Driving around Calama at night looking for a Hotel was a bit of a hair rising experience. After seeing some of the places we were directed to, this hotel was indeed paradise in the desert! The rooms were very good and clean. It was ensuite, had a safe and TV. The hotel had some arrangement with a nearby parking lot, which gives a discount for parking overnight (and you do need secure parking if you are driving a 4x4 pickup in Calama!). We had dinner and breakfast at the hotel. Dinner did not have much of a choice and was not great, but breakfast was OK. Would recommend if you have to stay the night in Calama, but you are better off moving to your next destination if you possibly can and avoid Calama altogether!
I’ve stayed overnight in Calama 3 times: the first one, I made a vivac on the riverside, after arriving on a very belated train from Bolivia; the second time, I spent one night in a quiet boarding house near the market, and the last time was last March, when I stayed at a friend’s home (which is the most recommendable choice).
So, if I have to recommend a “commercial” budget place to stay, I’d say that the best area to look for is that of Sotomayor (one block east of the main square), or around Ramirez streets, where there are several decent budget hotels and residenciales (boarding houses) that won’t accept rent rooms by-the-hour, so one can sleep in peace.
Make sure that hot water is available at the time you plan to get up (in some cases, it is available only at specific times of the day).
Average price for them is US$ 6,50 per person, and up.
Sort by: Most recent | Most helpful