I stayed at Andes Hostel for 12 nights, 4 nights the first time, 8 nights a month later. I found it to be an OK hostel property, its staff the best thing about it.
Andes has an okay breakfast, a nice dining room, but it is the same dull breakfast everyday with poor nutritional choices, meriting a low 2 on my 10-point scale of healthy, nutritious breakfasts (adding more options, daily variety and some fresh fruit, whole grain cereals, bread and rolls, real coffee (not powder) and a non-sugary juice would improve it). Other hostels in Santiago and Chile routinely provide better breakfasts. I would rather see Andes drop the free Wed night pasta/wine dinner and free Friday night hot dogs to improve its daily breakfast. So for a day or two the breakfast works, but longer than that, forget it. The breakfast was late 10-15 minutes several mornings and one morning there was no gas to the kitchen, so no hot water for coffee/tea.
Andes has good luggage storage, great room lockers, and bathrooms. Facilities are clean and well-maintained, the dorm beds are made each day by its maid service, the location is excellent, right across from the Bellas Artes Metro Station, the staff is helpful and friendly. At Andes the blue faucet in the shower is often the hot faucet, and the red is the cold, unlike the rest of the world. I liked that Andes offered payment options in Chilean pesos, US dollars or credit card with no extra fees.
But the humongous problem at Andes is its sucky WiFi. It is just too unreliable, Andes WiFi loaded only partial pages or was slow to load pages and it often dropped the connection on all of my devices. Save your work frequently, so you just lose buckets of time and not all your work. It took multiple attempts to upload photos to Facebook or Tumblr, very frustrating, often at the end of an hour I had nothing to show for it. This is a major downside to staying at Andes if WiFi is important to you.
Andes has the potential to be a great hostel, but right now it is just OK.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Andes Hostel & Apartments is located in Barrio Bellas Artes/Lastarria, the trendiest neighborhood in downtown Santiago. We are just walking distance away from the must-visit spots in Santiago: Plaza de Armas, Cerro Santa Lucia, Bellas Artes Museum, Parque Forestal, Bellavista, Cerro San Cristobal, La Moneda (government palace) and Mercado Central. Charming cafes and restaurants of all styles surround Andes Hostel. And if you ever feel like visiting other Santiago neighborhoods, the Bellas Artes Metro Station is right across Andes Hostel. Our Apartments are located just one block away from Andes Hostel, but you have to check-in and check-out at Andes Hostel, in Monjitas 506. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Andes Hostel And Apartments
- Andes Hostel & Apartments Hotel Santiago
- Andes Hostel Santiago
- Andes Hostel Hotel Santiago