Happy House Hostel, Santiago

Barrio Brasil
7.7
173 Reviews
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Good hostel

great location. lovely common areas. spacious dorms and big lockers. excellent breakfasts.

robin
2014-12-12
Age 52 | NZ

Happy House Hostel is housed in an old, three-story mansion with well-done decor in a modern, eclectic, shabby chic style. The hostel is gigantic in size but maintains a casual and cozy feel. It has wood floors that creak a lot, both in the rooms and the common areas.

The Location

Happy House is well located on Moneda Street in the very cool Barrio Brasil, two blocks from the stop for buses that service the airport, main bus terminals, and other areas of Santiago. It is also within short walking distance to a few metro stations.

Rooms and Bathrooms

There are numerous room options, including six- and eight-bed dorms and singles, doubles, and triples (some of which are en suite and some of which use the shared bathrooms). There are ample power outlets in the rooms. The beds are very comfortable, with good quality mattresses, nice clean sheets, and duvet covers. Bedrooms facing the street (only private rooms, not the dorms) can take in quite a bit of street noise.

The bathrooms are laid out in a way that despite their large size, the shower stalls are very small. The shower stalls do not have a place to put toiletries and there are no hooks inside the shower to hang clothes or towels; it is challenging to undress for a shower and have to hang your clothes outside the stall without exposing yourself. This is less of an issue in the second-floor bathrooms, as there are separate rooms for men and women; however, the third-floor shared bathroom is coed. It is one giant open room with two small shower stalls. The bathrooms are otherwise large and clean. Soap and paper towels are provided in the bathrooms.

Common Spaces

The main floor has large, open area with couches; there is a "TV room" with a large flat-screen TV and many couches. Wi-Fi is available throughout. There are ample networks considering the size of the property; however, it would often drop and it is difficult to upload photos. There is a big backyard with another lounge area with couches as well as a pool. The second floor has a den with a TV and more seating. There is also a kitchen and another hang-out area, separated by a room with a pool table. There is ample place to hang out all over the hostel. The only downside to that is that there are so many hang out areas that it can be hard to meet other travelers. Buffet breakfast -- fruit, bread, jams, ham, cereal, juice, coffee plus two eggs per guest that can be fried or scrambled -- is included.

Summary

Overall, Happy House is a really good pick for Santiago. The staff are very nice; however, the only problem is that not all of the staff members are very knowledgeable about the area. One is completely unable to recommend any restaurants in the area. There is also a lack of knowledge about activities that they promote. For example, yoga classes and aerobics are highlighted on the activities board; however, during our stay, the staff were unable to answer questions about the time and cost of the class. There were other activities promoted on the activities board that the staff could not answer questions about. That said, the staff are otherwise helpful regarding things going on within the hostel -- a bathroom flooded during our stay, and the staff were immediately on hand to mop up the floor; there was also a problem one day with the hot water and the staff immediately took care of the issue with the hot water heater.

Stella
2014-03-03
Dorm Room Second floor lounge Outdoor and pool TV Room, Main floor Backyard lounge Private bedroom Front of hostel Kitchen

This is a reat palce to stay with a very friendly and welcoming vibe!

We booked the hostel through a place in Santiago and stayed there at the end of June '09. The staff were excellent and very helpful. The hostel is spotlessly clean and retains all of its old world charm coupled with a funky decor. Facilities are second to none and you feel that you are staying in a five-star hotel. I particularly liked the roof terrace and library on the top floor, where you can chill out with a good book compliments of the Hostel. Getting around the city is easy and convenient from here. The wine bar directly underneath the Hostel serves great food and very competitively priced. There are several good restaurants nearby.

Seán
2009-07-23
Ireland

Fantastic

First time I've felt compelled to write a review. Wonderful restored mansion, big kitchen, separate TV room and quiet area, comfortable beds, good breakfast, friendly staff -- all good basically. It's not the cheapest place in town by any means but well worth it. The best hostel I've stayed in in six months of travel.

nick
2009-04-19
british

We stayed at Happy House for five nights in May 2005. We had wonderful accommodations and found the staff to be most hospitable. It was my first international trip visiting my daughter, Lisa, and while she spoke Spanish, mine is quite limited. The staff was multilingual and helped me with my requests. I feel that I will always have a home in Chile and definitely plan to return to Happy House again!!

Judy and Lisa
2005-07-12

Outstanding. About double the price of many hostels in Santiago, but given the living costs of this country...that's about $10 per night - and more than worth it. Huge spaces....brand new interior and impeccably, anally clean. Funky, stylish interior with moody lighting. Very relaxing. Best breakfast I've had in Santiago also. Metro about 100 metres away.

Jonathan Bailey
2005-06-14

This is an excellent hostel, the best in the world. It is clean, has friendly staff, and it's well located. It's paradise for backpackers, like an island in the middle of the desert.

Luis
2005-04-04

Beautiful bulding with beautiful staff. Nice place to hang around for a few days. Nice place for a backpackers who like to have the feeling of being in a luxury hotel.

Lissette Santander
2005-04-02

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Description

Happy House Hostel An Oasis in the heart of Santiago

Located on the famous Moneda Street in the downtown of the city, just 15 minutes walk from the historic center of Santiago and the Government House, major museums, the Plaza de Armas, between other tourist attractions. In the Brasil neighborhood, our hostel offers a warm and entertaining environment for your stay in Chile. Its attractive garden has a large swimming pool and a nice and comfortable terraces to enjoy a barbecue or a sunbath. Stay in the heart of the city of Santiago enjoying a quiet place to rest, with rooms with a high level of design and comfort.

We are located two blocks north of Metro Los Heroes (Subway Line 1), Moneda 1829, Santiago.

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Location and Contact

Location

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Address: Moneda 1829, Brasil Neigborhood, Barrio Brasil, Santiago (Santiago de Chile), Santiago Province, Chile

Happy House Hostel is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website

Website Happy House Hostel Santiago www.happyhousehostel.com
Phone Number: +56 (2) 688 48 49
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Facilities and Amenities

+50 Traveller

Digital Nomads

Family-Friendly Hostel

Party Hostel

Quiet Rest

Solo Traveller

Bedsheets

Breakfast

City Tours

Lockers in Rooms

Luggage Storage

Safe Deposit Box

Towels

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Wi-Fi in Rooms

Bike Rental ($5.000)

Pub Crawls ($10.000)

24 Hour Security

Air Conditioning

BBQ Grill

Bar

Board Games

Book Collection/Exchange

Cable TV

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Darts

Entirely Non-Smoking

Evening Entertainment

Food/Restaurant

Gameroom

Hair Dryers

Hot Showers

Jobs/Work Available

Kitchen

Laundry

Lounge Area

Meeting/Banquet facilities

Movie Library/Rental

Pool Table

Power Point/Sockets in Rooms

Swimming Pool

TV

Table Tennis

Videogames

Airport Pickup

Parking

Wheelchair Accessible

Pet-Friendly

Service Animals

Genders: Males & Females

Max. Age: All Ages

Min. Age with Parent (dorms): All Ages

Min. Age with Parent (private room): All Ages

Min. Age without Parent: All Ages

Checkout: 11:00 (11 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 24 Hours

Size: Large (60-100 beds)

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