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#1
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Can anyone suggest good hotels to stay at in San Antonio, Chile for one night pre-cruise? Thanks.
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For one night pre cruise, stay in Santiago, then get a transfer...not much in San Antonio.


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We are on a South America cruise next winter and are also looking for a place to stay in San Antonio. We like to stay in the city of embarkation so we don't have to worry about weather, transportation strikes, etc. I'll be watching to see if more suggestions are forthcoming on this post! There's not many recommended hotels in San Antonio and the ratings are poor. Because the use of the port of San Antonio is a recent development, we are hoping some of this year's travelers will do reviews of their accommodations.
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On the Zaandam's 12/15/17 sailing from San Antonio, I met an Australian couple who had stayed at a hotel in the port city. The hotel was connected to a casino, as I recall them saying, and they were satisfied with their experience at that property. Sorry, but I don't recall the name of the property.
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#7
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Having just experienced San Antonio, I would agree that Santiago is the far nicer place to stay and far more to see and do. Just allow lots of time for your transfer to San Antonio as there is a lot of traffic in their summer time as this is a beach resort/industrial area past its prime .We arranged for a private transfer with a group from our roll call the morning of the cruise and included a stop at a winery on the way which was absolutely lovely.
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Originally posted by Kala89
We are on a South America cruise next winter and are also looking for a place to stay in San Antonio. We like to stay in the city of embarkation so we don't have to worry about weather, transportation strikes, etc. I'll be watching to see if more suggestions are forthcoming on this post! There's not many recommended hotels in San Antonio and the ratings are poor. Because the use of the port of San Antonio is a recent development, we are hoping some of this year's travelers will do reviews of their accommodations.
We just got back Monday from an NCL 16 day cruise from San Antonio to Miami. We stayed in San Antonio at a boutique hotel called the Terra Mia. We really liked it. It is perched on the hillside overlooking the port, brand new, family owned and inexpensive ($75 US cash at Booking.com). The draw backs are the rooms are very small, but adequate for a night's stay. It is a bit noisy, as the train is down the hill and blows it's whistle when it goes through. I could also hear the sea birds below. But the train is right next to the casino hotel at the bottom of the hill (I'm told the casino is the only "real" hotel in town), so I would think you would hear the train there also. I don't recall hearing the train at night, just during a nap when we first arrived.
But we loved this little hotel. It's brand new, as I said, and was built specifically for the cruise ships now coming in. It's lovely. It has only 6 rooms. We were warmly greeted at the door, helped up the stairs with the suitcases (There is no elevator, but there is only one floor up and they will bring up your suitcases.) The family was having lunch in the breakfast room when we arrived and all said hello and introduced themselves. Really lovely people. The breakfast room (but guests gathered, sat and talked there all day) overlooks the harbor below. Breakfast was served by the family and was delicious. We lingered and talked until after noon. You can climb down the stairs next to the hotel down to the harbor area below where there is a fish market with pelicans and sea lions laying nearby. Also in the harbor area are many vendors with their offerings spread out on blankets and in carts. The family who owns the hotel also have a restaurant nearby. We tried another restaurant on 21 de Mayo St #274 (just below the Terra Mia) called Logrono Restaurant. It also looks out on the harbor. The charming man who served us, didn't speak English, but had a menu with English under the Spanish. The steak was the best we have ever had. The door to the restaurant is located up a set of enclosed stairs into a courtyard. It's not Santiago by any stretch of the imagination, but I think San Antonio was great for a night's stay.
#9
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Thanks very much for that detailed response, papasprep! I had found Hotel Terra Mia on Tripadvisor but it had only 6 reviews so I was a bit hesitant. We will definitely keep it in mind.
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Hi. We have stayed in Santiago and in San Antonio. If you have more than one night, definitely head to Santiago. But if you are arriving only one day earlier than embarkation, the hotel connected to the casino in San Antonio (it goes by several names) is absolutely fine! There’s lots of wildlife-viewing because of the massive sea lions that live on the beach beneath the hotel and the pelicans that fly all around. The local fish-market on the beach is interesting: everything is done by rowboat. And we found the people who worked at the hotel to be very pleasant. For example, they invited us to eat at the free hotel buffet both on the day we arrived and the day we departed. I’m not sure why the hotel gets such crummy reviews, to be honest. We expected it to be much worse than it was and, really, it was fine.


