The apartment is on the upper floor of a typical high-ceilinged house in the heart of Cerro Alegre. The building dates from around 1900 and has been entirely redesigned and refurbished.
At a spacious 60 square metres (650 square feet) it is fully equipped with a stylish alerce and granite kitchen, local artwork, wifi access, cable TV and, to top it off, a raised bathtub with views over Valparaíso bay.
The apartment sleeps up to four people comfortably in one split level bedroom with a Queen bed on the mezzanine level and a single bed and double futon on the lower level.
We think it is the perfect place to relax in comfort after a long day exploring the charms of Valparaiso.
The apartment is on fashionable Cerro Alegre. This is Valparaiso's most emblematic hill and is the heart of the old "English quarter" of the city, first settled by wealthy European merchants in the 19th century and characterized by its weird and wonderful bright coloured buildings built in a myriad of architectural styles.
The neighbourhood, while peaceful, is home to most of the city's best restaurants as well as dozens of boutiques, art galleries, museums, cafés and promenades with views over the bay.
A picturesque walk along the hills will lead you to Pablo Neruda's famed house and the open air museum, while the bustle of downtown is only 5 minutes away on foot or via any one of the three funicular railways that link the city centre with our hilltop neighbourhood.
Your host is an expert on travel in Chile, having written several well-known internationally published guidebooks on the country. He has lots of handy tips to help you make the most of your stay in Valparaíso and your travels throughout Chile.
The owner of this apartment rental owns another bigger apartment in the same area. Please inquire if you are interested in other rentals in Cerro Alegre.TripAdvisor property ID 3710766...Read more
Left on 11/14/2013 for a stay in April 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Nov 14, 2013Stayed Apr 2013
My wife and I were delighted with our 3-day stay prior to boarding a cruise-ship. As it is often said, "location, location, location". If this is your first visit to Valparaiso, it is simply impossible to judge the location by looking at a map without further reference. This top-of-the-hill location is on the walking tour routes, close to a tram from the lower coast-line areas, multiple mini-marts and great restaurants within short walking distance, etc. No issues about street noise for a restful night.
We stayed at their one-bedroom apartment on the top floor and it was great, Fully equipped, very clean, coffee/tea supplies. etc. Their (optional us$2/person) breakfast arrived promptly at 7:30 am. Another major plus is that there was always someone available at the office, including urgent assistance after hours.
WiFi throughout the premises is solid, albeit in the top floor apartment often you needed to be in the loft bedroom. No big deal but the management would do well to upgrade their years-old Router.
Left on 11/17/2012 for a stay in November 2012 | KarinaReviewed Nov 17, 2012Stayed Nov 2012
My daughter and I spent 8 nights in this apartment. The staff was exceptional very helpful with all the practical info when you are traveling. Janak Jani took us for a lovely day of wine tasting and coastal hikes. Janak is a travel writer from the UK and now lives with his wife in Chile. His knowledge of Chilean current events, history and culture added so much to our trip. The apartment includes a fully stocked with kitchen items that we were able to prepare a dinner for 12 and make smoothies with the blender. The breakfast served at our door promptly at 8:30 each morning was delicious including brown bread, Chilean tipico bread, cheese,butter and jam. The apartment is up two flights of stairs and the queen/king bed is up stairs, too. The location made it very easy to walk to great restaurants. And, a great view of Valparaiso from the bathtub.
Left on 02/18/2012 for a stay in November 2011 | Tony & JoReviewed Feb 18, 2012Stayed Nov 2011
We loved it - ideal location, great views and excellent value. We're a little past our backpacking days and this was the type of place we are always hoping to find - like house sitting at a friend's place. It's a private apartment on the top floor of a small hotel/hostel. You could easily cook all your own meals here, though the nearby restaurants are excellent - by any standards. The UK owner Janak is really friendly, has lived there for years and, (as a Chile guidebook author), had some brilliant travel tips. If we ever get to return to Chile we'll definitely stay here.
Left on 12/02/2011 for a stay in November 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Dec 2, 2011Stayed Nov 2011
We struck lucky with this wonderful 1 bedroom apartment. It is made up of a spacious airy living/dining room that has obviously been recently revamped with a great kitchen attached (6 burner stove and oven, cast iron pans, and the free supply of tea, grain coffee and spices were a definite plus). The bedroom is on two levels with a double bed and television in a kind of loft and a double fold out futon below. The apartment as a whole was spotlessly clean and had reliable fast wifi as well.
On arrival we were presented with a good map and detailed explanation of what to do and where (and where not) to go in the city as well as nearby day trips. The apartment is on a quiet cobble-stoned street right in the middle of Cerro alegre, where many of the city's attractions are as well as lots of good restaurants.
I stayed here with my partner although it would also be suitable for 2 or 3 friends or a small family. If I were ever to go to Valparaíso again I would definitly stay here and would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone who wants a peaceful, homely and very comfortable base to explore Valparaíso.
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