3 Best Hostels in Puerto Natales, Chile – the Gateway to Torres del Paine National Park

Best Hostels in Puerto Natales

Welcome to our handwritten guide to the absolute best Hostels in Puerto Natales, Chile.

Puerto Natales serves as the gateway to one of Chile’s most iconic and culturally significant landmarks, Torres del Paine National Park. Every year, visitors from all over the world pass through this small port town on their way to explore one of the world’s most beautiful regions, Patagonia, and end up staying for the quant beauty and humility of Puerto Natales.

Our favorite hostels in Puerto Natales are:

  1. El Patagónico Hostel - best for Female Solo Travellers
  2. Hostal Boutique Factoria Patagonia - best for Couples
  3. Hostal Camino de Santiago - best for Backpackers

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While the town may appear to be just another stop on the way to Torres del Paine, there is so much more to love about Puerto Natales. For the average traveler, spending a few days before and after your treks will provide much-needed peace and quiet, and luckily, Hostelgeek’s three best hostels in Puerto Natales will make your stay even better.

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This guide is perfect for YOU, when you…

  • are tired of crappy hostels!
  • want a social Hostel to actually meet people
  • are happy to spend $1 to $2 more for a much better experience

What we cover in this article?

  • cheapest hostels in Puerto Natales
  • best hostels in Puerto Natales for solo traveler
  • discounts and promo codes
  • How to book?
  • All hostel and sights on a map
  • FAQ
  • Flights
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    Quick Introduction to Puerto Natales

    Average price for a bed: Hostels in Puerto Natales cost 18€ – 25€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 33€ up to 85€ per night. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.

    Prices always depend on season and holidays. Please always check exact rates on Hostelz.com or Hostelworld.com.

    Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check-Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.

    Additional Information for backpacking in Puerto Natales: 

    Torres del Paine National Park, the main attraction of Puerto Natales, is a natural, earth-made mecca of jaw-dropping glaciers, pristine lakes, rivers, and bountiful mountains that cover the Patagonia territory of southern Chile. Visitors to the park, which receives nearly 300,000 tourists each year, will be enthralled by the flora and fauna of one of the planet’s most fascinating creations. Guanacos (a llama-like mammal), foxes, pumas, and dozens of bird species, including hawks, owls, and flamingos, roam the land, and the breathtaking vegetation of flowers and trees will have you wondering if you’ve entered a beautiful, alternative reality.

    Torres del Paine National Park can be reached in a variety of ways. If you’re driving from Puerto Natales, you can easily drive to the park and park in the public lot until your visit is over. The public bus is the cheapest and most convenient way to get to the park. All buses from Terminal Rodoviario leave around 7 a.m. and arrive about two hours later. The bus ticket is approximately 11 USD. Otherwise, you can book one of the many guided tours that depart from Puerto Natales, where you can stay for one, two, or three days.

    Entrance to the park ranges from 35 USD to 50 USD, depending on the length of your stay. If you plan on staying overnight at one of the park’s hotels, book well in advance, especially during peak season, as rooms fill up quickly. For the extra adventurous, camping in the heart of Patagonia rather than staying in one of the hotels will be the experience of a lifetime and another item crossed off your things to do before you die bucket list.

    Visitors only need one day to see everything in Puerto Natales after visiting Torres del Paine National Park. But, that doesn’t mean there aren’t other spectacular sights to see in the area. Milodon Cave is a paleontologist hotspot for those interested in human life dating back to 6,000 BC. Visitors will be fascinated by this incredible rock formation as well as learn about South America’s prehistoric wonders.

    Did you know? Patagonia’s glaciers date back to the last Ice Age. During the high season, which runs from December to March, visitors can take boat trips to marvel at the great Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers, which can be found a few hours north in Bernardo O’Higgins National Park. This day trip from Puerto Natales usually lasts all day, and you’ll enter a near-fantasy land of grand mountains painted in vibrant white to contrast the natural South American rustic greenery.

    Cycling, kayaking, and horseback riding are also fun ways to explore Puerto Natales and its nearby areas.

    Traveling south of the equator may cause weather confusion, but Puerto Natales’s proximity to Antarctica should clarify that summer typically lasts from November to March. The rainiest months are April to July, with July being the coldest month, so plan accordingly. Don’t forget to bring jackets and warm pants— Puerto Natales is notoriously windy year-round and the nights can get very chilly.

