Garivalpo and its owner, Uvelinda, were a warm and welcoming oasis in the city. Up in the hills in a comparatively nice part of town, it was still within walk of public transit, restaurants and the old city (about 25 minutes). It is a well-run operation and is good value. Uve even made us feel extra welcome (as it was Christmas) by inviting us to share Christmas with her family and getting us gifts. It was extremely kind and we were grateful for the personal touch!
Our room was large, clean, and comfortable, with one of the most comfortable beds I’ve slept in. The B&B would also be good for anyone wanting to make their own meals, as there is a kitchen. The breakfasts were very good – coffee, fresh fruit, meats and cheeses and Chilean bread (which is fantastic) with jams.
I can’t say we enjoyed the city itself, as it was incredibly dirty, loud, and generally unpleasant, but this B&B was a high point of our stay there. Keep in mind that (like all Valparaiso) it is located on a steep hill so anyone with mobility problems may struggle!
Also note that while some staff members speak English, many don’t speak any at all. You may struggle here if you do not know any Spanish.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lodging in House of Chilean Family Location in Garibaldi street Nº191 of the Hill "the Cross" of the city of Valparaiso, Chile.House, built in the century XIX with its own architectonic characteristics of the port of Valparaiso, is only three minutes away from the centre of Valparaíso.. Furthermore the museum house "La Sebastiana" (former house of Pablo Neruda), the “Mole Barón” where the big cruises lie at anchor, the elevators “Monjas” and “Polanco”, and the National Congress are only a few steps away. ... more less
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