Don Raul Hotel

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Average rate: $66 - Hotel class: 2 stars
Caracoles 130, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Don Raul Hotel - at the patio
Don Raul Hotel - bungalow nr 33
Don Raul Hotel - the tiny bathroom
Don Raul Hotel - room nr 33
Don Raul Hotel - room nr 33
Don Raul Hotel - room nr 33

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Don Raul Hotel San Pedro de Atacama Reviews

sweettangerine sweettan…
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The mere basics Jul 27, 2011
San Pedro de Atacama is a very small settlement in the Atacama desert, so just about any hotel in this town would be well located :-)

Don Raúl is situated at the bottom end of Caracoles, the main street of San Pedro, where all the restaurants are. As Don Raúl is all the way at the end, it is fairly quiet without much traffic.

The hostal consists of a main building, where the reception is housed and breakfast is served, and a number of small bungalows spread around a barren and dusty courtyard.

We got the key to nr 33, a small "bungalow" right next to the building with the power generator. From outside, the generator is making an awful buzzing noice. Inside our bungalow, it wasn't much better...

Nr 33 is a very spartan looking room with nothing but the mere basics. There are 2 beds, a table, a chair and one sort of cabinet with shelves and that's it as far as furniture is concerned. There's also an elecrtic heather, which we switched on immediately given the really cold night temperatures. Unfortunately its power is too weak and it cannot do much to warm the room.

Another bummer, is that there is only one electric plug in the room. And that while both of us would need to charge the batteries of our cameras over night. Moreover, the plug isn't suited to fit my water boiler, but luckily the reception desk can borrow us an adaptor.

The bathroom is very tiny with just a really small shower, a sink and a toilet and there's another plug! But oh disaster, there's no hot water coming out of the tab and with the freezing temperatures around here at night, taking a shower with cold water is no option! It's too late at night to go and complain about it, so we bring the issue up straight thing in the morning.

A very helpful person at the reception came with us to check up the warm water supply, but he couldn't fix it right away. In the meanwhile, a group member invited me to come and shower in her room. As a surprise, that room is much more furnished and even decorated. Hence there appears to be a difference between rooms! And here's red hot water coming out of the tab.

Much to my delight, also our shower problem is fixed and we will be able to take a hot shower again at night!

Breakfast is an optional 3500 pesos but it is well worth the money. There's a large buffet with scrambled eggs, yoghurts, cereal, fresh fruit and delicious rolls. For this kind of money you can only get a continental one in town.

The only real minus about this hotel is that the rooms cannot be heated well enough. It gets really cold at night and the cold comes in through all the cracks, while the electrical heater is too weak to offer any comfort. Other than that, it's basic but clean and the helpful staff can fix any problem in a whim. And a big plus: there's free wifi all over the hotel's premises!
room nr 33
the tiny bathroom
bungalow nr 33
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montecarlostar says:
Thanks for the helpful review!
Posted on: Sep 04, 2011
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Don Raul Hotel Overview

Located on the main street in a peaceful area, the Don Raul Hotel in San Pedro de Atacama, Chilie, is a perfect destination for discovering the many magnificent natural sites during a holiday in Chilie. This is also a preferred stopover fpr those touring the Atacama Desert. Attraction in the town centre include the R. P. Gustavo Le Paige Archaeological Museum and the Church of San Pedro. Nearby, but out of town, guests can visit Salar de Atacama salt area and Los Flamencos National Reserve. Guests stayin at this Hotel in San Pedro de Atacama includes a cafateria, TV lounge, free wireless Internet access and 24-hour reception. The hosts will assist guests with organising excursions and private tours.

Don Raul Hotel Amenities

  • High-speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Tour Desk
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Currency Exchange
  • Safe-Deposit Box
  • Meeting Rooms
  • TV
  • Excursions
  • Facsimile
  • Internet Connection (wireless)
  • Coffee Shop/Cafeteria
  • Free Parking

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