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Hostel Lucia Suites
Ranked #191 of 475 Specialty Lodging in Santiago
Hamburg, Germany
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67 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Do not expect too much”
Reviewed March 23, 2013

The "Hostal 168 Santa Lucia" is located just opposite the Cerro Santa Lucia in the center of Santiago de Chile. The subway station "Santa Lucia" is not far away, so you can reach it quite easily from the main bus station or the airport. The staff at the hostal is friendly and helped us with all problems.

The Hostal is mostly frequented by backpackers, so one cannot expect the comfort of a high class hotel. But the rooms are big enough and equipped with the simple things, one needs. You can choose between private bathrooms and shared bathrooms. But the bathrooms are horrible. Our private bathroom was so small, that one could hardly turn around in it. The shower was coverd with mildew and it took more than two days for the cleaning person to refill the toilet paper ... .

The room was not cleaned up during the whole time of our stay. The waste was not taken away, so after a short time, it got somewhat uncomfortable in the room.

Breakfast was ok but nothing special. One pretty good thing is the nice roof terrace with its beautiful view over the Cerro Santa Lucia.

In conclusion: The Hostal 168 Santa Lucia is ok, if you are just planning to stay for onne or two days. The price is ok. But do not expect anything special and do not expect a very clean place ... .

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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San Francisco, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 19, 2013

This is one of the worst hostels I have stayed. I was there in February 2013. Hot and stuffy, not even fans for cooling. No hot water part of the time. Hot or cold, the shower was only a small trickle. Inadequate window shades. No reading light. Barest of facilities. The breakfast had only instant coffee. No decent city map or pamphlets.Good location, however.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cusco
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed January 20, 2013

The hostel is located at the buisenss center of Santiago. I stayed at the dorm room.
The showers were always dirty, and many times there was no hot water in the shower.
Furthermore, the floors were dirty. Walking barefoot for few minutes, and my feet became black!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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NJ
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
Reviewed September 2, 2012

This is a standard hostel - exactly what you would expect.
I stayed in a single room - room was basic, walls quite thin, but luckily the hostel was not too noisy while I was there.

The communal bathrooms were relatively clean, and I did get hot water for the shower.

One of the best parts of the this hostel is the location - located just two blocks from a metro stop, it is also quite central to all the sites.
It is also right across the street from the park and hill Santa Lucia, a nice bonus.

Staff were friendly and helpful.

There is a computer/internet at the front desk that you can use to check your email.

Breakfast was very basic - toast, jam, butter, tea or coffee.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Hong Kong
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed August 19, 2012

It's just opposite to Santa Lucia, 10-15 mins walk to the main plaza and city ctr, close to the banks, supermarket, metro station.

The staff are nice and helpful. Breakfast was prepared even we were leaving before 5am for the flight.

The hostal indeed looks not as new as the pictures shown, but still comfort. we stayed in the ensuite double room, big and clean with TV and stable wifi. there are two kitchens, the only concern maybe climbing up the stairs for 4-5th floor.. of course it's not a problem for backpackers...

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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paris
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed June 26, 2012

The good things are: the location, the place is clean, the room offers everything you need ( comfy bed, tv, curtains, small heater) and the staff is amazing particulary the manager!

The bas things... Nothing really as the manager always tried to do her best to help you

For one of the cheapest place in the city it s a good surprise

  • Stayed June 2012
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1 Thank bkiddo15
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Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands
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Reviewed May 14, 2012

This hostel is really great! The staff is very friendly and helpful, the atmosphere is awesome, the location perfect and the beds rule!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
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Thank Timmi v
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Property: Hostel Lucia Suites
Address: Santa Lucia 168, Santiago 8320222, Chile
Location: Chile > Santiago Metropolitan Region > Santiago > Santa Lucia
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #191 of 475 Specialty Lodging in Santiago
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hostal Santa Lucia, offers the best location at downtown Santiago, in front of Santa Lucia´s Hill and 1 block from metro station Santa Lucia. We are known for having the best mattresses of the city in a cozy ambiance. Our bilingual workers helps everyone making their trips. Also we have roof top terrace with wonderful view & BBQ, breakfast is included, free internet, Wifi and the most helpful workers. Try it - you won't regret. ... more   less 
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