The national tourist board in Chile uses a one- to five-star rating system for hotels, but the system only reviews the facilities and not the standards. In some instances, a three-star hotel in Chile may be a better option than a four-star. Mid-range hotels in Chile are often old houses with large rooms that may appear a bit dated. There are modern hotels but the rooms are often smaller. Both types of hotel offer private bathrooms with showers as there are rarely baths in Chile. Motels in Chile are predominantly rented by the hour and are not recommended for toruists.
The most common lodging in Chile are residenciales which are usually rooms off the main corridor of a home or in a row arranged in a backyard. They usually contain a bed, rail used for hanging clothing and a lamp on a bedside table. There are rarely televisions nor do they offer tea or coffee service. Most have shared bathrooms. You may also be approached by someone offering a hsopedajes or casa de familia. These are residenciales with a room inside the family home. Other than the location of the room, they are very similar to residenciales.
In tourist areas, you can stay in a cabana, holiday chalets designed for families. They usually have a kitchen as well as a dining or seating area. Most have one double bedroom and one with bunk beds. You can find cabanas that are very luxurious as well as those that are extremely rustic.
If you are looking for a very rustic stay, some of the ranger stations in the national parks offer refugios, bunk beds available for rent to tourists. They usually have hot, running water, woolen blankets and clean sheets while some offer stunning views.
You must have a passport that will be valid for the entire time you plan to visit Chile. If you are staying less than 90 days, you do not need a tourist visa. When you arrive, you will be provided a Tourist Card that you should carry with you at all times, and you must return when you depart Chile. Failure to return the card could result in your departure being delayed.