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Top 10 Apacheta Hotels

Top 10 Apacheta Hotels

1




4.8/5
Outstanding
24 Reviews
"This is a relatively new small property well located at the end of the main street close to all the shops restaurants and tour operators. All the rooms are located off a main footpath and are circular yurt like solid structures (not tents). Room numbers start from 1 at the front nearest the pool and dining area through to 9 at the back of the property. The best rooms are in the middle (4-7) as these are located away from the restaurant/pool and the road at the rear. The rooms are nicely designed and are spacious and private. There was a small issue with the window in our bathroom whereby the room behind could look directly into. We asked for this to be resolved and some cardboard was put over the window which really needs to be permanently addressed. The bed was very comfortable and the shower spacious with good water pressure and plenty of hot water. The rooms (and other common areas) are kept very clean especially given the amount of dust and wind in San Pedro. The only minor issues in the rooms were the lack of decent lighting/power sockets and ceiling fan. The rooms are located in a shaded location but there is insufficient lighting and we could barely see the contents of our suitcases. There were only two power sockets in the room and one was allocated to the fan. This meant charging up cameras and phones was time consuming. A floor standing fan is supplied to cool the room but the fan, whilst stylish, was particularly powerful and even on the lowest speed blew a strong gust which was uncomfortable at night. A better solution would be to install ceiling fans. The hotel grounds are small and there is a small pool and relaxation area. The pool was very cold and attracted pigeons which made it a bit off-putting from a hygiene aspect. There is a restaurant that has recently opened which offers a 3 course menu every night with two choices of each course. The price is only $20 USD but isn’t advertised and you have to ask the price. We think many guests were put off the restaurant as they were advertising Christmas dinner for $85 USD and like ourselves, would have thought the normal menu would be priced comparably. If the price is put on the menu we’re sure the restaurant will get a lot more business. The food on offer is fresh and well prepared. We thought it was far superior and way better value for money than many of the better restaurants in town. The chef is also happy to adapt the menu if you can’t eat something on the set menu. For example, on one day both starters were fish (not sure of the logic on that one) and the chef happily offered an alternative. The wine offered by the glass is much better than other restaurants and is priced at a slightly lower level. We can certainly recommend the Las Mulas Carmanere with the donkey on the label. There are 4 cocktails and we would recommend the Pisco Sour. Breakfast is limited but covers everything you would want including excellent cereal, toast, fruit salad, juice smoothies and "
"After much debate over which hotel would suit us best, we "took a chance" and booked 3 of their "bungalows" for 4 nights. We booked a long time ago, and at the time, the hotel was pretty new and had mixed reviews. The photos and description, along with its intimate size and great location, won us over, so we went for it. So glad we did. The property is small, with maybe 10 ish individual round bungalows set off an elevated walkway that's beautifully illuminated at night. Lots of trees (pomegranate and fig!) and individual seating areas near each bungalow complement the stylishly decorated pool zone. Yes, the birds (and their deposits) can be a bit of a nuisance, but the staff keep the area clean. Each room is well appointed and comfortable overall. However, as noted by previous reviewers, air flow and light could be improved. Sleeping at elevation is tough enough, so it's extra important to find the balance between roasting hot and freezing cold. With the windows closed, the rooms are stuffy and too warm. Windows left open let in some of the less desirable noise from the neighborhood dogs and roosters, plus they don't cool the room down sufficiently at night. The lovely fan provided each room is crazy noisy and even the lowest setting is too much air. A ceiling fan or quieter standing fan would go a long way towards finding the right balance. And yes, the rooms are dark, which is good for sleeping but not so good for packing or unpacking. Overall, these are suggestions for improvement rather than a complaint or reason not to stay. Note that this problem isn't unique to this hotel either. We met other travelers from other hotels, all with similar temperature challenges at night. The location is so perfect, easy for excursion pick ups, easy access to all the restaurants (favorites were Esteka and Adobe), and the staff worked so hard to make our stay perfect. Special shout out to Ignacio at the bar/restaurant and Ignacio behind the front desk. Delicious eggs for breakfast. round the clock access to coffee or tea, and heated milk by request. Fridge available for our snacks and leftovers, ample ice and water for our refillable water bottles. We didn't book any excursions through the hotel, we used Cosmo Andino for the big ones, and Turis Tour for the half day ones. We really enjoyed our visit to San Pedro De Atacama, and we know Hotel Desertica was the right hotel for our family."
"We stayed four nights at Desertica and it was absolutely heaven. The room and bathroom was spacious and very clean, the common grounds flawless and the breakfast superb. There was a coffee maker (Espresso machine), fruits, sweets and cold water available to the tenants during the course of the day. We ate at the restaurant twice and both times the food was excellent. The swimming pool looked crisp but never tried it. The service is also exemplary. There was a problem with my credit card before our arrival and Ignacio was extremely helpful through Whatsapp and worked with me to solve the problem. Mapi, the young lady on the bar/breakfast area was super helpful and very attentive with a radiant positive energy. All in all, Desertica is a cool place to be away from heat and the hustle and bustle of Caracoles street."
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2




