The best hostel we’ve stayed in so far!
We initially booked this hostel by accident, but what a very, very happy accident this turned out to be…
We were welcomed by Tammy (a top, top guy) at La Chimba Hostel, located in the vibrant Bellavista area of Providencia. From the moment we met Tammy and set foot in the hostel, it was pretty clear that our pre-booked 6 night stay would be extended. We ended up staying here for 17 nights.
La Chimba is spread out over 3 houses, interdespersed by a central courtyard and secure car park. We were lucky enough to be put in a MASSIVE king size room in the back house. With French-style doors overlooking the courtyard and closed off from the road, the room was in a quality spot. We had the luxury of a king size bed with an ELECTRIC MATTRESS PAD! Nowhere have I had this joy, and never did I expect to experience my first time being in a hostel. I loved this bed. If it wasn’t for the fact that there was other great places to be in the hostel and indeed Santiago, we may never have got out!
There are two good sized and well-equipped kitchens, so we cooked here a lot. There was also a table and chairs outside our room to eat from and a comfy spacious lounge at the back to chill in. What’s more there’s even a free pool table in an open area next to the lounge.
In the reception area there are sofas, tables and chairs and a TV, plus music and the second kitchen. No matter what time of day it was, this area was always social, without being over-kill. There is no bar, so you are allowed to bring drink into the hostel and socialise throughout – brilliant. This hostel became a home very quickly, especially because of Tammy and Muhammed, who were incredibly helpful, as well as being very personable. Nothing was too much trouble for either of them. They made our stay even better than we could have hoped for.
Not forget getting the cleaners, especially Flores, who was always smiling and willing to chat (in Spanish, so we did our best!). La Chimba was beautifully clean, well-stocked with loo paper and had very hot showers. These ladies made this hostel so pleasant that it was easy to spend a lot of time in it.
Free breakfast is provided: teas, coffee, fresh bread, cereal and spreads between 8 – 10am in the reception area. There is a pub crawl on Friday and Saturday nights from 10pm, costing only 10,000 pesos. This includes all you can drink beer and vodka jelly shots at the first pub for an hour, a free shot at the second bar, plus 50% off selected drinks in all bars and free entry into the club. Needless to say it ends up being a very heavy and sociable evening! Si never made it to the club and I don’t remember it, so you get the idea!
I simply can’t recommend La Chimba enough – I will never forget what a fabulous time myself and Si had here. This was thanks to the amazing staff, cleanliness, comfort and absolutely spot on vibes. We’d definitely come back. Writing this makes we want to go back there right now.
Lots of love La Chimba x