium cotton sheets for when you turn in at night. A cozy home away from home, CasaSur is an ideal spot for rest and relaxation in Santiago.
Rustic, modern, authentic; with only five rooms, Carmenere Eco Hotel is a sustainable space in the commune Providencia, near Bellavista, Lastarria and Italia barrios of Santiago. Get excited about a traditional Chilean breakfast of farm-fresh eggs and organic coffee. Here, you’ll find serenity, fine Chilean wine and an iPad to use during your stay.
Located in the barrio Brasil, Matildas Hotel Boutique offers a classical French aesthetic and a sophisticated atmosphere. Here, you can begin your morning at El Restobar on the first floor, then head out into the historical center of Santiago for a tour of museums and parks.
Located in Bellavista, The Aubrey Boutique Hotel is near Cerro San Cristobal and many great restaurants. Here you’ll experience the vibrant culture of the barrio Bellavista. With Brazilian cotton sheets, a yummy breakfast and a serene atmosphere, this hotel is a great option for the artistic seeking comfort.
A family business that aims to incorporate Germanic influence, Hotel Cabaña del Lago offers both hotel rooms and independent cabins that overlook Lake Llanquihue, Volcan Osorno and Calbuco. In the touristy town Puerto Varas, this hotel is a great home base for your exploration of the lakes region and surrounding areas in southern Chile. Although, with an impressive heated indoor pool that has a slide and overlooks the lake, you might never leave the hotel.
Welcome to Chile’s most popular Patagonian park – Torres del Paine. If you’re heading south, we recommend Awasi Patagonia and Weskar Patagonian Lodge. Awasi Patagonia is a gorgeous property consisting of a main lodge and 14 surrounding villas, all private and quaint. Most of the villas are 800 square feet (8,600m2) and contain a living area, wood burning stove and a private open-air hot tub. When visiting, you’ll purchase an all-inclusive stay which consists of incredible meals, access to the bar at the main lodge, private outings and transfers. While a visit here is pricey, it will surely be an experience of a lifetime in Patagonia.
A rustic, natural wood designed lodge that intentionally caters to comfort, not luxury, Weskar Patagonian Lodge is located on 19,685 square feet (6,000m2) of land and offers a reclusive stay for visitors. With views of the fjord and excellent tour services, such as sailing to Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers, this hotel is perfect for homebodies and adventurers alike.