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“Our first stop in South America: a very pleasant stay”
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Aji Hostel
Ranked #38 of 536 Speciality Lodging in Santiago
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Reviewed 9 August 2011

We arranged for someone at the Hostel to pick us up from the airport and this service certainly made life very easy and Fernando was very welcoming and helpful! We had no problems checking in as the details of our booking were all on the system and correct. We had a simple but nice room with a small balcony with French doors that opened up to a view of the quiet street below. We shared a bathroom that had the essentials but would do wonders with a makeover - only one shower worked (the water was warm at best) and the toilet cubicles are quite small: larger people would have trouble fitting in them) Aji is located in a nice spot. It's quite central, close to a metro station, parks, a supermarket and some restaurants/shops etc. They offer tours and the best thing: free dinners with a free drink. We enjoyed spaghetti bolognase and pisco sour on our first night, which was lovely! We found the staff to be friendly and helpful and with good English and thought Aji was good value overall.

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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 July 2011

I recommend this hostel only to those who enjoy being in company with few pretensions to cleanliness and comfort.
In my room were dirty sheets used by others, as well as towels and it's very cold.
Finally had a fight with the owner because we demanded that we pay for all expenses related to the payment by bank.

Room Tip: My room was very dirty and cold
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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled on business
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2  Thank nikla88
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Reviewed 14 June 2011

This hostel was fantastic. Free dinner Monday through Thursday and sometimes drinks were included, if not a glass of wine was 1000 pesos. The dorms and bathrooms were cleaned every day. The only downside about the bathroom was only one shower was functioning and there was no soap-- not a big deal if you know it and bring your own. Water was hot and showers were smallish but nice. Some rooms had private bathrooms.
The staff was fantastic. The owners were often around the hostel and always willing to help. The desk staff knew a lot about the city and even told you were to go if you didnt want the tourist trap experience.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 February 2011

Nice place, nice staff and simple but enough breakfast! i `ll come back x sure!

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 October 2010

This hostel has a good location in an afluent, safe feeling neighbourhood. It's close to the metro (Salvador stop), shops and restaurants. There seems to be some issue with the name of the hostel and some sources call it Chilli and others Aji (possibly a legal/copywrite issue?) There's no sign whatsoever outside (it's a pink building.)

The dorm was quite spacious with individual lockers (although they weren't very secure). The male shared bathroom was quite cramped and no soap was provided to wash hands. Downstairs was located a kitchen and bar/lounge with tv and internet. The wi fi signal was quite good throughout.

Staff were mostly friendly, helpful and welcoming.

On 2 occasions during the 4 days I spent there the staff cooked dinner. The first time one had to buy a drink (can of coke at $1000 for example) and then received a free pisco sour and a basic meal. On the second occasion there was wine and pasta and no obligation to buy anything.

Their website stated that a dorm bed cost $14 but I booked through hostelworld and paid $9 a night which obviously worked out a lot cheaper even with their booking fee.

Overall a good choice.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 30 September 2010

This hostel is a hidden gem. It located very close to one of the metro stations and in a nice district of Santiago.

From the moment you set foot in this place, the staff cant do anything but help you :) lots of help with onward journeys, hostels and what to do in town,. If you like partying too they are happy to take guests out every night of the week ;)
They do dinner here every night, it is technically free, they just ask you to spend CH$1000 (US$2) behind the bar in return! Bargain when your on a tight budget!
Breakfast was top notch for a hostel (cereal, toast with cheese, tea coffee and juice)
Great social area/bar that has computers and free wifi!
Showers are hot :)
Only downsides are that if you are in a dorm, can be busy and sometimes noisy late at night, and the only place to charge anything is in the communal room!

Loved our stay here!

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 June 2010

My wife and I are traveling around the world and this is likely to be tops of the "worst places we stayed" list. We stayed (because we paid upon arrival) here for 7 nights. This place also is known as the AJI Hostel, likely had to change names to try to get people to forget how awful it is.

Our room (Room 1 at the top of the stairs) was tiny and dirty. The sheets were dirty when we got there -- so dirty, in fact, that we slept every night in our sleeping bag cocoons to avoid having the touch the sheets. Never once during our weeklong stay were the sheets changed, and neither were the towels. Shower was nice and hot for the first 2 days. On day 3, they posted signs around the hostel telling everyone not to shower as often. (Really?!?) They also went into every private and shared bathroom and turned down the water pressure to half of what it had been. Walls are paper-thin and we heard all of the LOUD fellow guests yelling at all hours of the night and walking up and down the super creaky stairs. They will wake you up. If they don't the car alarms that incessantly ring all through the night in the neighborhood will.

Breakfast was a small cup of frosted flakes, maybe juice if you were lucky, instant coffee and packaged sliced bread with one slice of cheese. Breakfast staff and front staff were generally helpful and friendly, but not enough to make up for how disgusting the place was overall. My wife went to one breakfast -- I made it to 5 (just for the cup of instant coffee, really).

A couple of redeeming qualities of the place: fast and strong wi-fi which allowed us to use our laptop in our room and have great internet access. One night they served free pasta and wine -- another night we got a free pisco sour. While nice, certainly not worth staying here. Location is good -- on a quiet street between the Indian and Italian embassies. 4 blocks to subway station. Lots of restaurants and bars within a 5-15 minute walk.

Last straw came as we were checking out. We had arranged a taxi with the front desk (who charged us $30 US for the 15 minute ride) the night before, as we had to leave at 6:00 AM. Taxi got there, but there was no one at the front desk to check us out, give us the deposit on the room key, etc. Taxi driver called the hostel, the phone rang more than 40 times but no one came to answer it. Finally, after literally 5 minutes of knocking on doors and calling the front desk, I found the staff member, passed out under some blankets in a back room. I had to shake the guy to get him to wake up. What if we had been outside of the hostel trying to get in? What if there had been some emergency? There would have been no one available to let people in the front door. Simply shameful.

At $45 US a night, do yourself a favor and sleep in the park. Less dirt, less bugs and better security. I wouldn't want my dog staying here!

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Aji Hostel

Address: Triana 863 Providencia Santiago Chile, Santiago 7500000, Chile
Region: Chile > Santiago Metropolitan Region > Santiago > Providencia
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #38 of 536 Speciality Lodging in Santiago
Price Range: £9 - £39 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Aji Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ají Hostel offers you the best value for your money! Free dinner every night, except Fridays (our big BBQ night). The best atmosphere and staff will make your stay in Santiago a memorable experience. Our activities provide you the perfect opportunity to meet other travelers, and our young personnel give you the friendliest service in a relaxed atmosphere. Located in the trendy neighbourhoood of Providencia in Santiago, Aji Hostel is a cheerful hostel featuring accommodation with free WiFi access. A complimentary breakfast buffet with seasonal fruits, cereal and bread rolls is served daily. Guests at Aji Hostel can enjoy a complimentary dinner daily, with the exception of Fridays, when the property hosts a traditional barbeque with plenty of regional wine. Guests are also offered complimentary cocktails on certain days of the weel. Aji Hostel features single beds in mixed or female only dormitories, as well as private double rooms with a private bathroom. All rooms are decorated with vibrant colours, modern parquet flooring and local artwork. The Aji is conveniently located only 16 km from Arturo Merino Benitez Airport, and 200 m from the Savior metro station. Santiago's best restaurants, bars and clubs are within walking distance from the hostel. We speak your language! ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Aji Hotel Santiago
Chilli Santiago

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