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“Nice and comfortable hostel, great location” 4 of 5 stars
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Casa Mosaico Hostel
2.0 of 5 Hostel   |   Loreto 109 | Barrio Bellavista, Santiago 8420480, Chile   |  
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Ranked #62 of 379 Specialty Lodging in Santiago
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Istanbul, Turkey
2 reviews
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“Nice and comfortable hostel, great location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

Great place to stay, nice common area, with comfy couches, a pool table, good internet connection, plus a bar and restaurant on site. Staff is very friendly and helpful, plus the location is real good, a short walk to most of the best parts of Santiago. Will come back and stay again.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

I switched to Casa Mosaico after staying in Casa Rosada for 2 nights. I met someone who was staying here and raved about it, and with good reason. It's a smaller, clean hostel, with a great kitchen. The staff was pretty helpful, and helped out with any questions I had. The breakfast was OK, but then again it is a hostel. The location is great, right near all types of bars an restaurants. Completely recommended!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Santiago, Chile
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

Nice hostel with very clean small and large dormitory rooms in a pretty old house.

Good international and welcoming vibe as well.

Easy to find in the Bellavista neighborhood with friendly staff. Nice common areas, including a kitchen. Connected to the hostel is a bar as well, but I still found the hostel to be quiet.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

We chose this hostel as the previous one had run out of room. The communal areas were lovely, really open, colourful, with TV, Pool and an attached bar. Good wifi. Really was a lovely area. The breakfast wasn´t bad either with cheese, ham, fruits, jam, bread and cereals. We´d booked a twin room with private bathroom as they didn´t have a double. It wasn´t cheap at $60US but during peak season we didn´t have a lot of choice. The hostel is a huge rambling old character building and quite impressive but our room was pretty poor. It was a twin with a bathroom down the hallway which we accessed via a key. Not convenient at all. Also the twin had previously been a dorm room, hence the bunk beds! It even had four metal lockers, which they´d not bothered to remove and replace with something more suitable. Apart from a small basic table there wasn´t anything else in the room. The double rooms, which were tastefully decorated with lovely furniture, en-suite bathrooms and cable TV´s were actually cheaper and much better value. So we really were not impressed with the set up. Definitely not value for money. TIP- if you can pay in US dollars it works out cheaper than the peso equivalent. I´m not sure how the hostel worked the prices out but its definitely a lot cheaper to pay in dollars. Such a shame the room wasn´t better value, Í´d say it needs to be around the $40 dollar mark especially as the bathroom is down the hallway. The rest of the hostel is great with seating inside and out and the staff are really helpful too. Situated in the bella visa area which is very central. The hostel we´d stayed at previously was cheaper and had an attached bathroom in the same area so we definitely were comparing the two fairly.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

If you're looking for a calm, clean, beautifully decorated place that is close to several tourist attractions, good restaurants, public transportation and that is not pricey, then this is the place to stay. I was impressed by the wonderful hospitality of the people who work at Casa Mosaico as well as the nice international vibe that I felt there. The people who work at this hostel also know a lot about Santiago and are willing to tell you what you need to know about Chilean culture. I absolutely recommend this hostel.

Room Tip: Ask about their apartments close to the hostel, which have amazing views.
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  • Stayed January 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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Sao Paulo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

