Santiago is a great destination for mountain lovers and keen swimmers.
That’s right; we’ve found cool hostels that have beautiful swimming pools and rooftops with views across the Andes.
In case you have no time to lose, here’s a shortcut to the very best hostels in Santiago:
- Hostal Tambo Verde – great for couples
- Casa Viva Hostel – one for female solo travellers
- Rado Boutique Hostel – top pick for backpackers
If you’re travelling on a budget you’ll enjoy our recommendation for a great cheap hostel in the city. You’ll have to keep on scrolling to find out more.
This guide is perfect for YOU, when …
- tired of bad and crappy hostels
- want to avoid the “young party kids”
- happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience
Quick Introduction to Santiago
Average price for a bed: Hostels in Santiago cost 8€ – 15€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 18€ up to 60€ per night. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.
Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend to read:
- how to book hostels (and websites to use)
- 23 items for the hostel packing list
- Are hostels safe? 13 safety tips for hostels
The 3 Best Hostels in Santiago
Let’s jump right into the boutique hostels in Santiago.
We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.
1. Hostal Tambo Verde
Let’s kick start with a new hostel on the block that has already got people saying it’s the best hostel they’ve ever stayed in.
And not just in South America!
Welcome to Hostel Tambo Verde.
The word Tambo describes a place of rest and exchange in pre-hispanic times. Yet here the word has been kept very much alive.
Alongside a cosy and comfortable atmosphere expect:
- SUPER friendly & helpful staff
- Conscious eco-friendly efforts
- Central location (near metro station)
- Generous tasty FREE breakfast
What’s also nice is that there are only 10 rooms here, so it doesn’t feel overcrowded.
Choose between a 4-bed mixed dorm, double, twin and single rooms. The private options come with either shared or private bathrooms.
If you like simple decor, sturdy beds and that warm feeling, then you’ll enjoy sleeping here.
Throw down your bags and head out to the green and flowery patio. This is where you’ll meet other travellers, no doubt.
Soon enough there will be a cafe opening on-site, but until then enjoy the free Wi-Fi, relaxed atmosphere and extra thick towel thrown in to the price. Sweet.
This is one of the best hostels in Santiago for
- Older travellers
2. Casa Viva Hostel
Next up is a modern 1940 building that has been transformed in to Casa Viva Hostel; a home-from-home accommodation perfect for female solo travellers.
It’s the amenities that stand out here. Get excited for:
- A lovely garden
- Chilled terrace
- BBQ area
- Shared lounge
- Free buffet breakfast
Like we said before, this is more of a home so don’t expect any arranged activities or on-site bar. It’s the place to relax and enjoy some peace and quiet.
There are a range of rooms from 2-bed and 6-bed mixed dorms, to a 6-bed female dorm.
Couples can opt for a standard double with shared bathroom for that added bit of privacy.
Casa Viva Hostel is in a safe, quiet multicultural neighbourhood. Santa Isabel metro station (line 5) is steps away.
This is one of the best hostels in Santiago for
- Female solo travellers
3. Rado Boutique Hostel
Who loves a good old boutique hostel? We do! Rado Boutique Hostel was fully renovated in 2011 to bring you better design, warmer spaces and hotel-style rooms.
The location is great. Right in the heart of Santiago’s pumping streets, in fact. The biggest attractions are all but 5-minutes away.
This is a top recommendation for travellers that want access to nearby nightlife, but a quiet place to return to.
Spread over four-stories choose from:
- 4-6 bed mixed dorm
- 6-bed female dorm
- Twin, double & triple rooms
Each room has a variation of wall art, but you can expect the theme to follow famous music artists!
Rado is actually the first hostel in Chile to install air-conditioning in every room in the house. Nice.
No doubt you’ll spend some time on the awesome rooftop which includes a BBQ area. It’s a great spot to enjoy your free breakfast in the morning.
There’s a big kitchen available, a living room and over 250m of common space for you to make use of, too.
This is one of the best hostels in Santiago for
- Solo travellers
What about cheapest hostels in Santiago?
If you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Santiago.
- Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Santiago
- Order the listing by price
Simple as that.
And! We have found an affordable hostel in Santiago that doesn’t hold back on fun vibes and great amenities.
La Casa Roja has a swimming pool, bar, large garden and ample communal areas!
If you’re happy to stay in big 10-bed dorms you can keep to a budget and have an awesome time here.
What’s even better is the location – close to town, shops and that all important nightlife (if you’re in to that kind of thing).
Best Hostels in Santiago for Solo Travellers?
What is seriously the best hostel in Santiago for solo-travellers?
Well actually, we have a couple of options for best hostels in Santiago for solo travellers:
- For the female solo travellers out there, pick: Casa Viva Hostel (great quiet, safe area)
- If you’re a solo traveller looking for social spaces, check out: Rado Boutique Hostel (big, rooftop)
Party Hostels in Santiago
Certainly your best option in Chile is to head to Rado Boutique Hostel if you’re looking for a fun time.
We must tell you this is NOT strictly a party hostel. Instead it is perfectly located near the nightlife that Santiago has to offer.
Remember: there is a sweet rooftop which is perfect for getting the conversation rolling before you hit the streets.
More Hostels Worth a Mention
Yet it doesn’t stop there dear readers, oh no!
We have two more wonderful hostels in Santiago that we’d like to introduce to you.
Firstly, let’s put Hostel Forestal on the map.
This is a gorgeous homely hostel that encourages socialising with frequent activities such as free Sangria nights.
The rooms are positively quaint and very comfy thanks to the ready-made beds and heaps of space.
Take advantage of the 24-hour reception, bike hire, outdoor terrace and free breakfast. Can we get a “hell yeah”?
And last but not least, we’d like to introduce you to Hostal Entre Plumas.
The building itself stands out as unique and the surroundings scream out relaxation.
Wait until you see the pool – wow! It’s set within a huge garden area that has views that go on and on and on.
There’s also a shared lounge with comfy sofas and big windows letting in plenty of light. Actually these big windows extend to all rooms in the house.
A great choice for older travellers or couples looking to wind down and enjoy a good book… and swim.
Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com
How to book?
We recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld for your reservations.
Hostelworld is the most popular website when it comes to hostel bookings.
Read: step-by-step guide on how to book with Hostelworld
On both platforms your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.
We included the handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.
Here is the overview:
- Hostal Tambo Verde: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Casa Viva Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Rado Boutique Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!
All of Santiago best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish hostels, secure your room or bed as soon as you have your travel dates fixed.
Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Santiago. I know, it’s a pity. You can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.
You can find all our hostel discounts worldwide here.
All 3 Hostels put on a map + sights
Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best Santiago hostels on a map.
Personally, we love to plan our trips with a map having all sights and potential hostels on it. We though this map will help you planning your trip too.
We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:
- San Cristóbal Hill
- Santa Lucía Hill
- La Moneda Palace
- Plaza de Armas
- Parque Metropolitano de Santiago
- Central Market
- Costanera Center
- National Museum of Fine Arts
We’ve also found a few super cool tours you should check out:
- Vina Del Mar, Valparaiso & Casablanca Valley (full day)
- Cajon del Maipo Full Day (small group)
- Concha & Toro Wine Experience
Good to know: Often referred as Santiago de Chile, the cities name is actually only Santiago.
Flights to Santiago?
We enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Chile including Santiago, Bogota, Buenos Aires and all the cool backpacker spots.
This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over South America and find the cheapest rates for the area.
Here is our review of Kiwi.
Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Santiago.
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Over to you
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Last note: Our commitment
This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.
We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!
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Your Smart Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.The most important things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries