The Singular Patagonia
Puerto Natales, Patagonia, Chile
At a Glance
Prepare to be swept back in time – this unique hotel overlooking the fjords was a former meatpacking warehouse and has now been lovingly reimagined as a luxury property
An exemplary showcase of contemporary design blending beautifully with industrial chic, the hotel enjoys a spectacular location with a mountain backdrop and endless views of Patagonia
Foodies can rejoice as the kitchen produces some innovative dishes using the region’s best ingredients and the bar staff serve killer cocktails with an original twist
Hop in a kayak or on-board the hotel’s private speedboat and explore the majestic fjords, lagoons and glaciers nearby
There are also plenty of adventurous trails that can be explored by foot, bike or horse – the exploration team will help you decide what’s best suited to you
And after all that hard work the spa is not to be missed – take a dip in the pool or peruse the longlist of treatments on offer
Best time to Visit
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Average time to visit
The hotel closes from mid May to mid September. Early summer (Mid October to November) can be lovely, and in late summer and autumn (March) the colors are stunning. But if you’re planning to go riding in the open steppes, midsummer is wonderful. The peak summer months of January and February can get busy in the nearby Torres del Paine National Park and it is also the windiest time of year. At any time of year Patagonia is unpredictable. People will often tell you to expect all seasons in a single day.
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A remarkable property, the Singular Patagonia started life as a cold storage plant now transformed into a luxury hotel. The Singular is ideally located to explore the Chilean fjords, Patagonian wilderness and the nearby Torres del Paine National Park.
The Singular Hotel is set on 100 acres bordering the shores of the Fjord of Last Hope surrounded by rugged Patagonian landscape and mountains. Located near to Puerto Natales, a stay here perfectly complements a visit to the Torres del Paine National Park, giving travelers a chance to immerse themselves in the fjords and channels, visiting remote glaciers onboard the hotel's comfortable motorboat.
The hotel itself combines cutting edge architecture with the building’s historical industrial heritage (it used to be a cold storage plant in the early 1900s). There’s a fascinating museum onsite that showcases an incredible collection of original machinery, engines and other artifacts echoing the area’s history.
You’ll find floor to ceiling windows throughout the property, which maximize the fabulous views. All this glass is juxtaposed with Victorian brickwork, steel girders, lofty ceilings and gleaming century-old machinery. Far from being stark, there are deep leather armchairs, fireplaces and cosy nooks for relaxation. The rooms are spacious, and you’ll find all the mod cons of a modern luxury hotel whilst enjoying fantastic views from your bed across the lake and surrounding scenery.
The hotel's team of expert guides host expeditions throughout this remote and spectacular region and whether you’re an adrenaline thrill seeker or nature-loving birdwatcher, there is something for everybody. With over 20 different expeditions, of varying degrees of difficulty, guests can navigate the waterways, trek past icebergs, kayak, explore by mountain bike or on horseback or visit a working Patagonian sheep farm.
Each day starts and ends with a delicious meal prepared from the open kitchen. The focus is on local ingredients such as King crab and Patagonian lamb. Picnics are usually prepared on full day trips. After a day in the great outdoors a glass of wine by the fire, massage in the spa or lap of the pool is a welcome reward.
Every room at the Singular boasts floor to ceiling windows maximizing the views over the Patagonian fjords. There are 54 Singular Rooms and three spacious Singular Suites with their own living area.
Bathrooms are large and luxurious, with deep tubs and walk-in showers, and toiletries made from olive oil and lavender to aid rejuvenation. Décor is neutral, with sepia photos and antiques providing a colonial touch.
Children are welcome but there are no specific facilities. Given the rugged landscape, this is perhaps a destination for older children, who will enjoy the adventurous side of exploring the region and will be able to participate in some of the outdoor activities. Extra beds are also available should they be required.
Facilities at the Singular include the Singular Wellness spa which incorporates a heated indoor/outdoor swimming pool, sauna and steam room. The restaurant and open-concept kitchen offer innovative Patagonian cuisine.
Daily guided treks, horse rides, cycling and road excursions are offered to guests staying at the Singular Hotel to explore this beautiful Patagonian region,including the Torres del Paine with its stunning lakes, peaks and abundance of Andean wildlife. Boat trips on the Last Hope Sound to the Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers are a highlight in the hotel's comfortable speedboat. There are explorations suitable for all different levels of ability and each afternoon the lodge's expert bilingual guides meet with guests to explain the different options on offer for the following day. Longer full day excursions typically include an outdoor picnic lunch. After a day exploring the great outdoors, the Spa is the perfect retreat.
Jules Maury (Staff)
Design of hotel was truly fabulous in the towns historic old meat packing warehouse inspirational with a dining room and fire and bar area downstairs and a second dining area for breakfast and seating upstairs on mezzanine looking down to main area. Furnishings and dcor amazing and brilliantly integrated with the old historical architecture of what was an old museum of the factory. All the rooms are on Rooms have spectacular outlook and views over the water.
Super bathrooms and very comfortable and spacious rooms.
Great service, very good fresh food and the bar was a lot of fun.
Great ambience everywhere we loved this hotel.
Spa was fantastic with pool opening out half in half out into the sound great massage about $70 so not expensive compared to other hotels.
