Given that we found Valparaiso generally to be stinky, run down and grossly filthy (are there no laws about littering and graffiti? or smoking pot in the street?), I was thrilled that at least our hotel was a gorgeous, clean oasis! Set into a hill on perhaps the only clean, well-maintained street in town (at least that I saw), the Casa Higueras is a beautiful building with a lovely restaurant overlooking the harbour and a beautiful pool area with a lovely infinity pool. While our room was on the small side (tight to even get our luggage in and opened), it was quite clean and had a great shaded terrace with a harbour view. The bathroom was clean and modern - though I didn't understand the half-shower door which allowed huge quantities of water to spray all over the place and collect on the floor (either have a proper door or curtain or forget it, I would say!). The hotel is not air conditioned, which was not a problem for us because our room was shaded. Our friends in the rooms upstairs from us, however, found them extremely hot and stifling, and couldn't leave the windows open at night to sleep because of the noise from the city below.
I was delighted by the pool area, where the staff came up with a pool furniture solution that every other hotel on the planet should try: they simply cover the lounge chair cushions with a fresh towel every day, so that it can be pulled off and washed before the next day, eliminating chairs with gross bird dropping stains and other dirt.
We only had one meal at the hotel, breakfast, but found it very good and served with friendliness and smiles. We sat on the terrace again overlooking the harbour, and thoroughly enjoyed it.
I would definitely recommend this hotel. (Or staying in adjacent Vina del Mar rather than dirty, smelly Valparaiso.)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A simple façade of Higuera street hides the inside of this sophisticated and warm boutique hotel of over 1600 square meters, that occupies the five floors of an original mansion, where you can find 20 guestrooms decorated with taste and elegance. On the garden level you find the pool with a line of white sun chairs. The spa invites the guests to a complete relaxation experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Higueras Hotel