these pages, you'll find some of the best bed & breakfast
places for backpackers in Chile. Besides our own hostels, the
LaChakana in Putre, the Casa Chueca in Talca , the La Tetera in Pucón and our Lamalodge in the Melado Valley we list
other hostels in all Chile.
is some general advice about lodging in Chile.
hotels to simple hostels, you will find a range of accomodation
in all major cities and the vacation areas. In recent years, new
hotels and bungalow complexes have been built in remote areas
and in National Parks. The latter - so-called cabañas -
are fully equipped small buildings incl. kitchenette, a cheaper
alternative for families than hotels.
ratio can vary considerably among hotels (hotel, hostería).
There is no general classification system, and claims to so many
stars do not say anything about the quality of a place. When making
one's selection, it's always a good idea to look at size and location
of a room, private bathroom (baño privado), necessities
(TV, phone), and service. Breakfast is usually included, but it's
only worth mentioning when it's designated as desayuno americano
or buffet. In high season (December to February), prices for medium
and top hotels can be compared to European ones (starting at about
USD 40.00 for a medium category single). Single rooms are usually
not much cheaper than a double.
(residencial, hostal, hostería, casa de familia) offer
cheap accommodation, but you will have to make allowances when
it comes to creature comforts. The closer to the bus station,
the simpler the room, and the more questionable its cleanliness.
There are very few youth hostels, and they are only open in mid-Summer
by car will find many motels along the Panamericana where guests
usually stay in small bungalows. This discrete arrangement is
not surprising given that these hotels are socially acceptable,
sometimes quite fancy, locations for undisturbed sexual encounters,
which often also function as normal hotels outside the big cities.
They are still safe, acceptable places to stay.
are only necessary during high season and in tourist areas. Starting
from medium category up, you can use a credit card for paying.
International tourists need not pay value-added (sales) tax (18%)
when paying in USD (cash or travellers cheques), but this discount
is not always applied automatically.