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HI - San Pedro de Atacama Hostel

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Hostelz.com's Review
The Atacama desert is a truly magical and exciting place and HI - San Pedro de Atacama Hostel is a great hostel to stay in to ensure that you get the most out of your visit. There's a free (basic) breakfast and you can book your desert activities right here in reception.

Location

This small HI hostel is bang in the middle of all the hustle and bustle. However the dusty little town is so small that it isn't really important where you stay with regards to location, as everything you need is within a short walk.

Rooms and Bathrooms

All facilities are desperately basic, but then this is the middle of the desert! Rooms are tall and thin, big enough to hold the towering triple-decker bunk beds but not much else (those with vertigo may have issues here). Bathrooms are outside in a large, cabin-style structure. You are advised to only use the hot water for a short time but this rule is well respected, due to the fact that this is also the driest desert in the world. For outside facilities, the showers/toilets are all very clean.

Common Spaces

The common spaces are equally as basic, consisting of a few chairs and tables outside. Because the hostel is so tiny, you can't help but get to know your fellow hostelers.

Summary

There is no internet, kitchen, bar, or TV, but this is not really an issue considering this is a fairly new South American community and you're stranded in the desert. As long as there is running water, you can't really complain.

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January 2009

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How is HI - San Pedro de Atacama Hostel rated on other websites?
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Gomio  
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HI - San Pedro de Atacama Hostel Reviews from the Web
Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
1   NO! Would not recommend to go there! Actually there is nothing positively to say about this place. Except the location. Is located quite conveniently in San Pedro. Otherwise it's absolutely not worthy to check-in. I've booked a double room with private bathroom for 33.000 CLP -- what I got was a real disaster in terms of service, quality, staff competence and infrastructure. i'm not going to list all the issues I've had & even I'm not going to complain personally the Management of HI, but at least you should be reading ALL reviews about this Hostel in the internet before booking it! Then you're absolutely sure that you can't say after your stay, OH I DIDN'T KNOW THAT, that it will be that worse invested money!  , age 28, Suiza ()

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