From the gorgeous Baroque facade with balconies to the original ceiling medallion from which the chandelier in the giant salon and living room hangs, it's clear that Happy House Hostel is something special. Spacious and clean, the remodeled mansion with wooden floors has loads of comfortable common space and a pool in the back with a waterfall. Three dorm-style rooms have six and eight beds each, but the remaining 23 rooms, named for different parts of Chile, are private, with or without bathrooms. A dorm bed costs 14,000 pesos and a private room just 30,000. The real prize is the private double with private bathroom for just 45,000.
Brightly-painted with wooden windows that look out into courtyards and/or the central lobby. Squared-off headboards, accent lamps and upholstered cushions for splashes of color.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Not all private rooms have their own bathroom. If is is important to you to have a private bathroom, make sure you book early.
Tidy and colorful, with showers, not tubs.
This is where the baroque style of the hotel can best be seen, with elaborate plaster detail, patterned wallpaper, and a large chandelier, with comfortable couches. A good place to meet up before going out. Other public spaces include the kitchen and the expansive backyard, and multiple terraces.
A focal point of the hostel in the warmer months, with loads of lounge chairs, a bar and a waterfall feature in this unheated, outdoor pool with changing lights after dark.
There is a bar out by the pool for beer and other drinks.
Located near the Los Héroes metro, this hostel is metro-accessible. After hours, buses are possible, but check with hotel staff on which ones to take, or go out locally or take an Uber/Cabify or taxi back home.
This hostel is in Barrio Brasil, and has good access to a few noteworthy eateries, such as the Barrio Brasil location of The Clinic, (5-minute walk) for quirky, politically-named sandwiches, drinks and meals. Also reasonably nearby in Barrio Yungay is the Peluquería Francesa, (17-minute walk), a mansion filled with mirrors, lamps and antiques that serves Chilean-French meals in a unique environment. Also in Barrio Yungay is the Cervecería Nacional, (18-minute walk) a beerhall/restaurant serving Chilean-influenced pub grub, and El Bodegón de Yungay (21-minute walk) for a quiet bistro feel with interesting, hearty dishes an a good wine list. In this same neighborhood is the famous sandwich spot Fuente Mardeoqueo, (20-minute walk) or head to Lastarria (20-minute metro and walk or 10-minute drive) or Bellavista (26-minute metro and walk or 13-minute drive) to try your luck among the offerings there.
There is no shortage of sidewalk cafés that you can drink a beer on most times of day or night in Barrio Brasil on the main avenue (also called Brasil). We like this neighborhood's location of The Clinic, (5-minute walk) or for more interesting beer, the Cervecería Nacional, (18-minute walk). Yungay Viejo (19-minute walk) is also a good bet. If you're really into rooftops, head into Bellavista (26-minute metro and walk or 13-minute drive) and try Azotea Matilde, (14-minute drive), or if you like beer gardens and food trucks, try Jardín Mallinkrodt (14-minute drive). Or if you're in pursuit of good mixed drinks, our vote in Bellavista is Siete Negronis (14-minute drive).
WHY WE LIKE IT
This hostel, which also has private rooms (from singles to quadruples), is a great find. It's colorful and fun, without attracting too much revelry. The owners keep it tidy, and are continually making improvements. Barrio Brasil is a fun neighborhood to stay in, and shows you a part of Santiago few visitors will see, but which is an important part of Santiago's history. It is well-connected to many points of interest, and there's nothing like taking a dip in the outdoor pool on a sunny summer day.