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Hostal Balmaceda

Avenida Jose Manuel Balmaceda 1032, La Serena 1710226, Chile
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
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3 of 5 stars reviewed 5 weeks ago
Gregory C Dublin, Ireland
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Dublin, Ireland
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297 reviews 297 reviews
24 hotel reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is a jumble of a hostal. The old part has 5 rooms that are two story with upstairs bedrooms and own kitchens and ensuite bathrooms. The new part is an amateur make-shift half-finished addition. There are gaps between the frames and doors, the tiling in the shower does not slant to the drain, there are no windows (except room... More

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

Firstly the rooms are nice and when it's finished it will be good accommodation. Sadly we had a negative experience with the 'manager'. Unfortunately the glass tables are not safety glass and putting anything hot on them causes them to fracture, badly. We thought this was dangerous so informed the manager what had happened... Big mistake it appears - he... More

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7 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

We stayed 3 nights in October. We were glad of the electric blanket and heater in our room as the nights were cold. The room was a double ensuite, comfy bed, clean sheets and hot shower. Breakfast was a lunch box each, containing a white bread cheese sandwich, a manjar muffin, biscuits and a juice. Not my thing but my... More

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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97 reviews 97 reviews
45 hotel reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

This place was nice. Clean rooms, comfy beds, clean bathrooms, and excellent showers. The owners were nice and lived on site. We cook our own breakfasts to have control over our diet, but they still left us a breakfast in the morning. We didn't mean to offend but wonder-bread and a piece of cheese, sugary juice, and a processed muffin/cookie... More

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Denver, Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Stayed here for a couple of nights while touring northern Chile. It's a great, inexpensive, clean hostal. Close to center of town, great little courtyard with wi fi. They were expanding, adding more rooms, while i was there so maybe easier to get a room now.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

We stayed here two nights. Pro's - Was a clean tidy place rooms, in a good location close to the bus stop, mall and submarket which was handy. Cleaning staff were lovely!! Great wifi connection. Good TV with lots of channels. Good clean kitchen for communal use. Con's - Breakfast, two pieces of stale white bread with a slice of... More

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jmg920
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Stayed here four nights while in La Serena and was so pleasantly surprised: the rooms are quite attractive and there are even little kitchens! It's just up the road from an enormous supermarket, so it's convenient for the traveller who wants to save some $ by eating in. The rooms face a really lovely garden where I met folks from... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013 via mobile

The hostal is simple but organized and neat. Nice room with a good shower. It would be an OK place to spend the night. but Victor, the owner, is worth for the place. Very kind, helped us in every need. A familiar place, not a party hostel.

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Kerala
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38 reviews 38 reviews
34 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013 via mobile

Stayed 3 nights. Booked a twin room and we were given a tiny room with bunk beds. Hostel was recently built and seemed unfinished in many places. Our room had no heater and was extremely cold. The location was good, 10 mins walk to bus station and center. WiFi worked quite well. Breakfast was a stale sandwich, some biscuits and... More

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Golden, Colorado
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3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

Rooms 2 and 4 are both family suites. My wife and I stayed in 2 the first night due to a little mixup with the booking. If I had only stayed here I would have given Hostal Balmaceda 3 stars. The rooms were tiny, the floors were dirty, things felt dingy. I'd never want to stay here with 4+ people,... More

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Address: Avenida Jose Manuel Balmaceda 1032, La Serena 1710226, Chile
Location: Chile > Coquimbo Region > La Serena
Amenities:
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Ranked #5 of 38 Specialty lodging in La Serena
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