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“Excellent hostel with great view. ”
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Hostal Acuarela
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“Excellent hostel with great view. ”
Reviewed 28 July 2014 via mobile

Tonstart with the vest, the view from their doorm is one of the best I've seen from a hotel room anywhere. And that in a town with as beautiful views as Valparaiso. Enjoyed my stay there very much, great room, good beds, nice bathroom, good kitchen, pleasant community room with oven and a helpful staff. Excellent choice and a great atmosphere.

Stayed June 2014
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Reviewed 18 June 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for two nights and were mostly very impressed with the hostel. Firstly, the building itself is lovely, and very well situated. The double room was pleasant enough, and the shared bathroom did the job. The kitchen was a definite high point - well equipped and definitely the nicest we've had in South America. The common area was also nice to relax in. One issue we had was that at the time of our visit the weather was bad, and we actually found it quite cold in the building. Additionally, we thought that the breakfast was a bit limited, although certainly not the worst we've had. Overall, if we could give this place a 4.5 we would. We would certainly recommend this hostel.

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Valparaiso, Chile
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Reviewed 9 April 2014

First of all the staff is very hospitable and would answer any question with great kindness.
there is a very nice and tasty breakfest, and coffee is available during the whole day. there is a big and housy kitchen. the rooms are very nive and clean, plus the beds are very comfortable. there is actually soap by any tap so you can really wash your hands (not likely to be in many hostels around).
the location is great, only about 5 minutes walk to the center.
long story short..Highly recommended !!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

I stayed at Acuarela while traveling solo in South America. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful in booking bus tickets, explaining what to do and to see in valparaiso !
The house in which the hostel is located is charming with wooden panels, a forged-iron staircase and a cute little terrace perfect to chill with a drink! Very tidy place with a lot of character.
There is also a very good buffet breakfast with bread, lots of fresh fruit, yoghurt, milk, cereals, etc. plus you can help yourself to fruit and tea/ coffee all day long.
Highly recommended !!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Valparaiso, Chile
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Reviewed 31 January 2014

'Best hostel in South America' might seem like a big statement, but we really felt that to be the vase for Hostal Acuarela. We arrived here wanting to stay for 2 nights, and one week later and we still don't know when we will leave. The location of the hostel is ideal, as it is situated in one of the most colourful and interesting neighbourhoods of Valparaiso, and it is also walking distance from the city centre. The rooms, from dorm to private, are big, bright and extremely clean for a hostel. The bathrooms and kitchen are also immaculately clean, and cooking here is actually enjoyable, rather than the usual hostel-kitchen experience. The free breakfast is perfect, with fruit, breads, cheeses, cereals and hot drinks all available until 11AM. However the overall importance of this hostel is the atmosphere made by the building itself, but also by the staff. From a roof-top terrace, to a iron spiral stair-case and cozy living room, to the great advice and recommendations from the staff and the home-made beer, this hostel has really benefited from the recent change in management.

Even if we were to return to Valparaiso with twice the budget, we would still choose Hostal Acuarela.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 October 2013

Staff is helpfull, the hostel is clean and well-situated. Breakfast included and they offer me the first one (I arrived at 9 am first day !). Wifi is very nice, as the kitchen, the dormroom and bathroom !

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 26 August 2013 via mobile

We have just stayed here for three nights and loved the place. The guy working there said that it was under new management, as of just a week ago. I wasn't quite surely the set up - there seemed to be three of them running it (perhaps they have bought the place together) -but all the guys were really friendly and there was always somebody around if you had a question etc.

We stayed in the dorm as we're trying to save a bit of money. The beds were very comfortable and the ensuite to the dorm was clean and the shower had hot water.

The communal area was lovely, there was a really homely atmosphere. There's a great kitchen, living area and dining area, all open plan but with some divisions of wooden beams between them. The hostel was quite quiet when we were there but I think with more people it would've very easy to socialise in that space. The living room also has a real log fire, which was handy given it is now winter.

The hostel is really well situated in an arty neighbourhood and the owners gave some great suggestions of things to do or places to eat. The wifi also worked really well throughout the hostel.

The breakfast was simple but good. Really nice bread and proper butter and jam with some cold meat and cheese, along with tea and coffee.

For the price we think this is an excellent option, but I think if we returning on a larger budget we would still go here, but opt for one of their double rooms, as there was just such a lovely atmosphere and it was such a nice location.

Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hostal Acuarela
Address: Templeman 862, Valparaiso 2370834, Chile
Region: Chile > Valparaiso Region > Valparaiso
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 186 Speciality Lodging in Valparaiso
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Hostal Acuarela 2*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are located in the heart of Cerro Alegre, a World Heritage site, in a pleasant environment friendly and cheerful. We have double rooms $ Us37 and Us15 $ per person sharing. Includes breakfast, use of lounge with cable TV, Computer, Wifi. Terrace with sea view. ... more   less 
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