    If you’re looking for some (very cold) swimming and stress-free hiking while in Puerto Natales, take a thirty-minute drive to Lake Sofia, where locals spend their free time. Cerro Dorotea, a nice mountain overlooking Puerto Natales ten minutes away, is a popular hiking spot closer to town, also popular with tourists looking to maximize their stay.

    A trip to Chile will be the trip of a lifetime, with Patagonia’s beloved Puerto Natales and the Torres del Paine National Park unquestionably the highlights. The town and its environs are culturally and geographically significant in their own right, and should not be overlooked when planning your Patagonia itinerary. Bring extra camera batteries, charge your GoPro, and get ready for the journey of a lifetime; the most beautiful place on Earth awaits.

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    The 3 Best Hostels in Puerto Natales are …

    Let’s jump right into the coolest hostels in Puerto Natales.

    1. El Patagónico Hostel – best for Female Solo Travellers
    2. Hostal Boutique Factoria Patagonia – best for Couples
    3. Hostal Camino de Santiago – best for Backpackers

    These are our favorite hostels in Puerto Natales. We want to make your life even easier, so we put all accommodations on a map for you. We even added our own tips for favorite restaurants, things to see, and more.

    Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type

    🦸 Solo Traveler: El Patagónico Hostel
    🙎‍♀️ best for Female Solo Traveler: El Patagónico Hostel
    🎒 For Backpackers:Hostal Camino de Santiago
    👩‍❤️‍👨Couple Hostel: Hostal Boutique Factoria Patagonia
    👨‍👩‍👦 Family Hostel: Hostal Camino de Santiago
    👩‍💻 For Digital Nomads: Hostal Boutique Factoria Patagonia
    👫 For Socializing:Hostal Camino de Santiago

    1. El Patagónico Hostel

    El Patagónico Hostel , a colorful and family-run hostel in Chile, is ideal for female solo travelers.

    Prioritizing relaxation, security, and a place of calm for tired trekkers, this hostel ensures that every guest enters a cozy and calm home away from home and leaves feeling refreshed to continue their travels in, around, and beyond Puerto Natales.

    The hostel is the ideal size: not so large that it becomes cold and impersonal, but not so small that privacy is compromised. Guests mingle in the hostel’s common room, which resembles a living room at a close friend’s house, and take advantage of the many amenities available, including a fully equipped kitchen and dining room. This cozy hostel has a mixed dormitory with five and six beds, private rooms with two and three beds, and a double room for couples.

    This hostel is centrally located, with a ten-minute walk to the bus station and easy access to restaurants in town, so there will be no shortage of food and drinks to celebrate the end of your Torres del Paine trek. The hostel rents out camping equipment as well as tours, excursions, and bus tickets at the front desk. Guests will quickly recognize El Patagonico Hostel as their Puerto Natales home for a relaxing and secure stay.

    Location: This hostel is situated in Puerto Natales, less than 1 km from Puerto Natales Bus Station and a 9-minute walk from Municipal Museum of History. Puerto Natales Main Square is just a 10 minutes from the backpacker hostel, while Maria Auxiliadora Church is 5 minutes. The nearest airport is Teniente Julio Gallardo Airport, 7 km from the accommodation.

    The best choice in Puerto Natales for

    • Female Solo Travellers
    Book El Patagónico Hostel here

    Check prices at:
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    El Patagónico Hostel Common Space

    El Patagónico Hostel Room

    2. Hostal Boutique Factoria Patagonia

    Hostal Boutique Factoria Patagonia is a luxurious boutique hostel in the heart of Puerto Natales, where you can spend your afternoons admiring the scenery from the pier, shopping for souvenirs, and finding everything you need to continue your travels after your stay.

    The Municipal Historical Museum, as well as several cafes and restaurants, are less than five minutes away.

    One significant advantage of staying at this hostel is that all rooms have private bathrooms! There are two mixed rooms for four and six people, one private room, and a twin room for two people. Guests praise Factoria Patagonia’s luxuriousness, many complimenting it feels more like a hotel rather than a backpacker hostel. The hostel’s restaurant serves some of the best food in Puerto Natales, ensuring quality and delicious dining for both guests and non-guests, and lunch and dinner meal bookings can be made before even arriving at the hostel!

    Factoria Patagonia attracts mature travelers looking for privacy and comfort, making it the ideal alternative to hostels with heavy drinking, partying, and noise. After a tiring Patagonia hike, you’ll feel as if you’re living like royalty at this one-of-a-kind hostel, so much so that you won’t want to stay at another hostel after spending time here.

