Che Lagarto

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Santiago, Chile
Che Lagarto - The kitchen
Che Lagarto - Another nice area to socialise on the main floor
Che Lagarto - The very fancy entrance to one of South America's most popular hostel chains
Che Lagarto - The walls have maps of all Che Lagarto locations in the continent
Che Lagarto - The main room with the pool table

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Vikram Vikram
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More glamour than utility. All that glitters clearly isn't gold. Dec 13, 2015
Honestly, the minute you walk into this hostel, you'd think WOW! It's about as modern as it can be, or at least, look. Clean white walls with maps and a lot of things written in green. Hippie style sofas, reception desk and such an atmospheric kitchen. How could one not have a good time here? Well.... read on!

The biggest thing this hostel has going for itself is that it's located in the heart of Santiago, so close you could walk to Plaza de Armas in 5 minutes! There's a bus stop right outside the building and the Subway/Metro a few blocks away. Yes, it's that well connected! It's also extremely safe. They give you a green band that you're supposed to show the staff every time you enter. Entry and exit is controlled.

Other than that, it's one big mess.

Let's start with the bedrooms. We were shoved into an 8 bed dorm that had only 1 ensuite bath which was forever occupied and poorly maintained. They could've at least placed the sink outside, or an additional one, but no! There was no shower curtain which meant every time someone showered, there was water all over the floor and the toilet seat.

The WiFi is a complete joke: it works only on the main floor. Useless everywhere else. And given that the main social room is noisy, the only place you can surf with some decent quality (still slow) is the kitchen.

And speaking of kitchen - it looks amazing (see photo below) but isn't functional. We had issues finding the right types of utensils and ladles. But that was nothing compared to our struggle in finding a chopping board. 2 out of 4 stoves weren't functional, and the ones that did work never really got any higher than middle range heat. So, with the blunt knives, flimsy chopping boards and low heat, you can imagine it took us nearly an hour just to make us some pasta!

They offer a free breakfast buffet, which, I quote "breakfast at 7a". But I guess the cooks didn't get the memo right - "breakfast at 7a" doesn't mean the staff starts cooking at 7a! Some of us had to wait till 730a-8a to get fresh fruit or scrambled eggs!

So, about the only other thing besides the location and safety that they got right is the staff - extremely friendly and helpful. And yes, they speak English.

Given that Santiago has a whole bunch of hostels and fairly cheap boutique hotels in the vicinity, I wouldn't recommend this place. Especially in this day and age when some basics like a self equipped kitchen and high speed internet are musts.

Note - I hate to harp on about the low speed kitchen internet but we stayed in 2 other hostels in Santiago that had faultless internet service. So God only knows what the deal is with this place!
The very fancy entrance to one of …
The walls have maps of all Che Lag…
The kitchen
The main room with the pool table
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