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7 Hotels in 7 nights: Night 2, Hotel Indigo in Puerto Natales

7 Hotels in 7 nights: Night 2, Hotel Indigo in Puerto Natales

Quite a different experience from the classical style Hotel Kapenke in Calafate, the Hotel and Spa Indigo is located just of the main road in Puerto Natales, with views over Last Hope Sound. I’ve visited Hotel Indigo before and been impressed with both the rooms, spa, decor and restaurant but this time i actually stayed for the night before going into Torres del Paine.

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The Hotel is unique in its style and atmosphere and they’ve created a modern and stylish place to relax, which can be a bit minimalist for some people. However, I would stay there for the spa alone. On this trip in Patagonia I’ve been to a lot of hotels to look at the facilities and of all the hotels, Indigo have done the best spa. On the 4th floord, it’s petite but a lovely area to unwind, with 3 small beds to lounge on and several mini beds too. The two jacuzzis are outside on the roof and the water is really hot meaning you can stay out there for ages looking out over the fjord. There are also two massage rooms, with different types of massage on offer (a good place to reward yourself if you’re tired after trekking). However massages incur an extra cost.

The food was another serious plus point. I decided to eat in the restaurant as the food looked so good, and I wasn’t disappointed. They had a range of seafood and meat on offer, and I decided to go for the scallops in parmesan cheese which I’ve since learnt is a bit of a speciality in this part of Chile. Needless to say, I didn’t just get one or two scallops like I was expecting, but a whole bowl and it was really filling. As you can see from the photos, breakfast was also plentiful and delicious. It consisted of fresh fruit (kiwi and orange fruit salad), pastries, muffins, hams and cheese, toast and yoghurt. They also offered small jellies which looked interesting.

Now onto the all important night’s sleep in the Corner Room (of which there are two).. the corner room had two windows with views out over Last Hope Sound Fjord, which was really nice and meant the room was very light. The open plan bathroom makes the room feel bigger, as does the light coloured wood and decor. It was lovely that whilst I was at dinner someone had come into the room, lit some candles and turned all the lights off apart from a sparkly light strip behind the bed, it made the room feel very relaxed. The bedding was very comfy and the room wasn’t too hot or too cold which I was pleased about as I’ve generally found that the heating gets turned up pretty highly in Patagonian hotels when it’s cold outside. My only qualm with my night at Indigo would be that I heard people opening doors during the night/early morning which woke me up, but I am a very light sleeper, so that probably didn’t help. I usually take earplugs wherever I go to avoid this, but I forgot to put them in..

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Review of Hotel Indigo in Puerto Natales

Review of Hotel Indigo in Puerto Natales

If you fancy a break from the comfortable but pretty basic hostels and refugios of Torres del Paine, the boutique Hotel Indigo in Puerto Natales has 29 rooms and lies some 10 feet away from Last Hope Fjord, a great place to do some kayaking.

Although Indigo is located on the fjord, it’s also pretty much in the centre of town as Puerto Natales centre is quite small. It’s a 3 minute walk to the shops, cafes and restaurants where you can stock up on food and necessities for your trip. I went to Hotel Indigo for the day whilst stranded in Puerto Natales and from outside, Indigo definitely looks different to other hotels, it’s façade is made out of black wood and it’s attached to a welcoming bar and restaurant called Mama Rosa. Whilst I was there I had a delicious (though slightly small) pizza and saw other travellers enjoying a glass of red wine in front of the fire on comfortable arm chairs. The menu changes daily at the restaurant, and is only open to the public in the evenings, after hotel guests have eaten. Amongst its tastiest dishes, Mama Rosa serves fresh king crab the fjord served with avocado, beef from the nearby estancias and lamb in chickpea sauce.

The hotel is arranged in a very modern fashion, with lots of staircases shooting of at different angles leading to bedrooms, a landing with hammocks to chill out on and the overall feel is one of calmness and relaxation, perfect after a tiring hike. The core of the hotel is open plan but everything seems slick, service is good and the materials are of high quality, in reception there are big arm chairs where you can relax.

So, now for the all important bedrooms. The majority of them aren’t huge, but there is a feeling of space, perhaps because the shower is in the bedroom, (part of the open plan philosophy), with a screen in front of the toilet. Karina, the Sales Manager that showed me round the hotel and rooms explained that the hotel was designed by the Chilean architect Sebastián Irarrázaval, who wanted to create contemporary, rooms with straight lines (hence the bridges, ramps and staircases in the hotel) and he’s definitely achieved this. Each room has a big window with a view of Torres del Paine or the fjord, a sculpture and a stove to keep you warm. In my opinion, they’ve managed to create a very modern hotel that has kept that cosy, Patagonian feel.

Finally, the pièce de résistance: the spa. Karina kindly let me use the spa for a spot of relaxation. It’s situated at the top of the hotel where there are about 8 single and 2 person bed-style loungers, a triangular shaped sauna, 3 outdoor jacuzzis and 2 massage rooms. You can even buy a swimming costume for 15.000 chilean pesos if necessary. I spent a few hours in there, reading my book and relaxing in the jacuzzi whilst the wild Patagonian wind blew over me! In addition to the free wifi, excellent food, friendly staff and souvenir shop, the spa just makes Indigo stand out as the best hotel in Puerto Natales and as a great way to reward yourself after a challenging trek.

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