No problem with getting to this hotel from the airport, I used Transvip shuttle which had no problem whatsoever finding the place; despite other reviews. The driver used a gps, also the next morning picked me up right on time as well, plenty of time to catch my outbound flight.
The front desk guys (2 separate ones) were very nice and accommadating, letting me check in early; since I was just staying for 1 night; and also offered to let me eat the "breakfast", since I would be leaving early the next morning prior to the "restaurant opening"; that's when the ONLY trouble began.
The man that works this little buffet style thing, was rude and nasty, the food was dreadful, not good at all!! Dried bread, old lunch meats/cheese obviously sitting out since 1st thing in the am, so basically all I had was 1 little container of yogurt and a glass of OJ; so I get up to leave and he's like white on rice, right up my butt, insisting that I sign a receipt for 65,000CLP (approx $12); I repeatedly told him, that this was the one and only time I could take advantage of eating this complimentarily meal, he acted like he couldn't understand english as well. I adamently refused to sign for a bill for nothing basically and followed me, every step of the way downstairs, whereby he got pretty heated to say the least.
The morning front desk guy told me "not to worry about it...", so I went about my day around the sites, when I came back, a different front desk guy, started in on me about this same stupid meal bill; but after a few minutes explaining to him, he finally understood; but lord have mercy that was a royal pain in the ars!!!! Nobody should have to go through all of that especially for food that wasn't worth 2 cents!!
Anyway the hotel is sort of isolated away, but there is a McDonald's, convenience store and subway station all within a 5 minute walking distance, as well as local buses. There's also a nice little park close by as well.
Room is ok, bed was comfortable, and a lot of tv channels to choose from, many english speaking!! Also staff will let you use their internet service right off the lobby.
Overall nice little hotel for the money!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of the civic, financial, cultural and foundational center of Santiago gives easy access to various points of interest.Nippon Hotel is a pioneer in Chile to incorporate in its atmosphere the mixture of Japanese and Western culture since 1990. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nippon Hotel Santiago