- Reviews: 2221
Jose' Nogueira Hotel: Fit for a Queen
This hotel is one of the places that royalty stay when they are in the city.
That street was under going repairs when we were there so we didn't get close.
We didn't stay there because of the noise. Yeah right!
The hotel is in the building on the left. The rest of the building is a museum.
- Reviews: 2221
Finis Terrae Hotel: Restaurant on the top floor
Located in the heart of Punta Arenas, the Finis Terrae Hotel is a perfect place for you to reside and explore the surrounding areas. Breakfast buffet included with room.
This hotel is located next to the Terre del Fuego Hotel where we stayed. We had a look around and it seemed very nice. We ate there one night.
There are good views of the city from the restaurant. It is on the top floor and there are large windows.
- Reviews: 2221
Tierre del Fuego: Good location
I chose to stay at the Tierre del Fuego Hotel because I liked the name plus the price was right. We were not disappointed. It is located right on a very busy street but I loved the bay window and watching the people and traffic.
We had a nice large room with a queen size bed. The bay window overlooking the main street. If you closed the side windows there was no street noise.The room also had a small kitchenette. Great for us who like to have our coffee early and want something besides nescafe.
The rooms with the kitchenette are the same price as the ones without, you just have to request them when booking.
The hotel is within easy walking distance of most everything in the city.
Breakfast is included in the rate.
I would stay here again and recommend it to others.c%*
The kitchenette had a gas stove, small fridge, and a sink. Nothing in the cabinets or drawers.
Lucky for us we had a corkscrew and a pocket knife. We bought some glasses, a cup, and a tea pot.
- Reviews: 1009
Puerto Natales - Kawashkar backpacker's hostel
A two storey house has been converted to a very warm and cosy guesthouse. The staff is very efficient and friendly. You feel at home from the first moment. In the back yard there are lovely rosebushes embracing the spacious camping site. They can help you with your ascend to Torres de Paine and keep your big bags while you are away. There is a well-equipped kitchen for you to use and a lot of films for the evening cocooning after the trekking. The best thing is the familiar atmosphere and the homelike decoration that inevitably make you relax. Nice music, too!!!
The 2007 prices are 3,000p(6$US) for a dorm bed and 5,000 (10$US) for a regular room with breakfast.
For more info click here Kawashkar backpacker's hostel
People respect each other being very quiet while others are sleeping.
- Reviews: 1009
Villarica - Torre Suiza!
I had seen an ad of Torre Suiza and had decided to stay there. I was happy to find out that the hotel met all my expectations.
It is a warm and happy wooden chalet in the middle of a nice garden. It's just three blocks from the bus terminal.
The building reminds of a big family house. The colours are pleasant and optimistic. The decoration simple. The beds are of good quality and breakfast is a revelation as whole grain bread and home made jam are dancing in your mouth ! Fruit and yogurt and oat meals and syrup and muesli...everything is there ! There are also bikes for rent, book exchange, laundry service, parking space and baggage storage. You can use the kitchen .
The couple owning it have ridden their bike for thousands of kilometers all over the world. Then they decided to settle down in the peaceful and charming city of Villarica and open this guesthouse. Very good plans, my friends...I have had this same idea in my mind for years. Someday I may follow your steps....
There are very nice things to do in Villarica and they are going to arrange the best for you. Biking tours, trekking in the Parks, or climbing Volcano Villarica, horse riding or hot spring baths !!!
Prices (in 2007) 6,000 to 12,000ch pesos.(12$US--24$US)
- Reviews: 1009
Casa Azul in Puerto Varas
The inside of the hotel is very neat and tidy, made of wood, with a large kitchen for breakfast not included in the price( 5 $US extra). But you still have a choice, if you are short of money..You can buy things in the nearby Market or supermarkets - just a few blocks away- and cook your own meals.
The hotel is well organized and well-run. There is an internet service but the connection is awful unless something changes.. The beds are good and warm. There is a beautiful garden with hammocks for..more leisure time. Also car park, disk burning, healthy food, book exchange, table games, Laundry service, information and more. Interesting destinations around are Lake Todos los Santos with the emerald waters, the Passage to Argentina "Cruce de Los Lagos", Petrohue with the wonderful "waterfall", not very wild but extremely beautiful !!
Prices are 14 $US for dorm beds--23 $US for a single, 31$US for a double room with common bathroom and 43 $US for private bath room.
- Reviews: 1009
Santiago-Sammy's backpackers' guesthouse
Sammy's hostel was named after the owner's beloved dog...It's a colourful, brand new guesthouse with a lot of space, comfortable beds and a lot of facilities. Backpackers , I am sure you will like it ! Charles himself, the owner, is a very warm person and a perfect host. There is a healthy, generous breakfast included in the price. As well as fast internet, a pool table, a fully-equipped kitchen for you to cook your meals, a table football and a comfortable living room to relax, talk with your friends and watch movies. There is also a shady patio for the warm summer days. There is also an option of staying free if you are prepared to work in the hostel for a few hours..if you are needed..
