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Hostal Talar Reviews

Pachamama 657, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

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167 Total Reviews
  • 83%Value For Money
  • 85%Security
  • 76%Location
  • 84%Staff
  • 82%Atmosphere
  • 87%Cleanliness
  • 78%Facilities

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Average is the best way to describe this place. There are other places in San Pedro to look at first. The instructions to get to the place were difficult to follow as there are no sign posts in the village. Prepare to be cold at night as there is no central heating anywhere in San Pedro. If you don't speak spanish you may run into difficulty as the staff didn't speak a word of english. On the bright side the tours offered by the hostel were well organised.


Their wifi worked an hour per day. Had four spider bites on my arms. Kitchen closes at 10? Stupid.


Very cold at night. But enough blankets !


Clean hostel, only 10 minutes walk from the center of San Pedro. Good atmosphere, well equipped kitchen and great tours, all at a competitive price


Very helpful staff especially the Colombian guy on reception, booked salt flat tour through hostel and was decent!


This hostel is ok but the woman who owns it is not a good person to run a hostel, Estaban who works there is a great guy anbd speaks English, while she threw a friend out and would`t even let her wait in the hall for a few minutes while people got ready to go out and San Pedro does get pretty cold. Rooms were generally not warm, there is no brekfast, whole town is expensive. They do book some ok tours, but the directions they give from the main square instead of bus station could be improved.


Very nice hostel! Very calm and relaxed atmosfere wich I liked. Depending a lot on the guests I guess since It's a small hostel.


- badly equipped kitchen (no automatic water boiler, oven not working) - sound of table tennis annoying for other hostel guests - no room cleaning during more-day stay (neither changing litter bin or bringing new toilet paper) - cold water most of the day


Very helpful and friendly staff


Loved this hostel! Great staff and great atmosphere!


We were so positivly surprised, cause we had expected a lot less due to poor recommendations on the internet. We booked in a 10-dorm +slept in one for 6 people - that was great! also the staff helped us (with a lot of patience, thanks!) booking our next days spontaneously in our perfect fit schedule which was awesomely nice!!! The place is quiet, tidy +gives you a homy feeling, they have a comfy patio with sofas +eating area, a spacy kitchen +numerous bathrooms. best "hostelmama" , cariños! :D


Really enjoyed our stay at hostal talar. Friendly and helpful staff especially Alejandro. Market next door and they showed us cheap restaurants nearby which were very good! Only bad thing was location. Quite the hike uphill in the heat from downtown. Also not as cheap as some hostels in village centre but much more tranquil.

  • 1st Apr 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Best thing about this hostel was the staff - Alejandro in particular was really helpful throughout our stay giving advice on what to do in San Pedro and also on our salt flats trip (even if we didn't go with their conpany!). Great cooking facilities and common area with wifi and a ping pong table. Hostel was kept clean, tidy and secure and although it was a bit further out of town you are only looking at a 10 minute walk maximum.


Owner has good English, colourful yard and crazy cat to laugh at. Room was spacious and I think there was hot water! They give you a key as well so you can come and go as you please. Lockers are small and outside of the room which is a bit annoying. Kitchen is big and they give you free drinking water. Would recommend.


The hostel is ok, is a little bit far from the center of the town, so if you want to get out for dinner or hang out at night is quite hazardous, if you are a solo female traveler even worst. The place was clean, the price is ok, but I found other hostel with better location, right in the main street and with breakfast and internet include for lower price. So I'll say that compare with other the hostel is overpriced. The Staff was nice most of the time.

  • 3rd Mar 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Dominican Republic
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


This is five to ten minutes outside the square. There are convenience stores nearby. The only real complaint is about the internet. While you are in the desert and the internet is likely to be spotty, the owners of this establishment will unplug the internet without notice. Generally, during the laid back hours of the afternoon. Otherwise, this hostel is perfectly chill and just fine for the price.


A lovely, colourful, friendly hostel, with great rooms and common areas. Firstly - those who complain that it's far from the centre are lazy. It isn't - a very short walk - and it's about equidistant to the bus station, which is also great. Jessica seems to be getting a bad rep, but she was absolutely lovely and helpful my entire stay. Only bad points are: no lockers, for the security minded... And the wifi really isn't great at all. But a great, enjoyable stay - recommended.


Before staying here I read a few poor reviews about the staff and the hostel in general and was a bit unsure, but with limited options booking last minute in San Pedro I went ahead with it. I have no idea what those bad reviews were about. Everything was absolutely fine, everyone was friendly and on top it has an excellent kitchen. The tour company they use were very professional and knowledgeable. Only downside for me is that there are definitely not enough bathrooms for the number of guests.


Loved this little hostel, the hosts esp Jessica could not have been more friendly or helpful - we booked all our day tours through her - the prices def match or even beat those direct from the places in town and the company she uses are very professional with bilingual guides every time. We also booked a salt flat tour from san pedro to uyuni through her (company as world white travel) and they too were fantastic value for money. Double room beautiful.


Very nice and helpful owners that made sure I had a good stay in san pedro and helped me book tours etc. The rooms and toilets are very clean. Can definitely recomend this place.

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