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The Singular Hotel is located a short drive from the famed Torres Dl Paine National Park, as well as the seaside town of Puerto Natales. Yet, before it was a platform for exploration, the building that houses the hotel served as a cold storage plant in the area. According to the hotel's website, the Frigorifico Bories opened in 1915, and employed hundreds of locals for over 50 years, making it a cornerstone of small town life in Puerto Bories. However, the plant eventually closed in 1971, falling into disuse for decades. It wasn't until after the building was named a National Historical Monument that the owners and descendents of workers at the plant decided to convert the space into a LEED-certified luxury hotel with an emphasis on sustainability.
Past and present
Unlike many building conversions, the owners of the plant decided to maintain much of the design and ambience of the old structure. Concrete floors, exposed brick, and large timber framing are all readily incorporated into the aesthetic of the hotel. It's not difficult for guests to guess which spaces housed engine rooms and blacksmith shops. Yet, despite the obvious factory historicism on display, the hotel still manages to feel warm and inviting. The furnishings of dark wood and leather help to emphasize a vintage industrialism while making spaces cozy and rich. The views over the water are more than enough to bring a bit of light and life onto the premises.
Beyond the building
The expansive views around the hotel are likely to inspire some wanderlust. The nearby Torres Del Paine National Park is an iconic travel destination most easily recognizable by its huge towers of stone that cut into the vast Chilean sky. There is also plenty of hiking in the park. Puerto Natales is the famed seaside town of the region, where travelers can gear up before heading out on their adventures through the Patagonian region. The Singular Hotel also offers private access to mountainous terrain in its backyard, meaning an opportunity for some solitude just a short walk away.
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