We did not expect too much from La Serena as it is not a big hub for tourism, but Balmaceda was one of the nicest hostels of our 4 month trip across south america! more like a hotel than a hostel. The staff was all very friendly and welcoming.
I really wanted to write a good review about this place and on a whole it was a good place to stay (especially in a town where there is nothing to do!)
The young man on reception was really helpful and spoke excellent English! The room was nice and had a TV with its own bathroo…
Had a beautiful stay here.
Although currently being renovated this didn't deter our stay. Lovely rooms and very friendly and attentive staff.
Close to the central shopping and entertain area and only a couple of blocks from the bus terminal.
Would stay here again.
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…
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,…
"room 9 is the only room with a window to the outdoors that is not in a hallway."
"Rooms 7 - 14 can use the kitchenette"
"Believe all rooms share comunal bath rooms, but may have changed."
"Rooms 5-6 are superior. 2-6 have private bathrooms + kitchens without free breakfast. 7 onward have no kitchens, and free breakfast, some have private bathrooms, others do not. Don't take your family to rooms 2-4."
"See the place first and then book it because of you don't like it, the owner will answer you with lack of respect."