For anyone who’s hiked in the Spanish-speaking world, refugio is a familiar term, a place you come across on trails both short and long.
There isn’t an exact English equivalent. The literal translation is “refuge” — as in mountain refuge. Which could be anything from a wooden or stone shack to a fancy Alpine hotel.
The best way to describe the refugios of Torres del Paine is “mountain camp” — a place where you can stay overnight on multi-day hikes. Nothing fancy, yet nothing basic either.
Sixty people can sleep at Torres Central in 10 shared, mixed gender rooms with central heating. Sheets and bed-cover are provided by Fantástico Sur . Bathrooms and shower facilities are also shared.
Additional facilities that include a lounge, restaurant and bar are available at adjacent Hotel Las Torres.