3 Best Hostels in Santiago, Chile – Couples and Older Travellers, Come This Way

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So, what could make Chile’s capital and largest city bigger and better? Our collection of the best hostels in Santiago, of course!

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:

  1. Eco-Hostal Tambo Verde – great for couples
  2. Hostal Forestal – one for female older travellers
  3. Ventana Sur Hostal – top pick for backpackers

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These are part of the 17 best hostels in Chile.

If you’re travelling on a budget you’ll enjoy our recommendation for a great cheap hostel in the city.

This guide is perfect for YOU, when you…

  • are tired of crappy hostels!
  • want a social Hostel to actually meet people
  • are happy to spend $1 to $2 more for a much better experience

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Nearby you can discover the best hostels in Valparaiso – a beautiful city by the coast.

In this Santiago hostels guide, we cover:

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. Prices always depend on season and holidays. Please always check exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.

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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.

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The 3 Best Hostels in Santiago

Let’s jump right into the boutique hostels in Santiago.

  1. Eco-Hostal Tambo Verde
  2. Hostal Forestal
  3. Ventana Sur Hostal

We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.

Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type

🦸 Solo Traveler: Eco-Hostal Tambo Verde
🙎‍♀️ best for Female Solo Traveler: Hostal Forestal
🎒 For Backpackers: Ventana Sur Hostal
👩‍❤️‍👨Couple Hostel: Eco-Hostal Tambo Verde
👨‍👩‍👦 Family Hostel: Eco-Hostal Tambo Verde
👩‍💻 For Digital Nomads: Ventana Sur Hostal
🧘 Cozy Hostel: Hostal Forestal

1. Eco-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 Eco-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

  • Couples
  • Older travellers
Book Eco-Hostal Tambo Verde here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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2. Hostal Forestal

Secondly, 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”?

We recommend this hostel for the older traveller or adult that appreciates more of a relaxed vibe and a cosy, intimate space to either do your own thing or enjoy a nice chat with others.

“We connect our guests with the feeling of Chilean culture and much more.”

Sharing the same space as the reception is a lovely little seating area to hang out. It’s a top spot for reading a book, catching up with online work or simply picking the receptionists brain about fun things to do in the area!

For a little bit extra you can enjoy a continental buffet breakfast to start the day right.

As for rooms, you can choose between:

  • Small single room
  • Budget twin room
  • Triple room (private/shared bathroom)
  • Double room (private/shared bathroom)
  • Quadruple room (private/shared bathroom)
  • Mixed dorm

Pretty good, eh? Whilst nothing fancy, the rooms do come with linen, lockers and big windows that let in plenty of light.

Location: In one of the privileged spots of Santiago very close to the main points of interest and handy things like transport, plazas and fun night spots.

This is one of the best hostels in Santiago for

  • Older travellers
Book Hostal Forestal here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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Hostal Forestal is one of the best hostels in Santiao, Chile

3. Ventana Sur Hostal

Ventana Sur Hostal is frequently described as a home-away-from-home, and we always strive to include such a hostel in our top 3!

There are three boxes to tick before you decide to book your stay here…

  1. You’re a laid back traveller
  2. You’re happy to wear earplugs if you want to sleep before 10pm
  3. …and be respectful enough not to make too much noise at 2am!

The overall atmosphere here is fun, but it is definitely not a crazy party hostel.

No doubt you’ll spend a lot of your time in or around the outdoor pool on a nice day. Otherwise you can snuggle in the living room with a book, or share a BBQ with some new found friends in the garden.

Bonus: Ventana is open 24/7 – no curfew and always a friendly staff member on hand to help.

There’s also a free daily breakast for everyone which includes bread, cereals, spreads and tea/coffee. Always a great way to start your day!

As there is a mix of shared and private rooms here, there’s a nice balance of traveller types. Solo travellers can even treat themselves to a private single room.

Location: Just a few blocks from metro St. Isabel, next to Bustamante Park in Providencia, at walking distance from the major tourist attractions (Bellavista, St. Cristobal, St. Lucia). It is a very safe neighborhood with restaurants, bars and supermarkets close by.

This is one of the best hostels in Santiago for

  • Backpackers
  • Couples
Book Ventana Sur Hostal here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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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.

  1. Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Santiago
  2. Order the listing by price

Simple as that.

Read: 15 hacks for booking hostels

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: Hostal Forestal (great quiet, safe area)
  • If you’re a solo traveller looking for social spaces, check out: Ventana Sur Hostal (hang by the pool)

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.

Bummer: Rado has closed, and right now we do not have another party hostel recommendation.

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.

Rado Boutique Hostel is one of the best hostels in Santiago, Chile

More Hostels Worth a Mention

Yet it doesn’t stop there dear readers, oh no! 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.

Book Hostal Forestal here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com

Hostal Entre Plumas is one of the best hostels in Santiago, Cile

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. Read here our guide on how to use Hostelworld.

Remember: Use Hostelz.com to compare hostel prices in Santiago de Chile. Prices vary per platform. Hostelz compares all the booking platforms and actually shows you where to find the cheapest. So easy and a real money-saver!

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:

  1. Eco-Hostal Tambo Verde: Booking.com | Hostelworld
  2. Hostal Forestal: Booking.com | Hostelworld
  3. Ventana Sur Hostal: 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.

Any Discounts?

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.

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Our Favorite Hostels in Santiago, Chile put on a map + sights

Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best Santiago de Chile hostels on a map.

Personally, we love to plan our trips with a map having all sights and potential hostels on it. We thought 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

Good to know: Often referred as Santiago de Chile, the cities name is actually only Santiago.

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What is the best backpackers in Santiago?

Rado Boutique Hostel is easily the top pick for backpackers visiting Santiago. It has a cool design and awesome rooftop area to relax on.

What are the best hostels in Santiago?

All of the best hostels in Santiago can be found in this article. Here’s a quick overview for you again:

  1. Hostal Tambo Verde - great for couples
  2. Hostal Forestal - one for older solo travellers
  3. Rado Boutique Hostel - top pick for backpackers

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CLOSED: Casa Viva Hostel

Update: Our former #2 hostel has permanently closed.

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.

CLOSED: Rado Boutique Hostel

Update: Our former #3 hostel has permanently closed.

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

  • Backpackers
  • Solo travellers

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