This funky laid out hostel is expensive for what you get. The rooms are nicely decorated, but the common area is minimal and basic. And dragging your luggage through all the different nooks and crannies is a bit difficult.
Voted Latin America's best hostel a number of times by online bookers, La Chimba is located in the trendy Bellavista area just four blocks away from Plaza Italia and within walking distance to anywhere else. Barrio Bellavista is by far the best area to stay in when in Santiago and you won't want to move too far from this area as everything to see and do is right here. Ski season is open! There are daily departures to all main ski resorts from our doorstep! Our facilities include free linen, free kitchen facilities, free luggage storage, free internet (including Wi-Fi),laid back atmosphere , cheap airport transportation, helpful English-speaking staffBreakfast is included.We're open 24 hours a day so there's no curfew or lockout. Also check out our renowned sister hostel, Bellavista Hostel, also listed here on Hostelworld.You must be 18 or older to check in to La Chimba.
Check-in: 13.30Check-out: 10.30You're welcome to leave your luggage in the hostel if the room is not yet ready.Payment is due upon arrival by cash (USD or CLP) or credit card. Payment by Chilean peso will incur a 19% VAT tax surcharge.A bureau de change is located a block away from the hostel for your convenience.
E. Pinto Lagarrigue 262 Barrio Bellavista
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This funky laid out hostel is expensive for what you get. The rooms are nicely decorated, but the common area is minimal and basic. And dragging your luggage through all the different nooks and crannies is a bit difficult. It's also a very old building and our private room was next to an outdoor common area that echoed with all the voices making it difficult to sleep. There is a nice restaurant square a few blocks away. But we found Bella Artes to be the best area to stay in and visit Bella Vista by day.
In our tired state traveling from Australia the day before, we forgot one of our iPhones plugged in in the common area as we were catching a late flight to Ecuador. As soon as we got Internet, we emailed the hostel and asked if they found it and could hold onto it for us until we returned in a month. We received a response from an employee, Diego Herrera Montellano saying it was tempting to keep it, but he would hold it for us since its not safe to leave at the hostel. We sent multiple emails in the weeks coming up to our return with no response. We finally called and were told he no longer worked there. We found him on FB, but he hasn't responded to our emails. The manager was very nice and recommended we file a police report, but said it wasn't there and no one else knew anything about it. It's a sad thing when you can't even trust the staff. Shame on you Diego Herrera Montellano!
Autumn and Abe
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Had a really good stay with very helpful staff and a awesome bunch of other travellers staying there as well, I would recomend La Chimba to anyone as a good place to stay while in Santiago
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* The Customer Satisfaction score is based on a combination of ratings from Travellerspoint and external websites. The score of 84% for this property is based on ratings provided by 178 guests.