"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."