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We also just got back from our South American tour and we stayed at the Pacifico del Casino in San Antonio; (the hotel that is attached to the casino and shopping mall). We were very happy with our stay there. It was very clean with large rooms to handle all the luggage. The view was amazing as it overlooks the harbour. As Lauren and John stated, you will see wildlife such as huge Sea Lions, Pelicans and other water birds. San Antonio is a "working man's" town, but they have an amazing market that sets up everyday along the walkway by the ocean. Also, there was a lovely and refreshing breeze the whole time we were there (we stayed 2 nights in San Antonio), we had heard from others who had stayed in Santiago before the cruise; they mentioned the heat and humidity. We are Canadians and do not do so well in the humidity (we are not from Toronto). The free breakfast in the hotel was more than adequate - no complaints. The hotel is also easy walking distance to downtown and we also walked to our cruise ship - which took half an hour of easy walking.
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We just returned from a 16 night cruise from San Antonio, Chile to Miami. We stayed four nights in San Antonio at the wonderful Hotel Mellatti. Our room had an amazing view of the harbor and we had a delicious breakfast every morning. The owners, Marcelo and Cecilia, were very kind, caring and helpful. We had a wonderful stay and would highly recommend this family run hotel. The location was excellent with easy access to the Bellamar seaside promenade, the huge and modern Arauco Mall, the fish market where we saw lots of sea lions, and also the main street of downtown. We also enjoyed taking a tourist boat around the harbor.
#13
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Everyone keeps recommending Santiago and San Antonio and not even mentioning Valparaíso. Valparaiso is the place to stay before and after a cruise. There are plenty of great hotels and restaurants. The fauna Hotel, Hotel Acontra Luz, The Zero Hotel, Cirol Armstrong, Casa Higueras, Hotel Sommerscales, Hotel Manor Atkinson.

The drive from Valparaiso to San Antonio is only an hour.
#14
Centerville, Ohio, USA
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Originally posted by bradshore13
Everyone keeps recommending Santiago and San Antonio and not even mentioning Valparaíso. Valparaiso is the place to stay before and after a cruise. There are plenty of great hotels and restaurants. The fauna Hotel, Hotel Acontra Luz, The Zero Hotel, Cirol Armstrong, Casa Higueras, Hotel Sommerscales, Hotel Manor Atkinson.

The drive from Valparaiso to San Antonio is only an hour.
One reason Valparaiso is not being mentioned often is because most, if not all, cruise ships are using San Antonio as the embarkation/disembarkation port currently.
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#15
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Joined Jan 2014
Wondering about flying into San Antonio, getting to a hotel, and then to the port. Hotel have shuttle?? many have mentioned, get dropped at port entrance, walk to ship?? can anyone who has gone out of San Antonio share. We are going out Jan 6, 2019, Celebrity-around the Horn. thanks
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Originally posted by Vero Grammy
Wondering about flying into San Antonio, getting to a hotel, and then to the port. Hotel have shuttle?? many have mentioned, get dropped at port entrance, walk to ship?? can anyone who has gone out of San Antonio share. We are going out Jan 6, 2019, Celebrity-around the Horn. thanks
SCL airport is Santiago Chile.

Many are staying in Santiago pre cruise-then transfer to ship in San Antonio-about a 90 min. drive, I believe.
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#17
Florida
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Joined Jan 2011
Thanks, we are doing the roll call for that cruise. Have been to Santiago before and transfer to port, with stop at vineyard. Because this is a new port for Celebrity, we are all looking for info about the port?? Walk to check-in??from port entrance-- thanks for suggestion.
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Originally posted by VeroGrammy
Thanks, we are doing the roll call for that cruise. Have been to Santiago before and transfer to port, with stop at vineyard. Because this is a new port for Celebrity, we are all looking for info about the port?? Walk to check-in??from port entrance-- thanks for suggestion.
Sorry, I misunderstood. I see you want port information and a hotel in San Antonio with a shuttle to the port.
There have been a couple of threads on this forum mentioning hotels.
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#19
Miami, FL
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When we stayed at the Hotel Mellatti in San Antonio this past February, one of the owners drove us to the port for free. It took less than 10 minutes. She dropped us off at the terminal where we checked in and waited for boarding time. We then boarded a bus for a 5 minute ride to the ship. It was very easy and efficiently done.
#20
Florida
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Joined Jan 2014
Thank You so much. It sounds like the port is not as difficult as others on our roll call make it--they had us thinking we had to walk and pull our luggage from an entrance gate to the terminal, quite a distance. Appreciate the info on the small hotels and friendly people also. Have nice weekend!