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“Good start in South America”
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La Maison du Filou
Reviewed 30 December 2013

After travelling for several month in Australia and New Zealand, I needed a rest before starting my travelling in South America for another couple of months . "La maison du Filou" and my room nr 4 (with windows on two sides) was a wonderful place for that. I liked the style of the interieur, I enjoyed the breakfast and I was happy about the situation of the Maison. What a good start in South America!

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled solo
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Thank Simsalawinbim
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Reviewed 10 January 2013

Lovely place, friendly owner, saw the fireworks from our window, fantastic view.
Characterful hostel, high ceilings and quirky colours and decorations and little well-equipped kitchen. Beautiful cerro in a great location. Best new year ever, with free chilled champagne! - Gracias!!

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 November 2012 via mobile

Basicaly, it's Fabian's house. You are a guest and feel like one. Almost as if your staying at a friend's house, just not a close friend. The location is excelent, a 2 minute walk from ascensor concepcion. The rooms are big. The view from the room was nothing less than spectacular! The price is inviting. Then there is Fabian, the owner. He helps you if you ask. I asked. Like another reviewer has mentioned, its dificult to forget the first time you ring the bell and Fabian pops out the kitchen window on the first floor. The door does not imediately open... but when it does, it feels like an invitation... An approval.
Then there is Valparaiso... I didn't quite get it in the begining, but it kind of grew on me. And when I checked out Vina del Mar, I just wanted to go back to Valparaiso... then I knew... Valeparaiso...

  • Stayed: November 2012
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Reviewed 20 November 2012

Many good restaurants and bars are only a short walk from the Filou, and you are at the heart of Cerro Conception, one of the most picturesque areas of Valparaiso. It will be probably difficult to find a better location in town at that price. This is definitely the big plus for this hostel.
We less enjoyed the room and shared bathroom facilities. Although, all rooms (at least at the top floor) are spacious and offer some great views onto the city and its harbor, they do not carry a lot of personality or charm. Ear plugs were welcome on a Friday night to enjoy some sleep. The bathroom appeared a bit outdated and could have been more welcoming.
The breakfast was disappointing compared to other hostel experiences in Chili and Argentina. Maybe our expectations about the Filou were unrealistic considering the very attractive price you pay for the location. Nevertheless we would probably try some other accommodation for the next time.
Otherwise, to get there from the Valparaiso bus station, the easiest way is to take a taxi which will cost around 4000pesos. If you arrive late at the bus station, it might take some time to grab a taxi.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Nicolas M
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Reviewed 28 September 2012

This is a real old nice house with big luminous rooms which have been repainted recently. Only 5 rooms at all which is more peaceful.
It very well located in the Cero Concepcion. Just around the corner there is the Concepcion elevator which allows you to go on the city in few secondes.
The price is really correct probably because you have to share bathrooms which are very clean. You pay per personn not per room which means if you travel alone it's very pleasant as you can have a big room for yourself.
We pay 20.000CH for 2 including breakfeast and internet. I think it's 12.000 if you're alone.
The French guy who run the place gave us very good tip to visit the town or where to go to eat, to have a drink...You can as well cook there easily.
There is not a real commun area but as rooms are so big you don't really need it and beside you've the kitchen where you can easily have a drink, seat to write...
I'll definitly recommand it for the very good location, always clean and charming and the owner which has always good advices.
Cero Concepcion is such a lovely place to visit, very safe with such nice restaurants, shops... If you walk up to the hill, you'll arrive to Alemania Street which brings you directly to Pablo Neruda's home. It's bit difficult to climb until the street but afterwards it's an easy walk (30/40 min with great view on the city, sea..). Or when you're on Alemania Street you can take the bus 612 for few chilean pesos.

Room Tip: The first room on the left when you arrive is the only one with a balcony. According to me it's...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 March 2012

Not having to pay double for a single is reason enough to rejoice. The 5 rooms are all well decorated and large. Cerro Conception/Allegre is my favorite place to stay--this is the 3rd place on the hill that I have tried, and the best value! Nice breakfast and great wi-fi, and a feeling that you are part of the bohemian circle of the area. I mean that in the best way.

Room Tip: the room with the port view if you can.
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 9 February 2012

Very clean, amazing views to the city and the bay, big and comfortable rooms, great service, good breakfast with fresh fruit, excellent location, reasonable price, excellent WIFI. Lots of character like Valparaiso. Loved it and loved Valparaiso!

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Pamela A
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Additional Information about La Maison du Filou

Address: Papudo 579 | Violet Door, Valparaiso 2370621, Chile
Region: Chile > Valparaiso Region > Valparaiso
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #98 of 229 Speciality Lodging in Valparaiso
Price Range: £12 - £17 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Maison du Filou has 5 very spacious rooms (no dormitory), with double bed and very nice view to the sea or the hills all around.Into an old & typical charming 1900's mansion, La Maison du Filou has an excellent localisation in the World Heritage area, between Paseo Atkinson and Gervasoni and his funicular, close to downtown and the nightlife but in a peaceful and safe area. Our passengers ( 10 maxi) share two bathrooms and will enjoy our kitchen and small but friendly common area with a mix of international and chilean tourists who know that La Maison du Filou is one of the best value accomodation of the area. ... more   less 

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