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Panguipulli, Chile

Hotel Nothofagus

This enchanting rainforest hotel looks as though it grew from the forest itself. 

Rising up out of the Chilean rainforest like some Wookiee fortress, the Hotel Nothofagus turns a stay in the rain forest into a stay IN the rainforest.  

Located next door to the Montana Magica Lodge, the Hotel Nothofagus is just as special. The Nothofagus is at least seven stories tall and is made almost entirely of wood. Situated in the middle of the forest, this hotel has a central atrium that reaches from the bottom of the lowest floor to a skylight on the roof. The hotel rooms are all positioned around this and have views overlooking the forest, a single ramp leading up past all the rooms. In all, there are 55 suites and multiple common dining areas. 

Visitors can even climb to the roof (there’s also an elevator) and get a view of the nearby Choshuenco Volcano. The building itself looks like something from the forest moon of Endor, home of the Ewoks in Star Wars.

Beyond even the magic of the hotel itself, rope bridges connect it to the equally fantastical Montana Magica Lodge next door. The rainforest might be one of the most mysterious and magical environments on the planet, so it’s somewhat surprising that a hotel could make it even more so. 

Know Before You Go

Location on the map is off by about 140 miles. Actual location is 39-52-09S 071-54-51E. It is right off Rt 203. You may want to use the Montana Magica Lodge next door as a reference, as it is also in Atlas Obscura (though the location of the Lodge as mapped is a little bit off, it will get you close). It is 1.7 miles west/northwest of Puerto Fuy by car.