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“Better than what I'd gotten used to in Peru and Bolivia”
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Don Raul Hotel
Fresno, California
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136 reviews
86 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“Better than what I'd gotten used to in Peru and Bolivia”
Reviewed 11 January 2014

Perhaps my standards had been beaten down by too many marginal hotels in Bolivia and Peru, but I liked the Don Raul, where our 'adventure tour' group lodged for two nights. Comfy bed, OK (but very tight) bathroom, strong and reliable wi-fi signal, nice breakfast buffet. Rooms are arranged motel style around a dusty courtyard. Better lighting and a table in the rooms suitable for e-mail would be nice. Location's good, at one end of the San Pedro de Atacama main drag. $80/nite for double, a decent price for this resort town.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Santiago, Chile
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Reviewed 6 January 2014

This place was a big, big disappointment. We stayed at Don Raul over New Years for a week. The photos on the Internet look nice but the real place is not very nice. The rooms are old and in poor condition. The paint is peeling off the walls and the single lightbulb in the room was dangling from the ceiling by a wire. There is no ventilation or air conditioning in the rooms, thus it was so hot at night that we could not sleep. During the day, it is so hot in the room that you have to go outside. The hot water worked sometimes and other times there was no hot water. Unfortunately, these rooms are expensive, not worth it. Overall, we were very unhappy with our stay at Don Raul.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Chislehurst, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
55 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 237 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2013

The hotel is in a great location. Close to shops, bars, restaurants and tour operators. The bus station is about 5 mins by taxi. 10-15 walking with bags.

The rooms are small and basic, but perfect if you're out most of the day.

Comfortable single bed, TV, bed side light and table.

The bathroom had a good shower, constant hot water and plenty of towels.

Buffet breakfast was very good.

There are hammocks and chairs in the courtyard for guests to use. Wi Fi was available but only in the reception area.

The hotel made a good base to explore from and de Atacama is a great town.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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San Jose, California
Level 4 Contributor
18 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2013

The location and breakfast are excellent, the rooms are small, basic and clean. We stayed at a double room and the shower was tiny, the beds were not very comfortable. With that said, the staff was friendly and we truly enjoyed our stay.

If you are looking for location + relatively good prices + food, this is a good bet. If you are looking for a little comfort, I would go elsewhere.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Cologne, Germany
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19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2013

...and I don't always take the cheapest option, but when I do, it is usually like this.
1. The rooms are average and luxury implicates the posibility to lock the door.
2. The service is ok if you remind yourself that you are in the middle of nowhere.
3. Take the breakfast in another place.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled solo
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gent belgium
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38 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2013

We stayed 3 nights. The service is good and the breakfast is excellent. The rooms are good enough and get cleaned every day. The location is at the end of the main street without busy traffic.

A tip for the hotel: put some work in the garden. It doesn't look as on the pictures anymore. But more a construction site.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Australia
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61 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2013

This little hotel is in a great location and has really good breakfast. The rooms are very well setup, clean and good amenities (good hot shower). The rooms are very cold though. If you are visiting San Pedro in winter it is cold so make sure you bring your thermals. It is easy access to town and many good restaurants.
Maxima experience travel agency just down the road is a great options for booking tours and treks/hikes

Room Tip: ask for a room that gets afternoon sun.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Don Raul Hotel
Address: Calle caracoles # 130 | Casilla # 14, San Pedro de Atacama 14400000, Chile
Region: Chile > Antofagasta Region > San Pedro de Atacama
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 28 Hotels in San Pedro de Atacama
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Don Raul Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Traditional Hotel located on Main Street in a special environment for relaxing excursions in the Atacama Desert. ... more   less 
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