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Hotel Cirilo Armstrong
Ranked #9 of 34 Hotels in Valparaiso
Certificate of Excellence
Brisbane, Australia
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Stylishily perfect.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2011

The previous reviews really said it all. Its perfect! The hotel is admittedly a little hard to find at first. We didn't have a map but after walking around for a bit, asking some locals and cafe staff we eventually found it. There is a small circular suspended sign out on the street about the size of a dinner plate which we had walked past initially without noticing.

We where struck with the 'WOW' factor when walking into a modern spacious foyer and was greeted with a friendly face and a cheery "Buenos Dias"..The staff are amazing and very curtious. All through our 2 night stay they where always fantastic with directions and advice. That includes the day and night staff. My wife and speak Spanish but there a couple of staff members with flawless English so don't despair if you can't speak the lingo.
Room was awesome and we loved the loft containing the bedroom. There is a TV with cable mounted to the wall (not that we used it) and a wood stove down stairs. What really made the place was the floor to ceiling windows. So great waking up with views of the city. The balcony was amazing to be out on at night for all the lights etc.
Maybe the only thing, and its a small thing but the down stairs area in the room is a little plain. Maybe a coloured rug or a painting would be nice but thats just a personal thing and doesn't subtract from the wonderful experience we had.
Breakfast is a simple but perfect combination of Coffee, fresh juice, toast and jam, cereal and yoghurt and fruit salad which you can have in your room or in the common area. I really can't fault this hotel.
If we are ever in town again we will be back.. No question!

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Quatro Barras, PR
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2011

Different hotel.Not a boutique, but into this direction. Large room, nice simple breakfast. Friendly and informal service. Room with great view, well located. Room for 4 people with imited hot water for shower. Long time to recover hot water reserve.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with family
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2010

We loved our ultra-modern two-story room with private balcony -- the ideal place to enjoy a glass of wine and enjoy Valpo's amazing landscape. The staff was incredibly helpful, arranging for messages and offering spot-on directions and dining recommendations. Would definitely return.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2010

We really enjoyed our stay!
Taxi had some trouble finding it at first but friendly Chileans got us there without much delay. The hotel is a steep walk back from town which we didn't mind at all and loved exploring the immediate area, including the many restaurants.
The staff were all wonderful and truely wanted us to enjoy our stay in the hotel and city. We even got a hand drawn map and metro card to make sure we got to the best spots on a day trip to Vina.
The rooms and facilities were comfortable and clean.
This hotel does feel like a hidden secret with it's location, and it is away from the noise of the city streets. You can't get away from the noisy dogs though, but I don't think that matters where you stay (locals seem to agree!) so a pair of ear plugs are recommended!

  • Stayed September 2010
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Brooksville, Maine
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2010

US$94/night
3 nights
Clean, modern 11 duplex apartments, built in 2009
Kitchen, patio overlooking city, loft bedroom.
Breakfast of yogurt and cereal, bread with cheese and jams, fresh juice and coffee.
Many excellent restaurants in area; however keep in mid most close at 3pm and reopen at 8pm.
Easy walk downhill (or take a funicular uphill) to main center, harbor, artisan shops, or metro to Vin de Mar for a day’s tour.
Negative: many barking dogs at night, so bring your earplugs.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Barcelona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2010

Great location, friendly people, no stiffness.
Actually, this is more like being home. We spent a couple of nights at the end of December, 2009. The rooms, the apartments rather, are beautiful. It's really nice to know that you can have your own terrace to spend the day reading, sunbathing or just looking at the hills. Views are superb.
Also you have a little kitchen, a living room... we had been traveling for quite some time and it was really nice to find a place where you can really settle for a few days.
Service, although friendly, is not totally serviceable (breakfast, room service, etc.) although that helped to enhance our feeling of a laid back place. But then again... it's like being home.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2010

Ok so the things going for this hotel are a smart contemporary design and nice views. The location is also good, so long as you don’t mind stray dogs and lots of poop.
The thing is – they just aren’t trying here – it’s just not good enough.
$100 a night is quite a lot for Chile and for that amount of money I expect there to be a TV in my room – there isn’t one. I’d also expect a fridge – there isn’t one. A phone please?
They market this hotel as ‘apartments’ and yes, there is a kitchenette in our room – a double hot plate, crockery, cutlery and mugs. Unfortunately no pans, so cooking would be impossible. Also no kettle – I’m not being funny, but what is the point of mugs with no kettle? Never mind – I can always get the receptionist to make me a coffee – but that will set me back $3. Just not good enough.
Next complaint – we asked the receptionist if the water is safe for drinking – it is in Santiago, but not in other South American cities. The receptionist ‘wasn’t sure’. Please – you work here! Can I have a bottle of water? Of course, 330 milliletres (a SMALL bottle) for $2 each! Oh, and we only have 2 bottles left...hey? Is this a hotel? So I had to go to the local shop to buy enough water to drink! Just not good enough.
Next complaint – the noise. This is a contemporary hotel, made of concrete – the noise travels EVERYWHERE! We were staying in room 1 - You can hear everything people say - you can hear the sound of the receptionists talking – and every time someone opens a door it wakes you up. Just not good enough. We realised this must be why they don’t allow TVs in the rooms, even if you were to have one on low it would be heard throughout the building.
The blinds in the room are just not good enough – they don’t cover the windows properly so you’re woken up with blazing sunlight. Not to mention the light that the hotel leaves on next to the window throughout the night anyway.
Next – breakfast. Woefully inadequate – half a bowl of cereals, a flavoured yoghurt (no choice of flavours, just pot luck) and 2 slices of warmed up (not toasted) bread with jam. Where are the croissants, the cheese the meat? Would it be too much to ask for some fruit? What about that old breakfast standard – eggs? Off the menu! For $100 a night – nah, just not good enough.
Oh – and for our last day we asked if we could have breakfast 15 minutes early – 7.45 am instead of 8am. Yes, of course we can, but we have to pay $4 each. What? For having our breakfast 15 minutes early? At 7.45? Most hotels start breakfast at 6.30am! Just not good enough.
Oh, and we asked them to help us book tickets for our onward bus to Mendoza – asked them three times – but they couldn’t work out what the number was...just didn’t seem to want to be helpful.
Finally – small thing, lights – why oh why can’t we have bedside lights? Would a bit of ambience to warm the concrete walls and ceiling be too much? Why must I keep my partner awake to read my book? Just not good enough.

Stayed March 2010, 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
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 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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