Get into his Sammy page to read about his story...
2007 prices: dorm rooms 10 US$/ single rooms 16 US$, double room 13 US$pp
- Reviews: 1009
a home away from home..: Casa Amarilla - Santiago
If I ever go back to Santiago I will go straight to Casa Amarilla. The familiar atmosphere and the frequent warm fiestas make you want to stay for ever... The owner, Maria, is a wonderful person who knows very well how to make you feel at home. She is cool, smiling and relaxed. So is everybody staying there... It's actually a two building guesthouse where students stay for a long time. But you can also share their common life enjoying the huge yard with the very tall fruit trees, the daily warm fiestas, and their happy temperament. They are also recycling everything ! You can wash your clothes in a washing machine, cook your meals in a well-equipped kitchen, relax on the hammocks in the shade of the garden and make a host of new friends. You hear no city sounds and you see no buildings, as if you aren't in the hectic center of Santiago. You can pick avocados from the trees and join the eating-drinking-singing of the long lunches-dinners which can last for the whole day..The rooms are simply but warmly furnished. There is also a free Internet outlet if you are carrying your laptop. The neighborhood is very quite.
Every morning I woke up with the beautiful singing of the birds and the divine fragrance of the jasmine outside my window.
We cooked recipes of our countries and exchanged long stories in a family atmosphere. One fiesta lasted from 3.00 in the evening until 3.00 in the morning....When the time to go came I decided to stay more and see some more of what Santiago had to offer.
It's just two blocks away from Cumming Metro station. Very convenient for your daily outings.
The prices are US$9-13 single/double but there are discounts if you stay for a week or for ...a month or even for...a year.
- Reviews: 1221
HOSTAL FLORIDA: SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA
- I love the GREAT hammock area in the courtyard, I spent hours lying there reading...
- Organises BBQ frequently
- Very friendly and crazy staff
- Nice, firm beds
- Shower facilities are few
Dorms : 4000 Chilean Peso (2005)
- Reviews: 24
Diego de Almagro Talca: Excellent Accomodations in Talca
The Diego De Almagro Talca was a very nice accomodation with an excellent restaurant and walking distance to shopping and parks. The staff was very polite and accomodating and the rooms were very high standard and clean. The hotels seemed to cater to a business crowd and that might be a reason that the restaurant and amenities were good. Looking around the town you could do a lot worse. It appeared to be proabably the best in the city.
The Andes are right out your window and the hotel boasts a very nice pool. English is spoken at the desk, but that is the only place. I had a humorous time asking some maids for a towel for the pool. It took about ten minutes, but I finally was taken to the laundry where I made my point. While at the pool one day a group of high school girls came by and waved and shouted at me. It was pretty funny as I am sure that they were poking good natured fun at the gringo! It was cute.
- Reviews: 13
I STAY IN HOSTEL YAGAN: HOSTEL/PUERTO WILLIAMS/ISLA NAVARINO/CHILE/
The pickings are slim but reasonably priced; however, note that travelers will not find luxury in Puerto Williams. Basic, clean accommodation can be found at the Hostería Camblor, Calle Patricio Cap Deville (tel. 61/621033; email@example.com), which has six newer rooms for $12 to $18 per person, and some rooms come with a kitchenette. The Camblor also has a restaurant that occasionally serves as the local disco on Friday and Saturday nights, so noise could be a problem. Another simple but comfortable place is the Hostal Yagan, Piloto Pardo 260 (tel. 61/621334; firstname.lastname@example.org), with doubles for $15. For dining, try the convivial Club de Yates Micalvi (tel. 61/621020), housed in an old supply ship that is docked at the pier, which serves as the meeting spot for an international crowd of adventurers sailing around Cape Horn. Or try the Hostería Camblor's restaurant or Los Dientes de Navarino (tel. 61/621074), on the plaza. Also try the Restaurant Cabo de Hornos, Ricardo Maragano 146 (on the second floor; tel. 61/621232), for Chilean specialties.
THERE ARE ONLY VERY SIMPLE HOSTELS OR GESTHOUSE EVEN MY HOSTEL YAGAN WAS MORE ROOM IN A PRIVAT HOUSE THAN HOSTEL .
- Reviews: 2
Mixed Review at Fundo San Bonifacio, Chanco, Chile
Definitely mixed reviews regarding our stay at Fundo San Bonifacio, a rural tourism option located in Chanco, Chile.
A country setting in a relatively remote area, excellent food, a gracious hostess, horseback riding and country charm.
The owner was not upfront about not accepting credit cards. The whole time we were planning this trip we told him we wanted to pay by credit card but he claimed he couldn't get the deposit through, even after we contacted our bank several times to alert them of this upcoming overseas charge. After we considered canceling our stay, the owner told us not to worry and that we would resolve it upon arrival. What ended up as working out was us having to walk to the nearest village on a daily basis to take out as much money as the machine would release, so that we could have enough cash to pay for our stay. Definitely a huge inconvenience.
