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Hostal Rio Amazonas
Ranked #1 of 169 Santiago B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 2, 2013

I stayed a week at the hostal and the location makes it a safe and easy option, with clear landmarks, for getting around. The choice of restaurants in the area is good as mentioned in several reviews below. The breakfast is filling, although it would be nice if they had real coffee (made with Central/South American beans) instead of Nescafe (which seems to be served in a lot of places in Chile). The rooms that face the street are noisy - constant traffic on the main street and dogs barking at all hours. On the first night, it sounded like a pack of dogs got together for several hours and barked non-stop. Bring earplugs. If you have a choice, request a room at the back or facing the courtyard, which is quiet in the winter months.

The rooms were warm as was the shower (not hot). The whole hostal is clean with lots of travelling information and different maps and items from various parts of S. America. The wi-fi is VERY patchy with better service in the lounge room on the ground floor - not so much in the rooms. The staff was friendly and helpful (organizing taxis, extra hot chocolates, etc) and there's a lending library of books in the office. You can have a submarino (chocolate chunks dipped in hot milk) or a variety of Chilean beer/wine in the lounge too. There are supermarkets/corner shops very near as well.

Room Tip: In the winter - get a room at the back or facing the courtyard - away from the street noise/dogs bar...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

Rio Amazonas is well located for the tube and within walking distance of Bela Vista with its pubs & restaurants, Plaza de Armas, and critically the fantastic Mercado Central, modelled on London's Smithfields market and built in Birmingham in 1871.....an amazing fish market, but stay away from the big restaurants in the centre of the market and go for the much cheaper and better restaurants around the edges. The staff at Amazonas were ultra helpful and even allowed us a very late check out at no extra cost as we had an outward flight at near midnight. The room was a bit small, but clean, the internet connection was good and breakfast perfectly ample. And just around the corner is one of the best 'burger bars' ever. the Fuente Aleman...although calling it a burger bar is to do it a disservice, everything cooked fresh in front of you.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

I dont know why this place has such high ratings. I think people get carried away with good service so they automatically give it a high rating, so I will try to be as honest as possible. Here are the good, average and not so good things I though about this hostel/B&B:
Good - service. This was excellent. The ladies we had the pleasure of dealing with were all outstanding. Always willing to help, always smiling. Nothing was too much for them, and they also let us store a box of wine there so we didnt have to lug it around with us for the next 5 weeks. The location was also very good. Just a short stroll from a supermarket, the subway, a pharmacy, plenty of shops, parks, restaurants. Neighbourhood seemed very safe too. The security to the building was also very good. The room we had was also quite spacious and clean.
Average - the beds. They were just ok. Quite firm. The breakfast was very basic. Bread, cereal and yoghurt. Nothing outstanding here. The WIFI was also very hit and miss and quite slow.
Bad - noise! Not just of the barking dogs and traffic (it is on a busy street) but also with wooden floorboards everywhere you can hear people walking around etc. I also think it was overpriced for what it offered.
All in all it was an ok place to stay, but I feel there are better options.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Deefa85
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

We spent 2 nights and loved it. The staff were great and very helpful with things to see around Santiago. It's very close to the centre of town and Bellavista. The room was small but exactly what we were after and we had a private bathroom. It's very well priced and great value. I would definitely recommend.

Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
Thank Jason W
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

Hotel was a really good value. The rooms were clean and a good size. The location of the hotel is very central in the city. Really easy to get around with the subway just a few blocks away. Close to good bars and restaurants in the Bella Vista and surrounding neighborhoods. The staff at the hotel spoke English and was very helpful with directing you around the city. The breakfast was probably my favorite part about this hotel. I stayed at 4 hotels on this trip and Hostal Rio Amazonas had the best. Fresh bread, cheese, homemade jam, fruit, yogurt and fresh made juice...different each day. My favorite was the kiwi juice!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 3, 2013

Great location, accommodating of our 2 young sons, yummy (and healthy) breakfast, clean and comfy rooms. Our room (second floor corner room for 4) was noisy (traffic and street dogs) due to double glazing not being installed in the corner window... but all together a nice stay.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 27, 2013

First night ever in South America and terribly jet lagged. Clean and comfortable room and brilliant double glazing so our room is peaceful. Only the floorboards are noisy! The staff are very helpful and have organised an early breakfast and taxi for us, as well as details of the time change tonight. They seem to communicate well with each other as all staff are aware of our needs. Good recommendations for walks and food - we really enjoyed La Hacienda steakhouse which is on the other side of the embassy next door. We plan to stay at this hostal on our way home.

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Additional Information about Hostal Rio Amazonas

Address: Avenida Vicuna Mackenna 47, Santiago 8330019, Chile
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Location: Chile > Santiago Metropolitan Region > Santiago
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 169 B&Bs / Inns in Santiago
Price Range: $83 - $101 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hostal Rio Amazonas 3*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to our colorful Hostal Río Amazonas, a very good choice of accommodation near Plaza Italia, the best location in Santiago, within a few steps of the most famous landmarks of the city. With a safe family atmosphere, our hostal combines the elegance of original architecture with all modern comfort. Meet and share with other travelers during our great homemade breakfast or at the bar of our comfy lounge area, while enjoying an espresso, a pot of tea or a Pisco Sour. We speak English portuguese and French, and will be happy to help you with good tips and advices for your travel in all Chile.We are certified Touristic Quality since 2009 and recommended by international guides books ... more   less 
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