Hotel Chapelco (General Cruz 401, tel. 045/749393, www.hotelchapelco.cl , US$27/30 s/d with IVA discounted) is a respectable option, with private bath and breakfast, near the train tracks at the east end of downtown.
Nearby Hostal Austria (Hochstetter 599, tel./fax 045/247169, www.hostalaustria.cl , US$30/50 s/d) offers quiet, comfortable, spotless, and tobacco-free accommodations with private bath, cable TV, and genuine Gemütlichkeit (warmth and personal attention, not to mention a well-above-average breakfast).
Near the Mercado Municipal, Hotel Nicolás (General Mackenna 420, tel. 045/210020, www.hotelnicolas.cl , US$34/45 s/d with private bath and TV) is undistinguished but more central.
Recently rescued from the wrecking ball, the timeless Hotel Continental (Varas 708, tel. 045/238973, www.turismochile.cl/continental , US$16/28–37/46 s/d) is a living monument with a spectacularly anachronistic dining room and an equally classic wooden bar; plaques identify rooms where illustrious guests such as Presidents Pedro Aguirre Cerda and Salvador Allende, and Nobel Prize poets Gabriela Mistral and Pablo Neruda, have spent the night. Long-overdue improvements are likely in store and it may even close for rehab, but at present rates vary according to whether the room has just a washbasin (with shared exterior toilet and shower), shares the bath with an adjacent room, or has its own private bath.