On our last day, after having gone to the village for one last time to get cash and having handed it over to the owner, he talked us into taking the bus back to Santiago, even though we had already paid him for a transfer back to the nearest railway station (about 50 US dollars). He told us a long story about how we absolutely would not get a seat on the train without a prior reservation and how the bus was much nicer. This turned out to be false and we ended up stuck in a horrible, hot and dusty bus that stopped several times along the way and thus took about 3 hours longer to get to Santiago than the train.
So unfortunately, I would definitely think twice about considering Fundo San Bonifacio. The owner has a lot to learn about hospitality. This is too bad, because the stay itself was pleasant, but we felt that as soon as this man had our money (in cash), he couldn't get rid of us fast enough.
- Reviews: 2572
Hosteria de la Colina: Volcan Villarica view
I don't know that I'd go as far as ranking the Hosteria de la Colina in the Top 10 of Chile's hotels as one well-known American guidebook does, but it is undoubtedly a most attractive place and its hosts, Glenn and Beverly Aldrich, certainly put a huge amount of thought and effort into making their guests' stay as comfortable and welcoming as possible.
Set in lovely gardens, with a views of Volcan Villaricca and the lake, the Hosteria is a charming place. We stayed two nights and had one of the garden cabanas - a pine-lined spacious room with a wide deck and huge windows. There are more rooms in the main house, some with views of the volcano. A wide terrace overlooks the garden at the front of the main house, perfect for pre-dinner drinks and watching the sun go down.
Good home-style cooking is the signature of the Hosteria's dining room. It was American Thanksgiving whilst we were there, so dinner that night included turkey and traditional Thanksgiving treats. The menu, which changes every day, is displayed on a chalk board and features three choices of starters and main dishes - and home-made icecream is always on the menu. Breakfast is an ample American feast, offering pancakes, eggs done in different ways (a welcome change from the ubiquitous scrambled encountered everywhere else), bacon, home-baked bread and home-made preserves, and - bliss - grilled tomatoes for those with a hankering for a great British (or Australian) breakfast. Picnic lunch boxes are available by arrangement.
Glenn and Beverley really do go the extra mile in helping their guests have a good time. Loads of books, maps and information are on hand to help you plan your days. Glenn is a fount of local information and more than happy to share that - and his delicious home-smoked trout.
Internet access, a daily laundry service, a small bar and games room all add to the amenities. Booking is definitely advisable, especially once the summer season picks up.
- Reviews: 2572
Gran Hotel Isabel Riquelme: Central Chillan
Like most of Chillan's buildings, the Gran Hotel doesn't have a lot of style - the result of necessity when virtually the whole city had to be rebuilt following the huge earthquake of 1939. However, what it lacks in elegance it makes up for in its central location, good-sized rooms - ours was huge, comfortable beds, an excellent restaurant, friendly and helpful staff, good pisco sours in the bar and spacious public areas. As the "best" hotel in town, it is busy - we got the last two rooms on our first stay and we were pleased enough with it to book rooms before we left to be sure of having a reservation on our way back to Santiago.
The Gran's location, on a corner facing the Plaza de Armas on one side and the town's busy pedestrian Auraco Street on the other, does mean the rooms facing the park are definitely quieter than those on the street side. Ifg you like to sleep with the window open, ask for a room facing the park.
We ate in the hotel restaurant on both nights we stayed in Chillan - good food, well-cooked, with lots of regional dishes and game on the menu and an excellent wine list to complement the food. Quite formal, it's obviously very popular with the local people.
- Reviews: 2572
Hotel Orly: A Santiago gem
Two stays at Hotel Orly confirmed the advice we were given - that this is one of the best hotel options in Santiago - small, reasonably priced, very comfortable and quiet - and deservedly popular, so booking ahead is most advisable.
Prettily furnished (but not in the least fussy)with antique-style pieces and soft colours, and immaculately clean, the rooms are welcome haven from the hustle and bustle of the city streets. Breakfast in the little garden room was a great way to start each day, and the guest's internet access on the first floor was often a good way to end it with a bedtime email to family and friends back home. A book exchange table in the small lounge was a thoughtful touch.
I would certainly stay here again, and have already passed the contact on to a friend who will be visiting Santaiago shortly, I know she will be as happy with her stay as we were.
The rooms may be small but they are comfortable and elegantly furnished, as are the public areas with their oriental rugs, soft lighting and attractive floral displays; the location is excellent (a quiet, tree-lined street just a block from a metro station, a short walk from the river and around the corner from busy Providencia Avenue ); breakfast is an ample buffet of fresh fruit, ham, cheese, eggs, breads and cake that can be taken a pretty glass-roofed conservatory; the hotel cafe on the streetfront serves excellent coffee and light meals as well as providing a platform for one of my favourite occupations - people watching (and one of Santiago's best and most popular Italian restaurants, Liguria, is all but next door); rates are very reasonable and the staff are helpful and obliging ... all in all, the Orly is an outstanding example of the sort of hotel all travellers hope they'll find - a charming and individual small hotel
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