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“Perfectly Peaceful and Stunning Beautiful” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of El Mirador de Guadal

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El Mirador de Guadal
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Moss Beach, California
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47 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Perfectly Peaceful and Stunning Beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2013

This is an outstanding place to stay and set up at. The cabins are great, the hosts more then amazing, great dining, the scenery stunning and I love all the animals. We only stayed a couple nights, but more would of been nice, as there is a lot to see in this area. The Lake, the Ice Fields Rio Baker.
The hosts go beyond the call of duty with excursions offered and we even had a BBQ! :)

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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295 reviews
95 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 246 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2013

My stay was probably the nearest I’ll get to heaven. El Mirador looks west over Lake General Carrera towards Cerro Castillo. There are things to go and see around here – marble columns in the lake, an old mine, a waterfall nearby but highly unusually for me I decided to stay in and do “nothing” for the day. I spent the morning looking at the view and listening to the waves lapping the shore while lying on the beach. There are many small and large birds in the grounds and lots of small fish jumping in the lake.
A beautiful brown horse has wandered past, down an unmade path onto the beach; after a walk along the shore it had a drink and came back to graze by my cabin (the cabin is called St. Valentine), quieter than a motor mower and certainly more beautiful. A black horse just cantered past; delightful, I’m not horse confident but these horses are very docile and people friendly. I can hear and just see teenagers jumping into the lake from the dock in Puerto Guadal two miles away; it’s that peaceful around here. Regrettably I could later hear a small motor boat (inflatable Zodiac size) coming back to Guadal from a headland five miles away - to have a motor boat on a lake in this location is selfish and uncaring of your neighbours due to the noise – this is a lake for pedalloes, canoes and sailing boats. In the shade it’s a cool 14 degrees due to the breeze gently coming off the lake; in the sunshine it’s hot at circa 26 degrees (visited 25 Feb). Five grouse type birds (1.5 times the size of a pheasant) have just walked up the path off the beach – had a look around for a couple of minutes and have now flown off. This tabletop isn’t fully connected to the base – sufficient, rustic but not perfectionist. By 16.00 the breeze goes and it’s hot 26 or 28.
Dinner last night (additional cost) was enjoyable – offered by iPad with two options in Spanish and English for each course – I enjoyed pumpkin soup followed by salmon (a generous portion though a little overpowered by the tomato chilli) and some delicious papaya ice cream. Stefan and Carolina, the owners, are delightful, helpful, efficient and very alert to guest expectations. A head torch is a useful accessory but Carolina will lend you a torch if you’d like one. My cabin was circa 2 years old and had a wood burner. It’s worth the journey (300 kms from Coyhaique of which 200 kms is currently on unmade roads (safe enough providing you are sensible and take your time). Would I come back – I’d love to stay here!uietness
My stay was probably the nearest I’ll get to heaven. El Mirador looks west over Lake General Carrera towards Cerro Castillo. There are things to go and see around here – marble columns in the lake, an old mine, a waterfall nearby but highly unusually for me I decided to stay in and do “nothing” for the day. I spent the morning looking at the view and listening to the waves lapping the shore while lying on the beach. There are many small and large birds in the grounds and lots of small fish jumping in the lake.
A beautiful brown horse has wandered past, down an unmade path onto the beach; after a walk along the shore it had a drink and came back to graze by my cabin (the cabin is called St. Valentine), quieter than a motor mower and certainly more beautiful. A black horse just cantered past; delightful, I’m not horse confident but these horses are very docile and people friendly. I can hear and just see teenagers jumping into the lake from the dock in Puerto Guadal two miles away; it’s that peaceful around here. Regrettably I could later hear a small motor boat (inflatable Zodiac size) coming back to Guadal from a headland five miles away - to have a motor boat on a lake in this location is selfish and uncaring of your neighbours due to the noise – this is a lake for pedalloes, canoes and sailing boats. In the shade it’s a cool 14 degrees due to the breeze gently coming off the lake; in the sunshine it’s hot at circa 26 degrees (visited 25 Feb). Five grouse type birds (1.5 times the size of a pheasant) have just walked up the path off the beach – had a look around for a couple of minutes and have now flown off. This tabletop isn’t fully connected to the base – sufficient, rustic but not perfectionist. By 16.00 the breeze goes and it’s hot 26 or 28.
Dinner last night (additional cost) was enjoyable – offered by iPad with two options in Spanish and English for each course – I enjoyed pumpkin soup followed by salmon (a generous portion though a little overpowered by the tomato chilli) and some delicious papaya ice cream. Stefan and Carolina, the owners, are delightful, helpful, efficient and very alert to guest expectations. A head torch is a useful accessory but Carolina will lend you a torch if you’d like one. My cabin was circa 2 years old and had a wood burner. It’s worth the journey (300 kms from Coyhaique of which 200 kms is currently on unmade roads (surprisingly a pleasure to drive and safe enough providing you are sensible and take your time). Would I come back – I’d love to stay here!

