Hotel Antumalal began as a tea room at the edge of Lake Villarrica. In 1944 Catalina Pollak and her mother Davita, with the help of culinary traditions from their homeland Prague, delighted their clients who visited by boat under the command of Guillermo Pollak, from Pucón.
In honor of the extraordinary sunsets over the lake, the couple called the place Antumalal, meaning Corral of the Sun in the Mapuche language. Summer tourists travelled by boat to sample the delights of the café. One day the President of Chile, Gabriel González Videla travelled over the water to visit the café. Don Guillermo, full of enthusiasm for his dream to build a hotel on the beautiful site, approached the president with a request for a loan to build a work of architecture that would make Chile proud. Videla was impressed, and helped Don Guillermo get his first loan. Thus the Hotel Antumalal was born.
The NEW Lake House is the remodeled original Antumalal Lake Café, an icon of modern architecture in Chile. Located in a privileged corner of the 5 hectare private park at the edge of Lake Villarrica, the building has been transformed into a modern space.
Sleeping up to 6 people it offers a king double room with en suite, and two twin doubles sharing an additional bathroom. The NEW Lake House Antumalal includes a private terrace, fireplace, spacious kitchen and living area designed to deliver relaxation with panoramic views and in understated luxury.
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The hotel you enjoy today is a testament to the perseverance of Guillermo, Catalina and Davita. As the years passed the Antumalal’s reputation grew and it has become one of the premier destination hotels in Chile. Many noteworthy guests such as Queen Elizabeth of England, Neil Armstrong, James Stewart, Barry Goldwater and Emma Thompson have stayed here. Today the family tradition continues, and the magic of the Antumalal, along with its reputation for personalized service, continues to delight travelers from around the world.