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“cleam bedroom nondescript breakfast”

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Charles Darwin Hotel
Ranked #26 of 27 Hotels in Puerto Natales
great harwood lancashire
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“cleam bedroom nondescript breakfast”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2008

I am struggling to recognise the hotel that previous reviewers have described. The hotel was clean and the bedroom spacious. There is a lounge area on the top floor that is almost all glass with stunning views of the Sound. My husband and I had a lovely meal at a local restaurant the Afragonia which I would recommend. After the meal we thought we would return to the hotel for coffee and sit in the above topfloor lounge and enjoy the views, it was 9.20 in the evening we asked at reception for coffee and were told not possible so we asked for tea same answer, the bar was also closed, as was the restaurant (in the bedrooms there is a card that says they are there to serve you 24hrs a day and 7 days a week). Next morning breakfast was the worst I have ever had, the fruit salad was out of a tin there were 2 baskets of ready toasted bread 1 brown and 1 white, diluted orange cordial and rather sweaty looking cheese. I was very glad we only using this hotel for 1 night.

  • Stayed January 2008, travelled as a couple
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Zorrogris, Manager General at Charles Darwin Hotel, responded to this review, 23 February 2008
Good days, thank you for your comments, we will verify what happened and rectify the mistakes for a better future facility

Cordially

Arturo Baez Hernandez
General Manager
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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The Heart of East Yorkshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2006

Puerto Natales is a pretty tatty town, a dump to be honest, and there are a lot of dodgy hotels. It's a shame given its stunning setting. That said, I believe it's up-and-coming, and things will improve.

My wife and I booked two nights at the Cerro Castillo (see my separate review); after the first night we bailed and went around town looking for somewhere else to stay.

We checked out several hotels and settled on the Charles Darwin.

Check-in: the staff were friendly and helpful, showing us the room before we decided to book. They didn't help us with our bags. We didn't ask either and probably didn't give them a chance to be fair. They did recommend a restaurant to us (La Ultima Esperanza) and it was a great recommendation.

Room: The room was small but VERY clean, the beds were comfortable and we had a view (sort of) of the harbour. Nothing extraordinary, but can't complain.

Bathroom. the fixtures in the shower and bathroom were shiny and free of water spots. There were minute traces of mould in the shower but generally better than what you'd find in most places. Really, the bathroom shone, there was a hairdryer for the missus, and things were of a good standard.

Restaurant: wasn't open for dinner, but the breakfasts were great. Continental breakfast but with scrambled eggs included. Above average for Chile!

Overall: would definitely stay here again!

  • Liked — Cleanliness, friendliness
  • Disliked — No internet
  • Tips/Secrets — Eat at Restaurant Ultima Esperanza, easy walking distance from hotel
  • Stayed December 2006, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2005

The recently-opened Charles Darwin Hotel at Manuel Bulnes 90 in Puerto Natales is just a short distance from the boardwalk waterfront of Last Hope Sound, with wonderful views across to snowy-topped mountains. It is just up the street from the big yellow building where you wait to catch the Navimag ferry to Puerto Montt.


The room was very clean and comfortable, though decidedly on the small side (it would be a tight fit for two). It's a low-rise (three floors?) hotel with no elevator. The window opened onto a side street and the bus and trucks were an inadvertent early wake up call. This is small-town Chile, so I made allowances.

I was able to walk a few blocks down hill to the boardwalk, which went on for some good distance to the west and got some fabulous photos.

There are several nice restaurants close by. Breakfast was very good, and served in a restaurant that opens to the street for local diners.

The staff had minimal English skills (as I do of Spanish) but with body English and acting out, we got on just fine. Chileans, like most southern South Americans I encountered, are awfully nice and very good sports.

I walked up the hill (it's all uphill in this area when you leave the shore) to use an internet cafe, so I never did find out what the hotel had to offer.

From Puerto Natales to the park (Torre del Paine) it's a few hours by road, and that took up most of my time.

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Property: Charles Darwin Hotel
Address: Manuel Bulnes 90, Puerto Natales 6160000, Chile
Region: Chile > Magallanes Region > Puerto Natales
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #26 of 27 Hotels in Puerto Natales
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Charles Darwin Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 23
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