Hostel: Santiago Backpackers
Santiago Backpackers is a fairly new establishment, owned and managed by a duo of local Santiago brothers. After a lot of time and effort was invested in renovating a gorgeous old Santiaguino house, it was opened as a hostel in 2011.
The hostel really is in a great area in central Santiago – just about all the downtown sights are within walking distance and conveniently, there are also two Metro stations nearby. You could entertain yourself for a few days without getting on a Metro, if you wanted.
- The hostel has a huge kitchen, stocked with loads of cooking equipment; there are two fridges and big eating area.
- Bikes are available to hire. Information about the city, destinations and tours are all available.
- This hostel has the biggest hot water system tank I have ever seen. Seriously, it’s huge.
- There are two outdoor areas to hang out in – a courtyard and a quieter, soon to be renovated BBQ area.
- The indoor common room is quite big: it has a huge TV, bookshelves (with book exchanges welcome) and a few couches. Free Wi-Fi is available in the common room.
The hostel houses fifty people total. There are 8 and 6 bed mixed dorms, one 6 bed female only dorm, twin rooms, double rooms and family double rooms. The hostel also offers furnished apartments, located just one block away.
It’s obvious that the design and decoration of the hostel was very carefully thought-out and researched. There are individual shelves and lights near each bed, everyone gets their own (huge) locker, and the beds are long, sturdy and all have proper spring mattresses. Rooms are clean, spacious and bright (both in colour and light).
Note: all prices are per person. Prices range from $15 USD for a dorm bed up to $31 USD for a private room. The furnished apartments sleep up to 5 people and prices begin at $74 USD for the apartment for one night.
While hostels routinely compete to lower their prices, the manager at Santiago Backpackers freely admits that it’s impossible to run a good hostel on no money. The manager says, “Don’t come here to save the most, come here to have a better experience.”
The staff are all very nice and willing to help, so if you have any questions – just ask. I get the impression that these guys really, honestly and genuinely care and are very interested in helping guests feel happy, comfortable and informed.
- The hostel is big on encouraging people to be social – there are wine and cheese night, free Tuesday dinners, BBQ nights, movie nights, excursions and nights out. Don’t feel pressured though – their main aim is to make you feel comfortable, so if you want to stay in and read, that’s awesome too.
- There is information everywhere: at the check in desk, on each door and even in the bathrooms. The management have done up these incredible info sheets, in the design of a newspaper.
- Breakfast and WiFi are included in the room price.
- The house itself has an interesting history. If you get a chance, make sure you ask the staff about it.
Hostel: Santiago Backpackers
Address: Enrique Mac Iver 661
Santiago, Chile (nearest Metros are Bellas Artes or Plaza de Armas)
Phone: (56-2) 26648451
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