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Sitting pretty on the crest of Monte Alegre, one of the many hills which make up the coastal town of Valparaiso, Palacio Astoreca is a beautifully restored Victorian mansion which is one of the best hotels in the region.
The brightly coloured building is home to 23 charming rooms, with views over the bay or the hills. The decor throughout the hotel is an intriguing mix of old and modern, where you'll find contemporary pieces of furniture and fun wallpaper alongside traditionally tiled bathrooms floors and a grand piano in the aptly named Piano Bar.
The excellent restaurant, Alegre, has a Chilean/Mediterranean fusion menu with the odd touch of molecular gastronomy, and has people flocking from far and wide to sample the delicious treats on the tasting menu.
With its unbeatable location in the heart of Cerro Alegre, there is lots to do nearby here. The famous Yugoslavo pedestrian walk, the Fine Arts Museum at Barburizza Palace and El Pedral funicular are all within easy walking distance. And after all that walking up and down hills you'll almost certainly need a little R&R, which is where Astoreca's spa comes in to its own, for a massage or simply to relax by the heated swimming pool or at the hammam.
The bartender at the Piano Bar makes a mean Pisco Sour (if you ask nicely he might share his secret recipe) and having travelled the length and breadth of the country, we also think Palacio Astoreca as having Chile's most comfortable beds.
Ollie, Original Traveller