5/5
Perfect
11 Reviews
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3




4.1/5
Very Good
10 Reviews
"German My friends left your lodge yesterday but were definitely not happy. They found it highly strange that you would come to see them only a few times over the four-day stay. You never asked how things were and it they needed anything. They found the room hot and thought you might offer them a fan. You didn't. In fact it was Rene, your staff who took care of my friends. They never did get a fan. One day Rene had to clean up a very large brown, wet spot where the rain had come through the ceiling combined with the dust and dirt from the ceiling. You know the ceiling is straw? Because there was no one around to ask for help, the woman went to your open air area where my friends had breakfast to get some pots and pans to collect the water. The water just missed her baggage. Rene was very good helping my friends, but you, the owner, were nowhere to be found. And then yesterday when my friends checked out, you were no where to be found again, and after talking to Ricardo, my guide, who phoned you, you said you were on vacation. You weren't even around to discuss the problems. Ricardo told you the problems over the phone and you said you would call back after talking to Rene to confirm the problems and thinking about a reduction. You never called. We had to leave to get to the airport. In fact, we now don't believe you were away on vacation but rather did not want to see us. You know the access to your hotel is difficult having to cross a dry riverbed which we had to negotiate at night when we arrived not knowing where we were going. You never gave us any instructions how to get to your lodge prior to our arrival. It was only after about an hour and using Google that we found the lodge. And by then it was around 10 p.m. or so. And then when the rains came and the river swelled 2 days later, we had to ask in the town how to find another way to get to your hotel. As you know, Ricardo and I where in a small bungalow across the river. We spent 30 minutes each way getting to our friends the long way around. You never told us what to do it the river swelled. You gave us no map guiding us to your lodge. In fact you left my friends on their own except for Rene. You did give Ricardo a map of Chile for the sites but that was all. To find your lodge both when crossing the dry riverbed and going the long way around when the river swelled was river told to us. In fact you never told us about the situation crossing a dry riverbed when we set out to find your lodge. And we had to negotiate at night. I also now understand why Ricardo and I couldn't stay in your other small rooms when we arrived late on February 13 after driving from Calama and asking you if we could stay. We hadn't found rooms yet. You said your rooms were full and yet we never saw any other guests when I came each day to get my friends and noone else ate breakfast. In fact the only time I saw you over the 4 days was when I saw you lifting plastic sheets over"
"The room is rustic and beautiful. Bed is amazingly comfortable and bathroom is also good. But there are no services at the hotel. There is only a person that makes a simple but good breakfast in the morning and then clean the rooms. After that, no one is there. no fridge or food. Contact with manager is by whatsapp if needed. Also it is 15-20min walking to the city. There was a lot of potential, but unfortunently management doesn´t seem to see it."
"Maybe I misunderstood what they meanr by "Lodge". We got to the hotel arround 1 a.m. after a 4 hour delayed flight, and Ignacio was there to let us in and greet us - which was great - but that was the last time we saw him. The hotel has no Reception/Front Desk of any kind, and so if you need to talk to someone there is a phone you can use - that didn't work when we needed it. Wifi is terrible, practically non-existant so dont count on it. The bed was made every day but the room was not cleaned - super dusty - and the towels were not changed. We ran out of soap and asked for it, didn't get it the next day and asked for it again, only to hear that they ran out of it and that unfortunately there was nothing they could do. Although we were not counting on it, the pool was filthy and definetely useless. Plenty of bugs in our room - flies, mosquitoes, spiders - that we had to hunt before going to bed every night. On the upside, the room was spacious and the shower was great. Location is not that bad - an easy 20 min walk from San Pedro de Atacama center, but you have to cross over a river to do so, and when the rivrr floods you cant go over it with a car, so cars have to take a long detour to get there. Our airport shuttle was 40 min late due to this - and again, this is where it would be nice to have someone at the front desk to help or a decent wofi connection Again, maybe I misunderstood what they meant by Lodge, but it is definitely overpriced for waht they offer. "
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4




