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Hotels and accommodation in Chile

There is a wide range of places to stay in Chile, from campsites and hostels to specialist hotels catering to the needs of business executives.

Saturday, October 03, 2009  
Hospedaje Hotel Atacama (Photo:Turismo Chile)

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Finding the right accommodation is an important aspect of any holiday and thankfully, there are options to suit all tastes and budgets as you travel throughout Chile. In recent years the country has experienced a hotel boom and these new offerings complement the existing supply of hosterias, campsites and cabins that have been popular with tourists and locals for decades. There truly is something for everybody.

So before you plan your next Chilean adventure, make sure you read through this overview of the most common types of accommodation throughout the country.

Bed and breakfasts: Particularly in rural areas, Chilean B&Bs are usually family homes with a number of guest rooms rented out to travelers. As an added bonus, home-cooked meals are often included in the price.

Hosterias: These small and affordable hotels come with their own public amenities like a pool or a playground as well as an on-site restaurant specializing in the local cuisine.

Cabins: Cabins in Chile are normally designed for six to 10 people and are equipped with a fully furnished kitchen, living room, dining room, bathroom and bedrooms. In the south of the country and the mountain regions, cabins are usually small timber houses with a generous fireplace for heating. Prices vary depending on the location and the number of bedrooms.

Hostels: A great option for the budget-conscious traveler, hostels generally consist of simple, furnished shared bedrooms, often with shared bathrooms as well. While they provide an attractive no-frills option, it is a good idea to check the general cleanliness of a hostel before deciding to stay at one.

Campsites: In national parks and remote areas, campsites are often the only place to stay. Many offer hot water for showers at certain times of the day and others do not have hot water at all. Electricity is not always available either, although some more expensive sites are better equipped. While some creature comforts may be missing, camping makes for an affordable way to travel while giving travelers the opportunity to experience Chile's fantastic landscapes and wildlife. Just remember to ask landowners for permission before setting up a tent on private land.

Hotels: In recent years there has been a boom in the number of boutique hotels, particularly in popular tourist cities like Valparaíso. Throughout the rest of the country there is a steady supply of budget hotels while in Santiago there is an impressive collection of world class hotels aimed at business travelers. Breakfast is usually included in the standard price but it's a good idea to check this when making your reservation.

Apart-hotels: A convenient option for independent travelers, these one and two bedroom apartments come with their own kitchens and laundries, while still providing typical hotel services such as maid services and gyms. Most apart-hotels are located close to transport close to Santiago’s key commercial and business districts.

Motels: English-speaking travelers beware! In Chile, motels are discreet meeting places for couples that are usually rented out by the hour. As such, they are not considered a genuine accommodation option for travelers.

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