I was a single traveler visiting Santiago just to tour the city. The Ibis Santiago Estacion Central is about as convenient as it gets. It's next to the central bus station, which connects to the airport and other cities, right at the Universidad de Santiago subway stop, and about 1 block away from a huge, modern American-looking shopping mall with a gigantic food court and supermarket. There are many internet cafes in the area, although the hotel has a couple of internet terminals in its lobby, also.
The hotel and room (number 716) themselves were very clean and sparse, similar to Scandinavian design. This is the way I like my hotel rooms, almost sterile, so I can see that it's clean. I only had one minor issue with my room in that it was winter, and even though I turned the heater up, it didn't make the room much warmer. I could have asked for help, but it really wasn't cold, just not warm.
Unlike other reviews, I found an English speaking person at the check-in desk, Jose, who hlped me with holding my bag before I checked in, and helping me schedule some tours. It is true that they don't all speak English, though. The hotels employ a mean, non-English speaking security person at the front door to deter people who don't have business with the hotel - probably necessary because of its location next to the bus station, but once you get past that, it's a good experience.
The only downside to this hotel is that the area next to bus stations is never beautiful in any city, and this is no exception. However, I never felt unsafe in the area.
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