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“The Perfect Perch above Valparaiso” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Acontraluz
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   San Enrique 473 | Cerro Alegre, Valparaiso 2370854, Chile   |  
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Ranked #3 of 33 Hotels in Valparaiso
New York
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7 hotel reviews
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“The Perfect Perch above Valparaiso”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

Really, really lovely hotel. Incredibly warm and personalized service. Like much of Valparariso, from the street, it doesn't look like much. But, once you enter, you see that the rear of the property looks out over the beautiful port and the other hillsides of the city. There are countless places to stay in town, but the location of this hotel...in Cerro Alegre...it fantastic. It is in the midst of the quirky, funky, eclectic scene, with street art galore, dogs (well-fed) running about, roosters crowing, and cats lounging on the metal rooftops. You have the perfect vista, and an easy walk down (aerobic walk up from) to the rest of the area. I booked a room on the top (3rd) floor, with a terrace overlooking the water. This was a very (but not entirely) private space, with some strategically positioned shrubbery separating me from a common terrace. The first floor consists of an office area, sitting room, dining room, music room, and terrace with tables. Wine appears to be complimentary all day, which saves some money. And the breakfast is generous, including scrambled eggs, hams, etc. Coffee (with an espresso machine) and nice bottled water are available round the clock.

The staff are exceedingly service oriented, from the front desk, to the breakfast servers, to the cleaning people.

The hotel has an old world feel, but has modern touches in the architecture (e.g. a contemporary multi-level staircase) that keep it from feeling stuffy.

If you book, know that you have access to a third-floor outdoor sitting area, so a terrace room is not a "must".

Recommended: El Concepcion restau;rant (had the lamb; it was probably the best I've ever had, with pureed eggplant and other veggies); Via Via (hotel and restaurant; not easy to find, but worth the search; had beef stroganoff and tomato basil soup); El Sebastian, one of Pablo Neruda's homes (a long walk or short drive from the hotel).

No need to bring a car to Valparaiso, but if you have one, parking seemed not to be a problem in the area.

I really enjoyed this city. Eccentric, lively, historic, with lots of delicious food, beautiful vistas, and wonderful people.

Room Tip: Depending on the price difference, a top (third) floor room is great, if it is facing the port. Beau...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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187 reviews 187 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

we had one of the upper balconies and LOVED it! they are great about bringing beer/wine whatever up to your room and you can pass a wonderful evening watching the sun go down over the water and rooftops. beautiful. the staff was incredibly attentive and no complaints.

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Santiago, Chile
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

We end up in this hotel but luck as it was the only one available that weekend and we couldnt have been happier. The hotel is wonderfully decorated and from its entrance you feel a cosy sensation that it is present as well in every room. The couple that own the place are really approachable,warm and helpful. They explained us how the restore the place to keep in original charm. This hotel is located a bit upper on the hill than the rest of the other boutique hotels therefore you get more of a panoramic view of the port that you can enjoy from the common terraces ,breakfast is served in one of them, or from your room ,some with terrace as well, if you are lucky enough to get one of those rooms. It is a bit pricy but it worth the try for a romantic getaway.

Room Tip: To get the full experience get a room with sea view. Rooms in the 3 floors have their own terraces...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

Very nice older style hotel. Fabulous staff and great service. Breakfast was excellent and the availability of tea and coffee 24/7 was greatly appreciated. It was a little noisy off an on (as discussed in by other reviewers), but this was not a problem (maybe we were too tired each night); the age and style of the house is a great part of its charm and squeeky floor boards are part of the deal. Excellent location - but be prepared for some steep walks, and really good wi fi.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Seymour, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

A beautiful hotel near several very interesting restaurants and easy walk to town centre. Decorated beautifully and lovely balcony with great view. Very generous breakfast included in price. Coffee, tea and snacks available all the time in the very cos y lounge.
However, stay alert for snatch and grab robbers in the area. Take the usual precautions. Our friend had a necklace snatched from her neck on the doorstep of the hotel. Staff were very comforting and helpful.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

We stayed here in April 2013, near the end of our trip. This boutique hotel is possibly the finest we've ever stayed in. The property is composed of 2 houses which were lovingly and spectacularly combined to make one incredible small hotel. It is meticulously appointed, without being ostentatious and provides the most comfortable and welcoming atmosphere imaginable.
Our room on the 2nd floor had an incredible harbor view, was spacious and well appointed. The breakfast each morning was varied, plentiful and delicious, served until 12 each day. Coffee and tea, as well as snacks were available all day.

Both the serving staff and desk staff were exceptional and kind, helping with restaurant suggestions, taxi cabs, and anything else we needed.

After returning from a day of sightseeing without a bottle of wine, Jose, the and his lovely wife, made sure we had a bottle to sip and enjoy from our veranda and the top floor deck. Spectacular!

While this is not an inexpensive hotels, we felt the cost was were worth the money and we would recommend this hotel to all.
When visiting Valparaiso, this is a must stay!

Room Tip: Absolutely get a room facing the harbor. You will not regret the extra cost.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Sydney, Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013 via mobile

We spent two nights here and loved the Hotel, we had it all to ourselves!
Breakfast is a very good selection of cheese, meats and jams with yoghurt and cereal to start .
Tea and coffee and endless supply of bottled water, fruit or biscuits to snack on.
Service was good.
It seems to be a very quiet time here, not everything was open and hardly any one else around in the shops or bars that are open which resulted in a lack of atmosphere all round - I certainly recommend this Hotel I am not sure I recommend Valparaiso as a destination this time of year.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: San Enrique 473 | Cerro Alegre, Valparaiso 2370854, Chile
Location: Chile > Valparaiso Region > Valparaiso
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 33 Hotels in Valparaiso
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Acontraluz 3.5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Boutique Hotel Acontraluz is not only one of the best boutique hotels in Valparaiso city, with an excellent infrastructure, good taste, and quality.The best part of staying here is being able to share the experience with the owners, who are in charge of assisting the travellers and delighting them with stories about the port city and the best tips for an unforgettable stay at, Cerro Alegre, Valparaiso.This 13-room hotel is part of the history of the city, because it is a German remodeled mansion from the turn of the 19th century. It features high-end amenities and a distinguished design: welcoming nooks, ample rooms, dining rooms, terraces, garden, bar, wine cellar. ... more   less 
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