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“a perfect base for Maipo Valley”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of La Calma de Rita

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La Calma de Rita
Ranked #1 of 2 Pirque B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Gloucester, Mass.
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“a perfect base for Maipo Valley”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2014

La Calma de Rita is a hidden gem, far enough outside Santiago proper to be rural but within easy reach of the city, if you want it, as well as Maipo Valley vineyards, lower Andes hikes or horse riding (which we did), a quirky arts-friendly village, and quiet walks along less traveled back roads. Visitors are greeted with a choice of bottled water or a Pisco sour. Tap water’s good here—choose the sour. The restaurant at the inn is good, and there are other local options, so this makes a great base for area activity. But what makes it so wonderful is its décor and character. Just check it out on the website—it really looks just like the pics with a weird and charming collection of antiques, odd signs and souvenirs of other eras. We took the 3-hour drive to the coast to visit Isla Negra, Pablo Neruda’s funhouse by the sea, and when we got back to La Calma we felt a sort of continuity. Frank, the owner, has similarly eclectic if not so extravagant taste. If you like that sort of thing, you’ll like La Calma. Plus he was very helpful in steering us to a couple of wonderful small, family-run wineries rather than mega producers like Concha Y Toro, which feels more like Disney than Chile. Just cause it’s down the road doesn't mean you ought to bother.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2013

We stayed for just two nights here at the end of a 3 week tour of Patagonia & Easter Island. It was a perfect choice to unwind for a few days. Chistian has developed a little haven here with a guest house that is like a small museum just full of interesting memorabila, the rooms, the garden and ambiance all took me back in time and reminded me of childhood. We had the upstairs room with balcony and ensuite bathroom. The resturant here was truly superb with great variety and flavour, they do serve non guests here.
The surrounding area is rural with miles of vineyards and orchards, with the ever present Andes as a spectacular backdrop.

Room Tip: Upstairs room with balcony
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2013

We arrived in Pirque and found La Calma de Rita by chance. We had not made a reservation and were fortunate to get a lovely room upstairs in the old house with a balcony. Although we thought we would find another place the next day on our travels around the district, we soon discovered that there was nowhere else that was better for that price, or much cheaper, so we went all the way back and stayed for another two nights! It was a lovely, tranquil place to stay. We enjoyed drinking a beer and reading at the pool after hot days exploring the winelands. The restaurant food was divine - with a fresh and flexible menu. The manager/chef made us the best steak we have ever eaten one night, with really generous portions of vegetables and potatoes. We were charged a small corkage fee but were able to drink our own wines that we had bought en route. Delicious breakfasts were included, with fresh bread, ham, cheese, eggs, fresh fruit and freshly squeezed juices, pastries and tea/coffee. The staff was great - all very friendly and helpful and kind about our rusty Spanish (you can speak English). the building itself and the garden is a bit run-down, but we loved our stay and felt very rested by the time we left. Would definitely recommend this place.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Invercargill, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2013

We had a very enjoyable 5 day stay in July which is out of season, so we were the only guests. The hotel is in the country, about 20km from the outskirts of Santiago from where you can take the efficient metro into the city centre. A hire car is recommended.
Christian, the owner and host, is an excellent cook. As a result this was one rare holiday when we elected to have nearly all our meals in the hotel. The unusual design of the premises and the attractive decor are all the result of Christian's hard work and he proved to be a most interesting and entertaining companion during our stay.
He was able to organise some horse riding for us from a neighbouring stables, and trotting through vineyards in the foothills of the Andes with excellent instructors was unforgettable, as was a session with Christian in his kitchen learning to make pisco sours!.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2013

I love the stay there because it is a calm place near the vineyards. I had a problem with the reserve, I did in booking.com and confirm with a email, nevertheless, when I got there my room wasn't available. I had to stay in a room with no bathroom and the bathroom, you had to share with all the restaurants clients. This thing was terrible.
The sky in the night it's beautiful, no lights, you can see lot of stars and the restaurant has excellent meals.
It is a little tricky to arrive, so ask for someone if you have doubts.

Room Tip: Ask for someone in the entrance of the city. You have to take the left.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sao Jose dos Campos
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2013 via mobile

For those of you who want to have a different experience when in Chile. It is a very rustic place but very comfortable. The rooms are great and the food (great and fresh) is home made by Frank Christian the owner. During the day go for the vineyards and at night enjoy good wine and good food by the fireplace at La Calma de Rita

  • Stayed June 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2013

I stayed at this hotel April 2013. It is more of a bed and breakfast than a hotel in my opinion. I arrived in Santiago then took a bus to the metro station. I rode the metro to the stop for the Concha y Toro winery. Then I took a taxi to La Calma de Rita. I arrived early in the morning and was allowed to check in right away. Cesar greeted me and helped me with my luggage. He was very nice and tried his best to communicate with me. I speak minimal Spanish and he does not speak English. Wifi is available in the main building so I used Google translate throughout my visit to help communicate anything other than basic phrases. It would be helpful for anyone visiting this area to learn some Spanish prior to coming to Chile. Cristian, the owner, speaks English if you are worried about a language barrier.

I was able to choose a new room which is not attached to the main building. The new rooms are very close but separate and more private. They are more like small cabins with a bedroom area, seating area, bathroom, and outdoor patio with seating. The weather was cold in the morning and at night. A portable electric heater was brought to my room to help warm the room. The bed is up on a platform and partially enclosed in a very large barrel. It is very charming. The nightstands are made from barrels. The bathroom is small but has a sink, toilet, and small tub with shower. There is a cute porthole type window in the shower. I think that the decor is very unique throughout La Calma de Rita. Some people would call it quirky. I really liked it because it was so different from the standard hotel decor.

Breakfast is included with the room rate. Each morning I ate scrambled eggs, bread with fresh marmalade made in-house, cheese, fruit juice and tea. There are many foods that I do not eat, but the staff were able to accommodate me. I ate all meals in the restaurant on the property. Everything tasted good. Alcoholic drinks as well as soft drinks, juices, and water are available for purchase. If you have never tried a pisco sour, you must try one while you are in Chile.

On the property, there is a sauna, hot tub, and a pool. There are places to sit outdoors to relax, read, or enjoy a drink. There is also a seat and hammock hanging from an apple tree (watch out for falling apples). The hammock is a great place to relax in the shade. I fell asleep each time that I was in it. There is also an area with an outdoor grill and oven. There are grapes hanging from the vines right above your head. You can reach up and pick them.

I left the property once in order to take a tour at Concha y Toro winery. There is a bus stop just outside and to the right of the property. I rode the bus to a stop just around the corner from the winery. The bus fare was very cheap ( I think it was 550 pesos). I took a taxi back to La Calma and it was also inexpensive. After a few days of doing nothing but relaxing, it was hard to pack up and travel to Santiago. On my next visit, I will stay in Santiago first then travel to Pirque.

The staff at La Calma de Rita are what really make this place great. Someone was always checking on me to see if I needed anything. Special thanks to Cristian, Cesar, and Lena. They made me feel as if I were staying with friends. I look forward to visiting again.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled solo
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Property: La Calma de Rita
Address: Camino Santa Rita 2672, Pirque 9480000, Chile
Region: Chile > Santiago Metropolitan Region > Pirque
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Pirque
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — La Calma de Rita 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our hostel has two bedrooms with suite bathroom and two with shared bath. In our restaurant cuisine floods us with flavors that blend into the natural beauty of the place. You can enjoy your free time horseback riding, bicycles for touring the area, trekking in River Park Clarillo, massage and Relaxation is guaranteed ... more   less 
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