Choosing the right hotel in Chalten
El Chalten is a small town filled with mountain people so you'll find the majority of hotels run by staff dying to help you get into the hills, advise you about restaurants and all wonderfully relaxed.
- If you are looking for seclusion and something special what we think is the best located lodge in Patagonia is located 2 hours north of El Chalten.
- Within El Chalten there are hotels to suit everyone from upmarket spa hotels to cosy B&Bs they are all walking distance of the bus station, restaurants and bars.
- There are a number of lodges, estancias and ecocamps close to El Chalten but when El Chalten is so perfectly located and well stocked with cosy bars and good restaurants we prefer to stay in town.
A lakeside lodge deep in the heart of Patagonia with views of mount Fitz Roy, overlooking a hanging glacier and only accessible by boat, or a day hike. Aguas Arriba is a wonderful base for off the beaten track hiking, fishing or simply relaxing. The hosts are friendly and with just 6 rooms it has a cosy atmosphere. Our number one recommendation in the El Chalten/Fitz Roy area.
US$1050 for a double room, per night.
The hard work of the staff at Destino Sur is recognised each year by it's customers. A very clean and comfortable hotel with modern, alpine-styled rooms, it's a big hit with travellers looking for a lovely place to come home to each night.
US$270 for a double room, per night.
The Chalten Suites is situated on the main street in town and has everything you'd need close by. It has a higher standard and level of comfort than most in town, with spacious rooms and friendly staff. A perfect base if you are staying in El Chalten for more than a couple of days.
US$320 for a double room, per night.
The staff are highly knowledgable and super friendly making the Senderos our favourite boutique hotel in El Chalten. The rooms are on the cosy side but with clever storage areas and neat bathrooms make this a great little haven for hiking. On a clear day you'll be able to see the classic mountain line from your room and you are just a stones throw from the bus station. Our customers (or was this Harriet) rave about the breakfast buffet with mounds of cake, fruit, cereals and more.
US$180 for a double room, per night.
This 4 bedroom boutique hotel with views of Fitz Roy from your room and breakfast table feels like a home away from home. It is ideal for a small group of 6-8 people with a cosy siting room and floor to ceiling glass so that you can shelter from bad weather and still feel like you are in the mountains. They also serve a mean breakfast that will turbo power you into the hills.
US$170 for a double room, per night.
Just a 10 minute walk from the bus station, you'll be made to feel right at home by the accommodating owners of this Swiss chalet styled B&B. Already good value for a clean and cheerful stay, you can stretch your money even further by choosing one of their rooms that shares a bathroom between two.
US$90 for a double room, per night.
You'll most likely to be coming back from a long day of hiking, so investing some holiday budget into a comfortable room and a nice bath would be a good way to go.
FAQs about hotels in El Chalten
For those who are on self drive trips or would like to experience some local culture there are a number of estancias close to El Chalten. These are great places to try horse riding, see some traditional Patagonian life and stay in some rugged corners of Los Glaciares.
If you would prefer a multi-day trek and to camp in the mountains, there are basic campsites with no facilities other than a long-drop toilet, in the hills near El Chalten. The two types you'll find are free public campsites or sites run by tour operators, where they will have a permanent mess tent and leave the tents pitched throughout the season.
There are emergency shelters which are really just metal lean-tos that are marked on maps as refugios. The only real manned refugio with dorms and meals available is refugio del fraile in the electrico valley, included on the 3 day classic Chalten trek.
Estancia Cristina, Estancia Helsingfor and Estancia El Condor all make great bases for fishing.
I've spent over 500 days trekking in the Andes, Himalaya Caucasus, Alps and more but El Chalten trumps everywhere for day hiking. No other town can you walk out the door of your hotel to the trailhead and be sat next to a glacier and a mile high granite spire to eat your lunch.
Harriet Pike Trekking, Mountaineering & Cycling Specialist
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