Andes Hostel Review – Santiago, Chile
I don’t know about you, but when I visit a new place, especially a capital city, I love being in the middle of it all. Santiago is a bustling city that has a lot to offer. That’s why your home-base location is key. We stayed in Andes Hostel and Apartments. Here is our Andes Hostel review.
Andes Hostel and Apartments is right next to the Bellas Artes metro stop and a few blocks away from Plaza de Armas. We knew the second we were dropped off in front of their doorstep, we had chosen the perfect place to stay in Santiago.
Carla Barberis and her husband, Gonzalo Bustos, opened Andes Hostel in 2006. They had lived in Spain for a year and Barberis says she was really amazed at how many young travelers were staying in hostels. At the time, there were a few hostels in Santiago, but it was still a relatively unknown option.
So, they decided to create a hostel with a trendier look. Barberis says she wanted Andes Hostel to focus on service and have higher standards than the other options available in Santiago. A hostel with the quality of a hotel.
When you walk into the reception area, travelers are either playing pool, sitting around and chatting or having a drink at the bar. Definitely capturing that relaxed, hostel feel. Andes has 15 hostel rooms, including dorms and private rooms. They have also recently expanded their hostel to include 17 apartments and loft accommodations. These are located one block away from the hostel building.
Private Rooms: $85
Apartments: $95 and up
Big bedrooms, stylish kitchens, and spotless bathrooms!
We chose to stay in one of Andes’ apartments, because we love having a kitchen. Honestly, we got better daily house-keeping there than we’ve gotten in super-expensive hotels. When we arrived, the shower head in the tub was broken. We called the front desk and they had someone there within two hours to fix it. We were missing a few cooking utensils, but we borrowed what we needed from our friends, who were staying next door.
Every morning, we walked to the reception building for breakfast, which is included in the price. The dining area is really cute and the simple breakfast was very tasty! It includes bread, jam, dulce de leche (of course!), butter, eggs, coffee, tea, milk, and cereal. In other words, a full breakfast.
From Andes Hostel, we walked everywhere! Plaza de Armas was only about a 5-10 minute walk. Other places like the Bella Vista neighborhood weren’t that far away either. The few times we took the metro, it was easy (and cheap!) to navigate. There were also a bunch of restaurant and bar options right around the hostel. Andes apartments is located right above a supermarket (for those of us on a meal budget), and we bought some bread, wine, and cheese for dinner a few nights while we were in Santiago.
We hope you find our Andes Hostel Review helpful! Have you stayed here? If so, we’d love to hear about your stay!