4.2/5
Very Good
10 Reviews
"Stayed at this hotel for 2 nights. We were welcomed in by a cordial staff member who showed us around the small and very quaint hotel grounds before showing us our room. The Hotel Overall hotel is small with only 10 or so rooms - there is a small pool in the middle of the courtyard, a covered reading area, and a center palapa for more seating. Hotel has a breakfast area and a tiny little boutique shop with art, jewelry, and clothing for sale. (They do not have snacks, food, or water for sale - you must go out into Caracoles to purchase these things) The Room Clean and quaint. Very minimal in furniture. Queen sized bed with no air conditioning but they had an oscillating fan. Room temp was hotter than outside at times - so be warned that there is no air-con. Desk, chair, drawers, and a safe. Overall the room needs a little modernizing - perhaps a paint job and some minor spackling of nicked walls. There was a broken beam over the bed in room #3 that looked suspiciously dangerous. We moved the bed to one side of the room every night in case the roof decided to cave in during our stay. The Bathroom Tiny bath but clean. Notes: - If you are going on an early excursion, let the front desk know so they can pack you a snack. Consisted of fruit juice, snack bar, and a yogurt cup. Unfortunately the yogurt never came with utensils so was hard to consume. - perhaps ask not to get Room 3 until they have repaired the severely broken beam. "
"I wasn't a hotel guest but the receptionist, Felipe, went above and beyond what I needed. I was alone and lost with no phone, no memory of my hotel name or location and feeling desperate. Felipe calmed me and googled hotels in the area until I recognized mine. He then called a cab and I was on my way feeling extremely grateful for his help."
"Good location, walking distance from main street Caracoles. Staff is super friendly and helpful, Felipe and Laura helped us with everything we needed. Breakfast is good, Maria Angelica made us scrambled eggs during our stay, always with a smile on her face and super polite. Bedroom is ok for a couple, simple, but good. In our opinion the room was a bit cold, but if you ask for a heater they will provide you one. We went during winter time. I highly recommend this place! And of course, Caco, the dog, is the funniest little chubby thing."
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5




4.6/5
Outstanding
10 Reviews
"We enjoyed every minute of our stay in Planeta Atacama. We stayed from Sept 27th to Oct 1st 2019 and from the warm welcome by Katia and their beautiful, lovely dogs, everyone on their staff is just adorable and so willing to help with anything we really felt at home. The breakfast have the exactly amount and offer of everything we needed to start our busy days: freshly made scramble eggs, coffee and orange juice, a delicious croissant that owe nothing for those from France, jams, fresh fruits like oranges, bananas and apples, cereals and yogurt. The rooms, which are made from adobe, really kept the heat in and we never felt any cold, even when it was 5°C outside. The bed is beyond big, it’s ridiculously big and comfortable. The shower is equally big and the amenities are great, we just loved the smell of the Argan soap and it really helped keep our hands and body hydrated - the dry weather there is no joke, really take a lot of water, moisturizer, lipbalm and everything you need to just stay VERY hydrated and enjoy everything Atacama have to offer. They also have a great hair dryer that pretty much do the work. The view to Licancabur is just breathtaking as is the night sky. You can see the photos below, there is no photoshop: you really can see all stars and the Milky Way. Have nothing but love for these people and our stay in this magical place. Would totally recommend for anyone who is searching for a comfortable, enjoyable and unforgettable moments in Atacama. Would only note that is really dark outside and at the road that leads to the hotel, and is a bit far by walking from downtown, so we would recommend you to rent a 4x4 car and maybe consider doing tours by yourself and not with any agencies - as long as you study the roads and everything, of course (please do not take any unnecessary risks)! We did that ourselves and have no regrets at all. The freedom to see everything at your own time will really make you feel alive :) If so, don’t forget to download an offline map on your Google Maps!"
"With 5 days to explore, San Pedro, the Atacama and surroundings, we were delighted to have chosen Planeta Atacama as our base. No more than a 10 minute stroll south from the centre, it's location gives the utter peace not possible within San Pedro enhanced by offering only five rooms/cabins. Manuela was a fantastic host with excellent advice about how to make the most of our visit without having to join a tour for every adventure. So we explored the area in our car, and never got stuck or lost! The rooms/cabins are built in traditional adobe which keeps them cool and quiet, they are in the lovely local style and offer plenty of space.There's communal space to sit inside and out, plus a couple of hammocks. But none of the water-wasting tourist trappings such as a swimming pool. We floated in the saltwater lake and swam in a sweet one instead. Breakfast was a wonderful spread of freshly made orange and banana juice, Carla's perfect scrambled eggs, cereal, tea or proper coffee, fresh croissants and baguette from the French bakery, jams, cheese and ham. And they offered a helpful range of suggested places to eat lunch or dinner before strolling back under the stars. If your stay in the Atacama is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, then it deserves a place like this."
"We stayed for 6 nights and found this a great choice outside the hussle, noise and light pollution of the main town. A very safe 20 minute walk is all it takes to be in the centre for meals and drinks. Katia was an amazing hostess and gave us some great ideas of things to do and when based on altitude. Hotel is authentic and rustic with great charm made from the traditional adobe process. Lovely breakfast served each day and an outdoor seating area to watch the sun go down or have breakfast at just beautiful. Bed very comfortable and room clean with lots of nice touches to make your stay pleasant. Love to stay again some day!"
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6




