We're two travellers in our late twenties and want a cosy hostel in a safe (but fun) area of Santiago.
We'll be staying about 3 days but hope to get some sleep since we'll be arriving from Sydney. I've heard both Happy House and BellaVista are both good, does anyone have personal experiences with either?
And if so, which do you recommend?
I would not recommend to stay at Bellavista neighborhood. It can get rough at night.
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Just been to Santiago 2weeks ago and stayed in Che Lagarto Hostel, which was really good. Im also in my late 20's and I like a nice party hostel, but i also like to be able to sleep and rest!! I found all that at this hostel, the area was great, by the alameda avenue, 5mins from a metro stop, and 5mins from a supermarket (the hostel has a gorgeous kitchen, and eating out is kinda expensive in chile compared to the rest of SA!)
My friends also stayed at the Casa Roja, which is not too far, but from what i heard, it is more party place even though it is meant to be good too!, cant say for sure, cause i havent been there myself!
Let me know if i can help you in anything else!!
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I would say DONT MISS La Chimba Hostel in Bellavista.It's one of the prettiest parts of the city and situated halfway between the Centre and Providencia.
I wouldn't advise you to stay in Providencia to be honest. In my opinion, it has that sterile anaesthetic feel of the suburbs. Bellavista is where all the clubs, art galleries and quirky restaurants are.
A guy called Ian runs La Chimba, which is a safe secure hostel. The beds are the comfiest Ive ever come across in a hostel. The hostel has a little bar and an outdoor patio area, and in the summer Ian cooks bbqs or has wine tasting evenings. Lots of fun!. There's an AWESOME farmer's market nearby which he might even take you to, and you're encouraged to cook at the hostel.
I stayed ina few places in Santiago in different parts of the city and this was by far the best.
If you really dont want to stay in Bellavita, then check out the Barrio Brazil on the opposite side of the city centre. Its mainly a student area - again lots of great bars and restaurants. They are hard to find, but they are there.
Two hostels to check out here are La Casa Roja or the Hostelling International Santiago.
Price wise, you're looking at about $12US a night for any of those places.
Hope that helps.
Thanks for all the replies!
Samsara, how are the facilities in La Chimba hostel? I've read some dodgy reviews online and was just wondering about showers and toilets ...
Seriously??? Very surprised to hear that. It was like staying at my granny's house.
The facilities are excellent! Superhot showers. Clean bathrooms. You have the choice of an 8 bed dorm ensuite, 4 bed dorm ensuite or double room.
It's the sister hostel for Hostel Bellavista, so you could always check them out too.
Really, I dont think you'd find anything lacking at La Chimba, unless it has gone seriously downhill in the year and a half since I was there.
I stayed in 2 hostels in Santiago.
La Chimba was the first.Very nice and Ian is a fantastic guy.It did feel like your own home however my dorm room wasnt the greatest and no lockers.Plus theres not many showers or toilets.The area is abit of a treck from the centre and the area isnt the best.
Then some months later i stayed at Andes Hostel and it was fantastic.Its very close to the centre and everything was brand new.The beds were fantastic and lockers in all the rooms.It was so clean and the staff were great.A big kitchen and dining area,pool table and tv.I would go back here anyday.