When it comes to choosing a hostel for a budget traveler, it’s always important to choose the one that feels ‘you’. This is important because everyone wants a warm and comfortable place to rest after a long day of adventures. There are many types and styles of hostels, some are more colorful than others and maybe some might have a certain theme to it; one of those hostels is Hostal Providencia in Santiago, Chile. Hostal Providencia brings you that homey, warm, and comfortable feeling along with some spike of retro vibes of its own. So, if you are looking for just that during your trip to Santiago, Chile, then this hostel might be suitable for you.
Get to know Hostal Providencia
Located in the city center of Santiago, just between Metro Baquedano and Metro Parque Bustamante, is Hostal Providencia. The hostel is actually an old house that was built in the middle of the 1950s, and was renovated into a hostel. The owners opened the hostel about five years ago, and like all businesses, they started small. However, over time the hostel grew, and today Hostal Providencia has become a 3-house hostel with 56 rooms and 186 beds.
Hostal Providencia offers different kinds of rooms for different kinds of travelers from all around the world. The variety of the rooms start from private rooms for single or group travelers to dorm rooms, and all have the option of private or shared bathrooms. The rooms are comfortable and clean, and the same thing can also be said for the bathrooms. The prices for a bed or room range from the average of 9000 CLP (approximately 13 USD) to 60000 CLP (approximately 90 USD); rooms with a higher price are usually available for group travelers.
The retro and fun style of Hostal Providencia
Walking into the main lobby, you will be bewitched by Hostal Providencia’s unique style and decoration. From retro signs and pin ups to antique clocks and furniture, the hostel really knows how to create a fun environment. Aside from the unique style, the hostel itself is filled with so many colors, which makes it fun and enjoyable. Your stay at Hostal Providencia will never get boring!
Along with its unique style, the lobby is filled with information and brochures from the many activities available in Santiago and other places in Chile. You will also find information about buses that can take you to other cities in Chile, and better yet, you can buy your bus ticket at the hostel. So, feel free to take these brochures and don’t be afraid to consult with the staff at the reception if you have additional questions.
Hostal Providencia is very enjoyable not only because of its fun interior design, but also because of its lounging area. Since the hostel consists of 3 houses, there are plenty of lounging areas, both indoor and outdoor. These lounging areas allow guests to relax, socialize, and even work. Like the main lobby, these lounging areas are furnished with many fun items such as maps, retro pin ups, flags from different countries, etc. Along with the high speed Wi-Fi at the hostel, the lounging areas have become go-to areas for the travelers.
The many services offered
Hostal Providencia makes the guests their priority, and to make sure everyone is happy, they offer many services starting from inhouse services to outdoor activities and tours. At the hostel, you are greeted with services that include a 24-hour reception, multilingual staff, housekeeping, computers and printers, two kitchens, free tea and coffee, and so much more. The hostel offers breakfast every morning between 7-10 AM (8-10 AM on Sundays) that includes cereal, bread, milk, tea, juice, etc. Aside from all of the above, the hostel also offers complimentary international calls (ask reception for which countries are included).
Aside from the hostel services, Hostal Providencia offers many outdoor activities and tours. The staff will give you many tips on what to do in Santiago and even better, they organize nightly activities with the special Chilean drink ‘Terremoto’, burgers, pizzas, Open Microphone (singing and playing instruments), wine tasting, and many more. Tours that are available for booking in hostel include city bike tours, tours to Valparaíso and Viña del Mar (neighboring cities of Santiago), trekking, paragliding, etc. The hostel also has connections for accommodation in different cities; so don’t forget to ask their recommendations for your next stay in other parts of Chile!
Where is the hostel?
Hostal Providencia is located in the center of the capital city and is very reachable with public transportation. It is located in between two metro stations, Metro Baquedano and Metro Parque Bustamante. The hostel is approximately a 10-minute-walk to Plaza Italia and Barrio Bellavista, a well-known neighborhood in Santiago filled with restaurants and bars. Aside from those destinations, Providencia Hostal is also a walking distance with some of the famous sites in Santiago such as Plaza de Armas, Cerro Santa Lucia, La Chascona (Pablo Neruda’s House Museum), etc.
What are you waiting for?
All in all, Hostal Providencia is a fun and enjoyable hostel to stay at. Their unique interior design and retro style is definitely a characteristic that the guests love. Apart from that, the services and amenities that are offered by the hostel are definitely something that any traveler is looking for. Hostal Providencia even has services that make them stand out, such as the ease of purchasing a bus ticket directly at the hostel. So, if your next destination is indeed Santiago, then be sure to stay with Hostal Providencia and experience Santiago at an affordable cost!