We left Angostura at 11a.m. and arrived at Termas de Chillán at 3:15 p.m. having driven 370 easy km. We looked at several different housing options in the ski valley: an apartment and a couple of lower priced hotels, before going to the fancy, 5-star hotel. None of the other accommodations were comfortable or appropriate for us. (They were nearly empty because the ski season hadn't started yet and would be cold and unattended.) The hotel was buzzing. And it was grossly expensive.
We paid the exorbitant rate at the Grand Hotel Termas de Chillán and were rewarded with a fabulous snow overnight--the first of the season on May 30thThe thermal pools were outdoors and lovely. The arrangement of the thermal pools and the gym resulted in our going up and down stairs in an awkward way. It's as if no one ever used the gym, followed by the steam, sauna, thermal pools and then wanted to shower in the spa area (which is our natural progression).
We stayed in Suite 608 at Grand Hotel Termas de Chillán (fono (56-42) 278-100, e-mail: email@example.com, web: http://www.skichillan.com/) with 3 meals included for $506. The first thing we did is go to the tiny gym (they did have a treadmill for me and bike for Dimitri). Then we used the thermal pools.
Dinner was okay but not nearly as good as it should have been. We retired to our suite to watch TV (from our sofa in the living room, not from the bed) and then awoke to a surprise view of our car, skis and bikes!
Our car, our bikes and (can you see our skis buried on top of the car?) outside the Gran Hotel Termas de Chillán