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La Casa Roja is popular in Santiago with a good reputation amongst travelers. Therefore, the crowd you will find here is very international with a high concentration of English-speaking people. The main downside is that the hostel allows smoking, so there is a smoky odour throughout the corridors, but not in the dorms as they are nonsmoking. The colonial high ceilings and wide corridors also contribute to the charming feeling of this hostel.

The Location

La Casa Roja is located in the popular Barrio Brasil. If arriving from the airport, it's close to the metro station Heros, where the airport shuttle drops you off. If arriving in Santiago by bus, get the metro to the station Republica. Good walking directions are on the website of La Casa Roja. It's within walking distance to a medium-sized supermarket, close to a little park with a few cafes and a launderette (discounts for a slightly further away launderette are available at reception), and opposite a Shell petrol station.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The building has very high ceilings throughout, which gives it a great atmosphere. The dorms are a good size with comfortable bunk beds and lockers. The bathrooms/toilets are located in the hallway and are plenty for the number of guests this hostel can accommodate. Both rooms and bathrooms are also cleaned daily, which is always great. The showers are functional, with a bit of changing space, a soap dish, and a hook for your towel and/or clothes. Rooms all have a door key.

La Casa Roja also has a few private double or twin rooms, some with balcony onto the street, some locked into the building (warmer in the winter, than the ones on the outer walls of the building), some with possibilities of ensuite. In any case, a selection of breakfast dishes is available for a fee, so see the menu at the reception.

Common Spaces

The common spaces are great, with not only comfortable common rooms with many sofas and coffee tables, but also sofas and little sitting areas along the wide corridors throughout the place. Every corner is a place to socialise with the hip crowd that comes here. Sadly for the nonsmokers, smoking is allowed in those nice sit-down lounges. There is a book exchange on the ground floor, along with a travel desk and many brochures to help you plan your travel. On the ground floor you will also find free locked luggage storage (the rule is, if you stayed one night, they'll store your bag one week), internet, and a vending machine of soft and alcoholised drinks and a few snacks.

Also on the first floor is the large communal kitchen and eating room with wooden benches, and out the back, the garden and pool with its poolside bar, which operates only in summer. On the first floor, you will find the TV room and many more places to sit on a comfy sofa.

Summary

La Casa Roja is a really awesome place to meet fellow travelers, especially English speakers but also French and Spanish to name a few. Although it is smoky, the atmosphere compensates. The high ceilings and colonial architecture give it a great old-style look. This is definitely a good place to put your bags down in Santiago.

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August 2008

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La Casa Roja Reviews from the Web
Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
2   Try a different hostel Location acceptable. Many things here makes you say "if only you guys did this." Nice common areas and the pool is probably cool in the summer. Overpriced at $15USd/night; overpriced at $10/night too since pretty much nothing is included (you can find this price online but not in their lobby unless you argue). A big problem is there are permanent residents that need to get booted, a couple of which don't seem to have any connection with the backpacker culture, while others are basically there to greet the new girl and make noise. Breakfast costs an additional 4USD. Wifi coverage spotty. Need to replace the mattresses, buy real pillows, fix some lockers. Prohibited to bring in outside beverages (you are not a real hostel if you have this policy); must buy theirs for double the price. Also run a travel agency next to reception: buy buy buy. Bathrooms lack hand soap, towels, daily unclogging of the showers, and one of the two men's bathrooms closed indefinitely. Bring earplugs, as sound travels incredibly well and there's a lot of it. Dorm in the front is particularly loud with people coming/going all night, talking in the lobby all night, music from reception all night. Overall not recommended.  ()
1   Almost great well, this hostel has everything you want -- lots of space, chill out areas, travel agency, laundry, 24 hour reception, food/drinks available, wi-fi, spacious rooms. but there is just one problem. the place has quite a few 'long term' residents, who are working in exchange for free accom. these people have taken over the hostel, and the bar belongs to them -- so too does the music (and its volume), the kitchen, the garden, reception, and anywhere else they decide to go. i spoke to a few people in the hostel and they agreed that this was a problem -- if you stay here, dont expect to be greeted with a warm welcome unless either a single girl or interested in the consumption of drugs.  ()

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