“Stunning modernist design, Jacuzzis with a view, and a huge range of adventurous trips both in and around Torres del Paine National Park”
Remota's 72 rooms are all the same: generous and airy with wide views onto the Last Hope Sound and distant mountains. Fortunately they're also very warm, making the hotel a good location for winter trips when there are fewer tourists around. The design is simple and minimal, with hallmark touches like the windswept slant of the window frames (mimicking the wind-blown Patagonian buildings), slate floors, and the fragrant presence of pale, smooth lenga wood - from the trees you'll find throughout the park. Beds (double or twin) are large and comfortable, and touches of colour come from bright handwoven blankets. There are no in-room TVs or internet connections (though there is WiFi in the communal lounge area); world-renowned Chilean architect German Del Sol hopes guests will let go of their busy lives while they're here.
You can even enjoy the view from your bath, since bathrooms have windows onto the bedroom (carefully screened with etched glass for privacy). There are big baths, rainhead showers, and simple toiletries including bath salts to relieve aching limbs. The whole effect is calming, if slightly spartan, and very cosy.
Remota’s dining room is an inspiring place to start the day - the walls are almost entirely glass, giving stupendous views out over the Sound, and almost better views across grasslands to distant mountains. Broad tables with white cloths create a relaxed, open feel as you help yourself from a generous buffet breakfast. Fresh juices, various home-baked breads and pastries, abundant fresh fruit (including pineapple and mango when we were there) and a wide choice of cheeses, hams and cereals help set you up for the day. Eggs are cooked to order, and the jams are homemade.
Lunch will usually be a substantial picnic on your hike or excursion: delicious sandwiches, lots of dried fruit and nuts, hot soup, tea, coffee and even homemade alfajores (soft cornflour and dulce de leche biscuits). Alternatively, you can eat in the dining room.
Dinner is relaxed and informal, with 2 or 3 options for each of the 3 courses. The daily-changing menus are filling and well balanced, with a focus on local produce. Lots of Patagonian specialities always feature, such as lamb and king crab casserole. A choice of fine Chilean wines is also included in the rate.
Children are welcome at Remota. There's plenty for older children to do: bikes, horse rides, boat trips and exploring the hotel. Younger children won’t be able to do as much, and you might feel that the design of the hotel is not that friendly for smaller kids. Ask staff in advance for an extra bed in your room (available for under 12s only), or a cot. Children over 12 years must be in their own room, but reduced rates are available for such a set-up.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available