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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hostal Rio Amazonas Plaza Italia Hotel Santiago