4.1/5
Very Good
10 Reviews
"A lovely new lodge not too far from the town, but far enough to feel like you're away from the hustle and bustle of the town Centre. We arrived early one morning after a long overnight flight, so there was no one at reception, and it was a bit of a struggle to find someone to check us in. On finding someone, she could only speak Spanish (pretty much the norm here) but we resolved our issues amicably via Google Translate:) We could only check in at 3pm, but were able to leave our luggage at reception while they got the room ready and we just had to bide our time by exploring the town in the meantime. Our room was a good size, clean and comfortable. The bathroom was a bit small but manageable, with a hot shower. We had a hammock outside which was great to relax in, while using their very reliable free wifi. There is also an outside pool, which would be great in Summer. I cannot comment on the breakfast served as we left too early for a tour the next day. The price of the room is moderate to high, but acceptable for this very touristy town. Our early checkout was assisted by a security guard on duty, and we were again able to leave our luggage at reception while we were on tour the whole day. Overall, a pleasant stay despite no-one being able to converse in English! "
"I tink that the effort was set on the design....but not on the service to customers... Low value for the money they charge. I have the sensation that if a small effort was set on details ( more information of activities in town for example) could be much better easily."
"Overall the place was nice - but not worth the money. The rooms where small and the toilets didn’t flush. Also the place was being rebuild (or so it looks) and the pool looked dirty. Nobody speaks English. The place was clean and breakfast was very nice though."
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7




4.1/5
Very Good
10 Reviews
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8




4.3/5
Excellent
25 Reviews
"We stayed here five nights. The owner, Jose Miguel, is very nice and helpful and speaks good English. The hotel is rather basic but you don’t get luxury in SPdA unless you pay big bucks. Most of the property is actually a garden/orchard that was planted by Jose’s grandmother. You can walk through it or hang out in one of the hammocks. Our room was comfortable but hot when we were there in the afternoon. An overhead fan would have been nice to make up for the lack of air conditioning. Downtown is a quick 5 minute walk. Note, most of the roads downtown are pedestrian only so your GPS may not get you to Quinta Adela. We ended up walking and going back for our rental car later. Breakfast was pretty good...yogurt, eggs, ham, cheese, and bread. Great shower with plenty of hot water but the wife tells me you must bring your own shampoo and blow drier."
"Lovely stay at this hotel. Great location a short walk from town for all the tours and restaurants. Very clean and staff were helpful with transfers. Seemed better value than some other places nearby."
"The pros- Family operated Close to city center (5 minute walk) Parking (driving prohibited where Hostal is located, but allowed for residents) Very quiet Complimentary breakfast Discounted cash option Bottled water available for purchase Strong wifi in common areas Rooms stayed cool even on a hot day without fans or AC The cons- Breakfast is nearly the same each day Wifi is weak in some rooms English is not spoken by many of the workers Some inferior rooms (in the first room they gave us the beds were very old with worn out mattresses. I complained about it and they gave us a much better room with good beds.)"
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9




