Lake-side chalet. Cozy cabins. Family-run retreat. There’s an independent hotel in Puerto Varas to suit every traveler. To help you find your perfect stay in the Lake District of Chile, here are the top boutique hotels in Puerto Varas – all bookable on Culture Trip.
Laid-back, German-influenced Puerto Varas is a haven for nature aficionados and outdoor adventurers. The town lies on the shores of the immense Llanquihue Lake and looks out at the Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes. Kayaking, fishing and hiking are all on the cards here. From lodges and cabins to chalet-style stays, there are plenty of boutique hotels to choose from too, and we’ve rounded up the very best.
Hotel Cumbres Puerto Varas
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The impressive chalet-style Hotel Cumbres has 90 rooms, all decorated with woods and textiles typical of the region. The airy dining room has windows on all sides so you can soak up the serene skies and volcanic vistas over the lake. The Alumko Wellness Spa will pamper you with a massage, sauna session or dip in the heated pool, which (yes, you guessed it) also has a sensational view over the lake.
The attention to detail at the family-run Hotel AWA is second to none, from the contemporary architectural design of the glossy glass front to tailor-made itineraries for every guest. Floor-to-ceiling windows in every room make Llanquihue Lake and Osorno Volcano the stars of your stay. For outdoor action, head on a rafting expedition or fling yourself into fly fishing and take in the soothing scenery.
The rooms and cabins at Hotel Cabaña del Lago were designed with the surrounding landscape in mind, and feature soft woollen throws and recycled woods. Sitting by the fireside and sipping a glass of cabernet sauvignon is the best way to enjoy the deck that overlooks the lake. The heated indoor pool was built with rocks from neighboring Calbuco Volcano, and it’s an ideal spot for a soak after tackling an ambitious skiing or hiking expedition at Osorno Volcano.
The chalet-like structure of Hotel Solace is an ode to the German-influenced history of Puerto Varas. It sits next to verdant woodland and the terracotta-steepled Sagrado Corazón de Jesús church. The 85 radiant rooms have a largely neutral palette with thoughtful touches of woven tapestries and orange throw cushions. There’s no better way to end the day than lounging in the grand living room, wrapped up by the log fire with your favorite tipple in hand.
If Hotel Bellavista were any closer to Llanquihue Lake, it’d be submerged in water. The wood-paneled rooms will have you cozily cooped up cabin-style, but large windows means there’s plenty of light. The spa pool has water as blue and inviting as the lake outside, but it’s heated, so no plunging into icy water is necessary – save that level of adventure for kayaking or horse riding expeditions in the picturesque surroundings.
With only 21 rooms, Hotel Puelche provides intimate, welcoming service. The increasingly renowned Puelche Burger Bar does some of the best gourmet hamburgers and home-made fries in town, ideally enjoyed on the outdoor deck. True to style, there’s an on-site boutique stocked with unique, design-forward souvenirs including caps, sunglasses and glossy coffee-table books.
The deluxe family-run Hotel Agua Nativa sits in natural surroundings on the edge of town, making for a peaceful stay. Start your day by digging into a buffet-style breakfast of fresh fruits, cured meats and home-made cakes. To wind down at sunset, soak until pruney in one of the heated open-air wooden tubs while looking over the lake and sipping on a frothy pisco sour.
The team at the intimate Los Cauquenes will welcome you as if you were a lifelong friend. Just a few minutes from the center of Puerto Varas, the hotel has a relaxed garden with a stone-framed swimming pool and hammocks hung among the trees, for the ultimate in lakeside lounging. The comforting, cabin-style rooms have wood-beamed ceilings and expansive windows so no inch of the outside view remains unseen.
These recommendations were updated on June 18, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.