Hostal el Raco

Hostal el Raco

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Santo Domingo #2816, Santiago 8350377, Chile
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Local from Providencia

This hostel is located in the beautiful and bohemian Yungay neighborhood, which is great for visiting some nice cafés and enjoying some original street art. Yungay Park is only one block away so guests can go there to relax in the sun. The atmosphere in the hostel is very warm, it is apparently run by a family that brings their kids so don’t expect a European-style party hostel. The rooms are very clean and “girly”: the decoration is very feminine and bordering grandma style. I would say this hostel is perfect for girls traveling by themselves. The staff is also super friendly which is always a plus. The stay includes breakfast in a cute dining area that features the same décor as the rest of the hostel.

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Local from Santiago

I really liked the location of this hostel. It’s just a few blocks away from a really old part of the city — the Yungay neighbourhood and a small plaza of the same name. I like this part of Santiago because the buildings are mainly houses and small flats. I’m not a big fan of the huge towers which dominate other neighbourhoods in Santiago. From the outside, the hostel looked lovely too. I liked the antique house style and it looked like lots of light entered the hostel. When I entered, I also liked how the tables in the breakfast room were designed and arranged. Everything was very pretty. However, when I asked to see a room, they told me they were full. Then I asked to see other parts of the hostel (like the terrace and the communal living). I was told this was not possible and that reading from a brochure was sufficient. I was happy to leave. I wouldn’t suggest staying, as guests are only told that they can’t do things or can’t be helped in any way.

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Buenos Aires

I liked the look of the front of this hostel and when I got inside, the artwork on the walls looked pretty and through a gap in the door I could see a homely kind of breakfast area, but that was as far as I got. When I said I was enquiring about staying, the response I got was to take a look at the brochure. I wasn’t allowed to take a look at the communal areas of the hostel and I wasn’t invited to even take a quick look at the breakfast room next door. When I asked about the terrace, the response was negative. “It’s closed,” is what they told me. There was nobody in the hostel and two people on reception. I could have been shown around, but it seemed that there was little interest in having me choose to stay there. I don’t recommend bothering to make enquiries.

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Local from Santiago

This is one of the most creative, warm and unusual hostels I've been in. It's family owned and one of the owners is an artist and designer. Everything in the hostel seems infused with his artistry: every room has a hand-painted drawing on the ceramic tiles of the bathroom. The chairs in the breakfast room have been upholstered in a colorful mishmash. The rooftop bar, where people hang out and drink til the wee hours of the night, features a tall, healthy plant growing out of a discarded toilet bowl. So cool. The staff, too, is as friendly as they come. The building itself is a lovely renovated old mansion with lots of charm. Some might be turned off by the fact that the neighborhood isn't very central to where most gringos hang out, and it has more of a downtrodden feel than places like Providencia or Bellavista. But others who want more of a local experience may see this as a plus.

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I think "Hostal el Raco" is a great hostel if you are looking for truly authentic Chilean artistry. I highly recommend a stay here. The owner has put a lot of attention into this place and it shows. The place is eclectic but modest. The owner is the designer and has supplied most of the paintings on the walls. In short, the place is clean, their are fresh cut flowers, they have a modest breakfast and a frequent visitor told me that the rooms are warm and cozy during the winter regardless of the high ceiling and ample windows. To top off the experience the owner has provided a roof top bar that the locals have access to. It is perfect for ordering mohitos and meeting a friendly face from the neighborhood. Plus, the bar is where the owner's bohemian artistry real comes out.

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