4.3/5
Excellent
10 Reviews
"I’ll start with the positives: very central location right in the centre of town and the manager Katalina was very helpful with sorting out our transfer and connecting with the tour operator who was running our stargazing trip. Thanks to her as we would have been really stuck without her. Breakfast was good. The room was clean. There’s a little table and chairs outside our room for sitting out but the slightest wind blew up the dust everywhere. Now the cons: the rooms are very tired and basic. There’s no headboard on the bed, only one mirror which was in the bathroom. No hairdryer in the room but you can get one from reception. There was no hot water on our second night for a shower. There’s no porter to help with suitcases. We had dinner on our last night before our stargazing tour and it was a bit of a disaster. Ordered salmon and it came raw inside. Sent it back. The same salmon came back second time - still raw! Third time lucky you would think. Eh no! The same salmon came back this time with cold chips and it was burnt to a crisp! The poor waitress was mortified and we got complimentary drinks but it was not really acceptable. The first night we ate in Baltinachie restaurant just 2 minutes down the street from the hotel and it was amazing. The WiFi was sooooo slow and barely worked in the room. You had to go to reception area but it was a bit of a cold dark room to sit in. We got better WiFi in the middle of the desert in Bolivia. They really need to look at improving it."
" San Pedro is a very unusual town in the Atacama Desert - very dusty and dry, but we were very comfortable at the Hotel Kimal - it was clean, the room was lovely, and the staff were very friendly and helpful.We also liked the restaurant very much - the breakfasts were excellent, with custom made eggs for us, and we also enjoyed a lunch and dinner there. "
"'Kimal' is a nice, quiet spot - peaceful, pretty and comfortable. Breakfast was "fine" with all the essentials (juice, breads, eggs on offer, and just-decent coffee) to get you fueled up for your day of exploring! There is parking and staff are helpful enough. Fridges in rooms, good shower/bathroom (with shampoo, cond., soaps), and noon checkout. Worth a stay, for sure."
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10




4.3/5
Excellent
10 Reviews
"My first impression of this hotel was very poor as after travelling to get to the hotel for 32 hours i was greeted with "you are not in this hotel, you are in the hotel across the road". I duly produced my booking details which clearly showed i had booked the Poblado Kimal and not the Kimal but was then told with a shrug of the shoulder "it's fully booked" - not the best greeting from reception. Eventually, after 45 minutes of me refusing to stay in the Kimal hotel and many calls to the manager, we were given our own bungalow (aka mud hut). Later on when i went back to reception i encountered 2 other couples travelling together having a problem with their rooms when they came to check in too - they had booked the Kimal hotel and were put into the Poblado Kimal instead, one couple with a standard mud hut and another couple with a superior mud hut but both had paid the same price!! These people were not happy either as one lady was disabled and the walkways are uneven at the Poblado Kimal. It seems the hotel needs to improve the bookings as we were not the only ones that were booked into the wrong hotel! The mud hut was spacious, quiet and clean with double bed, mini bar, fan, desk, chair and bathroom (no hairdryer). The bathroom really needed some TLC: the window latch was broken, the grout in the tiles on the floor was almost none existent so when you walked on the tiles they moved and the grout in the shower really needed cleaning. The hut would have benefited from a safe and a door that properly fit the hut as there was about a 1 inch gap at the top of the door - we had to use a folded up towel on the top of the door to prevent mosquito's etc. entering the bedroom. Note, the rooms can get very hot with the climate and there is no air conditioning, we managed ok with the fan but it was noisy. The hotel is in an excellent location, being about 30 seconds off the end of the main street (Caracoles street) so it is really easy to go out for food but the hotel itself remains very quiet. Other hotels with higher ratings on trip advisor are about 15 minutes on foot away, which is normally fine but the high altitude (2,400 metres) makes walking an effort - trust me! The breakfast was a mixed bag, some days great, other days poor but that depended on what you did/did not like. I found that the days i didn't like the breakfast were when they put lots of nut foods out and a lot of the food did not have labels so many things were a complete surprise (good and bad). Breakfast is served across the road in the sister hotel the Kimal hotel as there is no restaurant on the Kimal side. Breakfast usually consisted of bread, jam, cheeses, meats, various teas, fruit juices and cakes. I did not eat at the hotels restaurant for lunch or evening meal as i thought that the prices were expensive, compared to the abundant local restaurants/cafes close by. I did not book any of the hotels excursions as i used Cosmo Andino who have an excellent reputation, w"
"Poblado Kimal is located near Caracoles, the main artery of San Pedro. The staff is competent and kind. Rooms are well maintained, the cleaning staff cleans windows daily, fighting against the desert dust that is everywhere. The breakfast buffet has good selection of pastries, juices, fruits, omelets. The bungalows are surrounded by tall grasses, a pleasant touch of green. Wifi signal is better in the reception that in rooms. Overall, a pleasant stay in the heart of San Pedro."
"Great, romantic hotel for couples. Staff is very attentive and helpful. Breakfast was included and expansive. Cute rooms, nice and warm in the night. Great location to everything in San Pedro. When we had to leave early for our flight, they had a picnic lunch ready for us at check-out. So accommodating. "
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