This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you 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 Viña del Mar.
Viña del Mar is situated on the Pacific coast of central Chile, only about an hour's drive from Santiago. Viña del Mar roughly translates into “vineyard of the seas” despite the fact that there are actually no vineyards within the town (there are a number of popular wineries and vineyards in the surrounding area, however).
Viña del Mar is a popular weekend escape for many locals living in nearby Santiago; for this reason, the town can get very busy on most weekends. If you're planning on visiting this area anytime during a weekend, book your Viña del Mar hostel in advance to avoid disappointment.
There are a number of accommodation options, including seaside holiday resorts, luxury hotels, guesthouses, and hostels in Viña del Mar. There are also some camping options in the surrounding area. Hostels in Viña del Mar are the most popular option with budget travelers. Viña del Mar hostels are clean, modern, spacious, good value for money, and very social. A complimentary breakfast and free Wi-Fi or internet is usually included in the price. Some Viña del Mar hostels also provide use of a fully equipped, communal kitchen. Hostels in Viña del Mar can usually provide laundry services for an additional cost, however there are also a number of laundries situated in town. Most Viña del Mar hostels offer dorm or private double or twin rooms with use of either a private or shared bathroom. There are usually large common areas, which have a social, friendly vibe; and usually a book exchange, TV, and board games for borrowing. Tours to the nearby wine region can usually be arranged through your Viña del Mar hostel or accommodation providers, however there are also a number of tour operators based in town.
Written by local enthusiast for Viña del Mar hostelsKelly Sheldrick