9 Hostels in La Serena, Chile

Welcome to your detailed guide for hostels in La Serena, Chile. You can choose from 9 La Serena hostels. In total, there are 19 cheap places to stay in La Serena such as guesthouses and bnbs. Prices start from $9 for a dorm.

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La Serena Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in La Serena, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.

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Party hostels in La Serena


(Hostal El Punto is the best rated)

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Hostels in La Serena for all Traveller Types

Below you can discover the best hostels to suit every traveller type. All of our recommendations are based on information shared by genuine travellers, the hostels and data that has been calculated from the system. Don't forget to check the ratings and see how these compare with the rates.

Best Hostels in La Serena for Solo Travellers

Travelling on your own to La Serena? Fabulous!

Pick a great hostel designed with solo travellers in mind, and you're bound to meet plenty of like-minded people who have also dared to venture to La Serena alone. Here are the top hostels for solo travellers in La Serena. We've also highlighted which hostel offers special perks you, as a solo traveller, will love. Each hostel offers great social spaces to meet fellow backpackers and wonderful opportunities for making new friends. You'll soon realise that travelling on your own definitely does not mean travelling alone.

Get to know La Serena (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in La Serena. To help you make friends with La Serena before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

La Serena is a seaside resort in Chile. While not well-known outside of the country, it is famous in Chile, because of its long sandy beaches. It has also a lovely historical center, which dates back to the colonial time.

While visiting a hostel in La Serena don’t miss the small beach shacks which serve the freshest fish you can dream of, and a cheap ceviche (a Chilean speciality, marinated raw fish in lemon juice and spices) which is to die for. There are also plenty of places for the avid shopper, or for the backpacker, to reload on items before going back to the countryside.

When staying at a La Serena hostel there are a few day-trip type attractions to visit nearby such as the Indian Petroglyphs (engravings in the rocks). Some of the travel agencies offer organized trips to the main attractions. Not using them will require having your own car or a lot of planning and willingness to walk, along with a good mastery of Chilean (a dialect of Spanish, which can be hard to understand if you are only familiar with the Spanish or Mexican versions). If you are into stars, you must visit the nearby observatories, since several of the largest ones are near La Serena, because the city has one of the clearest views of the sky in the world.

La Serena is a few hours from Santiago by bus. The main bus station is a few hundred yards from the historical center. So when choosing your hostel in La Serena, try to pick one in the historical center. It’s most likely that your hostel room will open directly to an internal patio so that you can enjoy the colonial lifestyle but make sure you keep all your belongings secured at all times, since many robbers target tourists, even though the police are noticeably present in the city.

Other Nearby Cities
Coquimbo Coquimbo (10 Km / 6 mi.)
Tongoy Tongoy (46 Km / 28 mi.)
Vicuña Vicuña (54 Km / 33 mi.)
Elqui Valley Elqui Valley (68 Km / 42 mi.)
Pisco Elqui Pisco Elqui (77 Km / 48 mi.)
Cochiguaz Cochiguaz (85 Km / 53 mi.)
Las Trancas Las Trancas (108 Km / 67 mi.)

FAQ about La Serena Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in La Serena. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in La Serena. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

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Hostal El Punto is the best rated hostel for partying in La Serena.
It offers: Bar.

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Your Packing List for La Serena

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for La Serena and Chile.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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Your Packing List for La Serena