need a little help with a hostel in santiago de chile as well, would be great if it is close to the bus terminus,,i plan to take a bus to san pedro de atacama and am in santiago just for a night..so dont plan to do much sight seeing in santiago..any hostel thats closest to the bus station would be great.
Thanks everybody for ur invaluable suggestions!
I stayed in a couple of places in Santiago in January, the best was Hostal Forestal. Its one of the most random hostels I have stayed in when travelling - its just like being at home. Friendly, great fun, amazing bbq and beers.
Its listed on the lonely planet site, here are the main details:
Coronel Santiago Bueras 120
Atmosphere: Backpacker - Upmarket and Party
Price Range: Budget
i heard that the best place to stay in santiago is Barrio Brasil, i got some hostels names from http://www.trekcafe.com/Travel-Destinations/?action=CL and i wonder if it is infact the place to stay in santiago?
I stayed a night in Santiago before boarding a bus to Arica the next day. Stayed in a place called EcoHostel Santiago. I'm not sure in exactly which area it was located, but I knew that it wasn't far and the bus terminal was only a metro ride away. Very convenient.
The area was nice and quiet, the hostel i must say was a bit like a kindergarten due to the colours and paintings on the walls, but they have really really clean rooms and it's really quiet (useful especially before a long bus trip to San Pedro de Atacama!). Price was reasonable for a dorm bed, although we had the whole room to ourselves pretty much.
If you are looking for somewhere close to the bus station, I would recommend either of the following:
Casa Roja or HI Santiago. Both are located in the Barrio Brasil and are a short cab or bus ride to the bus station. There is a good atmosphere in both hostels, and when I was there in 2006, they cost approx US$12 a night for a dorm room.
[ Edit: Edited on 29-Jan-2009, at 10:10 by samsara2 ]
HI Hostel in calle Cienfuegos would be fine. Close to the bus station, very clean and cheap.
Parque Forestal is a nice area to be around a couple of evenings enjoying the cafes and shops.
Have a fun trip!
I liked Hostal London. Lots of rooms, central location. Free wifi, breakfast included. Tv...But just Spanish TV...El Chavo is on though. THey had a book exchange...I don't think there was a kitchen to use. The desk folks all speak English and are damned helpful.