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Valparaiso Experience Apartments
Pasaje Santa Margarita 234 | Cerro Bellavista, Valparaiso 00000, Chile   |  
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“Great value,not to be missed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2010

The Pablo Neruda House-The perfect location in a very central and safe area with wonderful views from the terraces and bedrooms. There are friendly local resturants,cafes and bodegas in the immediate area. The place is a perfect mixture of modern amenities and classic historical details. The rooms are spacious and comfortable and can accomodate a large group while still providing individual privacy. Bart the owner, is an amazingly helpful and gracious host who clearly loves sharing his piece of heaven with his guests. His knowledge of the area is invaluable and the personal touch is priceless. We came as guests and left as friends. A great value for the money and a highlight of our trip.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Valpo-Experience, Dueño at Valparaiso Experience Apartments, responded to this review, April 2, 2010
hola amigos,

It has been my pleasure to receive you in this peace of heaven as you say, and to share it with you guys! Thank you for your kind review and likewise it was great to meet you, this is certainly a 'hasta pronto' !!
Safe travels, Bart
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2010

We just returned from our adventure to Chile. We stayed in Bella Vista Cottage for a week as we explored the area. The apartment is small and charming in a rustic sort of way and all our needs were comfortably met for two couples who were out and about daily. The patio is relaxing and offers an excellent view of the city and bay. Bart was out of town part of our stay but provided the comfort of a bottle of local wine, water, tea and coffee with an expresso maker. We did not fully appreciate the treat until we traveled further and found the entire country drinks Nescafe! Valparaiso is a walkable colorful city and the apartment is well located. We enjoyed people watching at Victoria Square at the bottom of Bella Vista Hill. Go cart bikes are rented there to children of all ages who peddle furiously on the only flat surface in their neighborhood.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Valpo-Experience, Owner at Valparaiso Experience Apartments, responded to this review, March 16, 2010
Hi dear people,

Thanks for your kind review, I am happy I could help you out with the reservation in Valdivia, and that the most important for me is you enjoyed your travels in and around Valparaíso, and I strive to provide the best service possible, and that included great wine and real coffee!
Please stay with the flavour of Chef Experience, Manuel's cookings services to compensate your delayed flight, hopefully until soon!

Bart
Owner of Valparaíso Experience
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Berlin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2010

Bart helped us out with a great accomodation although it was off season. He even bought a new heater because it was quite cold in the winter. The view to the harbour was great. Many helpful advices for our whole Chile-Trip. Thanks!!!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Valpo-Experience, Owner at Valparaiso Experience Apartments, responded to this review, January 31, 2010
Vielen Dank Freunde!
Wie was eure familien Weltreise, ist alles gut vergangen?!
Adventurous families like you that visited Valparaíso Experience confirm one can perfectly travel with kids; whenever I have kids myself, I will follow your example!
Keep in touch, until soon
Bart Koning
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Santiago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2010

Everything was just increible: the site , the view, the house and the motivation and human qualities of the owner Bart Koning, thank you so much, we enjoyed your place and Valparaiso. see you.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Valpo-Experience, Owner at Valparaiso Experience Apartments, responded to this review, March 16, 2010
Bonjour Pascal,

Thanks so much for staying once more at Valparaíso Experience with your sons and friends, it is always great to have you here; whenever you like to spend some days on the coast, the views from the apartments are waiting for you ;-).
Cariños, Marcela & Bart
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2010

We stayed here for 5 days in early January. We had done some searching on the internet before we left and were not disappointed. We had a great time visiting with our friends and the view from the balcony was fantastic. It's in a great location close to the town center (within walking distance) and the owner/manager was more than willing to show us where to go for great seafood, drinks, and the "real" Chile experience. Everything that we needed was provided for us there including a bottle of wine upon our arrival. While relatively clean overall, some of the little things were missed that would have made it sparkling. We would go back there tomorrow if we could.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Valpo-Experience, Owner at Valparaiso Experience Apartments, responded to this review, January 19, 2010
Likewise amigos, thanks again for your visit and sharing Your Valparaíso Experience with other travelers!
Your opinion is very important, so with great interest I look forward to hear your suggestions to improve those small details.
Safe travels and hopefully until soon, saludos

Bart Koning
Owner of Valparaíso Experience
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2010

We stayed in the Duplex and the Pablo Neruda for 6 weeks all together. What a great place. The location is excellent on one of the nicest hills of Valparaiso. Our kids ( 8 and 11) played outside with the other kids in this safe and friendly neighbourhood. The appartments are very nice and special. The spacious Duplex has, wooden floors, perfect big balconies overlooking the pacific and has lots of space . The life of rich Valparaiso yuppies can be lived in this apprtment for a very modest price.The Pablo Neruda is different but also very nice. . It was in the patio of Pablo Neruda where our kids could play hide and seek with the other kids the best ( according to them). We really recommend both appartments

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Valpo-Experience, Dueño at Valparaiso Experience Apartments, responded to this review, January 16, 2010
¡Hola querida family!
Many thanks for your kind review, it was great having you at Valparaíso Experience. Since your extended stay, all the kids from the block keep asking for you, and the neighbour dog looks strangely sad without your lively company.
Many thanks also for the Chile guide books you left at the apartments, various guests already made good use of them!

Hopefully until soon, cariños
Bart
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Victoria, British Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2009

I visited Valparaiso, Chile with HMCS Calgary (Canadian naval frigate) and was looking for a location that could accommodate a small group of friends for our extended visit. Luckily, we stumbled onto this gem and booked it as fast as possible. Everyone who stayed (or even visited for a day) were amazed with the place. The views alone from the 3 terraces are worth the price, however, the rest of the duplex was just as beautiful. It is quiet evident that the owner has taken pride in his work and guaranteed a home that will please just about everyone. It might be hard to tear yourself away from the terrace and leave the house because of it's beauty and the complete relaxation that comes with it. Privacy was accomplished by the 4 private rooms accommadating up to 8 people. All the amenities were included such as bbq, wifi, washer and dryer, full kitchen, and more. Everything that we needed was available to us or was a short stroll away.

To top it all off, the owner (Bart) was more than helpful showing us around and giving advice where and what to see. Bart also organized horse back riding and wine tours for the interested guests. Both activities were described as amazing, really showing off the Chilean culture. Bart was the ultimate host, ready to please his guests by any means.

Without a doubt, this is a hidden gem that should be considered before you dish out more for a hotel. Absolutely amazing and would rent/recommend again in a second.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Pasaje Santa Margarita 234 | Cerro Bellavista, Valparaiso 00000, Chile
Location: Chile > Valparaiso Region > Valparaiso
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 105 Specialty Lodging in Valparaiso
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Valparaíso Experience offers great ocean view apartments on a superb location on Bellavista hill, Valparaiso. This colorful city is declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, very lively & enjoyable, and probably Chile's most attractive city: while you are here make sure this will be the highlight of your trip, and stay in one of the home rental apartments of Valparaíso Experience: 4 bdrm Queen Mary Duplex with large terraces, 3 bdrm Pablo Neruda Apartment, 2 bdrm Bellavista Cottage with garden, and 4 new luxury ECCO Duplex apartments with ample terraces (2 bdrms + 2 bthrms each); all are fully furnished and boast spectacular views over the Pacific ocean, Andes mountains and coastline. Rated excellent on both Flipkey and Tripadvisor in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 thanks to great reviews from guests, ideal for families with children, groups, couples, solo travelers and business trips. Welcome to your Valparaiso Experience! ... more   less 
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