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    Postcard from Pucon

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    Hotel Antumalal, in Pucon, Chile. Photography by Elizabeth Bollinger.

    Dear ArchitectureWeek,

    Traveling in southern Chile recently, I was delighted to discover a lovely hotel in Pucon. Situated on a steep wooded hill overlooking Lago Villarica, the Hotel Antumalal is more than a hotel; it is an architectural experience. With a backdrop of snowcapped mountains, the small intimate hotel is surrounded by acres of beautiful gardens.

    Designed by Chilean architect Jorge Elton in 1945, the hotel was built in the Bauhaus tradition with a modern form, totally in harmony with nature. Hotel Antumalal consists of two elongated wings and the separate Royal Cottage, home to Queen Elizabeth during her stay in southern Chile. Each of the 16 rooms has a fireplace and a view of the lake and gardens through wall-sized windows. The rooms are appointed with Bauhaus-style furniture, maintained to preserve their original look and feel.

    In the language of the Mapuche Indians, Antumalal means "Corral of the Sun." On the premises, guests enjoy a heated indoor-outdoor swimming pool, health center, tennis court, private beach, and docks for water sports. Within 15 minutes of the hotel, it is possible to visit hot springs, national parks, gigantic waterfalls, and volcanic caves.

    If you travel to southern Chile, treat yourself to a stay at Antumalal!

    On the road in Pucon,
    Elizabeth Bollinger

     

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