Casa Mosaico is a very good place to stay! Everything is new and very clean! To get an idea of how clean it was I sat on the floor of our room and didn’t find not even a trace of dust. We were 7 friends staying there, so we booked one room for 6 and the other one had to stay on a different room. I would definitely stay there again!!! Here are my detailed impressions:
• The shower room was also very clean (there was soap and toilet paper), but needs some drainage improvements. Oh, and we had two shower rooms inside our room.
• About the shower being cold… it’s just a matter of learning how to work it. It took us a little bit to understand it, but when we did the shower was perfect! Strong pressure and hot. Here’re some instructions:
*Leave it open for one approximately 1-2 minutes all the way hot to get it hot.
*When it’s hot, place it almost in the middle, but a bit more to the hot side (red).
*To control the temperature, you’ll have to turn to one way or the other very gently so that it won’t move a lot. The thing is, every little inch can change a lot of the temperature.
• The housekeeping was very efficient and consistent (Every day we would come back and find everything organized).
• The room was big, nice and comfortable beds, big lockers (but you need to have a lock. They sell it for 2500 pesos)
• The hostel infrastructure is very good and everything’s new, but the wood floors make some noise (nothing that really bothered me, but some can find it annoying).
• Their wi-fi was AWESOME! Very strong signal and it worked everywhere in there.
• Breakfast was good (bread, ham, cheese, fruits, cereal, butter, “dulce de leche”, jams, coffee, milk and tea), but we would always have to ask for them to bring more, because things would run out fast.
• They have a bar, but I think it only opens during weekends, put it’s very nice! Complimentary pisco sour drinks were a nice touch.
• They have lots of maps and are very willing to help out and they give very good tips.
• Storage room was very safe. We had to leave our stuff there twice and didn’t have any problem.
• They have to begin selling water there. I told that to the owner (he was a very nice guy). Sometimes they had, sometimes they didn’t. They always have to have bottled water to sell it there.
• Check-in: It was a little bit hard. We arrived before our other 5 friends and we were told we could only check-in when everyone had arrived. So we left our bags in their storage room. First of all, Patricia, the lady that was there, didn’t take our down payment with Hostelworld into consideration and was asking the full daily rate from each. The other girl, Ju, saw us there and then told Patricia that she had made our reservations and that everything was ok. It was a bit confusing, but at the end she deducted the down payment and asked us to gather each one.
• Location and surroundings: The location is very good! The hostel is a 5 minute walk to Bella Vista subway. In Loreto street, the hostel street, there are some low cost options to eat. We had a local hot dog for about 1000 pesos. It’s close to Pio Nono Street, Constitución, Cerro San Cristobal, Cerro Santa Lucia, Museo de Bellas Artes and many other touristic places. There’s a little market on Dardignac Street, very close to the hostel, that you can get water and other food stuff if you need. Beside this little market, on the corner, there’s a liquor store where you can buy wine and pisco sour for very good prices.
There’s a guy selling “Churros” in the intersection of Dardignac Street and Pio Nono Street and it was the best “churros” I had in my life!
• Just to add about the surroundings… Some Chileans we met said Pio Nono is not tourist friendly and I think is true. We had to pass through there to go to Cerro San Cristobal and we got some very bad attitude from the people. It felt unsafe. But I think there’s no problem to go and see for yourself. There was a lot of bars and it seemed nice. We instead went to Constitucion Street which is tourist friendly and it was also very nice.
• And if you travelling by yourself, avoid walking in that region (I guess you can say that about almost everywhere in Santiago and the world) late at night or dawn.. It’s not safe. We had a guest staying at Casa Mosaico that got mugged and got a real bad punch in the face, and he was close to Calle Pio Nono, coming back to the hostel. If you have more people with you, no problem, but if you’re by yourself, avoid it at all costs!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

If you are a partier who stays up all night and doesn't sleep, then this place is great. It is cute- located in a great part of town in an old building with lots of character but it's the loudest place I've ever stayed- and we have been travelling all over the world for 10 months.

The wood floors allow noise to travel easily so even if you have polite people (which I don't think there were any of) you would be woken by sound. But the hostel appeared to be checking people in and out at 2:30am, people were talking loudly all night and ladies with high heeled shoes stomped around- we were in a private double room but we might as well have been in the hallway.

There are signs up which state that people should be quiet during the night but that is not enforced I can assure you.

Hot water? Not so much- I got about 90 seconds before it went stone cold. The receptionist was not surprised and explained (as I stood there naked in a towel) that all I needed to do was turn the water off, run it for 1-2 minutes and let it warm up. Great. So I guess technically, there is hot water, for 90 seconds at a time with frequent cold water breaks.

Bathroom smelled of sewage.

If you paid me to stay here again- I wouldn't.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Loreto 109 | Barrio Bellavista, Santiago 8420480, Chile
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Location: Chile > Santiago Metropolitan Region > Santiago
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #62 of 379 Specialty Lodging in Santiago
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Casa Mosaico Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa Mosaico is situated in the bohemian quarter of Santiago, Barrio Bellavista. This lively barrio is in very high demand due to its reputation of combining art, gastronomy and entertainment. Services include Resto-bar, bilingual staf 24/7, lockers, private bathrooms, business center, free wifi, cable TV, storage room, welcome drink, Pool table, breakfast, room cleaning, tourist information, terrace, hot water 24hrs. Guests will also be able to book tours, e.g. Ski, vineyards, City tours, and more ... more   less 
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