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Hostal Balmaceda

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Avenida Jose Manuel Balmaceda 1032, La Serena 1710226, Chile
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015
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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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Auckland, New Zealand
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

This hostel is beautifully presented - we had a double room at the back of the complex that was an ideal size, had an en suite, locked cupboard (a huge bonus), and cable TV. The location is an easy walking distance to town and the bus station. Breakfast was help-yourself and was simple but good and there was a small... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We stayed here for a few nights and it was overall good. It is not as social as a hostel, which may be annoying if you are travelling alone. The staff/owners are very nice and helpful, the rooms are clean and spacious. Breakfast comes in an already prepared box, and it is coffee, juice, sandwich and small pack of cookies.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We had a very pleasant 4 night stay here, but could not say that it was perfect. Firstly, we would definitely classify this as a small apartment complex rather than a hostel. That is no bad thing necessarily. The room itself was amongst the best we have had on our travels in South America - spacious, well equipped and clean.... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Good location and nice rooms. Staff was very helpful but not extremely friendly. Breakfast was more of a snack but it came in handy. Would recommend if you prefer to be close to the town center than the beach. It was about 15-20 mins walk to the beach.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

we stayed 2 nights at Balmaceda and enjoyed our time in La Serena. The hostel is well located in the centre, though not to the beach if that is what you're looking for. Staff were friendly and helpful with information, though maybe lacking a bit, no maps of La Serena, and tour options was only 1. Though we did really... More 

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Seoul, South Korea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

Had a great stay in this hostel, after looking upon reviews we decided to go to this hostel. Stayed 2 nights, met manager and also owner, they all were kind and nice, even let us use the printer to print out my documents. Sometimes it's not easy to find where to print your things out. Room was very spacious(the room... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

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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Cork
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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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 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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