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Mela Blu Apartments
Ranked #178 of 537 Speciality Lodging in Santiago
Reviewed 10 February 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Mela Blu Apartments. If we return to Santiago, Chile, we would definitely stay with them. They are GREAT, close to most of the attractions, economical (very important for most people), at a stone's throw from the Metro (Subway) Station Universidad De Catolica, surrounded by several restaurants, next to a corner store and within 10 minute walk from a Grocery Store. The accommodation in our apartment #724 was adequate and comfortable for a family of four. We were there from Jan 25, 2013 to Feb 3, 2013 and we booked this Apartment (#724) for our daughter and family of four for Feb 12-16, 2013. What more can we write! Great, comfortable, economical and close to most attractions and downtown.

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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 February 2013

The location of the Mela Blu appartments is very convenient, downtown Santiago, and several restaurants are in the same court or just around the corner. This also means though that it's quite noisy, even during weekdays, sometimes it was hard to sleep.

The appartment itself gave us a wonderful home for our stay in Santiago. The bed is very comfortable, highspeed internet is included and even cable-TV. The kitchen might be basic, but it's enough to cook spaghetti or risotto or anything else if you're not too particular.

The price seemed fair to us, even if there's housekeeping only once a week (more on request though).

There's a security guard at the entrance of the court and a concierge in the building, all through the night, so there's someone there to check you in even if you arrive in the middle of the night. Speaking english though is no good if you're dealing with the administration office. You have to speak some basi spanish if you want to make yourself heard.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 December 2012

After leaving to ship, we got a free night at the ritz Carlton hotel, which was lovely. Next day we transferred to Melo Blu hotel. A little hard to find as it is an apartment in a court yard of 5 or 6 terrific restaurants. Once we found it, we're greeted bu Wally at the desk of the building telling us to go to Carlos on the 4 th floor. Found Carlos, professional and helpful, speaks some English but understands more than he speaks. Gave us a key to our apartment. Unfortunately he had no apartments available on the back side of the building. I had read reviews that it was noisy at night from the restaurants below but couldn't have imagined how loud it actually was. David hd ear plugs so worked out fine. The place is like a small one bedroom with a kit he state. Granite countertops in the kitchen, refrigerator, toaster and coffee pot. Nice bed, tiny bathroom but adequate, could use a little talc on the draperies but they worked. No air conditioning and no daily maid service. All of this being said, if I could get a back apartment I would probably stay there again. The location is close to everything, museums, restaurants etc, one place we especially enjoyed was cafe del opera, about 3 blocks from hotel, Alexi, the manager really made us feel at home and the food was top drawer. I had scrambled eggs with bacon and arugula on a very thin baguette and it was yummy. We loved Santiago and will probably go back someday.

Room Tip: Definitely get a back side room. Call uncorked tours for a full day wine tour. Been to Napa and Son...
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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 November 2012

These apartments are cheap, but very tacky. A pity, because the location is superb. Everything, from broken toilet seat to disintegrating curtains. The kitchen is very basic, with cutlery, crockery and a couple fo saucepans. It is certainly not fully equipped (went out and bought electric beater and mixing bowls).

The other big issue is noise. As the apartments are built around a courtyard (with five open air restaurants in the court-yard), ti si very noisy. Unfortunatley, the apartments are not air-conditioned, so windows have to be left open (or suffocate in the 35 deg. celsius heat).

With a small amount of money, these apartmnets could be great. The location is Lastarria is great, very close to all central city attractions, and the immediate locale is quirky. Supermarket just one block away.

A great opportunity wasted.

Room Tip: Ask for a room not facing the courtyard (to avoid noise). Unfortunately, this may leave you with vi...
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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 November 2012

First I would like to say we really couldn't have found a better place for a long weekend. Relatively low price and smack in the middle of restaurants and bars. Mela Blu is situated in a tiny backyard off Lastarria with many restaurants on the ground level. Some noise from the restaurants will be heard in the evening so if you are very sensitive to noise you should concider other options. We always travel with earplugs and the noise was not bothering us at all. The rooms were very nicely equipped and the reception help out if there was anything we needed. All in all a very pleasant place to stay in Santiago and very close to all the downtown sights. Lastarria has plenty of bars and restaurant just outside the entrance of the appartements, and we never had a bad meal here. It was a 20 minutes stroll up to Bellavista and there you will find even more bars and restaurants. Bellavista however tends to get more noisy in the evenings, ecpecially for the weekends, so I prefer staying in Lastarria. We found it safe to walk between Lastarria and Bellavista in the evenings and we had a great time in this area.
Mela Blu was perfect for us. We were three adults so we needed a place with separate bedroom and a sofa bed in the living room. Sooper place, as our guide would say :-)

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 September 2012 via mobile

This place is great value and in a good spot as long as you don't mind the sound of the people from the restaurants below enjoying themselves (we didn't! No thumping music, just chitchat and occasional raucous laughter).

The apartment we stayed in was decoratively a little tired and the fabric headboards could do with replacing but this didn't spoil our stay.

The free WiFi was excellent.

  • Stayed: September 2012
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Reviewed 9 October 2011

This apartment hotel is very good overall. The apartment is clean, modern and has everything you need, including a full kitchen. I would recommend it for longer stays in Santiago. The bed was extremely comfortable. The bathroom is small but modern. There are lots of places to store your things. The hotel is located in a very nice neighbourhood in Santiago off a courtyard containing a bunch of nice restaurants. You will hear a lot of noise from the courtyard below. Personally this does not bother me, but if noise is an issue for you then this will be a problem. Because this is an apartment and not a hotel do not expect and of the typical hotel type ammenities like breaksfast, a wake-up call or room cleaning. We stayed for two days only so this was not a problem, but if you like fresh towels or a nicely made bed this is not the place for you. However, the fact that none of this is available is also reflected in the price, which is very reasonable compared to what you would pay at a similar hotel. Also, the staff is not available outside working hours so if you have a problem there is no one to speak with. Our TV did not work at all - normally I would not be bothered by this, but satellite TV was one of the things the hotel talked about in their description of the place. After the first day I left a note under the door of the office to let them know our TV didn't work and that we would like one more towel - there was only one bath towel in the room - but nothing was done to address this at all. If this had have been addressed I would rank this hotel higher.

Room Tip: Choose a room not backing on to the courtyard below to avoid excessive noise.
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: Jose Victorino Lastarria 70, Santiago 8320152, Chile
Region: Chile > Santiago Metropolitan Region > Santiago
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
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Ranked #178 of 537 Speciality Lodging in Santiago
Price Range: $76 - $152 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mela Blu offers a new experience in furnished apartments in Santiago. Located in Lastarria's exclusive patrimonial neighborhood, steps away from the city's principal artery and metro, the neighborhood offers tranquility and security in contrast to the hectic downtown life. We offer apartments in first rate buildings completely equipped to meet your needs. Our apartments are designed to be both welcoming and modern, combining functionality and confront in an exceptional location. ... more   less 
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