We spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in El Chalten. Arriving mid-morning from El Calafate we were picked up at the bus station and whisked over to the hotel. It is about a twenty minute walk from the hotel to the Los Glaciers National Park, but the trailheads to many treks are close to El Puma.
The staff was amazingly helpful and welcoming, even on a MAJOR holiday. We were offered the three course Christmas dinner, but turned it down as it seemed rather expensive. Little did we know there would be very few other options in town. However, the gal at the desk actually called around town looking for somewhere for us to go. We ended up at one of her recommendations. Returning back to the hotel on Christmas Eve, we heard they only served four people at the restaurant, which made us a little sad.
Breakfast was par, nothing hot but the coffee and tea. Just enough to get you out and going for the day. Argentine's aren't big breakfast people, so I'm sure the hotels we've stayed at feel like they are providing a lot of food, but by American standards it's just a continental breakfast. They did have some fantastic homemade yogurt, though.
Rooms were warm and cozy. Ours did NOT have a working outlet, however. The only place we could plug ANYTHING in was in the bathroom. Thankfully, we had packed a power strip. Check out time is 10 AM, which was a tad early for us. Christmas Day was a blustery, cold, rainy day and we didn't venture our except for lunch. Spent many lovely hours around the fireplace in the lobby with a wide range of other guests who chose not to trek that day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the foot of the Fitz Roy and Torre mountains, in the heart of Los Glaciares National Park, is El Chalten, National Capital of Trekking, chosen by hikers from around the world to perform the most varied hiking tours and horseback riding. There, right where the trails start, you will find Hostería El Puma, a pleasant and comfortable place for people who enjoy nature in an active way. The Lodge has 12 spacious, non-smoking rooms equipped with safety box, private bathroom with bathtub, hairdryer and amenities. The guest can rest, relax or read a book from our small library, in a large garden or in a warm living room in front of the fireplace, enjoying a glass of wine after a long day of hiking. El Puma has its own private parking (outdoor). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hosteria El Puma Hotel El Chalten