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“Perfect place for day hikes in Torres del Paine”

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Refugio Vertice Paine Grande
Reviewed 3 April 2011

This is a lodge/refugio, not a luxury accomodation. Values is excellent given there are no other food outlets there. But also, food is plentyful, repeat servings is wanted.
Bar is extremely helpful, will accept dollar payments and return Chilean Pesos, at official rate.
Rooms have bunk beds, can be mixed gender, but are clean and comfortable. Shoes are mostly left outside the room (by guests' initiative), which is helpful in hiking environments.
Warm, cozy log fires are lit in public areas on cold nights.
Reception staff is very friendly, as is kitchen staff.
Common area bathrooms are poorly fitted - not fault of the hotel, but the organization - saving in the wrong place.
Perfect place for meeting fellow hikers/treckers and making new friends.
Next to the landing of the catamaran.
I rated the sleep quality as not 100% because the wind was howling too much!

Room Tip: Close to the bathrooms, there are not many.
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  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 March 2011

It is somewhat difficult to tell on their website but you cannot get a private room with a double bed and bathroom which is what we were hoping for for the price ($95/person!!). But the lodge itself was very nice and in a great location. The rooms were clean and the communal bathrooms were in good shape. I enjoye the food here MUCH more than Hotel Las Torres. It was more inexpensive and I thought it was good quailty. Overall, you really go here for the beautiful location and not a luxury hotel experience so although the price was high, we would return.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 January 2011

After a very long day of hiking the W Trek, the sight of Paine Grande was amazing! We were so excited to see our home for the night. The most "hotel-like" of the spots along the trail we stayed at, it's large, with very clean rooms and nice communal showers. It was great to have couches and chairs to lounge in, not to mention a full service bar - all very much needed and deserved after all our hard work. The waterfront was great, too - fantastic to soak our legs in the glacial-temperature water for a little post-hike therapy. The service and food are where the cons come into play. Food was hands down, no questions asked, the worst of the entire trek, which seems slightly odd and disappointing given the size of the kitchen and number of staff, compared to the other places. But I can understand, because so many people come here on the boat for a daytrip. All in all, a nice spot for lounging after long days of hiking.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank brindled
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Reviewed 20 January 2011

On arrival, we found another surprisingly beautiful location. Vertice have done a good job to attract relatively large numbers of discerning tourists to this classic location without compromising the feeling of wilderness.

Wow what a difference from the other refugios along the full circuit! It was so nice to have a pillow for the first time in over a week!

We cannot fault the comfort, cleanliness and staff professionalism.

The quite new building is well designed and tasteful, but does lack some of the character of the older refugios.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 January 2011

The size of this place completely surprised us as we were expecting a refuge hut, not a giant hostel the size of a hotel. We found it very comfortable, especially as we looked out our window at the tents being almost blown away by the relentless wind. Our room (two bunk beds with very cozy bedding) was clean. The only complaint was there could be more hooks to hang things.

The food was good and plentiful in the cafeteria. The cafeteria wasn't opened for breakfast until 7:25AM - should be open earlier. The eggs were runny like soup. The sandwich for lunch was excellent. We were able to order just a sandwich (rather than an entire box lunch) and then buy fruit and other things we wanted at the little store.

The bathrooms are where I would make my only complaints. The showers really need attention. There is not enough hot water to go around, so don't expect a hot shower unless you get up early in the morning. The shower head only sprayed straight down, and the drains were plugged. The sinks only have cold water so you there is no way to wash your face with warm water. The faucets are such that you can't fill you water bottle. There are no garbage cans except in the bathroom stalls. These are not emptied often enough.

There are computers available for a fee if you are desperate to get online.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank blwright
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Reviewed 7 January 2011

The accomodation was decent for a lodge, however the food was pretty aweful. Even after hiking all day, when I usually eat anything and everything, I couldn't seem to manage to eat my share of the dinner buffet (which was also vastly overpriced).

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 December 2010

Of the refugios in Torres, this was our least favorite. All in all it is ok, but it feels more like a mass youth hostel than staying in a little place in the middle of nature. The location of the refugio is nice. The rooms are a fair size for 6, bathrooms relatively clean for a hostel. My main complaint is the temperature. Despite it snowing outside the heating was off, it was very very cold inside. Also, if you are looking for getting away from things, this is the refugio where all the tour groups stay, so very busy. Come early to enjoy hot water. Food is fine, very large portions.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank Travelling7
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Additional Information about Refugio Vertice Paine Grande

Address: | Sector Paine Grande, Torres del Paine, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile (Formerly Vertice Paine Grande Mountain Shelter)
Region: Chile > Magallanes Region > Torres del Paine National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 18 Speciality Lodging in Torres del Paine National Park
Price Range: $0 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on the shores of Lake Pehoe, Refugio Vertice Paine Grande features an amazing view over the mountains. It is the starting point for the hiking trail towards Glacier Grey, French Valley and it is part of the W Trail. The only way to get to Paine Grande is navigating accross the lake or hiking the trails. It features shared bedrooms (only bunk beds). Restrooms feature hot water showers with a push-button system to save water. Paine Grande features a cafeteria (daily fixed menus), a minimarket (groceries and souvenirs) and a bar overlooking the lake and mountains. Important: Refugio Paine Grande does not feature a central heating system. Only 2 resting areas feature wooden stoves (only for guests). ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Paine Grande Mountain Hotel Torres Del Paine
Refugio Vertice Paine Grande Aisen Region/Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile

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