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“Deserves 5 stars”
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Casa Chueca
Ranked #4 of 11 Hotels in Talca
Seattle, WA
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62 reviews
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“Deserves 5 stars”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2011

Casa Chueca is an semi-tropical peaceful oasis on 10 acres.

It's a great resting place for those relaxing after one of the multiple beach, mountain and lake excursions in the area.

It's a wonderful meeting point of travelers from all over the world (primarily Europe and US/Canada) - the optional delicious dinner at seven around a large table on the veranda glowing in the sunset keeps you there till long after dark drinking up great stories with new made friends.

The owners, Franz (originally from Austria) and Kathy (from Germany) traveled the world as trekking guides before finally settling down in the Talca area in the mid nineties. Casa Chueca is the results of their consistent efforts and high standards.

Their involvement in the community is commendable. They are part of a foundation that actively promotes the reforestation of native trees. They also started a project to help poor women whose were severely affected by the devastating earthquake that leveled 70% of the older adobe style houses in the area almost 2 years ago. Some of the women paint wine bottles from local vineyards - they get paid a decent fee and there is enough left over to plant a tree! Obviously we bought a couple of bottles.

The rooms are simple but roomy, clean and efficient. There is enough space to put all your belongings and not trip over them. The shower water is hot and pressure is good.

The included breakfast has tea, coffee, fresh fruit, juices, jams, cheese and breads - tasty and filling enough to get you off to a good start of the day. Then again, the place is so comfortable, you may just want to lounge around for a few more hours. (and yes, there is wifi - strongest around the eating and reception area).

There is a walking path, swimming pool, pool and ping pong table for those looking for an activity on grounds. Otherwise Franz and crew will take you on some amazing excursion in the area or anywhere around Chile.

Highly recommend staying here!

Room Tip: if you want wifi in your room, request one in the main building
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2011

All staff contribute to make an atmosphere where everyone can enjoy the kind of holiday the come for. Excellent breakfast and dinners around large tables. Very recommendable !

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2011

We (myself and 7yo daughter) arrived at the hotel without too much of a hassle :bus to Talca, mini bus to a local terminal and then a lift to the hotel which is 2 kilometres after the local terminal (which in itself is very isolated).
Once there we were very satisfied by the standard of the room and the facilities of the place and the general cleanliness. The B&B is run by a german family who have children of their own so therefore have installed many child friendly facilties.
Dinner was served and we talked to the owner about a wine tour the next day. He told us it was too late to make the necessary phone calls that day but he would do so the next morning. The next morning came and nothing. The owner was not there and none of the staff knew anything. We spent the morning wandering round the grounds and then came back to the reception for lunch (which the B&B offers for an extra price according to information in the room). To our suprise the reception was closed and remained so until nearly 5pm. I tracked down a cleaning lady who told me that lunch was only served by prior arrangement! As I had a hungry 7 yo on my hands, I pleaded for anything edible and was eventually given a cheese sandwich. Real food, not till 8pm.
Conclusion: dissapointed that given its isolation, the hotel did not advise me to preorder lunch. Also dissapointed over the lack of a wine tour which was my main reason for being in Talca. Dissapointed also that I was charged 3,000 pesos for that lousy cheese sandwich! However, for somebody with more mobility than me ( a car or at least no children in tow), the location and facilities are very nice so I can still recommend it.
Another point- WIFI there is lousy. Don't expect to stay connected for more than 5 minutes.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
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Munich
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2011

A lucky coincidence led us to Casa Chueca. It's a bit tricky to get there. When arriving by bus, take a taxi.
The service was very good. We went to a hiking tour into Altos de Lircay with Franz, who is most knowledgeable. He'll know any plant or animal. Don't be surprised if he leads you besides the track into the bush. You'll end up on a viewpoint at its best.
The vegetarian dinners are very good! Also try the 'blind wine tasting'. You'll get some wine without knowing what kind of grape it is. You'll have to guess. Each of the bottles is hand painted by a woman affected by the earthquake, who will earn a little money from each bottle sold.
The rooms are very cosy and clean. The bathrooms are spacy.
If you don't need downtown experience, go there.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with friends
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Coronado, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2010

I stayed for six nights in one of the villas called "Peru"
I had a wonderful experience. The staff is super friendly and Franz, the owner, is very attentive.
Im not a vegetarian but they only serve vegetarian meals and to my surprise they were all exquisite.
I loved their dog Puff Loca.
If you are looking for a chill vacation combined with some wine tasting and local atmosphere i def recommend this place :)

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled on business
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Valparaiso
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2010

Excellent food, very nice landscape and area, good service and everything is very nice. Unfortunately it seems to be more of a german (ish) colny, than a chilenian hostal...

If you want to experience Chile, go somewhere else, if you want to relax from Chile, I recommend it.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled solo
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netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2010

We stayed in one of the two diVino apartments on the spacious compound of Casa Chueca. These apartments are new and very luxurious: excellent beds in a cosy sleeping room, a kitchen with all you need (including a champaign cooler!) and plenty of place in the kitchen area, Lots of space in the bathroom also, with a shower as well as a jacuzzi. Outside is a large terrace with exclusive views of an endless lawn that slowly disappears into the rolling hills and the Andes behind. Just at the side you hear the gentle song of a small river. You can settle there as a villa owner, bring your favorite wines, fruits and food, and enjoy wine tasting while listening to birds of all colours. We did wine tasting every evening, the wines collected from estancias nearby, or the wine museum or El Mundo di Vino - an exclusive wine shop at a few kilomteres distance. We rented bikes from Casa Checua and visited wineries, ate at pleasant restaurants in the surroundings or (important to eventually remember) in some of the excellent restos in the Avenida Isidoro Del Solar, near the Plaza de Armas and right in the centre of the town (glorious fresh fish).

The place has a good swimming pool and , you can get meals and drinks etc, but we cannot evaluate as we remained in our own surroundings.

We can warmly recommend the diVino apartments.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Casa Chueca

Property: Casa Chueca
Address: Vina Andrea s/n, Talca 3460000, Chile
Location: Chile > Maule Region > Talca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 11 Hotels in Talca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lodge in Talca, between the coast and the Andes Amidst the Chilean wine-growing district, looking towards the snow-covered Andes, is Casa Chueca Lodge. The nature reserves of the Altos de Lircay and the Siete Tazas are wonderful hiking destinations, mountain farmers accompany equestrians through the Melado Valley, and the surrounding vineyards welcome wine tasters. ... more   less 
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