So in my short trip to Santiago, Chile – I stayed at the Che Lagarto Hostel and Suites. This place is totally cool. And yes, I did work for them (see disclaimer at bottom), but this place rocks and I would love to go back!
This hostel used to be an old hotel and is right in downtown Santiago (yes, touristy, but the metro is half a block away and its really easy to get everywhere).
I stayed in the dorms most nights, and each dorm is divided into 2 rooms with a shared bathroom. One night, some drunk girl came into the wrong dorm and took a bed, so the girl in that bed took someone else’s bed, and the girl of the bed she took, then took another’s bed. I guess that happened through 3 or 4 people, because when I went to go to bed (and being the last to do so at 2am) all the beds, including mine were taken. It was like musical chairs with beds.
(Why the first girl who realized her bed was stolen didn’t kick the bed-thief out is beyond me), but when I went downstairs to tell the front what had happened they just gave me a private suite-room for the night.
Which was awesome!
Oh yea, each person gets their own key for their room too! Even for the dorms. (Just someone forgot to lock the door behind them one night; which is how the drunk girl stumbled in.)
(Yea for drunken people walking into the wrong room).
(Note: these photos are not from the private suite I stayed in. I didn’t get moved until 2am, and I had to be up at 8am for the Valparaiso and Viña del Mar Tour. This is a different private suite room. They don’t all look like this yet, but as you will read, Che Lagarto is in the process of remodeling all the rooms and things)
Each night at Che Lagarto they offer a dinner for a cheap price. And the cook is amazing (that’s him below on spaghetti with homemade gourmet sauce night).
And this is the sauce prep. I mean, just look at how fresh these ingredients are!
He is an AMAZING cook. I loved his food. Each morning they have a signup sheet for that nights dinner too, so you can see what will be made and decide if you want it or not.
They also have daily activities at Che Lagarto.
Activities like: Pisco Sour night (delicious and deadly Pisco Sour night).
(This is Omar. He is the Pisco Sour Master. He is also very happy to serve you)
There is also a pool table and a ping-pong table in the lobby, so there is this great community about the hostel.
The hostel itself is also under remodeling. I was told that all the bathrooms in every room are getting redone (they work; but yes, the wallpaper is old and peeling in some rooms, and the plumbing is from the 1920’s or something). They are also in the process of re-doing the floor in the lobby and I was told by next year they will have a rooftop terrace as well (and being 9 stories high already, this rooftop terrace will have an amazing view).
So back to the food. Breakfast is a giant buffet. Fruit, toast, jam, butter, coffee, tea, hot cocoa, oatmeal, cereals…mmmmmmmm. And its free. And they don’t limit you to how much you can have (some hostels I’ve been in have and its annoying).
Best part (for me , cause I get way too easily amused by the simple things)…IS THIS ELEVATOR!!!
It is so straight up 1920’s –1940’s old Hollywood style. I love it! Yes it is slow sometimes….but who cares. I will wait for this. It even has the black push buttons. No fancy electronic shit here. I really, really, really hope when they remodel they don’t change this elevator!
I love the Che Lagarto Hostels and Suites. When I go back to Santiago, I will definitely stay there again!
DISCLAIMER: I was given free nights in Che Lagarto in exchange for 5 photos a day of the hostel. Yes, that was the whole deal. This, and all other blog posts/tweets/etc. were not asked for. I just really liked Che Lagarto; so much in fact I stayed there for the rest of my time in Santiago, after the deal with them was up. Everything in this post is my honest opinion, as always.
Besides, if you’ve read any of my previous posts, do I honestly seem like the type of person to hold shit back or sugar coat it?