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La Chimba Hostel Reviews

E. Pinto Lagarrigue 262, Barrio Bellavista, Santiago, Chile

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1518 Total Reviews
  • 86%Value For Money
  • 89%Security
  • 96%Location
  • 88%Staff
  • 87%Atmosphere
  • 83%Cleanliness
  • 85%Facilities

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Just an average hostel all around. Facilities are worn down and dirty. Had to walk outside through a series of hallways to get to our place. Staff not eager to help. Allowed us to rent a lock with a deposit but the next day told us we had purchased it. Bad breakfast. Provided a roof over our heads, that's about it.


El ambiente en el hostal es bueno; eso sí, todos los que se quedan hablan solamente inglés. La mayoría del staff es muy malo. Tuve habitación individual con baño privado y el baño siempre tiró agua y desde el primer día estaba en malas condiciones. Eso sí, la mejor ubicación. Me moví a una cuadra, al Kombi Hostel, verdaderamente excelente, convivencia, lugar, limpieza, precio y más que nada los anfitriones, Ricardo y Germán, los mejores.

  • 13th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Mexico
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


A good hostel with helpful staff! We were able to extend our stay with no problems. We did lock our key in the room and they didn't have a spare but they arranged for us to stay at the sister hostel just down the road free of charge, with excellent communication between the two places. Nice clean sheets and a hot shower on arrival at La Chimba, and breakfast was pretty good but the toaster was broken when we were there (white people problems haha). La Chimba has everything you need.

  • 12th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Couple, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Staff are great. Especially Kat and Nat. There is a great family atmosphere and really good place to start my travels in South America


Great hostel, so big you can really be quiet if you want or party. Remember to bring a lock for the locker in your bed. I stayed in the cheapest bed and was great. The receptionist of the morning was really nice and very profesional when i needed a fast way to get to the airport. The only thing were the toilettes, as they were most of the time with water in the floor. But very clean and great breakfast too. Excellent value.


No real atmosphere, bunk beds in our room were really loose making lots of noise when you moved in your sleep.


Great location, very friendly and helpful staff. But hostel was not very clean, especially the washrooms.


I had a great time here, and ended up staying longer than expected! The hostel is in the best location - round the corner from the bars and restaurants of Bellavista and close to the city centre. The staff are really nice, which helps contribute to the excellent atmosphere. The hostel is massive, and there are plenty of spaces to chill. Wifi works everywhere. Kitchen is well-equipped. Only downside is that the dorms can get a little cold at night, but duvets are provided. I would stay again.


Great place to stay. It's a little noisy if your above the living room as that's where I stayed and that's where everybody drinks and hangs out. Washrooms need some work and door handles. Staff is amazing though. Very friendly and send you in the right directions all the time. Location is great if you like lots of restaurants and pubs. The zoo is close and awesome as well.


Fantastic place and good fun. Can be a bit cold although I was staying mid winter.


Excellent place to stay - helpful staff, superb location. Highly recommended


great hostel. location, cleanliness and staff were all good. nice homely feel. easy to meet other travelers. wifi was also fast and stable.i will stay here again when i am back in santiago.


Excellent location and great wifi access thoughout the hostel. But the TV and heater in my private room did not work and the door to my room had a broken window.


Not a bad hostel, but lacking on the some of the details... not enough crockery or cutlery for the number of guests, not enough showers, missing basics pike hooks for towels etc. Staff were cool, and main space and outdoor areas were good, but it just seemed to be missing a bit of management/focus.

  • 16th May 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Wales
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Great hostel for exploring the city of Santiago. We stayed one night in a private room, but could easily stayed a night or two more. The area, Bellavista, is great for going out or having a drink at a sidewalk pub. The room were basic, but comfortable, and the staff is very friendly and helpful. They have a complimentary breakfast, which is very basic.


The location is the best part right next to nerudas house, cerro san cristobal and all the cool bars in the city. Good vibe, could be a bit cleaner, but overall good stay.


Great stay in La Chimba. The staff were nice and welcoming - young people like us that are just looking for fun and adventure. The atmosphere is really social- The second night we were there we basically had a party with all the other guests. At the same time, if you just want to keep to yourself, the place is huge and it's not hard to find a corner. One thing to note - our room smelled really badly of mildew, but I think it's because we shared a wall with the bathroom. Would recommend.


Pretty cool hostel, great spot in the student area of town so cheap eats and bars nearby. Bar crawl starts across the road and walking tour finishes nearby. Got a bit loud some nights with parties out the back and breakfast was quite average, but overall good place. Staff were lovely and wifi always worked.


La Chimba is your home away from home. Has such a great lay out and is big enough to escape the party mood and chill in one of the many retreat zones, or you can join in the fun and games in the main house that the staff throw every so often. After trying to leave 4 times, making life long friends and never feeling like i was just another backpacker passing thru La Chimba really left a great impression on me. Thanks guys and i'll be back before i return to Aust 10/10


Had a great time with a great group of people. Amazing atmosphere, perfect location in Bella Vista. Would definitely return if in Santiago again.

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