Hostel: Don Santiago Hostel
Don Santiago Hostel is currently (as of February 2013) rated #1 on TripAdvisor in the “Specialty Lodging” category. It has been open since 2009 and is owned and managed by local Santiago brothers. If you’re into art, design and beauty, this place could very well be the one for you.
The hostel really is in central Santiago, just a few blocks north of the Metro station Republica. This is a old area of Santiago with a lot of history attached. You may want to get a Metro to visit Santiago Centro as it’s a bit of a walk. There are lots of places to eat nearby, so if you’re not into cooking, you’ll survive just fine here.
The hostel has a small but well-equipped kitchen, small courtyard and decent sized breakfast room. Towels can be hired for around $1 USD per towel.
There are three common areas – the shady outdoor courtyard, the comfortable and book-laden breakfast room, or the roomy and colourful sitting area. All have plenty of chairs, tables, colour, and things to look at and read.
The hostel houses eighteen people in total. There is a 6 bed mixed dorm, one two-four person family room and private double rooms, with or without ensuite.
The hostel was decorated by an artist friend of the owner. It’s totally gorgeous and worth a stay just to wander around inside – there’s something to look at everywhere. The rooms are bright and airy with homely linen and furniture. Dorms have lockers for each person.
Note: all prices are per person. Prices range from around $16 USD for a dorm bed up to around $30 USD for a private room.
The staff consists of three gents who manage the place between them. The staff speak English fairly well – at the very least, it’s good enough to talk about the city and to ask for advice and help. They’re always ready with a recommendation, should you ask – whether it’s for restaurants, tours, museums or how to get to the airport. On confirmation of a booking, the staff will email you with plenty of advice on how to get to the hostel and what to see.
- The hostel is all about catering to the traveller – there’s a book exchange, long breakfasts(8am – 11am), comfortable rooms and lots of bathrooms.
- There is information readily available. The hostel doesn’t run tours but are very happy to help you choose and organise your own.
- A cooked (!) breakfast (eggs, toast, fruit salad and real coffee) and WiFi are included in the room price.
- Hostel BBQs take place about one a week – you can either contribute food to cook, or staff may charge around $1000 – $2000 CLP if they put it on.
Hostel: Don Santiago Hostel
Address: Avenida Ricardo Cumming 95
Santiago, Chile (nearest Metro: Republica)
Phone: (2) 671 3082
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