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Hostal El Arbol Reviews

Calle Eduardo de la Barra # 29, La Serena, Chile

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444 Total Reviews
  • 88%Value For Money
  • 91%Security
  • 87%Location
  • 91%Staff
  • 85%Atmosphere
  • 92%Cleanliness
  • 83%Facilities

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My only negative comment would be that the quarters are a bit tight at Hostal El Arbol. That being said, we really enjoyed our stay here. Right off the downtown and an easy 30 minute walk to the beach, the hostel is set up in a beautiful little house with a super friendly staff. A nice patio and breakfast each morning are a plus. Kitchen was on the small side. We had a really nice time with the people we met there and felt a sense of community.


We were confirmed for the downtown hostel and ours ended up being at their second location - by the beach. We had no idea, though the staff paid for our taxi to the new hostel so that was nice of them.

  • 21st Oct 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Beds were so so comfy!! Breakfast was the best we have had in South America (the lady who served breakfast was lovely). When we arrived the staff didn't really give great advice for tours but eventually knew what we wanted (may have been language barrier). Bathroom was really tiny but generally would recommend!


The hostal was great. The rooms and bathrooms were clean and the breakfast was also great! most of the staff spoke English and so it was easy to communicate. its near to most of the important places. (15min. busterminal, 5 Minutes plaza de armas. 10 minutes to a large supermarket.) just the beach is a bit far away about 30 minutes walking but no problem! :)


We just stayed here for one night, but the staff was nice enough to stay up past checkout to let us in to the hostel since our bus arrived late. Small, cozy, and clean hostel. Nice place to stay but it's not a social hostel!


Stayed one night in a private room with 2 twin beds and a shared private washroom. The room was lovely and clean, as was the bathroom and the rest of the house. The atmosphere/style of this hostel is wonderful and it was a treat to stay here. The breakfast in the morning was well above par. The location is very convenient - less than 10 minutes from the bus station and downtown, and an easy (flat) walk to the beach. Highly recommend this place.


Great receptionist good Atmosphere, clean beds and strong wifi


Clean and cozy hostel in a great location - easily walkable from the bus station and close to the main plaza. The beach is also about a 20 minute walk away. The staff is very kind and welcoming, definitley felt at home. It's a laid-back relaxing atmosphere so definitely not a party hostel. Hot showers, full kitchen, book exchange, the wifi is good in the living room, not so great in the bedrooms, especially if you're in the back building, but not a huge deal. Breakfast is also tasty.


This place was great. It is perfectly located in the middle of the lively town. The bus terminal is within walking distance, the beach is within walking distance, the Japanese Garden is literally right across the street, the plaza is around the corner, and a natural cafe on the corner named Ayawasi that is perfect and reasonably priced. There are two malls and a our agency nearby. El Arbol has activities listed, from horses, to islands and observatories. Very pretty place, safe, big breakfast.

  • 25th Aug 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)


Hostel is based very central of la Serena, within walking distance to the beach and a big supermarket (liber = Walmart). Hot showers and good breakfast included. We arrived way before check in, and staff helped us to book an excursion on the same day and let us take a HOT shower first. We have bought breakfast on the day of arrival for 2500 pesos extra. Overall, we have had a good time at this place, and would stay there anytime again!


We had a wonderful stay at this hostel. We originally booked for just 2 nights but ended up extending it to 6 nights. El Arbol (beach location) is beautifully maintained, clean and comfortable. We spent a lot of time relaxing on the property and utilizing the well equipped kitchen.


I stayed at el Arbol Downtown and it was ok. It is super clean, the breakfast is good and the stuff really friendly. But the kitchen is super tiny, your're not allowed to use it on your checkout day, they dont really have a luggage storage when you wanna leave after the checkout, the wifi is horrbile. I couldnt use my laptop at all and my phone only next to the reception. What really botherd me that the stuff doesnt know a lot about activities in La Serena, especially for free ones. No help here


Lovely hostel, located right off the main street. It is a beautiful little house with a nice kithen for cooking and dining room where you an share meals with other travelers. Staff was friendly and helped us with all of our needs-- from finding supermarkets to figuring out where to catch the bus. Would definitely stay here again!


Pleasant rooms overlooking the Japanese Garden. Delightful and very helpful staff. Tasteful simple building 10 minutes walk from the bus terminal and a few minutes walk from the centre of town.


Good: Feels like you are staying someone's lovely house. Bedroom was so nice and comfortable. Fire warms the whole place through. Friendly, helpful reception staff. Small but clean and well equipped kitchen. Lovely breakfast! Amazing lady who cleans and makes breakfast. Central location in the city. Bad: Can get a bit cramped in the common areas for example at breakfast. I'd have rather been near the beach than in the city. The astronomy tour we booked through them felt a bit lacklustre.


The hostel is located close to the bus terminal and the town centre. The next big supermarket is only 300m away. Everything was clean. The breakfast is very basic and could be better.


The room of 8 beds where I slept is not too much wide. There are lockers, but without padlocks. I missed some desk, rack or similar for my things. Location is good, very near from Bus Station and Plaza Mayor. Breakfast not bad, just enought, same as staff. I missed some more info papers, maps, etc. I think this is not a cozy hostel, but it is fine for one night. Not bad hostel, but could be better.


8 bed dorm is a little tight if its full, as is the kitchen if you want to cook but rest of the facilities are decent and very clean. Even has a nice hot shower. Breakfast is fresh juice, toast, cheese & cornflakes. Staff are great and very friendly. The only real problem with this place was security as there was a theft from peoples lockers which was a pretty horrible situation all round. I think this situation may now be resolved with locks changed to your own padlocks on lockers.

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