When we first arrived, we were disappointed. The mismatched rooms were incredibly basic and everything looked like it was hobbled together which it probably was. Run by an enthusiastic French woman and her partner, it certainly has a sort of hippy feel with hammocks and chairs dotted all over the place, and rooms you don't want to spend much time in. As this is the desert, water is a problem, but we only ever had one day without it.
As there is no breakfast, you can use the 70's style rundown kitchen to make your own, but as everyone shares this space it can get a bit crowded at times. The sand makes every surface dusty and its impossible to keep anything clean. This isn't a leave your towels on the floor if you want them changed type of place, and once you got used to it you soon adapted.
Despite the negatives we got to quite like this place. Having come from an absolutely gorgeous b&b the contrast was even more stark. The women who run this place are just tenants and so it probably is not worth their while investing much in this hostel. There are some good rules like not staying out in the common areas after 11 in the evening. A good idea as many of the tours start very early and the noise did carry. The stay was helped by the fact that some French guy would strum his guitar every evening. Now if you could be guaranteed that every time you came it would definitely be worth visiting. The place did grow on us in the end but not sure I would stay here again, though I did like Maries philosphy on life.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rose d' Atacama is not an hostel as the others. As wished it his two creators, this place is a special mix of conviviality, peace and cultural activities.A "house" right in the heart of San Pedro of Atacama where travelers from all around the world, inhabitants and artists meet each others.A welcoming hostel in a ancient colonial house Ancient colonial house constructed in "adobe" (traditional manufacturing with natural materials). ... more less
- Also Known As:
- La Rose D'Atacama San Pedro De Atacama, Chile