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Garivalpo Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #19 of 98 Valparaiso B&B and Inns
Zurich
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3 reviews
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“Very nice”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2011

From the moment we went in Garivalpo, Ube (its owner) made it feel like we were entering a home. The house is nicely decorated with a mix of old and new with many personal items, everything with style and well kept. Was exactly what we saw in the pictures. Breakfast was lovely (fresh tasty fruits, bread, cheese, coffee, etc). Located on a quiet street, It's near to the center.
We really enjoyed our stay, we would even say was better than most hotels we have stayed in and definitely would recommend it to others. Good value!

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2011

Garivalpo and its owner, Uvelinda, were a warm and welcoming oasis in the city. Up in the hills in a comparatively nice part of town, it was still within walk of public transit, restaurants and the old city (about 25 minutes). It is a well-run operation and is good value. Uve even made us feel extra welcome (as it was Christmas) by inviting us to share Christmas with her family and getting us gifts. It was extremely kind and we were grateful for the personal touch!

Our room was large, clean, and comfortable, with one of the most comfortable beds I’ve slept in. The B&B would also be good for anyone wanting to make their own meals, as there is a kitchen. The breakfasts were very good – coffee, fresh fruit, meats and cheeses and Chilean bread (which is fantastic) with jams.

I can’t say we enjoyed the city itself, as it was incredibly dirty, loud, and generally unpleasant, but this B&B was a high point of our stay there. Keep in mind that (like all Valparaiso) it is located on a steep hill so anyone with mobility problems may struggle!
Also note that while some staff members speak English, many don’t speak any at all. You may struggle here if you do not know any Spanish.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Middlesex
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2010

We stayed in Garivalpo for two nights in September 2010. The place is amazing!
The owner of the bed and breakfast is the most valuable asset - she and the whole of her family would go out of their way to make your stay enjoyable. In addition, they are always keen to assist you with tips about places to visit in Valparaiso as well as retaurants, pubs, etc., so do not hesitate to ask. If you are interested, staying in Garivalpo provides an opportunity to understand the Chilean culture and way of life better - it is a pleasure to speak to the owner and other members of her family who always seem to be there for you, whatever the question may be.
The rooms are very clean and comfortable - we stayed in the larger room with an amazing view on the city. The other rooms, although slightly smaller, seemed to be of the same high standard. The breakfast was very good and filled us up until dinner.
Garivalpo is located on a hill overlooking Valparaiso. The trolley-bus stop is located just five minutes walk away, and it takes just ten minutes on the trolley-bus to get to the main attactions of Valparaiso. You cannot get lost when taking the trolley-bus. And, although they look a bit old, taking a trolley-bus in Valparaiso is a very enjoyable experience in itself.
The bed and breakfast is also offering spa services. If you are interested, make sure that you use this opportunity as the prices are considerably lower than what you would normally expect. The family providing the services would come to Garivalpo at suitable times for guests (even late in the evening).
Staying at Garivalpo is more than just staying at a hotel or bed and breakfast - it is an excellent experience!

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Bancroft, Ont
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2010

We arrived from a cruise ship and the 4 who were staying checked in before touring the city. Uve the owner and hostess let the others store the luggage. She is very warm and charming. The rooms were spotless, comfortable, and with a private bath. Beds had beautiful linens, and hand towels were also monogrammed. We had a great breakfast each morning and the coffee was fantastic. Open access to WiFi. Uve called a very friendly and knowledgable drivere both nights for us. We spent both days touring with Michael and felt very safe with him and on our own in the neighbourhood. I would stay again if I were to return to the city.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Santiago
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2010

One month ago i went for a weekend to Valparaiso, my favourite city in Chile. Some friends talked to me about garivalpo b& b, so i was for one weekend on this old tipical house of Valparaiso, located on a street get high a central hill near of France Avenue. The house has many sights for the most famous places of Valparaiso, to the bay, ships, the congress and the sea. There's good attention in this b&b by Ube and her daughter for every passenger, the breakfast is of first level and the rooms looks so fine. I hope come back very soon to Valparaiso, the magical city of Chile.
ALDO

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2009

We arrived by cruise ship on a Sunday. We were slightly worried about how to find out way to the location but the "Official Taxi¨" person at the port shepherded us to a taxi, who charged $20 US to go to Garivalpo. All we did was show the driver the map of the B&B and we were home free.

We spent a lazy eight days at the B&B over Christmas before going on to Santiago for two more days before flying out. Ube (short for Uberlinda) was the matron of the home. Now I fully understand the phrase "mi casa es su casa". Her son and girlfriend; daughter and son-in-law; and daughter were most gracious and friendly. We had an opportunity to practice our fledgling Spanish during the trip at her house as in most of Valparaiso.

Ube invited us to open gifts with her family on Christmas Eve. She gave us gifts and we in turn gave some delicacies that we had brought from Alaska. It was a most memorable experience. Ube is willing to help in any way. She helped us make arrangements to the restaurant "Coco Loco", a revolving restaurant overlooking the port and city and arranged a private car and driver to take us there and back since we were dressed in our best clothes two nights before Christmas.

We found that very few people spoke English in Valparaiso, but everyone was willing to help. We would recommend Ube wholeheartedly to anyone wanting to experience Valparaiso.

As a plus, we made our next trip to Casa Newen in Santiago and the son of the B&B owners came to pick us up in Valparaiso for an extra fee. This is something we found especially helpful being English speakers.

Ube´s home is most welcoming and hospitable. We recommend it to anyone who wants to step away from the beaten path.

Anchorage, Alaska.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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USA
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2009

Was a wonderful place to stay. A very gracious hostess and lovely rooms.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Garivalpo Bed and Breakfast

Property: Garivalpo Bed and Breakfast
Address: Garibaldi 191 | Cerro la Cruz, Valparaiso, Chile
Region: Chile > Valparaiso Region > Valparaiso
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Room Service Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 98 B&Bs / Inns in Valparaiso
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Garivalpo Bed and Breakfast 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lodging in House of Chilean Family Location in Garibaldi street Nº191 of the Hill "the Cross" of the city of Valparaiso, Chile.House, built in the century XIX with its own architectonic characteristics of the port of Valparaiso, is only three minutes away from the centre of Valparaiso.. Furthermore the museum house "La Sebastiana" (former house of Pablo Neruda), the "Mole Baron" where the big cruises lie at anchor, the elevators "Monjas" and "Polanco", and the National Congress are only a few steps away. ... more   less 
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