We spent 4 nights at Hotel Londres. Santiago has several modern areas with major hotels but we chose Londres because it was in the older part of Santiago and had . The hotel is set in a pretty cobbled square. that it shares with a pleasant cafe/bar. The hotel is rather "quaint" and and reminded us of the many older European hotels. Some maintenance was needed e.g. cracked tiles etc. Our room was large and had a shower/bath ensemble. The beds were comfortable and clean. Plenty of power sockets for computers etc. There was a small TV, but the hotel internet was only accessible form the main lounge area. The owners and staff were friendly and helpful though a little disorganised.
The brekfast provided was minimal [similar to that taken by most Chileans?]. One kind of cereal, yoghurt, bread, cheese, jam, orange juice and coffee.
The hotel is 1 block from the main road and its easy to get buses and the metro from The University of Chile stop. Tour operators like Touristik pick up from the hotel.
We had a great time here.
You think it is going to be a trip that you do not expend so much money. You're wrong. First of all, they sell you a room. You pay. Than the answer: "Oh, I did not see, I is already reserved...". And you paid for a nightmare. The breakfast is not in the same hotel, you've gotta walk across the street. Terrible choice to go there!
Positiv: Very Central in Santiago. Storage room free - I was 5 days away and my main baggage was stored from outside it looks nice old
Negativ: Extremely dilapidated. Very noisy inside and outside (there is a tv always on in the lobby and there are always people outside shouting and talking up to 3.00 A.M.). Bathroom is from a parallel universe, very dirty and full of mould. Used by several people ( sharing bathroom ) Towels, bedsheet etc are very old and d I r t Y. Very dirty in general. No facilities at all. Breakfast less than basis. Slice of stale cheese, a cup of coffee and stale bread. My first room had no window and outside 30 Celsius. Receiption: Its only 1 night. 2Nd stay, may room was given to other people, why you arrived so late was the question ? I arrived 9.30 P.M. better pay 10-15 $ more, there are much better options ins Santiago
I chose this cheap hostel for the location on the pleasant Calle Londres, within easy reach of all central sights in Santiago. In that respect it was exactly what I wanted.
All that you can say about the rest is that it was cheap.
Room: windowless, not particularly clean. Bedside lamp gave off a worrying small of burning plastic which meant I decided not to use it and had to use a mini torch to find my way to the door in the dark.
Shared bathroom cleaned once a day and if after that someone walked muddy shoes over the floor or the bin was overflowing with used toilet paper, it was tough luck until the next day. Also no proper lock, just a loop of material to hold the door closed.
Breakfast: instant coffee, bread rolls, orange squash.
Due to the location, I think it's ok for one night to get the most of your time in Santiago and provided you just want to grab some sleep there and leave, but the rooms are completely soulless and quite grubby. Most guests are South American, I don't know if the staff speak English.