Featuring a garden and a restaurant, Casa Don Esteban Hotel Rural offers rural accommodation just a 15-minute walk from San Pedr
Featuring a garden and a restaurant, Casa Don Esteban Hotel Rural offers rural accommodation just a 15-minute walk from San Pedro de Atacama. Free Wi-Fi is available. The Moonâ?? Valley is 25 minutes away by car. Decorated in lively colours, rooms at Casa Don Esteban feature thatched roofs and wooden work desks. All the rooms have private bathrooms. An American breakfast is daily served. Excursion can be booked at the tour desk. Laundry and luggage storage service are provided. Tocopilla Street is 1 km away.
Facilities offered in Casa Don Esteban Hotel Rural :
Check in/out Hotel Check-in Time is 3 PM, Check-out Time is 12 AM.
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Extra Bed The inclusion of extra bed with a booking is facilitated with a folding cot or a mattress as an extra bed.
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User rating & reviews
Read about experiences of fellow travellers who have stayed at this hotel.
EXCELLENT 6 reviews
VERY GOOD 18 reviews
AVERAGE 6 reviews
POOR 5 reviews
TERRIBLE 2 reviews
04 Dec 2014
Very nice hotel!!!
Very nice atmosphere, a bit far from the crowded area! Clean rooms. Kind people and good service.
The breakfast was very good.
The price was fair.
I spent 2 nights at the hotel and would definitely recommend!
Solo travel Traveller
16 Jan 2014
Remote location from town and ....
I stayed here for 2 nights. When I booked, I didn't realise how far this hotel is from the centre of town where you can find all of restaurants, shops and tour agencies...
Most of the other accommodations are IN the town, within a few minutes walk.
As you know,the restaurants and bars are nice an busy late at night. I needed to walk from one of the restaurants to hotel one night after dinner. I walked 25 minutes in pitch dark with no street lights. My mobile phone screen saved me to guide me to hotel..otherwise, no chance to reach teh hotel. The facilities are ok, nothing special about it but I wouldn't recommend to anyone unless you have your own car to drive around..
Solo travel Traveller
14 Dec 2013
Nice but out of the city
If you do not have a car, then do not go there! This hotel est simple but nice, it is at lease 15 minutes by car outside the city center. there is no restaurant so at night you have to walk for 45 minutes to go to the eat. After a long day this is not good. But the lady (owner) is so nice and friendly that you just go with the flow...
13 Jul 2013
Only for the very adventurous/....
We spent 4 frustrating nights here..it was quite a struggle. The airport pick-up is absolutely essential, and fairly priced..but he was late picking us up. On the return trip to the airport, he was 75 minutes late...we were DESPERATE!!! The owner was no where to be found , even though it was late morning. At this lodginf, you are basically on your own, since the front desk/office is only manned a few minutes a day, when a guest check-in is expected! We were screaming so loud that the maid came out and helped us! Then at check-in, we were disapponited to learn that the owner, a nice, very friendly elderly lady, only knew one word of English.."dinero"..oh, sorry, that's Spanish! Upon check-in, we paid her for all our excursionsl, since you go there for the excursions, right..really FANTASTIC excursions!...a MUST do..but she overcharged us, using an old price list. We didn't realize this until the next night when we went into town and saw the new, lower priced list. Actually, the same list she gave us, with all the prices marked down. Going back the next day and trying to talk about this, she seemed non-plussed, showing us the new list, which she mysteriously also had! No refund..since there is no such word in Spanish, it seems! The worst part was she sold us one excursion on a day when there was no excursion to the place, and failed to tell us anything. As we panicked waiting for the pick-up, finally realizing that they were not coming..we located her son, who just happened to be in town for the day. After he discovered our predicament (limited Emglish), he kindly offered to take us around and we spent 3 enjoyable hours..but still..it was very frustrating! We just got lucky. Be sure and make your excursion reservations in town..shop around for bargains. They will pick you up at the hotel, but they leave you in town, and most taxi drivers have no idea where this hotel is. WE begged the drivers of the excursions to spend the extra 20 minutes roundtrip to take us out of town, to our hotel..very rough roads...We gave them a reasonable tip! The main road from the hotel into town..probably a 30-40 minute walk one way..was undergoing MAJOR construction..which almost ruined our trip. Without this construction, it might not be that bad, but I will never know!
The room/bed/bathroom/shower was fine..very clean, NO sand (unusual for Atacama..since it's VERY SANDY), great hot water, VERY quiet, nice lobby/sitting area..with sheep peacefully grazing outside your window..relaxing after a hard day of touring! Free bottled water in the restaurant. The included breakfast was just right. Delicious eggs, bread, coffee, fruit, yogurt etc! We had dinner there every night. Cheaper than eating in town..especially considering you are so far out of town! Full dinner..well presented..plenty to eat..DELICIOUS! You save a few bucks by staying here, but you earn every penny of it! It was the experience of a lifetime..not all good! Would I stay there again...I truly can't say..not having stayed at other hotels in the area..all which charge an arm and a leg..and/or have awful reputations! I might just go back..having learned from my first experinece!
My wife definitely would NOT..since she still has nightmares about ALL the excusion mix-ups..to numerous to list here!
31 Mar 2013
A work in progress
Any review in this town has to take into consideration the fact that EVERYTHING is overpriced here, since the $1000/night resorts came in.
The rooms are very basic: no phone, no Wifi (only in the main house), no TV, no heating or A/C (fan only). Our room got stuffy and didn't cool down overnight, and the fan and open window (with screen) were not sufficient. They don't clean your bathroom on a daily basis, but do give you new towels if needed. The bed linens are pilling and a bit scratchy, but the room itself is regularly dusted. You can hear the water pump whirring into action any time someone in the building uses water. The water pressure and hot water itself is good, albeit a bit fluctuating initially.
As others have pointed out, it is difficult to find. Technically, it is located at the very end of Tocopilla, but as the road is currently being paved, it is closed off to traffic. You can walk it (about 15 min from town), but it's not easy, esp. with luggage or in the dark - there are no street lights. At the end of Tocopilla, there is a small wooden sign that points to where the establishment is, however, very easy to miss. Thankfully, Felisa, the owner, was very helpful about getting here guests where they need to be. She came to pick us up in town (for all intents and purposes, there are no taxis) and dropped us off at the bus station.
Breakfast is your typical Chilean breakfast offerings, plus eggs if you ask for it.
On the plus side, you're away from the town, so no lights disturb your night sky viewing pleasure (Milky Way is visible). Noise-wise, we were a bit surprised to hear partying from a short distance away and barking of stray dogs - couldn't be helped if you need to sleep with the window open for air.
Of note: they operate the compound with Astronorte, which houses astronomers in the region, so they may be able to help star-gazing fans with observatory visit information that may not be available in regular tours.
They're in the midst of expanding and haven't gotten to the details yet (like picture frames lying around near where they'll eventually be put up), so there's potential that this place may be what you pay for in the future. For now, we felt like it would have been a better value to have stayed at one of the better hostels with private bath in town.