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Palafito Waiwen
Ranked #1 of 66 Specialty Lodging in Castro
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6 hotel reviews
“Mixed bag”
Reviewed December 21, 2012 via mobile

Warm, clean, decent rooms, and located in a picturesque area. However staff were not particularly friendly, breakfast was fairly average, there was quite a lot of noise from the road at night and it is a bit of a walk into town. Moved to a different place in town after one night.

  • Stayed December 2012
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Reviewed November 28, 2012

The hotel is new (although not as new as the Palafito Cucao hostel), and although it is not as charming as the Palafito Cucao, it is nice enough, and the fact that it is an actual palafito is nice.

We stayed in one of the two rooms which face the river (the one with the queen bed, the other features three beds if I am not mistaken), and it was very nice, although a bit noisy in the evening, because of the Mar y Canela restaurant nearby.

Breakfast (included) is exactly the same as in Palafito Cucao, featuring fruit, eggs, yoghurt, milk, juice, etc., and the same amazing home-made bread, and the tasty home-made jams. Apart from the restaurant nearby there are a couple of cafes in the same street, and Castro city center is not far away, where there are many eating options and supermarkets (look for the big Unimarc, which is apparently the cheapest).

Service was good but not as good as in Palafito Cucao (which was really good). As in Palafito Cucao activities are organized through the sister company Palafito Trip. We had intended to rent a car and drive around, but the local car rental company is really small (this may change now that the island has commercial flights) and it had no cars available, so we took up the Chiloe Patrimonial Churches tour, which turned out to be very nice. I am not a big fan of group tours, but the guide was super nice, and he did not push us around, instead giving plenty of time (as much as one wanted) to see things, so the experience was enjoyable, and although we had less freedom of movement we got to visit a couple of places which we would probably have missed on our own, like a tasty oyster shop in Quinchao Island.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Santiago, Chile
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Reviewed November 21, 2012

What a fun experience to stay in a palafito and see the tide come and go. It was a great central location to explore the island and the staff are very helpful and will help book excursions on the island.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 16, 2012

I really loved my stay here at Palafito Hostel. I arrived on a friend's recommendation, thinking I would just spend a night, and ended up staying three because it was such a cozy base for exploring the island. The hostel was clean, warm, and beautifully decorated. Even though Castro itself isn't much to look at, the location of the hostel is perfect: having breakfast while watching birds fly over the channel is hard to beat! I was skeptical about the hike down the hill from the bus station, but it was well worth it.

The staff was also friendly and gave great travel recommendations (if it wasn't for them I wouldn't have discovered Cucao). And, just to repeat what other travelers have said time and again, the breakfast was amazing. The toasted grain bread with home-made jam pretty much made my day, every day.

Thank you Palafito for a wonderful stay!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 24, 2012 via mobile

This place was beautiful and very clean. The breakfast was nice and included a variety of things (fruit, yoghurt, porridge, juice, very nice bread, eggs, marmalade...). The shower was the best I've experienced during the 2 months I've been travelling South America! The only faults I would say about this hostel is although the location was very scenic it was a tough "hike" up a big hill to the centre (and bus station). If you are travelling with a low budget it is quite pricey but deffinately worth it!

  • Stayed July 2012
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Reviewed July 7, 2012 via mobile

This hostel located in the area of palafitos Gamboa is a nice place to spend a couple of days in Castro: friendly staff, clean, and warm! (not so common in this area in the winter...), good breakfast (including loooooovely banana-kiwi jam). There are a couple of really nice double rooms with view on the river (slightly more expensive). Perfect place whether for holidays with friends, romantic stay or family vacations! Only drawback: can be somewhat noisy (as wherever in Castro).

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Madrid, Spain
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Reviewed May 20, 2012

We liked this place a lot. We stayed just two nights and as it was low season there werent any people in the dorm, so we had it all to ourself. It was clean, with fresh fluffy towels and very warm!! Breakfast was nice with homemade bread.

Location is good, a 10 min walk from the centre I would say.

We read that some people complained about the noise. We didnt find this place especially noisy, some dogs barking, but thats it. The hostel was also very quiet becuz it was low season.

However, the lockers in the room werent working, so that would have been an issue if there were more people in the dorm.

Staff was nice and friendly, and when we had to take a bus at 6.30 in the morning they served breakfast although it usually starts at 8.

A nice typical "Palafito".

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Palafito Waiwen

Property: Palafito Waiwen
Address: Ernesto Riquelme 1236 | Barrio Palafitos de Gamboa, Castro, Isla Chiloe 5700000, Chile
Location: Chile > Los Lagos Region > Isla Chiloe > Castro
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 66 Specialty Lodging in Castro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Palafito Waiwen 2.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"Palafito Waiwen", located at the heart of Gamboa neighborhood in the city of Castro, Island of Chiloe. Here you can enjoy a unique experience of staying in one of the traditional houses on stilts above the calm waters of the bay of Castro near the Gamboa estuary with its particular Chilean southern warmth and surrounded by the exceptional beauty of its landscapes and people. ... more   less 
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