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La Chimba Hostel is a small hostel located in a vibrant neighbourhood within easy walking distance of downtown Santiago de Chile. It has decent Wi-Fi and a laid-back atmosphere. The beds are comfy but the rooms could do with an update.
It is located about fifteen minutes from the next metro station (Baquedano) and downtown Santiago. The neighbourhood is vibrant with small shops, restaurants, and bars just around the corner. It is also close to the Santiago Zoo and there is quite the nightlife in the neighbourhood. There are quite a few hostels in the area and you will find yourself rarely walking the streets alone.
Rooms and Bathrooms
The rooms are small with large, comfy bunk beds. There are no individual lights or electrical outlets, but the beds are sturdy and of the non-squeaking kind. While the reception, hallway area, and common rooms are in good shape, the bedrooms and bathrooms are in a state of disrepair. Paint is coming off the ceiling and walls and there is mould on the ceiling of the bathroom. The en suite bathroom is small, but the water pressure is decent. Unfortunately the lighting is weak and there is no space to put your clothes during the shower. The rooms and bathrooms are clean, as are the linens provided.
There is a comfy, open reception-lounge-breakfast area with a kitchen off to one side. Furthermore, a terraced garden provides a cool place to chill during the hot days. You can even find a hammock in a shady corner! There is a book exchange as well as a TV and guest have free access to a fully equipped kitchen. The free breakfast is basic and consists of bread, butter, jam, milk, cornflakes, and tea and coffee. In the evenings it can get a bit loud with music blasting in the common room and in the surrounding establishments, but it calms down around midnight. The free Wi-Fi works at a decent speed nearly in the whole building, with only the occasional blind spot.
This is a clean, cosy hostel close to downtown Santiago de Chile in a fun and safe neighbourhood. Its rooms could use a bit of an update in terms of paint and electrical outlets, but the laid-back atmosphere and the decent Wi-Fi make it a good place to chill and a solid base from which to explore the city.
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Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
Published on Feb 25, 2019
La Chimba is a hostel for travelers that are looking for a friendly, fun and great located place to enjoy their stay in Santiago de Chile. We offer every possible comfort, without affecting the cost for our guest, so we are one of the best choices for accommodation in the city. Dare to stay with us, you 'll not regret it! See you here!
Location and Contact
• From the bus terminal: • Take the Metro to the Baquedano Station. This station is located in Plaza Italia. Cross the bridge facing San Cristobal Hill and walk 2 blocks to the street Dardignac. Turn left, walk one block, turn right (that is E. Pinto Lagarrigue, our street). The hostel is a block and a half on the left • From the airport: • Option 1: (PRIVATE CAR ARRANGED BY HOSTEL): Send us an email with your flight details and we will arrange a driver to pick you up at the arrivals hall. You will receive detailed instructions by email. Cost is $25.000 clp (aprox $35). • Option 2: (PUBLIC BUS) Take the Metro Bus to the Los Heroes Metro Station then take the metro to the Baquedano station. Cross the bridge facing San Cristobal Hill and walk 2 blocks to the street Dardignac. Turn left, walk one block, turn right (that is E. Pinto Lagarrigue). The hostel is a block and a half on the left. Cost is $1.800 clp per passenger, plus $600 for the subway ticket. • Option 3: (shared shuttle) There is a shared service shuttle at the airport that charges usd$13 per passenger. Good option for a solo traveler. However, we do not recommend this service after long flight as they usually have you waiting a long time to fill up the shuttle and then it may take more up to 90 minutes to bring you to our door as it drops off various other passengers along the way. • Option 4: (Airport Taxi) You may also get a taxi at the airport. The cost is aprox $35 usd. For safety reasons, make sure you book and pay at official airport taxi counters only .