La Casa De Henao is the first b&b my husband and I ever stayed in. First of all, the De Henao family was professional, welcoming, helpful, warm, and attentive. From the moment I spoke to one of the owners over the phone, I felt welcome and at ease. My husband and I took the bus from Santiago,Chile to Valparaiso; arriving at the main bus terminal in the chaotic Valparaiso. We were tire and did not know exactly how to get from Valparaiso's bus terminal to La Casa de Henao; therefore, I called the b&b and Karen(one of the owners) nicely and patiently told me how to get there. As soon as we arrive to vista hermosa street which is where the b&b is located, we noticed the wonderful views of the city. The street is safe and quite other than the barking of dogs from the streets and houses in the neighborhood. Chile in general is filled with street dogs; everywhere you go, you see dogs wondering around. I am used to that type of noise since all my neighbors back in the US have dogs.... There is just no scape to this type of noise in Chile.
As we arrived at the b&b's front door, I either pushed a bell buzzard or knock the door; I do not exactly remember.... but someone opened the door immediately and assisted us with luggage. So, so, so, so welcoming! Once in, they showed us a room with a shared bathroom; which I know and remember not seeing or reading about on bookingbuddy.com. I was kind of disappointed for that matter but we also had the choice of getting the only room in the house with its own private bathroom in case if it was available; of course. Therefore, for an additional fee per night my husband and I were able to get the room with a private bathroom; which is located in the tower(last floor) of the house with spectacular views! It was worth the extra price just for the views and the private bathroom. There are no elevators in this house; therefore, you must use the stairs to go to your room; which we did not mind since we like to exercise. The rooms are very simple; yet super clean. Although the bathroom was small, everything was working correctly without any surprises. As a matter of fact, everything in the house looked and felt clean. The charm of the house along with some of the antique furniture were very unique to us since we always wanted to stay in place like this one.
The breakfast was included in the price and although it was a simple breakfast; it tasted very good. karen(owner) prepared some type of cereal with plain yogurt which tasted so delicious! Besides this, coffee and bread were fresh. My favorite were the batidos, a mini baguette type of bread. In Mexico they called them bolillos and in Chile they called them batidos; delicious with cheese! It was truly a nice, welcoming, and warm breakfast.
Jose(owner) gave us wonderful tips on how to get around the city, restaurants, and attractions. he truly took his time and was very helpful because my husband and I ended up going all the way to Vina del Mar and Concon for the cheapest price ever! We are glad we followed Jose's advice because we got to taste one the best steaks we ever had!
The location of the b&b was very convenient since the bus stop was just a couple of feet away; by the way, the buses in Valparaiso rock! They are so fast and get you everywhere you want to go; plus so cheap less than a dollar per person. This is the best way to get around in Valparaiso and its surroundings.
We stayed in Casa De Henao from March 9, 2012 to March 11, 2012 and I must say it was a very comfortable stay and I would gladly stay there again. At the end of our stay, for an additional fee, Jose offered to take us to the cruise terminal. This was very convenient and worth it, Jose took us all the way in to the cruise terminal with no delays or surprises.
Overall, La Casa De Henao was the right place to stay for our purpose and will gladly recommend to anyone passing by Valparaiso, Chile. Most of all, thank you Karen and Jose for your humble and professional attitudes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Henaos House with the fine construction from the beginning of the 20 century combine the great familiar atmosphere, comfort, security and cleanliness for our fellow travelers enjoy their stay in this picturesque port heritage of humanity, Valparaiso.Our services included Free WI-FI, Bike Rent, Guide Tour (English, German, Spanish), Laundry (Additional Cost), Traditional Breakfast and others.Within walking distances from main streets, monuments, museums, pubs, restaurants and a lot more you are invited to come. ... more less
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