HI - Santiago - Che Lagarto Hostel, Santiago

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HI - Santiago - Che Lagarto Hostel Reviews

This large hostel feels more like a hotel, with a nice reception and elevators taking you up to the 9th floor. You can walk up to the 10th floor for the rooftop terrace too! The hostel is in the centre of town and is an amazing choice when travelling to Santiago!

The Location

The HI Santiago is right in the heart of the city, only 15 minutes by Metro to the bus station, and the Metro is less than a 5 minute walk away from the hostel. The main square, post office, cathedral, presidential buildings, etc are easily reached by foot in less than 10 minutes. Although traffic does come through this road, it's relatively quiet in the rooms and it's surrounded by many pedestrianised roads. An abundance of shops, banks, bars and restaurants are on your doorstep, including treats such as Subway and Starbucks too!

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms are very spacious with lockers for valuables. You can choose from mixed or female dorms and they have ensuites. They rooms are cleaned daily and the beds are made daily as well. The bathrooms are clean but could do with a bit of maintenance - the soap dispenser fixture remains on the wall and an old, disused shower head remains in the shower... Also there is no hand soap. Some rooms have an additional small room which has a stainless steel sink with running drinking water.

Common Spaces

The kitchen is a great size, always clean and beautifully decorated. However it's hard to find basic essentials such as mugs/bowls - they come out for breakfast but gradually disappear throughout the day. Breakfast is included in some rates but others it isn’t. You can pay for breakfast, but it's relatively expensive. The annoying thing about this is the breakfast is served in the kitchen so you can't use the kitchen for personal cooking until after midday. Annoying if you're on a budget and want to be cooking or preparing low-cost breakfasts...

The reception area is large with seating, sofas, a television and pool table, and computers for you to use. Upstairs there's a rooftop terrace which is very basic and nice during the day and in the evening it turns into a bar/party area. However don't expect a proper bar, it's a table set up with alcohol and cups but a "bar" nonetheless and there's happy hours each night.

Summary

This hostel feels very safe as you have a key card to enter the rooms and you have to press a buzzer to enter the front door. Guests are provided with a bright green wristband to be recognised by all the staff and to keep unknown people out of the hostel grounds!

A great atmosphere and it feels more hotel-like than hostel-like in certain aspects. Not the cheapest option in Santiago but definitely one of the best for facilities and cleanliness.
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Reception Area and pool table
Reception/ TV
In-Room lockers
Dorm Room
Bunks in the Dorm
Rooftop table football
Rooftop terrace BBQ
Entrance
Kitchen
Cool wall art
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Shakesley
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
Published on 2017-05-04

Good vibe hostel

I stayed for five days on the Santiago Che Lagarto and I can say that the accommodations were fine, good common area, nice kitchen to cook and keep chatting, and friendly staff. The main problems was that the rooms were too cold (they said that the heaters would be used on july and august), but apart from that, I recommend and would stay again there. Location is very good.

Gabriela
2008-06-27
brazil

Welcoming and friendly

Me and my fiance recently stayed here on three separate occasions whilst in Chile. And in total, we tried three different bedrooms, an en-suite double, a four-bed dorm, and a triple room. The double was cosy and had lots of room for all our stuff, but the toilet leaked (however they temporarily mended it). The dorm room was quite small but had a pretty balcony and a couple of individual lockers. The triple room was large but only had a tiny window and felt like it was in the cellar. However we shared a large bathroom with only one other room. The staff were extremely helpful and considerate, even when they'd double booked our room. Breakfast was delicious but served quite late (9 a.m.) -- so not any good if you had an early start. Plenty of different rooms to chill out in and a great social atmosphere. However, there wasn't enough staff on reception to deal with the numbers of guests. Great location for food shopping and the underground.

Chul
2008-06-02
English

Not recommended

somebody cracked my lock as well in the "safe" luggage store. what a shame, could be a nice hostel, but definitely not worth it when the staff steals your money!

bellaaa
2007-05-25

well this is certanly not a hostel to go to if you wanna sleep, clean dunno 24/7 cleaning staff??? ... they must be busy with other stuff but cleaning. oh and dont believe the girls at the reception that it would be absolutly safe to store your backpack for a few hours.... some asshole will crack the locks on it and steal your stuff... bring it across the road to the bus station...

cyn
2006-01-16

I really liked this hostel... good location, clean and a good dorm room. I could have done with an extra bathroom or two. Nice breakfast... I recommend it!!

Sarah, Ireland
2005-10-16

Lovely staff and common areas, but our room was freezing and the roof leaked! The location isn't so good as it's very noisy at all times of the night due to the bus station across the road.

Dom & Gaz
2005-07-11

I loved everything about this place except our room. It was nothing more than four walls with a blocked up window and a bed. Compared to the rest of the place our room was very poor, but if you can get a better room this is a good place to stay.

Anonymous
2004-10-19

Description

Che Lagarto Hostel Santiago is the fourth hostel we have proudly opened in South America! Over here, we have added all the experience we have gained during the last eight years managing hostels in Argentina and Brazil.

All of our guests can enjoy our common areas, such as the living room, with delights such as sofas, books, magazines, music and red wine. We also have a kitchen which is brand new, big, and fully equipped, with 6 areas for you cooking your meals, as well as the dining room and home theatre room with DVD collection and satellite TV.

*****We have the Football Channel!!!Have a beer and enjoy the game!!!!*****

Our internet room has fast computers with wide band connection and multimedia kits. And, as an opening gift internet is FREE.

Our guests can also enjoy our Bar with Happy Hours every night, our patio and a beautifull garden(not usual in Santiago´s downtown)

The rooms have iron beds and guests can use free metallic security lockers (your backpack will fit inside). All big rooms have big windows, central heating and cooling.Our house keeping staff works 24/7.

Bathrooms are all new and clean every 30 minutes.

24/7 Reception with all the information you need to have a wicked time in South America. Daily Tours!!!

Pasta Parties on Tuesdays and Thursdays!

Salsa Classes on Saturdays!!!

Pick up service from the airport for CH$8000!!

Location and Contact

Location

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Address: Tucapel Jiménez 24, Santiago (Santiago de Chile), Santiago Province, Chile

HI - Santiago - Che Lagarto Hostel is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website

Website HI - Santiago - Che Lagarto Hostel Santiago www.chelagarto.com
Phone Number: (0056)(2)699-1493
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Facilities and Amenities

Family-Friendly Hostel

Groups (10+ people)

Bedsheets

Breakfast

Bike Rental

Luggage Storage

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

BBQ Grill

Bar

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Currency Exchange

Hot Showers

Kitchen

Laundry

Lounge Area

Pool Table

TV

Wheelchair Accessible

Credit Card Payments

Checkout: 12:00 (12 Noon)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Reception Hours: 24 Hours

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