Though it’s spacious and well-kept, on a quiet block, Hostal Araucarias (Obispo Vielmo 71, tel. 067/232707, US$28 pp) seems pricey for a place whose open floor plan lets sounds carry upstairs.
New in 2006, Hostal Español (Sargento Aldea 343, tel./fax 067/242580, www.hostalcoyhaique.cl, US$45/56 s/d with continental breakfast) is a polished product with upstairs view rooms, though it lacks some details. Hotelera San Rafael (Moraleda 343, tel. 067/233733, csanrafael [at] patagoniachile [dot] cl, US$48/59) has added tasteful, spacious, and sunny hotel rooms to a property that was once just cabaña-style accommodations. Hotel Luis Loyola (Prat 455, tel./fax 067/234200, hotelloyolacoyhaique [at] chile [dot] net, US$50/65 s/d) is modern, central, and comfortable.
Despite its unimpressive streetside exterior—hard to see unless you’re really looking for it—Hotelera San Sebastián (Av. Baquedano 496, tel. 067/233021, US$52/70 s/d) has large comfortable rooms with views over the Río Coyhaique.
In some rooms at Hotel Los Ñires (Av. Baquedano 315, tel./fax 067/232261, www.doncarlos.cl, US$52/72 s/d), large beds occupy almost all the floor space, but the baths are spacious, the hot water abundant, and the water pressure steady.
Overseas tour operators often choose Hostal Belisario Jara (Bilbao 662, tel./fax 067/234150, belisariojara [at] entelchile [dot] net, US$70/85 s/d), which has more architectural distinction and personality than most hotels here.
On sprawling west-side grounds, motel-style Hostería Coihaique (Magallanes 131, tel. 067/231137, fax 067/233274, www.hotelsa.cl, US$84/98 s/d) is due to become the new casino and may not survive.
Relocated to a site overlooking the Río Coyhaique, genial Hotel El Reloj (Baquedano 828, tel./fax 067/231108, www.elrelojhotel.cl, US$64/91 s/d with breakfast and without IVA) is one of Coyhaique’s best values, with an outstanding restaurant as well.
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Chile, 2nd edition