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Hotel Cirilo Armstrong
Ranked #11 of 34 Hotels in Valparaiso
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Brilliant accommodations, location and view”
Reviewed 14 June 2011

There are probably no 'bad' views anywhere in Valparaiso, but this hotel, perched inventively upon a ledge on the side of a hill, boasted an amazing view of the colorful hills, the city below, and the Pacific in the distance. The charmingly rustic (concrete floors, open loft feel, modern amenities) rooms feature miniature wood-burning fireplaces and balconies, and the 24-hour staff at the front desk/bar are eager to help with anything from providing additional firewood to directions.
The location is up in the hills, near some great restaurants, shops and a dessert shop.
The only thing: dogs, both stray and domesticated, are everywhere in Valparaiso, and they are LOUD at night. I imagine this is the case everywhere in this city, not just at Cirilo Armstrong. If you're not used to it, definitely bring earplugs when visiting.

Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 May 2011

We had a wonderful stay at the Cirilo Armstrong. The hosts were friendly and helpful and answered all our questions about the area and suggested walks and best paths. The hotel is located near mini-markets, restaurants, and a tasty sweet shop. Our room was amazing with floor to ceiling windows, a small wood burning stove fireplace, upstairs loft bed, sparkling views, and patio. I love the lobby, and they serve coffee and alcohol until midnight with plenty of books and places to sit.

While I loved this place, I can tell you who this place is NOT for:

* Those needing TV's, full hotel amenities, and who dislike the concrete eco-friendly loft style rooms. The blinds also don't quite cover the full extent of the windows. While I loved this, some people might not care for the sunlight spilling in during the morning.

* Those who need absolute quiet. The lofts are concrete and the sound carries easily. There are also stray dogs that bark all night, so bring earplugs. However, from our time in Valapraiso, I didn't see ANY area that would be free of this issue. There are also dog droppings throughout the city, including near the hotel.

* Those who think included breakfast should offer a full menu of bacon, eggs, etc. It's a very tasty, but simple, breakfast. Cereal and fresh fruit and yogurt, local bread, OJ, and excellent coffee. They will serve it in your room for no extra charge, or you can sit in the lobby and meet guests.

I loved it! I would definitely recommend and stay again. But remember, anywhere in Valpraiso, bring earplugs.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view of the hillside.
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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Katoomba, Australia
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Reviewed 24 May 2011

We spent only one night there, but, enjoyed a lot. Valparaiso is very steepy and you spend the whole day climbing stairs after stairs and your body, in the end, needs, deserves good rest. At Cirilo Armstrong, you´ll be fine.
Our room was a kind of loft, two stories. With kitchen facilities and fire place. A balcony with a nice view of the neighbourhood.
Well decorated in a chic rustic style, the hotel itself is an attraction, although it is small, only 7 or 8 rooms.
The breakfast is served in the main hall or in your room, with no additional costs. We decided to have it at the hall: Fantastic home made food! You can watch the woman finishing baking the bread, cutting your very own fruits and brewing your coffee. The yoghurt is also home made.
The staff is very friendly and speak good English. We got very helpful information about how to reach the main attractions of the city.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 May 2011

We could not have been more pleased with Hotel Cirilo Armstrong, a one of a kind hotel. Our room had a kitchen and sitting area downstairs and a queen bed and bathroom up a narrow flight of stairs. The far wall was all window with a door to a private terrace. Other rooms are probably similar. Though minimally decorated, there were original art objects in the room and public area.

There are lots of dining opportunities in neighborhood.

The helpful staff spoke excellent English. I brought my ample continental breakfast back to our room, others dined in the lobby on coarse bread, butter, strawberry jam, corn flakes, avocado, yogurt, mixed fruit and coffee or tea.

It would be fun to fire up the wood burning stove in cold weather.

Perfect for us, I can't see how the hotel and steep neighborhood could accommodate visitors with mobility issues. Sorry I didn't take pictures before we cluttered the place up.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 28 April 2011

Can't say enough good things about this place. Great location near lots of great restaurants (amazing seafood). Stylishly designed. Rooms are large, two story lofts with real fireplaces (in the rooms!). Great terrace with amazing view of the city and breakfast to your door. We loved the city but also loved just hanging out in our amazing room!

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Reviewed 18 March 2011

I was extremely pleased with my stay at Cirilo Armstrong in March 2011. I was in town for a wedding in Vina but was not impressed by any of the hotels in Vina. This hotel was a much better value with much more personality than any other I saw in Vina or Valparaiso. The hotel is new and has great views. The staff is excellent. Breakfast is delivered to your room every morning and it's very good. The location is about perfect- not completely touristy yet very easily walkable to the tourist destinations/restaurants/etc. The rooms all have beautiful balconies and are lofts. I traveled with a 2 year old and the hotel was very accommodating. There is a full kitchen which is always helpful. The loft does have some pretty steep stairs and dropoffs so if that's going to make you nervous, keep that in mind, but otherwise it's really a wonderful place to stay, a great value, and a great experience.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with family
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Palo Alto, Ca
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2011

I highly recommend this hotel in the Cerro Alegre neighborhood of Valparaiso. Everyone who works there is extremely friendly and helpful. The hotel is modern and comfortable, with amazing views of the city. It was a treat having breakfast in our room. It was quiet and comfortable, modern and trendy.

Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Cirilo Armstrong
Address: Calle Capilla c/Escalera Cirilo Armstrong 12 | Cerro Alegre, Valparaiso 2340000, Chile
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Region: Chile > Valparaiso Region > Valparaiso
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #11 of 34 Hotels in Valparaiso
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Cirilo Armstrong 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the Cerro Alegre, steps from the center of Valparaíso, there hides the Hotel Cirilo Armstrong nailed on the gully Miraflores with an impressive sight on the local scene and the inhabitants. The hotel is a work of respectful architecture of his environment and coherent in the election of his materials and is located in a declared zone patrimony of the Humanity by the UNESCO. From the stairs, a simple front hides in his interior this hospitably, luminous and wide hotel of apartments of 650mt2. The Hotel Cirilo Armstrong has a great hall to realizes his generous spaces and the genuine work with noble materials, later to distribute to 11 exclusive apartments designed tastefully and warmth. ... more   less 
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