Stefan Arestis | Feb 26, 2018 | 13
Gay Patagonia: 8 unique gay hotels to stay in Patagonia
Patagonia is the place to come if you love adventure and are passionate about wildlife.
We spent 1 month travelling across Patagonia on both the Argentinian and Chilean side in Esquel, Puerto Madryn, El Calafate, El Chalten and Torres del Paine. Along the way, we stayed in some pretty unique places, which most importantly of all, welcomed us as a gay couple.
This is our top 8 favourite gay friendly hotels in Patagonia, which we tried, loved and recommend to all LGBT travellers.
#1 Dazzler Hotel in Puerto Madryn (Argentina)
We are one of the many who’ve been dazzled by the Dazzler. It’s a classy and modern hotel located by Las Ramblas, the fun sea front promenade of Puerto Madryn, which is always buzzing with life. When you see the eye candy waiting for you at reception, you appreciate just how gay friendly this place is!
It’s worth spending a couple dollars extra to get the ocean facing rooms so you can enjoy some killer sunrise views. Dazzler is also minutes walking distance from some of the best restaurants in Puerto Madryn, such as Nautico Bistro de Mar and En Mis Fuegos. For more information, check out our gay guide to Puerto Madryn.
Rooms at the Dazzler Hotel start from $65/£52 a night. You can check availability and read more about it on Tripadvisor.
#2 Destino Sur in El Chaltén (Argentina)
El Chaltén is famous for its world class trekking. This small town has many hotels, restaurants and shops all geared to trekking. Destino Sur is one of the more upscale hotels in El Chaltén, located 10 minutes walking distance to the touristic centre of town.
This boutique hotel has comfortable king sized beds and friendly staff who can help you plan your treks. However the best part? The spa: it has two Jacuzzis, sauna, showers and steam room. Guests can book the entire spa for a 1 hour time slot. For us, the spa was so welcoming after a full day intense trek to Laguna de los Tres…pure heaven!
Rooms at Destino Sur start from $238/£185 a night. You can check availability and read more about it on Tripadvisor.
#3 Chile Patagonia Camp in Torres del Paine (Chile)
Trekking the W Circuit in Torres del Paine is on everybody’s bucket list when visiting Patagonia. However, if like us you don’t want to sleep in a tent but still want to experience the highlights of this famous park, we recommend a different glamping experience at the Chile Patagonia Camp, where you stay in a luxurious yurt.
The Camp has all-inclusive packages for guests including all meals, drinks and guided tours. The yurts are pure bliss, with private bathrooms, extremely comfortable king sized beds and even central heating. This certainly beats staying in a tent!
Daily rates for a 3 nights all inclusive package start from $463/£362pp. You can check availability and read more about it on Tripadvisor.
#4 Sendero Lodge in Trevelin (Argentina)
Sendero Lodge is a family owned hotel, located just outside of Trevelin town, near the Chilean border. It lies on the shores of the Futaleufú River with the backdrop of the mountains. This is also a popular spot for fly fishing due to the high quantity of brown and rainbow trout.
Sendero Lodge is very exclusive with only 8 rooms, each with its own terrace. We loved waking up each morning to the sunset views from our balcony, then going for a quick morning dip in their outdoor pool. If you’re lucky, the owner may take you for a boat ride along the Futaleufú, which we highly recommend. The views are absolutely gorgeous!
#5 Hosteria Futalaufquen in Esquel (Argentina)
The Alerces National Park is famous for the ancient Alerces Tree, which at 2,600 years old, makes it the second oldest living species in the world. The park also has a range of pretty dramatic scenery including mountains, forests and lakes.
Hosteria Futalaufquen is located right in the heart of the park, overlooking the Futalaufquen Lake, surrounded by forests and mountains. The building is built in a traditional Patagonian old style with high ceilings and creaky floorboards. It’s full of character and incredibly romantic.
#6 Hosteria Lupama: El Calafate (Argentina)
El Calafate is one of the most popular destinations in Patagonia because of the famous Perito Moreno Glacier. Hosteria Lupama is an affordable and very quaint option near the centre of El Calafate in a peaceful neighbourhood. It’s a family owned 3 star hotel with the most welcoming staff you could imagine.
Our room had a large Jacuzzi bath tub as well as private balcony. This is not a luxurious option by any means, but for the price you pay, it’s an excellent hotel to base yourself in central El Calafate.
Rooms at Hosteria Lupama start from $83/£64. You can check availability and read more about it on Tripadvisor.
#7 Hotel Xelena in El Calafate (Argentina)
The centre of El Calafate town can be extremely touristy and crowded, especially in the centre. For a few days, we wanted to try a hotel located outside of the centre. Hotel Xelena is around 10-15 minutes drive away, with a prime location along the shores of the Argentine Lake.
Hotel Xelena has its own spa, restaurant and heated outdoor/indoor swimming pool, which was a real highlight for us. There’s nothing more enjoyable than splashing about in the outdoor pool, overlooking the lake, with the heat of the pool keeping you warm. We spent many hours there relaxing after a long day hiking across Perito Moreno Glacier.
Rooms at Hotel Xelena start from $125/£96 a night. You can check availability and read more about it on Tripadvisor.
#8 El Pedral Lodge in Chubut in (Argentina)
El Pedral is a large historical Patagonian farmhouse manor dating back to 1923, converted into an exclusive 8 rooms hotel. It is located at Punta Ninfas along the Argentinian coast, 70km East from Puerto Madryn. It is the ideal base to stay if you want to maximise your time seeing the wildlife around Peninsula Valdes.
El Pedral Lodge is popular with gay honeymooners, looking for an experience focusing on wildlife and nature. Full board packages include all meals, alcoholic drinks, transfers and 3 guided excursions.
Rooms at El Pedral Lodge start from $550/£440 a night. You check availability and read more about it on Tripadvisor.