Río Rubens, Última Esperanza
Hotel Los Robles, c1930
Since early road conditions were poor,
travellers were obliged to break long journeys at hotels that
sprang up along the main routes. Such hotels also met a variety
of social and economic needs in these isolated regions. Perforce,
they had to be self-sufficient for all main comforts (water, heat,
The hotel at Rubens is one of the few rural hotels to survive
in the modern age of paved highways. It opened its doors in 1930.
The spacious interior, with ornamental woodwork and glass panelling,
is characteristic of the building style of that period.