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Hostal Rural Reviews

Centro, Calle Calama 257, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

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634 Total Reviews
  • 80%Value For Money
  • 84%Security
  • 96%Location
  • 93%Staff
  • 92%Atmosphere
  • 84%Cleanliness
  • 80%Facilities

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Rural was a lovely chilled hostel. The beds were so comfy and big. Each bed had a light and a charge point. There were also small lockers with chargers inside so you could charge things overnight or while you were out doing things. Hector and Nathaniel were both really helpful and gave great tips about what to do. I booked my salt flat tour with them and it was really good. The hostel had a good atmosphere. They put a fire in every night and you can sit around and chat to the other travellers.


Loved it. Staff (Hector and Nathaniel) were friendly, knowledgeable, helpful and generally quite awesome. Was easy to book all tours from the hostel and they advised me on what to do and where to do it (moonlight sandboarding definitely more than worth the sand in my butt). The only thing missing was a lock for the locker, but luckily there were plenty of guests in this fine establishment to lend me one. Also, the evening campfires and chill out zone (complete with books in Dutch!) were great!


Great hostel! Helpful and friendly staff. Tours you can book through the hostel are very good. Only one bathroom with a shower but that was never a problem :)


Hostal Rural was great, there's a reason why everyone wanted to extend and it was always full! Nathaniel and Hector are absolute legends who played non stop good music and they were always making sure you were satisfied with the tours they booked for you. Very easy to book different tours and activities from the hostel and they were always good.


The most beautiful hostel I habe sen so far.


Issue with sound after midnight. It's more like 1:30 or 2:00 am


I understand the need for growth, but as construction was happening above us, there was sand and dirt all over our floor and beds. We were in room #2.


Hector and Nathaniel were both awesome. Gave great recommendations for places to eat and tours to take. Great social vibe at the hostal. Lots of hammocks and areas to chill out. Good kitchen and always a hot shower.


The hostel was great mainly because Nathaniel is so helpful and goes above and beyond to make sure you enjoy San Pedro de Atacama. The artwork, hammocks an feel of the hostel is really chilled and makes for a great place to stay.


We really enjoyed our stay at Rural! Main reasons being that the atmosphere and staff were great. The hostel is laid back with good common areas, making it easy to meet other travelers and relax between tours. Nate at the front desk was an absolute dude! Super friendly and helpful with booking tours.

  • 13th Apr 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • SandyFeet
  • Australia
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Delightful decor. Wonderful staff - they felt like friends! Hammocks in the shade for the daytime and a fire in the courtyard at night. Very pleasant atmosphere- everybody got talking - but also very respectful of others, so quiet at night and first thing in the morning. Only downside was the occasional wait for the bathrooms- but they are extending the space so this may become a thing of the past. If you want a different experience, stay at the Rural.


This hostel is amazing! It has so much character and fun decorations. There is a fire every night and great music all day. The staff was amazing Nathaniel was so helpful in booking tours for us and giving us advise. He really made our stay there so much better! Was so appreciative of his help and sincerity. Extra bonus is great wifi here too!


It's a nice hostel, with confortable beds. There's no breakfast though. Very near the main street so you can easily go out. there was some construction going on when I stayed there so it was a bit noisy. Staff was nice and helped with tours and shuttle to the airport


Had a great time with the hosts who work here. They were doing construction when we were there, so there was no time to get peace and quiet during the day. Obviously this will change, but it was a bit of a pain. Great hostel though


A fantastic hostel with great atmosphere! Great location and Superb staff, you should definately choose Rural for your stay in San Pedro :0)


Had the best time at Rural. Booked for two nights and ended up staying for a week. Nathaniel and Hector are the best and extremely helpful for booking tours and making sure your time in San Pedro is amazing. Great facilities, perfect location the centre of town, comfy beds, and the common area is awesome for hanging out. Can't say enough about the staff and everyone I met at Rural. They made it one of my favourite places to stay so far in South America. Definitely stay here!


Very nice hippie-style hostel. Staff are great. Expect Bob Marley songs running at some nights.


Messed up our booking so were turned away at 1am with nowhere to stay. Staff were nice when we went to get our deposit refunded the next day


Such a lovely hostel. The staff, Hector and Nathaniel were amazingly helpful and friendly, sorted out tours for us and had great advice on places to go. The atmosphere was fun and chilled out especially with the amazing hammocks and cute den. Was one of our favourite hostels and we'd recommend it to anyone and stay there again!

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