As other reviewers have pointed out, finding the hotel is difficult. Then again, this goes for pretty much any destination in Valparaiso, especially when you come by rental car as we did. The trouble is that most GPS units can't tell between actual roads and narrow staircases. What worked for us was to find Avenida Alemania, which snakes along high in the hills and which you are likely to cross at some point, then find the directions to the hotel on a map from there. On to the actual hotel: we loved the spacious lobby with great views over the city and nice touches like cool sound collages they play on the stereo. We got a kick out of our 2-level room with a loft-like bedroom plus bathroom upstairs. OK, we opted not to drag our bags up the narrow stairs to the bedroom closet but spread our things in the more generous kitchen and dining area downstairs. Having our own terrace to sit and sip wines while overlooking the surrounding hillsides was lovely. I was especially impressed by the receptionist's offer to put out a small breakfast at 5:30 one morning before I went on a birdwatching boat ride out on the Pacific. That's a kind of service I would never take for granted in a small, hip boutique-hotel that rarely caters to early-rising birdwatchers. Great restaurants, major sights and nice little shops are all within walking distance. We left our rental car parked along Capilla during the stay and had no problems with that. One tip: let the hotel know in advance if you come by car and need a parking spot. They have a few spots available but they were already taken when we got there. Note of caution: the hotel is very sleek and hip, but if you need a lot of creature comforts, flawless high-speed WiFi in your room, high-def TV, etc, you won't be happy here, and what are you doing in Valparaiso, anyway?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the Cerro Alegre, steps from the center of Valparaíso, there hides the Hotel Cirilo Armstrong nailed on the gully Miraflores with an impressive sight on the local scene and the inhabitants. The hotel is a work of respectful architecture of his environment and coherent in the election of his materials and is located in a declared zone patrimony of the Humanity by the UNESCO. From the stairs, a simple front hides in his interior this hospitably, luminous and wide hotel of apartments of 650mt2. The Hotel Cirilo Armstrong has a great hall to realizes his generous spaces and the genuine work with noble materials, later to distribute to 11 exclusive apartments designed tastefully and warmth. ... more less
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