They have shuttle into town and a great all-day boat trip up the Fjord which is a must as well as amazing guided day with riding then lamb barbque afterwards at their exclusive estancia. Hiking and other trips into the park but you could spend two days here very happily and then only 1.5 hours into the park to one of the lodges there which breaks the journey. 1 hour to Patagonia camp.
Funicular down to the hotel from the top parking area is a spectacular introduction to the hotel.
Lovely walk way along the front and views across the sound to Puerto Natales very pretty at night.
Great spot to choose.
Camilla Greenwood (Staff)
I would really recommend taking a moment to read the history blurbs that are on the walls as you walk from the reception through the machine rooms and up to your room. The hotel was declared a National Momument in 1996 and the story of the property originally starting as a cold storage plant for lamb in 1915, is really interesting and they have done there best to keep the history of the plant alive so you'll actually see the original machines from Birmingham dating back to the turn of the century in their museum/walk ways by the reception. The Singular Patagonia also has hands down the coolest bar & restaurant area, with the feeling of a speakeasy during the industrial revolution, you'll find exposed iron and the high ceilings of a factory paired with big leather sofas, persian rugs and smoky jazz playing in the background, it's a great place to relax with a cocktail before heading over to your table for a delicous and indulgent 3 course dinner!
Ali Andino (Staff)
Located just outside Puerto Natales and about 1.5 hours from Punta Arenas, when you come upon the property it looks quite industrial. Once you are greeted at the concierge area, you can get a feel that they have mixed the old with the new in terms of design. All of the rooms have a view on to the lake. Rooms are spacious and have modern decor with an old school vibe. Over all the service was great. I would recommend for those wanting a comfortable base while doing excursions around the area of the hotel. It's quite far from the towers and massif part of the park, so it works well with a stay in Torres del Paine as well.
Katie Aston (Staff)
The Singular Patagonia is one of the most unique and special hotels that I have had the privilege to stay at. The architects and designers have managed to convert a Victorian cold-storage plant in the middle of Patagonia into a lofty, beautiful and contemporary hotel. From the funicular which takes guests from the reception area down to the hotel, to the gob smacking views from the huge guest rooms over the Last Hope Sound, the indoor/outdoor pool in the modern spa and the buzzy atmosphere in the dual level restaurant and bar area and reminders of the buildings heritage around (you walk through the original Victorian steam room to get to your guest room) every part of the hotel has been meticulously designed.
The Singular is not only a luxury hotel, but takes advantage of its location on the Last Hope Sound and close to the Torres del Paine National Park offering its guests some exciting experiences organized by the hotel's first class guides. Unique to the Singular are its two high-speed boats which take up to 30 guests through the fjords, followed by a short walk to the mesmerizing Serrano and Balmaceda glaciers. They can also organize fly-fishing (Patagonia offers world class fly-fishing due to its pristine glacier fed waters), kayaking, horseback riding and hiking in the Torres del Paine National Park.
Another surprise at the Singular, was the quality of the food - from mouth watering Patagonian lamb, to King Crab ceviche and impossible to resist sticky Dulce de Leche puddings, chef Laurent Pasqualetto has created an exciting menu using the best locally sourced ingredients.
A former sheep-processing plant by Last Hope Sound doesnt sound promising, but this building has been transformed into a startling beautiful hotel-cum-museum. A funicular lift takes guests to check-in, which is a glass cube that looks down onto the pulleys, pumps and pipes that were once so essential to its operation. The tannery is now an open-plan bar and restaurant, and the boiler and engine rooms have been enshrined in glass, like oversized exhibits. The 57 rooms have more than a hint of Edwardian sensibility about them, thanks to the influence of British settlers, with mahogany writing desks, brass lamps and sepia photographs, recalling the plants industrial past. Activities on offer include riding, trekking, boat trips up the nearby fjords and days out on working ranches or in the Torres del Paine National Park, a two hour drive away.
Sleeping in a former abattoir is not to everyone's taste, but this 57-room heritage hotel is in a former frigorfico, a cold-storage plant built in 1915 near Chile's pretty Puerto Natales. Governed by strict conservation rules, local architect Pedro Kovacic has left the original external brickwork intact, installing a funicular to take guests soundlessly down from the hotel entrance (the plant's tannery and herding pens) to a reception area, a glass cube suspended above British-made pulleys, pumps and pipes. Gantries snake past a brace of 1915 Babcock & Wilcox boilers to a bar and restaurant carved from a cavernous chamber, where expertly prepared octopus and king crab are served beneath a corrugated iron roof. Guests can saddle up for horseback forays on neighboring estancias, bike the blustery coast, or chug up Last Hope Sound in the hotel's 16-passenger motor launch. (The Torres del Paine national park, an hour to the north, is also just accessible.) They return to ample rooms decorated with Edwardian good taste - mahogany writing desks, brass lamps and sepia prints of bleating flocks - where the eye is drawn through a plate-glass window to the oystercatchers and upland geese that wade the Sound's wind-whipped shoreline.
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Puerto Natales, Patagonia, Chile
Overlooking the Ultima Esperanza Fjord and surrounded by spectacular Patagonian scenery, just outside Puerto Natales.