Room Tip: cabin St. Valentine, closest to the lake was ideal for me
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank SeriousTraveller01
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Santiago, Chile
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2013

We had booked 2 nights at El Mirador, and we regretted that we had not booked a few more! The hotel rooms are cabins set on a steep slope with lots of space between them and with stunning views over Lago General Carrera and the peaks of the Northern Ice Field. The cabins are spacious, decorated with taste and very comfortable to lounge in for an afternoon after an excursion. They have beautiful verandas, and for the cold days there is a wood burning stove already prepared with paper and wood to get started. The owner, Stefan, is very friendly and very helpful in getting yourself organized to explore the surroundings. We did a GPS guided hike and we did a tour in their boat to Lago Bertrand. The food is excellent, the service great, and all at a good price. Good pisco's, beers and a limited but decent wine list - which is good for this remote corner of Patagonia! We would definitely go back there if we are going back to that area.

Room Tip: All rooms have excellent views - the lower row closer to the lake, the top row closer to the main lo...
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Dutch223
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Asheville, North Carolina
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72 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2013

I spent hours sitting on the porch looking at the amazingly blue Lago General Carrera and the backdrop of mountains with glaciers spilling out of hanging valleys. It was like looking at a view on another planet. Patagonia is phenomenal and this is a good base camp for exploring the long southern shore of the Lago and surrounding valleys and glaciers. WiFi is confined to the main lodge building but in retrospect that is a blessing. It allowed me to concentrate on the important things like the view and my wife. In the afternoons I could walk up to the lodge and have a beer (the owner stocks only green bottle style lager beer which I do not care for) while I checked email. The food is inconsistent in quality, as if they were sometimes working with whatever they could find in the kitchen. But we did have one very good entree and only ate there twice for the evening meal. Breakfast was good and included eggs cooked to order. The owners and staff were unfailingly friendly and helpful. The cabins were lovely. But bring your own beer - Finnisterra Ale Rubia or Kunstsmann Bock would be perfect with the view.

Room Tip: The cabins nearest the lakeshore allow an unobstructed view and you can drive your vehicle right to...
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ras828
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The Hague, The Netherlands
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2012

When you are visiting Patagonia in Chile you must go to this place. The very friendly owner Stefan wil gif you all the information you need to enjoy yourselfs. The lodges are very comfortable, clean and luxury. Each lodge has a look at the lake and the snowy mountains. In the lodge you can make your own tea and coffee and in the fridge you can keep your food cool. In the cosy restaurant you get an excellent meal and also the breakfast is great. We enjoy it very much to be here.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Cor O
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Cologne, Germany
Level Contributor
69 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2012

The Mirador de Guadal is located about 0,5km past Pureto Guadal on the road to Chile Chico.
The cottages lie on the hillside facing the lake (8 in total). Each cottage has enough distance to the others and faces the lake. We had a cottage in the first row and the view was just stunning! Each cottage has its own oven to light a fire in the evening (the ladies prepare the wood every day) as it gets rather chilly during the nights. The cottages are built from wood and really charming, the bathroom with a shower has a decent size. Due to the movement of the wood some creaks and leaks are present, but with the fire at night and good blankets that did not bother us at all (and we stayed there in november already).
Food is great. Breakfast is good, homemade cookies and juice are served, as well. Dinner is served in three courses and tastes great - but be prepared to pay 12.500 Chilean Pesos each (no drinks included). Taken into account that most of the ingredients are home-grown or organic and have to be transported quite a long way, that is ok and does not differ from other places. But we would simply have liked to know beforehand. If you order some wine you get a bottle - but you can store it for dinner the next day. That is a pretty nice thing. Or take it to your fridge in the cottage
The surrounding is just stunning - glacieres, the lake, ...
Stefan, the dutch owner, is lovely and really helpful concerning trips, etc. .

A really nice place to stay!

Room Tip: As some cottages are smaller than others and different standards, you might not be able to get the f...
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Christine S
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Zurich, Switzerland
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2012

Living in a spacious wooden bungalow, with magnificant view to lake, mountains and glaciars is one thing. The owners warm welcome and care for his guests is simply extraordinary. Next time we would like to stay much longer. Thank you Stefan, thank you, dear team of El Mirador de Guadal.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank andolphins
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Property: El Mirador de Guadal
Address: KM 2, Camino Hacia Chile Chico | Lake General Carrera, Puerto Guadal, Chile
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Region: Chile > Aisen Region > Puerto Guadal
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Puerto Guadal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — El Mirador de Guadal 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Due to its privileged location, personalized service and spacious rooms, El Mirador de Guadal is the ideal lodge for you to discover the southern part of the Carretera Austral. Situated on the southern border of Lake General Carrera all our rooms have a unique view of the turquoise waters of the lake and the glaciers of the Northern Ice Field. Famous natural resources like The Marble Caves, The Exploradores Valley and The Patagonia National Park in the Chacabuco Valley are all about an hour drive away. Being a small lodge we take pride in offering personalized attention, making your stay with us unforgettable. ... more   less 
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