Hotel AWA Puerto Varas
Should you enjoy a hubbub and want your walks about town, overlook Awa and remain in Puerto Varas, 30 minutes’ drive away. However, if you’re on a driving vacation or prefer to escape from it all for a couple of days, this lakeside place was created for you. The airport in Puerto Montt is one hour off; Petrohue Waterfalls (a popular local attraction) and the street as much as Osorno Volcano are half an hour off.
Style & personality
The person who owns the resort, Mauricio Fuentes, is an architect and architect — his personal home is right next door — and it shows. In the exterior, five-storey Awa resembles a modernist bunker, all reinforced concrete, urban-style water characteristics, shimmering windows and there is a fearless asymmetry in the full idea.
Inside, things continue to be stridently artistic and architecturally challenging, but calmed somewhat by indigenous Mapuche crafts and fabrics, volcanic stone walls, fur throws, hardwood flooring and a lot of natural lighting.
Service & amenities
The bilingual employees are bend-over-backwards useful and will advise on local trips and help organize fly fishing, kayaking, treks and birdwatching, and climbs around Osorno Volcano. There are a number of areas to lounge around and revel in the views/open fires and a massive choice of books. The spa includes a dual massage cottage, long two-lane, heated pool, sauna, hammam and whirlpool. There is also a little fitness center; pilates sessions could be ordered on request.
All 16 rooms are spacious, stylish, and with a single wall awarded around to floor-to-ceiling windows offering to-die-for views of the lake and also snow-capped volcano. Super-king or double beds are typical, as are fireplaces, minibars and safes. All have a spacious power-shower and big two-berth whirlpool tub. The four suites are somewhat bigger compared to 12 superiors, and also have living rooms that have a little pub and sofa-bed. Three bedrooms have balconies.
Food & beverage
Breakfast is a great buffet of homemade bread and pastries, quality cereals, juice, fruit, eggs to order, and strong coffee. In the day a fire blazes at the restaurant. Tapping the neighborhood seafood, two good chefs head up a kitchen which functions sublime scallops and fish dishes. Chilean lamb pies and empanadas are also excellent. The wine list is as extensive as any in Santiago and a couple of wines are offered by the glass.
Value for cash
Double rooms from $350 (#287) in low season; and out of $400 (#328) at large. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.
Accessibility for guests with disabilities?
The resort has hosted wheelchair-users and urges the 3 chambers on the first floor, but isn’t “lawfully prepared” for handicapped guests. Rooms are extremely spacious, nevertheless, and baths can accommodate wheelchairs.
Yes. Under-12s remain free and cots are free.
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