Hostal Boutique Salvador Oriente

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Description

The Hostelz.com Review

Hostal Boutique Salvador Oriente is a wonderful hostel in which to hole up for awhile during a visit to Santiago. It has excellent amenities, spacious rooms, and comfortable common spaces. The Wi-Fi is consistent and fast. The included breakfast of eggs bread, yogurt, pastry, cereal, and instant coffee is a step of above most hostel breakfasts for sure. The hostel is not covered in the overstated murals that are common in a lot of hostels, but it's well decorated overall. The artwork throughout the hostel is themed with prints of classic posters on workers' and social issues.

The Location

The location is not a tourist hot spot, for better or for worse. It's located right next to a large hospital. To visit touristic sites it's necessary to travel, but fortunately the hostel is well situated with easy access to the metro system. The Red Line is only a five-minute walk from the property. It's also not actually that far from Plaza de Armas and the surrounding museums. It's an easy and pleasant walk, but there are other options for hostels right in the city center.

The neighborhood itself is quite tranquil. Traveling north of Parque Bustamente (an excellent park for exercising and people watching) will provide plenty of opportunities for restaurants and bars. Most guests find themselves cooking for themselves and there is a Lider grocery store and smaller vendors about five hundred meters away.

Rooms and Bathrooms

There are a variety of dorms and private rooms throughout the house, both with and without attached bathrooms. The rooms are well appointed with furniture, and the bunks feature handy little personal shelves for your personal effects. Sturdy lockers are also provided. Downsides of the room are the general lack of wall plugs and the fact that the ones that exist are often inconveniently located. Wi-Fi will reach the rooms, but starts to drop off in strength in some spots.

The bathrooms feature lovely black-and-white tile and are kept clean, but they are also very small, with little to no room for toiletries. The en suite bathrooms are convenient but typically the smallest in the hostel. In particular, the shower stalls range from small to super compact. On the plus side, there is plenty of water pressure and hot water (sometimes a bit too hot, so careful bumping the knobs).

Common Spaces

The lounging and dining areas at Salvador are spacious and comfortable. There is a TV room with sofa and pool table. In the main dining area, there are plenty of wall plugs and a few decently comfortable couches in addition to the dining tables. It's a good spot to get work done, and receives great airflow and light through the day. There are also a few outdoor areas including foosball table and a picnic table.

The most utilized common area in the hostel by far is the kitchen; it's well equipped to handle multiple people cooking at the same time. Most social encounters seem to start up here, in fact. And keep in mind that the importance of a good kitchen space can not be underestimated in Chile -- it's not a country renowned for its culinary tradition and food is quite expensive, so a solid kitchen is a must in Santiago. Salvador fits the bill wonderfully. There are two sinks, two refrigerators, an ample stove top, microwaves, a toaster oven, and lots of counter space. Some of the cooking implements have seen better days, but the kitchen is generally well enough equipped to make most dishes.

The hostel attracts a mix of long-term travelers, folks just passing through, patients at the nearby hospital, and youth groups. So the quantity and vibe of the guest population is always in a state of flux. As a result, there will be some nights that are very tranquil and other nights of partying. In general, it's never too rowdy, though certain dorms will have better isolation from the noise.

Summary

Overall, Salvador is a delightful hostel. It's especially well suited for laying low in a tranquil area for a bit. At the same time it's certainly not difficult to access the main tourist attractions of Santiago. The rooms and common spaces are comfortable and kept clean. The biggest downside are the rather small and basic bathroom spaces.
by Daniel
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
2018-02-11
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(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Hostal Boutique Salvador Oriente" at Ricardo Matte Pérez 597.)

Location/Contact

Address
Ricardo Matte Pérez 597, Santiago (Santiago de Chile), Santiago Province, Chile
Coordinates
-33.439000, -70.625070 (accuracy not guaranteed)
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Website
www.villaamerica.cl
Telephone
+5628841124
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