This lovely and charming Hosteria was the most memorable of our tour in Patagonia. Chris and Guillermo were such a wonderful hosts for the 4 nights we stayed in El Chalten. The fire in the fireplace was always set right from the morning until the bed time, the help and guidance we got to plan the days activities and hikes, the best ever dinners and wines in this small private setting, like being home:). No TV , no Internet connection, and that was not needed! Love to come back one day, thankyou!!:):)
Don’t believe it if you’re told as I was hotel a short walk from bus station!! It’s a good 15 mins hike up Main Street. It’s fine but dragging bags up the hill not great. That said nice clean hotel. Big room. Rubbish view on my side but I was there for the hiking. And good view from lounge / bar. Staff lovely. Very helpful. Food so so. As a veggie bit limited but incredible restaurants all v close by. Mafia Italian amazing! But need to book. Great veggie place on quiet back street just up road. Plenty of choice. And location-wise right there by entrance to numerous hikes. Did 72km in 3 days! Loved it!!
We stayed here two nights with a group doing some hiking around El Chalten, and wish we could have stayed longer. Cris and Guillermo welcome you as if you were family, and the entire staff is kind and attentive. The location is amazing - just feet from the river and right on the trail to La Laguna de los Tres. Food was wonderful, rooms are spacious and you wake up every morning to those views of the mountains! It's a ways outside of town, but that is a good thing as you will think you are visiting relatives in the mountains.
Couldnt have chosen a better place to spend our Christmas at! Setting and design of the little Hosteria make this already very special, hover the hospitality of Guillermo, his wife and staff turn this place into a true gem. Food was very good - enough choices to always find something for everybody. And nothing beats a beer after the hike in front of the house or a drink at night in front of the fireplace. Best place we found during our trip!
We greatly enjoyed spending two full days here in the middle of the mountains. The popular day hike to Campamento Poincenot and (if you're ambitious) Laguna de Los Tres starts outside the door, and we could see the famous peaks each morning from our window. Another day we did a different hike that starts about 1 km further down the road. Since it's an isolated spot, we relied on the Hosteria for our meals, which were wonderful. Breakfasts are included, packed lunches are available, and for dinner you can choose from a menu of several delicious items. Our room and the common areas were very pleasant and were great for relaxing after a strenuous day. The proprietors were unfailingly helpful and gave us all the advice we needed on trekking options. If you don't want to rent a car, you can take a bus from El Calafate to El Chalten (we used Lengas) and then continue on route 23 (it becomes a gravel road at that point) by taxi to the Hosteria. Also after your trek to Poincenot, for variety you can hike downhill into the town and then take a taxi back.…
They are selling themselves short by calling it a hostel. In reality it’s a cozy boutique hotel with 10 spacious en suite rooms in the most perfect surroundings. William and Cristina are extremely warm and helpful, and at the same time chill. I had the most wonderful stay.
From the moment we walked in, I knew El Pilar was perfect for us. It is about 17km from the town of El Chalten down a dirt road, it's at the base of a hiking trail with magnificent views of the back side of Mt Fitzroy. You will definitely be off the grid here with no wifi, no cell service so if you can't live without your mobile phone, this isn't the place for you. The food was fantastic. Hosts Cristina and Guillermo are so nice, hospitable, and helpful. Our room and bathroom were very spacious. This is a very, very special place.
The Hosteria El Pilar is located on its own 10 km from El Chalten along a gravel road at the start of the popular hike to Laguna de Los Tres and near to the start of the Sendero Electrico; this, and the good reviews on TripAdvisor, were the reasons I had chosen it. It was a lovely old house that had been extended to provide accommodation in 10 guest rooms. It was run by Cristina, Guillermo and Micaela who were delightful hosts. It had an attractive bar and lounge area, with a wood burning fire, that continued into the restaurant where there was a wood burning stove. There were lovely old wooden floors. It was surrounded by beautiful gardens and spectacular views. El Pilar did not have Wi-Fi. Cristina and Guillermo had an expensive cable link to a small satellite dish that was vital for their business and could send and receive emails on their computer. The cost of making Wi-Fi available to guests would have been prohibitive. For this reason, they took cash only. The food and wine were excellent. Dinner was 3 courses (it was not compulsory to have all of them). The starter cost US$ 10, the main course cost US$ 22 and dessert cost US$ 6. Wine was US$ 4 per glass and beer was US$ 5. These were payable in Arg$, US$ or Euros. The tap water was from the clear, uncontaminated local streams and was drinkable. On our first evening we had a super onion soup made with honey and mustard and small pieces of green cheese along with hot rolls and sun-dried tomatoes. This was followed by pork with beetroot and shredded red cabbage and a mashed root vegetable of some type. On our second evening we had excellent local trout and salad. Our room (no. 7) and bathroom were large and pleasant, with a view of Mt Fitz Roy (with the rising sun lighting it up if we got up early enough!). There was sufficient storage space for our clothes.…
We stayed in Hosteria el Pilar last week in March 2019. The managers of the hotel Guillermo and Christina amazed us with their energy and friendliness even though it was the last few days of the season and they must have been extremely tired. The fluffiest cat ever "Madame" Coca presented herself each night and walks majestically as if to supervise the guests - as Guillermo says. She then shares the warmth of the big fireplace with us. The food was exquisite as well.
Over the past 20 years we've been to the El Chalten area on four occasions, each time staying both in town and at Hosteria El Pilar. We find El Pilar to be the best place by far. First, the location is ideal, nestled close to Mt Fitzroy and to favorite hiking trails. We love the intimate and authentic building and rooms. And Christina and Guillermo are the perfect hosts, patiently answering unending questions, providing helpful guidance, and serving delicious meals.