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Hotel Palacio Astoreca

An elegant gem offering stunning panoramic views of the enigmatic town of Valparaiso…

Excellent Five stars from 24 votes
Hotel Palacio Astoreca - External view
Hotel Palacio Astoreca - External view

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This stunning 1923-built property was formerly the Valparaiso Arts College, but opened as a hotel in 2012 following two years of restoration. Palacio Astoreca is a just a stone’s throw from the El Peral Funicular, it offers spectacular views of Valparaiso Bay. The Parisian owner’s French influence is evident, from the design to the imported furniture. The log-fire heated jacuzzi and swimming pool offer a rustic touch of class; and it is hard to picture a more idyllic spot to eat than gazing across the Pacific from their terrace – especially to the soft sound of live music from the piano bar.

Location

The hotel sits proudly upon Cerro Alegre, with unobscured views of the Bay and overlooking the streets of downtown Valparaiso. Just a few metres down the hill is a small plaza and paseo Yugoslavo, home to the Fine Arts museum and a handful of local stores and restaurants. The Escalera Le Peral is barely a minutes’ walk away, providing a fun and easy way down to the streets below.

Layout

Comprising of just 23 rooms (don’t be confused if you find yourself in room 24 – superstition rules that there is no room 13), the primary difference between each room category is the view on offer. The 9 standard rooms do have windows, but only of an internal wall and thus offer limited natural light. The 7 Premium rooms all have views looking up to the Valparaiso hills. The 5 Junior Suites are both larger rooms and provide partial-hill and partial-sea views. Lastly, there are 2 Suite de Luxe. Both have full sea-view, which can also be enjoyed either from a private terrace or a small balcony. Booking one of the two suite de luxe will also include free parking. The balcony Suite has a bathtub in addition to a shower. The terrace suite has the option of taking room service on the private terrace (not available in the balcony Suite). All rooms have TV, Wi-Fi and safe-deposit box; but not air-con.

Rooms

The hotel is accessed through a security gate at street level, whereupon a flight of steps will bring you into the spacious lobby. Also on the ground level is the Piano Bar, library and restaurant – including the majestic outdoor terrace. The rooms are split over the three floors above. The pool, jacuzzi and spa are all located downstairs from the lobby. A single elevator accesses all levels.

Activities

Palacio Astoreca has a number of standout amenities. The idea to heat their pool and jacuzzi via a log-fire, that is topped up every 2 hours, is inspired – adding a relaxing, smoky fragrance to the soothing warmth. There is also a spa offering a range of treatments. The elegant bar is home to a sleek grand piano; and every Friday & Saturday night a professional pianist plays from 19:30-21:30. What we really love is sitting out on the terrace with a drink whilst watching the world go by to the backdrop of Valparaiso Bay. It should be noted that the terrace is not open for dining during the winter months. There is also limited private parking available. Vinophiles will love the wine tasting available upon request in the hotel’s cellar. As do we!

Location and view; amenities – especially the log-fired Jacuzzi>

The lead-in rooms only having internal windows

Our rating: 
4
User rating: 
4
Price: 
4

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