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“Friendly and with character - like the city” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hostal Portobello

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Hostal Portobello
Ranked #14 of 94 Valparaiso B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
“Friendly and with character - like the city”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2011

I really liked this place. The hostel (though B&B may be a better term) is a big traditional Valparaiso house near the top of one of the city's many hills. (There is a great view of the whole sweep of the bay just yards away from the front door.) I stayed in two different rooms, one large and one small; both were simply but imaginatively decorated, most of the decorative effort having gone into the large common area, dining room and kitchen. Throughout the owners have managed a nice counterbalance of traditional structure and contemporary design.

As others have said, the couple who run the hostel are friendly, welcoming, helpful and willing to share ideas and suggestions for what to do in Valparaiso, including an interesting-sounding culinary walking tour and dinner run from the hostel. (I didn't take advantage of it so can't comment on it.) Another friendly and welcome feature of the hostel is a honour system that allows you to help yourself to drinks and snacks if you suddenly find yourself thirsty or peckish.

Valparaiso has tons of character. Hostel Portobello complements the city well and is a good base from which to explore it.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank WillThisDo
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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21 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2010

This is a great place. The owner, Catalina, was welcoming, warm and efficient with great advice and help. Our room, one of only a few, was bright and clean, the kitchen available to use anytime, the breakfast was beautiful and ample and the 2 computers have good internet as well as wifi. The whole place is comfortable and welcoming.

And the location is fabulous. Overlooking the great port of Valparaiso, it's an easy place to look at the action, see this marvellous port and, after a great ride down the hill, to travel anywhere by trolebus from Aduana.

For just 40 cents, you can ride the length of the city by catching a traditional electric trolebus from Aduana to Avenue Argentina, just one block away from the bus terminal. Trolebuses turn around at the old customs house, Aduana, where you can catch this most impressive asensor up to the fantastc view of Paseo 21 de Mayo and visit the naval museum.

Just 2 blocks from Aduana along Cochrane is Los Portenos, an honest and genuine restaurant visited by Chileans - and us and tourists lucky enough to find it.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Batch1
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New York
Level Contributor
24 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2010

We stayed at Hostal Portobello for the 2 nights in October. The owners could not be more friendly or helpful, and we liked the location a little outside (but easy to get to) the action of the main tourist cerros. Our room on the ground floor was clean and nicely decorated and the bed was really comfortable. Breakfast was also good. Only complaint was that the room and bathroom were pretty chilly, even with the space heater they gave us. Still, we would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank dmeshkov
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London
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267 reviews
134 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2010

Tough one this as the young couple who run the hostel are probably the nicest and most helpful people we have met in our travels around South America. Continuing on the positives, breakfast is very good with fresh crusty bread, good real ham and cheese, fruit salad, carrot cake, fresh juice and tea/instant coffee. Wifi is fast and there are also two computers for use. The building is also tastefully and interestingly decorated.
Unfortunately at US$75 a night, there were a number of things which meant we couldn´t give more than a 3* rating on Tripadvisor. We paid to have a room with a sea view and the noise from the container port woke us up constantly throughout the night. There are only thin blinds on the windows so there is also a problem with light coming through very early and the doors are half frosted glass so anytime somebody turns a light on in the corridor to use the shared bathroom, the bedroom also lights up. The ensuite bathroom is very ugly and basic with nowhere to put anything and certainly not befitting of a "boutique hostel" claim. The room was also not serviced at all during our three day stay which wasn´t great considering there is nowhere to hang damp towels. The location is pretty inconvenient all round since the majority of the nice bars and restaurants are a 25min walk away and at night it is certainly not a walk back you would want to do on your own. We paid 8500pesos in a taxi from the bus station but local buses heading in the opposite direction to Vina Del Mar will get you to the bottom of the nearby (inoperational) funicular for 250pesos each. I really did want to love this place but ended up wishing we´d picked somewhere else.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Travel_Lion_10
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Alexandria, VA
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2010

My husband and I spent a few nights here during a visit to Chile and Argentina in December 2008. We really loved this place. Our host was so kind. He offered us tea as soon as we arrived and sat down with us and provided us with maps and a few suggested walking tour brochures - which we took and really enjoyed. The location was just near the top of Cerro Artilleria, which we could get to via funicular. It's a bit on the edge of the city, but a nice place to retreat to for a little siesta in the middle of the day. We had a great view of the port and bay from our room - which was clean and bright. The price was unbelievable. It was the least expensive place we stayed in South America, but by far our favorite. I would strongly recommend this B&B to anyone visiting Valparaiso in the future.

  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank KaraKMacek
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Sao Paulo, SP
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85 reviews
69 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2009

i stayed in the suite - big room with two large windows and an ensuite bathroom - for 3 nights. the room was basic but the bed was big and comfy and clean. the bathroom could use a little updating but there was always hot water. the breakfast was good - toast, meat, cheese, coffee or tea and was served in the common area downstairs. the staff was very helpful and even let me use a metro card while i was there so i could go to Vina. there was free wi-fi and lots of books and magazines in the common area. it's a little far from the main center but i didn't mind walking.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank mmegeff
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Seattle, Washington
Level Contributor
10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2009

Our experience at Hostal Portobello was excellent. The owners were incredibly friendly and willing to help; they offered us their metro card to use for the rail to Vina del Mar, they gave recommendations on anything we asked about, and they even called and made a reservation for us at a winery. Our private room was large, charming, clean, and had an excellent view of the city and the harbor. They have a computer with internet that anyone is welcome to use, as well as a printer for printing out itineraries, etc. Breakfast was typical South American fare (coffee, tea and bread) but also included fresh squeezed juice, fresh fruit, and a cheese and meat platter. It was just a short walk from the center of town (maybe 5-10 minutes), but quiet, peaceful, and totally worth it. This was an absolutely excellent value, and I would highly recommend it.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank rebeccaolson
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Additional Information about Hostal Portobello

Property: Hostal Portobello
Address: Artilleria 115 | Cerro Artillería, Valparaiso 2361713, Chile
Region: Chile > Valparaiso Region > Valparaiso
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 94 B&Bs / Inns in Valparaiso
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:1 star — Hostal Portobello 1*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in a traditional Valparaiso’s neighborhood, with a beautiful view to the Bay and to the hills. Under the concept of hostal boutique, we offer to our visitors a comfortable and a cute place to stay in, stylishly decorated and furnished, in order to give a high-quality and intimate experience. ... more   less 
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