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Chili Kiwi Hostel
O'Higgins 20, Pucon 4920000, Chile   |  
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Ranked #2 of 109 Specialty Lodging in Pucon
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“Great”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014 via mobile

We booked at the sister hostel of the Chili Kiwi, but because it was overbooked there, one of the owners picked us up to the Chili Kiwi, where they finished the new cabin in the backyard just for us. We could even stay there one night longer than booked, but to the same price, alltough the cabin is more expensiv. It's a really wonderful hostel at the lake, with great garden, great rooms and great staff. Thanks a lot Peter, James, Guille, Sarah...and continue just like that.

Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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La Paz, Bolivia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

We stayed in Chili Kiwi for 3 nights and really enjoyed it. The place is stunning and you really feel at home. The staff is extremely friendly and take time to speak with everybody, making it feel like a big family. Was sad to leave, could have stayed there for weeks. The beds are comfy and all have big quilt. So much to say about how great it was! Just go there, you won't regret it!!!

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

In all of my travels this would have to be one of the best hostels i have ever stayed in. I really could not fault the place in anyway, the staff are amazing and so helpful. They really do go out of their way to make your stay as comfortable as possible.The location is amazing right on the lake with a beautiful view of the volcano from the front garden. And of course the BBQ which they throw for all the guests once a week is incredible. Well done James and team keep it up.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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James G, Owner at Chili Kiwi Hostel, responded to this review, April 18, 2014
Matty, it was a pleasure having you here. Go Aussies! Hope you´re having a fun time back up in Central America. Thanks for the kind words. Keep in touch!
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Salta, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

Right on the lake front, this chilled hostel run by a bunch of fun people made our trip in Pucon incredible. The facilities are good but its the location & the hostel owners that make the place. James was a great source of information on Pucon, an avid outdoors guy he knows the area inside & out. This was definitely the highlight of our stay through Chile's lake district & would happily go back & spend amonth in this idylic spot.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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James G, Owner at Chili Kiwi Hostel, responded to this review, April 16, 2014
Thanks for the kind words, it´s really appreciated. Yep, we love being active and outdoors and it is a pleasure to share that with everyone coming to visit here. Thanks again and enjoy the rest of your travels :)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

The location of the hostel is amazing! on the Lake and only a short stroll to the beach and town. The staff are amazing and so helpful! willing to go above and beyond to help a traveller out! the rooms are clean and tidy and the bathrooms are great! The hostel has some great places to relax and unwind (the hammocks under the tree, the front lawn or even the huge lounge room to kick back in! highly recommend this hostel as one of the best!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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James G, Owner at Chili Kiwi Hostel, responded to this review, April 16, 2014
Thanks so much for the positive feedback, we really appreciate it. Hope you´re enjoying your travels!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

You want to know how a perfect hostel looks and feels like? Visit chili kiwi and see!
Owned and run by experienced guys, helpful, friendly and well informed stuff, good and comfy beds in quite and spacey rooms, great social room with enough space for everybody including a nice fire place, a lot of small details like ping pong table, hammocks, hanging chair, "volcano-view-throne" and so on, enough showers and bathrooms, secure lockers, super clean, and a lot lot more. Absolute stunning is the lake view - especially at sunset and the BBQs are legend!! (stayed so long that I had even 4 of them...).
If you visit Pucon: chili kiwi is THE place to stay!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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James G, Owner at Chili Kiwi Hostel, responded to this review, January 20, 2014
Ah Stefan, it was so much fun having you stay with us and hear about all your adventures on your bike. What an inspirational traveller. Thank you so much for your feedback and kind words. We hope to see you again, if not in Pucon then somewhere else in the world...
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013 via mobile

Chili Kiwi is a new hostel right on the lake front in Pucon. Upon arrival we were greeted by the very friendly staff who showed us to our room and gave us some information on the area. Later that day we met the owners James and Peter who through out our stay couldn't have done enough for us. Originally we were to stay in Chili Kiwi for 3 nights which later turned to 8. It really was a home away from home. The atmosphere in the hostel was fun, friendly and laid back. They host a great BBQ night which included beer and wine. The rooms were clean, secure lockers provided for each person and towels also available. The bathrooms were clean, spacious and the water was always warm. After climbing the volcano it is the ideal place to come back and relax whether you just want chill in the living room in front of the fire, have a few drinks in the garden with friends or hang out on the swing chair on the balcony and enjoy the view. We loved it!! Will definitely be returning again when we come back to Pucon!

Linda and Suzanne.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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James G, Owner at Chili Kiwi Hostel, responded to this review, January 15, 2014
Thanks so much for your feedback. It was a lot of fun having you guys here. We definitely hope you return, it would be wonderful to see you again. Hope you are having fun on the rest of your adventures!
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Address: O'Higgins 20, Pucon 4920000, Chile
Location: Chile > Araucania Region > Pucon
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 109 Specialty Lodging in Pucon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Chili Kiwi is a brand new hostel on the lakefront in the heart of Pucon town. We are an owner operated and run hostel for travellers by travellers. We are offering a fun, social and informative hostel with backpackers specific needs in mind. Come and join us for good times and adventures! ... more   less 
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