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Francisco de Aguirre Hotel
Ranked #23 of 24 Hotels in La Serena
Somerville, Massachusetts
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“In-town La Serena”
Reviewed 10 December 2012

I've stayed here several times as well as hotels at the beach. I prefer to stay here because it's in-town, reasonable walk to La Recova (market area) as well as the down town shops. This is an older hotel so if you are looking for updated/modern, you might try the beach area. It's clean and the staff are always helpful. I like to get the suite which has a large sitting area and desk work area since I am on business when traveling here. They have a good breakfast. Wifi can be a bit sketchy. Secure parking is available underneath the hotel.

Room Tip: As mentioned in my review, request the suite for not much more money, especially if traveling with y...
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled on business
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Santiago, Chile
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Reviewed 7 July 2012

Was at the hotel for a night. Internet service from the room was weak and poor. The bathroom is great and the room wasn't bad. NO tour service for La Serena though.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 4 June 2012 via mobile

The hotel was In great condition. Evidently the construction that others complained about has been completed. The hotel staff was very amiable, but I did not understand why I could not check in before 3 pm even though rooms were available. Like in much of Chile, the wifi connections were weak, but worked well in the lobby. Without a doubt, the pictures that I took of the condors on top of the church across the street was a moment that MasterCard would find priceless.

La Serena was interesting and the central market was a short walk from the hotel. Try one of the restaurants in La Recova, the central shopping center, in the center of town. Your decision on which restaurant to choose should largely depend on the weather and the time of the year. In May, the southern restaurants are cooler and the northern restaurants are warmer.

I walked the more than a mile to the faro, the light house, but I stopped at a beachside hotel and asked them to call me a collective taxi to take back. In general, and with normal precautions, you should be able to feel safe here.








Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 February 2012

Probably ok for business and conferences. Far from homely and nice. Overpriced and a bit run down.

  • Stayed February 2012
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Toronto
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

We stayed for two nights and used it as a base for la Serena - Coquimbo. Great location near the plaza de armas and the centre of la Serena. Across from the park and near all transportation. We took advantage of the free underground parking.

The rooms were adequate and the bathroom was renovated even in our ¨Normal¨room. Each room has a safe and a bar fridge - not necessarily a guarantee in Chile. We enjoyed the pool which is in a courtyard and surrounded by hibiscus - very refreshing on a hot day. The morning buffet was adequate - nothing special but good enough.

The service was underwhelming. This seems to be a constant theme in Chilean hotels and retaurants in my experience. The front desk could provide no information about restaurants or transit and provided a poorly photocopied map of downtown la Serena. And don´t even try to call the front desk from your room as they won´t answer it.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Windsor, Ontario
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45 reviews
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Reviewed 11 February 2012

The difficulty with reviewing this hotel is that there is such a difference between the Superior rooms and the Normal rooms. The Superior rooms are newly remodeled with wood floors, great showers, lots of light and simply have that new modern feel. They deserve a 4.5 star rating. The Normal rooms, which are less expensive, are in the older part of this colonial hotel and define the word "average". Everything works, they are clean, and there are views to the swimming pool/garden, or to the church across the street. These are the rooms other reviewers refer to as small, but we would stay even in these rooms anytime we stay in La Serena.
The big plus is location, near the main plaza and park, and the main shopping streets.
Hint to the owners: if you want to attract visitors from outside Chile, use expensive coffee beans for your breakfasts. The coffee you serve now tastes like Nescafe. You will be amazed how this will put guests into a better mood for favorable TripAdvisor reviews!

Room Tip: Pay extra for a Superior room unless you are on a budget. The corner Superior room is wonderful.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 November 2011

The location of the hotel is good, but have small rooms, the bathrooms were not very clean, if you want to get dress in the bathroom, you aren't going to have problems

Is good people who travel in bussines and is going to stay only 1 or 2 day, is not for tourist.

  • Stayed November 2011
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Additional Information about Francisco de Aguirre Hotel

Property: Francisco de Aguirre Hotel
Address: Gregorio Cordovez 210, La Serena 1710100, Chile
Region: Chile > Coquimbo Region > La Serena
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #23 of 24 Hotels in La Serena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Francisco de Aguirre Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 90
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