This Ibis could not be more conveniently located to transit in Santiago--it is INSIDE the bus station. We rode into Santiago from Vina del Mar and found that our hotel was literally 20 steps from where our bus pulled in. So. It has that going for it!
It also has a lot of other things going for it: this Ibis is very clean, has a friendly staff, and it is close to malls, markets, cheap restaurants, and lots of other conveniences. It is far from the center of Santiago, but you can easily walk to the city center since the hotel is located right on the main drag thru town and there is sidewalk and other pedestrians the whole way. It takes about 40 min. Or you can just hop on the subway which is about a block away. There are tons of buses as well.
We were put in an accessible room on the second floor. We are tall so the bathroom was a little awkward but it was very clean and we got used to it after 4 nights.
A saxophonist sets up directly below the window of this room every morning during rush hour. We had a few late nights in Santiago so waking up to that every day wasn't that great.
Being so close to the bus station you are right in the middle of the action, so the room doesn't feel that private--if you open your curtains you are really, really close to a ton of people. However, that means that the hotel feels very safe--it's never deserted, even late at night. During the day, this area is actually wildly crowded, because of all the markets, so if you don't like crowds greeting you the moment you exit your hotel, I would stay elsewhere.
If you are in Santiago to enjoy the tourist sites, I would suggest Providencia's Ibis, which is closer to the center. We are going to try that one next time.
Santiago is a super fun city. It reminded me a lot of LA. It takes forever to get around. Choose your neighborhood carefully or you'll spend the whole time getting from A to B. :-)
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