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“absolutely lovely place in prime natural setting”
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Hosteria El Pilar
Ranked #8 of 19 Hotels in El Chalten
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Stuttgart
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26 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“absolutely lovely place in prime natural setting”
Reviewed 1 October 2009

Visited Hostelleria El Pilar for a couple of days during a hiking vacation in Fitz Roy National park. The location is just outside the park in a beautiful natural environment and perfect base for quite a couple of hikes, you can also drive short distances with the car, or the host is taking you somewhere to start a hike. Rooms are old world style and decorated with some antique furniture, the places breathes history and the garden lawn is lovely to relax. Food is fine and local wine also. I can absolutely recommend the place, really enjoyable and secluded place for people who like nature.

  • Stayed January 2008, travelled as a couple
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seattle
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Reviewed 20 April 2009

My husband and I spent 2 nights at El Pilar on the tail end of our trip to Patagonia. It was not only our favorite spot in/around El Chalten, but was the favorite stay of our 3 weeks in Argentina...we both wished we'd had more time there. We heard about El Pilar through a NY Times article from 2005, and it more than exceeded our expectations.
We were in the El Chalten area for 8 days, finishing up with New Year at El Pilar. El Pilar is remote and isolated--I would recommend dividing your trip if you'd like some time in the town and some time in a remote and stunning setting. We managed to do almost all of the hiking from El Chalten before heading to El Pilar. We then hiked from El Pilar one day, and hitched a ride to/from Lago del Desierto the next.
The rooms were lovely, the food delicious, the main room with the fireplace a perfect spot to have a glass of wine and chat with other guests after a long hike. The staff couldn't have been more attentive and welcoming. We would go back in a heartbeat and would recommend it to anyone visiting El Chalten.
They will arrange free transportation to/from El Chalten when you arrive and leave.

  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Eugene OR
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2009

We stayed here two nights arranged through Adventure Life Travel, so that we could take a glacier trek from El Chaltan. The lodging is very comfortable and in a beautiful area. The only downside was that its remote location, 17 km out of town on a narrow and washboarded gravel road, meant that getting to town takes 30 min in a taxi. So there is no interacting with trekkers staying in town or the option of eating in town or spontaneously going to a small market for supplies. And we got to our trailhead about an hour and a half later than planned in the morning (trailheads you're likely to go on start in the town itself) because of the logistics of getting transportation back into town....thus we returned from our trek well after dusk (fortunately we had a guide and flashlights). The lodging does offer dinner, which is a good thing, and the breakfast is excellent. The staff are warm, friendly and helpful, and speak good English. This would be a great place to stay as a retreat from city life. Patagonian weather changes in a flash so rain and wind alternates with sun and incredible views of the mountains, and the setting of El Pilar is first rate for scenery. There is a trail up the Rio Blanco valley from the hotel and that would make a nice ramble, with impressive peaks as backdrop.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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la 15
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2009

Hi, reviewing critics of El Pilar I just wanted to say that our family of four, a grown up daughter and a teenage son dropped by at this most enchanting place on our way back from a day's drive to Lago del Desierto and Huemul Glacier and Lake.

We drove in, just to have a cup of tea, and a banana milk shake (the teenage son) before returning to our cottage in the town of El Chalten.
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Before entering we were absolutely struck by the magnificence of the surroundings and the storytale impact this particular house produced in me.

We were greeted by a young woman presenting herself as the owner and while our tea was being prepared i delighted in the setting of the cozy dining area fillied with antique furnishings and queer objects of yesteryear. All immaculately set and cared for. The natural light indoors due to great amount of windows and a sui generis sort of firelace added to this surrealistic.entourage.

Being a museum lover I enjoyed this atmosphere very much indeed!

The tea came, with vintage tableware and silver cutlery. We delightedly consumed it and all added up to Arg.$25 about 8 US. In less than an hour we came and left the place.

The owner came to have a chat and said she is a permanent resident of El Chalten , originally being from Cordoba, and of course stating how diffcult it is for her to bring up two sons in a town of those particular characteristics due to the few inhabitants all year round. Her kids, missing out on all the city stimuli available elsewhere in the big cities.

I definitely said I would like to stay there, it is of course in the back and beyond and one must we aware of limitations, like the electricity issue mentioned.

If we want those conforts El Chalten is the place to stay, but this place El Pilar certainely deserves a visit. AWESOME SURROUNDINGS! AND IT IS NICE TO KNOW THAT WE CAN DROP IN TO HAVE A CUP OF TEA..

And as to the walking conflict with the rude man, they have maps avialable there , I saw them on the counter for the guests to have a look at the various options and consider the ones you feel you can manage.

El Chalten is a trekking haven,and not being one myself I would have certainely taken a taxi back after a walk to the town.

  • Liked — charming place
  • Disliked — I have no comments on this regard
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled with family
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london
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2009

This hotel is no longer run by its owners . It is now run by an extremely rude and unhelpful manager who was unable to give any sensible advice about walks in the local area. The hotels suggestion for a full days walk was that we walk to town and take a taxi back! - very expensive and a pointless exercise given that the hotel is situated in the heart of the mountains in the most stunning location.
The electricity in the hotel was only turned on between 7.00am-10.30am and 6.30pm-11.00pm in the evening. The food was very expensive and the worst quality we had on our whole trip. The vegetarian dinner offered one night was an omelet, 2 triangles of dairilee and some tinned peas. The meat option was not much better.
In retrospect we would have far preferred to have stayed el Chalten which also has good access to the surrounding mountains and proper advice on walks in the area and good food on hand.

  • Liked — Leaving
  • Disliked — No electricity
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled with family
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Amsterdam
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2008

We stayed 2 nights in this hotel located 17 km outside of El Chalten. To arrive to the hotel you need to take a unpaved road, the road is very bumpy, lot of water on the road.

We had to pay $ (pesos) 435 for a room for one night approx. EUR 125. The room was very small, the shower was very disappointing. You did not became wet.
There was a small heater in the room that did not heat the entire room. You have to have dinner in the hotel (not in the price included). Dinner is not that expensive but for Argentina prices it's overprized.
Staff is friendly especially the girl. The man is not that friendly.

We expected more of this hotel. Will not return although the nice view.

  • Liked — Enviroment
  • Disliked — Room
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled with family
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3 Thank Dutchguy71
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Berlin
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 March 2008

The hotel is beautifully situated, several kilometers away from El Chalten in real solitude. The Glacier national park is perfectly accessible via less traveled paths than from El Chalten, so you don't hike in a crowd. Nice rooms, very nice staff and a good crowd create a special atmosphere.

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  • Stayed February 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hosteria El Pilar
Address: Ruta Provincial 23 km 17, El Chalten Z9301AAE, Argentina
Region: Argentina > Patagonia > Province of Santa Cruz > El Chalten
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in El Chalten
#7 Family Hotel in El Chalten
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Number of rooms: 10
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