    Location: This hostel is located in the heart of the city just steps from the coastal edge and its beautiful view of the mountains, and close to craft shops, coffee shops and a wide range of restaurants. It is 2.9 km from the bus station. Municipal Museum of History is 800 m from the accommodation, while Ether Aike Artisanal Village is 1.1 km away.

    A great choice for

    • Couples
    Book Hostal Boutique Factoria Patagonia here

    Check prices at:
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    Hostal Boutique Factoria Patagonia Bar

    Hostal Boutique Factoria Patagonia Room

    3. Hostal Camino de Santiago

    When exploring the region, a stay at Hostal Camino de Santiago is superb.

    The hostel is only twelve minutes from the bus station, so travelers will have a place to stay as soon as they arrive. Also in the heart of the city, the hostel is close to restaurants, ATMs, and supermarkets. The Camino de Santiago is ideal for backpackers and solo travelers exploring Chile, as it is a popular lodging option for those seeking rest and socialization while in Puerto Natales.

    Although there is only one mixed, 4-bed dormitory, the hostel offers a variety of rooms to suit any visitor. One individual private room has a king-sized bed and the other has a twin-sized bed. The three and four-bed private rooms are ideal for close friends.

    The hostel is always spotless and well-kept.

    Camino de Santiago functions more like a bed and breakfast than an impersonal hostel, as evidenced by the numerous positive reviews. The hostel’s owners, a Chilean-Spanish couple, take excellent care of their guests, ensuring that tours and transportation are booked and on time. The hostel serves meals that are a mix of Spanish, Venezuelan, and Chilean cuisine. Coffee and tea are available all day, along with tapas. You can’t go wrong with Hostal Camino de Santiago for a relaxed and enjoyable stay.

    Location: The Hostel is situated in Puerto Natales, 1 km from Puerto Natales Bus Station. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Municipal Museum of History, Puerto Natales Main Square and Maria Auxiliadora Church.

    This is one of the best hostels in Puerto Natales for

    • Backpackers
    Book Hostal Camino de Santiago here

    Check prices at:
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    Hostal Camino de Santiago Common Space

    Hostal Camino de Santiago Dorm

    Best Hostels in Puerto Natales for Solo Travelers? 

    What is seriously the best hostel in Puerto Natales for solo-travelers?

    The best hostel in Puerto Natales for solo-travelers is El Patagónico Hostel .

    It offers a warm and relaxing atmosphere from which you can prepare or recover from regional trekking excursions. You would love the central kitchen space with skyroof; it is great place to meet other travellers and soak in some sun and warm up, especially during the free breakfast time. Rooms are comfortable and clean, and everything is so clean and comfortable.

    Book El Patagónico Hostel here

    Check prices at:
    Hostelworld | Booking.com | Hostelz.com

    El Patagónico Hostel Dorm

    What about the cheapest hostels in Puerto Natales?

    Of course, there are always cheap hostels. But how do you actually find them? When you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you want to save every dollar, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Puerto Natales.

    1. Open Hostelz.com with a full list of all hostels in Puerto Natales
    2. add your dates
    3. Order the listings by price

    Simple as that.

    Hostelz.com is a price comparison site for hostels. They list every single one in the world and tells you exactly which website is cheaper to use.

    Another smart Tip: Check what is actually included, and what is excluded. Take a closer look at the location, too. A further location might mean more costs in transport.

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    How to book?

    The most popular booking platforms are Booking.com and Hostelworld.com. On both platforms, your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.

    We included some handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.

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    We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible! All of Puerto Natales best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish and good hostels, secure your room/bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.

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    Our Favorite Hostels in Puerto Natales put on a map + sights

    Let us have a look at the map. Below, we list all three best Puerto Natales hostels on a map.

    Personally, we love to plan our trips with a map having all sights and potential hostels on it. We thought this map will help you with planning your trip too.

    In Puerto Natales we absolutely enjoyed:

    • Monumento de la Mano
    • Torres del Paine National Park
    • Plaza de Armas Arturo Prat
    • Muelle Historico
    • Mylodon Cave Natural Monument
    • Monumento al viento
    • Municipal Historical Museum

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    Flights to Puerto Natales?

    The official name of Puerto Natales Airport is Teniente Julio Gallardo Airport. This a tiny airport located just 7 km from the city centre. You can fly directly to Puerto Natales from Santiago to the Teniente Julio Gallardo Airport (PNT) via a 3 hour flight. A 10 minute taxi ride can be taken from the small airport to the downtown area where the majority of hotels and accommodations are located in Natales.

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