Save your money for exploring the wilds of Patagonia or the streets of capital Santiago, and stay at one of these budget-friendly places – now bookable with Culture Trip.
Chile is a long, narrow strip of a nation with a broad and beguiling offering. From the arid plains of the Atacama Desert to the cosmopolitan streets of Santiago, the crystalline waters of the Lake District and the glacial peaks of Patagonia, there’s a lot to pack in, and all this adventure can come at a hefty price. To ensure that no Chilean region gets cut from your itinerary for budget reasons, here are the cheapest hotels up and down the country – all bookable with Culture Trip – so you can have it all.
Set in Santiago’s historic neighborhood of Paris-London is the enchanting Hotel Vegas. The white, château-like façade and cobblestone street will have you wondering if you’ve stepped onto a Disney set. The Universidad de Chile Metro Station is practically on the doorstep, so you can hop on and get sightseeing. For something walkable from the budget-friendly château, the Plaza de Armas and National Museum of Fine Art are a few blocks away, so you can stroll around and soak up central Santiago.
The sociable Maki Hostel is a perfect spot for mixing with like-minded, laid-back wanderers in Unesco-listed Valparaíso. With decor and activities as colorful as the city itself, Maki Hostel could have you bopping at a boat party, celebrating your beer pong victory or surfing like a pro. From double rooms to dorms large and small, there’s something for every traveler. A hearty breakfast spread of fresh fruits, yogurt, bread and jam is also included.
The rustic Hotel Natura Patagonia comfortably blends in with its surroundings, experiencing snowfall in winter and green forest in summer. It sits in the heart of Puella town in nature-blessed Patagonia. Head out on a kayaking expedition along the mighty Río Negro, or opt for a hiking odyssey to Las Mellizas Waterfall to experience the open air of this majestic Andean region. The hotel’s comfortable and spacious wood-paneled rooms will be awaiting your return after a day’s exploring.
Set in the heart of the Lake District in Chile is Manquehue Hotel Puerto Montt, just a short walk from the waterfront of this unassuming port city. Stroll just out of town to Caleta Angelmó, a calming cove dotted with rickety fishing boats and a sensory food market. The hotel has an indoor swimming pool for a soothing soak, ideally followed by a refreshing Aperol spritz or frothy pisco sour from the bar.
Casadoca Hotel Boutique only has six rooms, so you can look out at the Pacific Ocean without the crowds here. The contemporary design complements wood-beamed ceilings and natural stone walls, creating a glamorous seaside cottage vibe (one that won’t break the bank). The hotel sits on the seafront of Concón, a city north of the more touristed darlings of Valparaíso and Viña del Mar. La Boca Beach is where you’ll find the best surf – be sure to summit the impressive sand dunes that overlook the city, for a budget-friendly activity.
Hotel Cabaña del Lago sits right on Lake Llanquihue in the southern Chilean town of Puerto Varas. The heated pool (not forgetting the accompanying slide), wooden hot tub and steam bath will soothe you after a vigorous day of hiking, horse riding, skiing or fishing. With a glass of wine in hand, soak up the sight of the perfectly conical Osorno Volcano and its snowy peak, which pierces the lakeside scenery.
With views out over the ocean on one side and the Huanchaca Ruins on the other, Enjoy Antofagasta is a haven in this northern Atacama Desert city. Live music spectacles and spinning casino tables will have you carousing away in this modern entertainment complex. For a detox after the festivities, head to the sin-cleansing spa for some reflexology or a hot-stone massage.
Perched on the Pacific shores of Arica in northern Chile is Hotel Apacheta, comprising only 18 rooms, all with luminous windows framing the ocean outside. Throw caution to the wind, with some serious surfing at one of the famed wave-struck beaches, Chinchorro or Las Machas, or head out on a mountain bike expedition in the Lluta and Azapa valleys. Whatever the excursion, know that the hotel’s Scandi-style modern rooms are the perfect place to unwind on your return.
On the banks of the Loa River lies Noi Borde Loa in the Atacama Desert town of Calama. Natural materials from the region, like adobe, wood and stone, were used to construct this sun-drenched destination. Locals came together to work the arid land that now produces fresh vegetables served alongside wholesome chunks of beef and succulent shellfish at the BordeRío restaurant, whose flavors are fully inspired by the region and its ancestral gastronomy.
Set in the action of downtown Santiago and the pulsating Nueva Las Condes business district is ICON Hotel. Each of the elegant rooms guarantees a 270-degree view of the snow-kissed Andes mountains that envelop the city. Club 23, the hotel’s sky bar, is the place to be, with its swanky V-shaped rooftop pool and sweeping views of the brightly lit high-rise happenings in the neighborhood.
With its wooden-slatted, smooth concrete façade, Solace Hotel Santiago oozes elegance from the off (affordable elegance, that is). The ample, luminous rooms are ideal for kicking back after a day of city slicking. It’s in Barrio Suecia, right in the city center and just across the river from the Japanese Garden and Cerro San Cristóbal, a panoramic lookout point reached by cable car.