This was the hotel used by the company, Antarctica XXI, who we travelled with to Antarctica. We stayed twice - one night at the beginning of our trip and one night at the end. When we arrived (both times) check- in went smoothly. They had our reservation and could tell us pur room number. The first stay we needed to wait about an hour for our room, but as it was only 1pm this was very reasonable.
My 14 year old son and I went and had lunch on the hotel restaurant while we werewaiting for our room - he enjoyed his lamb cuts, my soup was okay. We had breakfast the next morning in the restaurant and were disappointed by e quality of the food. We did noteatat the hotel restaurant again - there are many cares in the area and the food is cheaper and better quality.
As others have noted, reception area is great. Always wiling to answer questions, help book taxis, recommend restaurants. My Spanish is non-existent and they were able to communicate wth me very well. Asit is Chile, weshpuld not expect them tubbable to speak English but they do and I appreciate their efforts.
Our rooms were 315 (first visit) and 201 (second visit). Both rooms were great. Windows that opened - love fresh air. Hot water in the shower with great water pressure. Room 315 has two single bedsand very comfortable. Room 201 had two double beds and a single bed. Note the shampoo and soap are combined and you need to bring your own hair conditioner. There is a hair dryer but it is very, very slow at drying hair.
My son preferred room 201 as it is a handicap room so very large shower. Unfortunately you could hear noise from the bar as it is just next tothis room, and I did not like to leave the windows open when I left the room.
Both rooms have free WiFi, in-room safe and TV. Mini bar was expensive and there is a supermarket two blocks away - exit the hotel to the right, turn right on the next street and then left and it is half way along the street.
The hotel is in a great location - two blocks down to the main street. Half a block up to the Shackleton plaque. 20 minute walk to the cemetery - provides a great free look at some of the history of the place. Punta Arenas is an interesting town to spend a day or two, especially the link with the Polar/Antarctica history.
Would recommend is hotel for the accommodation and location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A first class hotel Located in Punta Arenas, the capital of the province of Magellean's, which comprehends from Cordillera del Paine on the north to Cape Horn on the south. Suited by the Strait of Magellan's in Brunswich peninsula, is the continental city farthest south in the world, and a supply port for the Antarctic traffic. At just two blocks of the city's main square, we provide you 45 warmly, large and comfortable rooms, decorated elegantly, with good taste and simplicity. Attended by a courteous and bilingual staff. ... more less
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