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.
- 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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