I think our expectations were set too high. Lonely Planet gives a glowing review, as do several guests on this site. It's not that Bellavista is not good; it just didn't meet our expectations. We were made to feel welcome, and assistance was willingly provided when we needed a printout of our boarding passes. Great service there. Our room was clean and comfortable enough, but nothing special. We didn't use the kitchen - it looked reasonably well equipped, although small. It was too cold to enjoy the courtyard. The little lounge area wasn't particularly inviting, and everyone has to pass through that area to get to the bathroom. Breakfast was ok, without being outstanding. Our main issue was the shared bathroom. There's supposed to be two, but one was having repairs. We stayed 2 nights and the toilet and handbasin were not cleaned during that time, the bin for toilet paper was near overflowing, the bath mat was dirty and the hand towel was not changed. This made the shared facilities quite unpleasant; the prospect of showering was not enticing. Also, whilst this area seems very safe, the front door requires manual locking by each guest as they leave and enter; we had at least one other guest who either didn't understand the very clear instructions about locking up, or was simply to slack or lazy to lock, hence the house was left unsecured on several occasions that we know of. Having to rely on the diligence of other guests for security is always risky.
We have been in South America for more than 6 weeks now. There are many better value-for-money places. If you want kitchen facilities while staying in Santiago, I would suggest taking an apartment - they can be central, clean, spacious and very good value. If you decide on this B&B just don't have your expectations too high and you'll have an ok stay, perhaps even a very good one, particularly if you like the "shared house" idea.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bellavista Home Bed & Breaksfast is located in the eastern part of Santiago de Chile's vibrant Bellavista neighborhood. It has four comfortable rooms, each decorated with Chilean contemporary art. Our B&B's style is characterized by our guests' freedom and independence, who feel as if they were at home while traveling. Bellavista Home is family-friendly, with WiFi, free kitchen use, and a pleasant courtyard surrounded by nature to relax in after exploring Santiago. Bellavista Home is not just a place to stay: it's a life experience and home away from home in a must-see corner of Santiago. ... more less
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