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Hotel La Serena Plaza
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Reviewed March 9, 2011

The pool was great but I was suspicious as to how clean it was. Our room was worn out, but clean, located on the third floor, no elevator. The first ting I noticed arriving was that the minibar was empty, I belive that this was because the staff has not figured out what its for. Also watch out for the bed sheets made of wool, they smelled so bad we had to put them in the closet for our whole stay! Actually these bed sheets is a local custom to this region. Wifi was free but only worked in the hotel lobby.

Hotel is located right beside the beach but everthing interesting in La Serena is about a half an hour, an hour walk from the this hotel so bring good shoes.
The breakfast was average and also the dinner in the hotel resturant the first day. One of the better resturants in La Serena was Martin Fierro, great place and service, se my review.

The staff was friendly but the overall service, there was no service, you have to ask staff for eggs at the breakfast, cheapos. Especially one of the receptionists was very creepy, he made you feel uncomfortable when asking questions, like he was bothered to help you out!

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank gringoblanco
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Reviewed June 2, 2010

I booked this hotel after going through the location, pics and ratings for this hotel on the net. I wanted to just run away to some other place immediately after I reached this place. While the property as a whole is very nice and interesting, the location is way out of anything. Also the rooms are not modern and nice. Beds had no head rest. Bathrooms are very tiny. Everything is pretty rundown. Mini bar has nothing to offer. Room had no tea / coffee arrangement. Heating is run only during certain hours. Breakfast was minimalistic. None of the staff spoke any english ... and paying 90USD per night for all this was way too high for what I got. Not to forget that you have to pay a lot for taxis to go anywhere so don't even think of staying here if you are travelling without your own transport.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled solo
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3  Thank Prasty
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Reviewed April 13, 2010

This is a htoel that I wouldn;'t rave about nor would I say anything really negative about it. It is a long walk to the center of La SErena but it is next to the beach but quite a walk along the beach to the beach restaurants and activities. The staff was cold, unfriendly and not helpful. The floors of the hotel needed to be reglued as they are popping up. But the hotel rooms are average size. The last morning we did not have hot water and the staff didn't really care. It's a fine place if you aren't going to spend time in your room. The pool area looked lovely. The breakfast was averagve and nothing much to write about. Overall, I would stay again but only if I didn't have any other options or if the price is right. It was perfect for what I needed a room for, a place to sleep, shower and store my stuff as I was out all day and only came back to sleep.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Gail3207
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Reviewed March 11, 2008

i went to la serena for a few days, and i find this hotel, it was near the light house, nice location, the hotel was old like the other person told, and i have the same impression, very nice people working in the fron desk, the room was clean no trouble, and the restaurant fine all so, its its a good hotel for family vacation, or bussines that all

  • Stayed: January 2008, traveled with friends
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1  Thank fathernight
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Reviewed December 18, 2007

We chose the hotel for its inviting website, however the reality turned out to be very different. The first room we were offered had not been cleaned properly so we asked for another. It too, on closer inspection was dirty and stained. The hallway and room reeked of cigarette smoke and they couldn't offer non-smoking rooms. The bathroom which was equally dirty displayed an out-of-date hygiene inspection sticker. The sheets and blankets which also smelled of stale smoke were old and worn. The room had an empty fridge which was noisy and had to be turned off as well as a rusty oil radiator. One closet door was hanging by a loose hinge.
Outside in the grounds, there is a gym which operates from 08:30 to 23:00 so forget a lie-in. In any case the rooms are so badly insulated that the alarm calls for other guests will wake you anyway.
The breakfast was uninteresting and was served on a dirty table cloth along with dirty cutlery.
We were booked for 2 nights but left after the first.
In short, a very bad hotel.

  • Stayed: November 2007, traveled as a couple
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Thank Bosque
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