'Best hostel in South America' might seem like a big statement, but we really felt that to be the vase for Hostal Acuarela. We arrived here wanting to stay for 2 nights, and one week later and we still don't know when we will leave. The location of the hostel is ideal, as it is situated in one of the most colourful and interesting neighbourhoods of Valparaiso, and it is also walking distance from the city centre. The rooms, from dorm to private, are big, bright and extremely clean for a hostel. The bathrooms and kitchen are also immaculately clean, and cooking here is actually enjoyable, rather than the usual hostel-kitchen experience. The free breakfast is perfect, with fruit, breads, cheeses, cereals and hot drinks all available until 11AM. However the overall importance of this hostel is the atmosphere made by the building itself, but also by the staff. From a roof-top terrace, to a iron spiral stair-case and cozy living room, to the great advice and recommendations from the staff and the home-made beer, this hostel has really benefited from the recent change in management.
Even if we were to return to Valparaiso with twice the budget, we would still choose Hostal Acuarela.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are located in the heart of Cerro Alegre, a World Heritage site, in a pleasant environment friendly and cheerful. We have double rooms $ Us37 and Us15 $ per person sharing. Includes breakfast, use of lounge with cable TV, Computer, Wifi. Terrace with sea view. ... more less
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