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Francisco de Aguirre Hotel
Ranked #23 of 24 Hotels in La Serena
Santiago, Chile
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14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Wouldn't stay here by choice”
Reviewed 18 June 2011

My room was tiny, the wardrobe door was broken and couldn't open, the bathroom wasn't big enough to get dressed in, the toilet broke and the breakfast was poor. However, the hotel is superbly located, next to the plaza de armas, there's free internet and it was clean. For a short trip where you only sleep in the hotel, it's fine, however, I expected more from a 3-4* hotel.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled on business
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Trumbull, Connecticut
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Reviewed 4 April 2011

Yes, they are doing some construction. But other than some noise (after 8am and quiet before bedtime), the place was really quite nice. The rooms are clean. The bathrooms are tiny (but this is throughout Chile). The pool was nice as the sun was shining and just to relax in the quiet was good. It's right around the corner from the main plaza, so you get some noise from that, but it wasn't enough to keep you up all night. You can walk to just about anything from this location.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Hartford CT
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32 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2011

We took the room because only this and one other hotel had a vacancy on the date we needed, and expected not much because of the unfavorable reviews. We found it to be perfectly fine - nice, clean rooms, very comfortable, dining room with no one much else eating there, friendly staff. It turned out to be ideally located to enjoy the town - we wee there on a weekend, and there were fairs going on in the town square nearby and further away at a big place with all kinds of vendors. We had considered and rejected a beach hotel that was reviewed as being very noisy due to a casino, and were glad to be in town because the weather was a bit cool for the beach. Not expensive, in my opinion.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 March 2010

The rooms in this hotel are incredibly small for the price. I paid over $100 and the bed was not steady. The bathroom was not even large enough to dress in. The only thing you pay for is a large lobby and a good breakfast. I had to sit in the hallway to do my work on their wireless system with the router mounted on the wall next to my room.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled on business
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I am puzzled by the review from 2007 as there was no sign of any refurbishment. Indeed refurbishment is just what it needs. Overall service was OK and the rooms were quite large, but everything is a bit shabby and past it. Only stayed 1 night and found the restaurant cavernous and lacking in any atmosphere.

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  • Stayed November 2008, travelled as a couple
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  • Stayed January 2007, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Francisco de Aguirre Hotel

Property: Francisco de Aguirre Hotel
Address: Gregorio Cordovez 210, La Serena 1710100, Chile
Region: Chile > Coquimbo Region > La Serena
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #23 of 24 Hotels in La Serena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Francisco de Aguirre Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 90
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