Valparaiso, Santiago and Central Valley, Chile
At a Glance
Lovely roof terrace with panoramic city and bay views
Historic 1920's mansion
Suites have their own terrace with dining table and loungers
Gorgeous infinity pool set in Mediterranean-style gardens
Some connecting rooms available for families
Best time to Visit
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Average time to visit
A year round destination. From October to March, it’s sunny and temperatures range from 18-28C; the months of April to September bring winter rain and mild temperatures ranging between 10-22C. Morning fog is common this close to the ocean.
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Casa Higueras is a charming hillside boutique hotel with lovely views over the Pacific Ocean, set in Chile's World Heritage city of Valparaiso to the west of Santiago. The hotel has a gorgeous infinity pool and beautiful gardens.
Perched among the hills of the World Heritage city of Valparaiso, with terrific views over the Pacific Ocean, Casa Higueras is a chic, intimate boutique hotel, originally a mansion built in the 1920s and now carefully restored. Its 20 rooms and suites are supremely elegant and fitted out with all the contemporary facilities one could wish for.
The hotel has a beautiful, Mediterranean style garden surrounded with palms, fig trees and a large araucaria, also boasting a lovely infinity pool and a small spa, perfect for enjoying a relaxing massage. The hotel’s Montealegre restaurant has particularly fine views over the port and the sophisticated cuisine cleverly blends Mediterranean and Chilean flavours, with a particular emphasis on seafood and an extensive wine list.
Casa Higueras is an excellent base from which to discover the fascinating city of Valparaiso or take trips along the fantastic coastline, and makes for a relaxing beginning or end to a trip in Chile.
Casa Higueras has 20 guest rooms, divided into Traditional Rooms, Premium Rooms, Premium Superior Rooms, Superior Rooms and Deluxe Rooms, ranging in size from 22 to 56 square metres. The rooms are furnished a refined, elegant style, with dark woods and mosaic-tiled bathrooms complete with sophisticated Italian fixings. All rooms come with LCD cable TV, DVD player, Wi-Fi access and his and hers amenity kits.
Children over the age of 12 years are welcome at Casa Higueras although there are no formal children's activities. Extra beds and cots can be arranged on request and some adjoining rooms in different categories can be opened up to make a family suite.
Casa Higueras' Montealegre Restaurant serves excellent gourmet cuisine and meals can be taken in the interior salon or al-fresco on the open air terrace. There is also a bar, a stylish living room and a beautiful patio and garden terrace with a gorgeous infinity pool, 12-person Jacuzzi and small spa area, offering a range of massages using natural ingredients. On the very upper level one finds a lovely panoramic terrace with spectacular views over the city and the bay.
Casa Higueras is an excellent base for exploring the historic city of Valparaiso, with its cobbled streets, brightly painted houses, historic mansions and hillside funiculars. A visit can also be made to the house of Chile's most famous poet, Pablo Neruda, a one hour drive away in Isla Negra.
Camilla Greenwood (Staff)
My favourite thing about Casa Higueras are the common areas; the living room down by the Mar Alegre restaurant which is beautifully styled, the refreshing and inviting swimming pool (Casa Higueras is the ONLY hotel in Valpo with a pool) and gorgeous sky bar with a view of the colourful city which disappears up the hillside.
The streets closest to the hotels are the best for wandering, the walls adorned with colour are a particular favourite amongst photographers, and backpackers (street art is particularly famous in Valpo) so the city has a buzzing feel to it especially at the weekend in the summer months. Although heading down to the water can seem tempting, downtown does slightly lack the character of Cerro Alegre, and as you on the hill you'll find the best views, bars and restaurants close to the hotel. If you have a free night, I'd recommend an early dinner at La Concepcion, with a charming outdoor terrace and raving reviews it's a great place to enjoy the sunset behind the colourful city before a delicious meal at one of Valpo's best restaurant. (I would strongly advise a reservation, as it's particularly popular and quite small!)
Alexa Steele (Staff)
Casa Higueras provides a perfect luxury base to explore the amazing architecture and artistic qualities of Valparaiso. The rooftop is a great place to relax in the afternoon and admire the amazing views over the Valparaiso bay.
Scarlett Richard (Staff)
Boasting commanding views over the bay Casa Higueras, is a fantastic place to stay in Valparaiso. As a restored original mansion the property boasts history and character. Each of the 20 guest rooms fit into the interior spaces of the property and vary in size and shape. As a general rule the higher the category the more spacious (not the case for every room) and the better the view. Each room is decorated in the same style and exudes an old-world elegance with high ceilings, dark wooden floors, beamed ceilings and detailed throws placed over beds. The Montealegre restaurant serves fantastic food and wine and is revered as one of the best restaurants in the city. What I loved about the property, was the level of service and attention to detail. Each member of staff remembers your name, takes the time to speak with you, fresh flowers are placed around the property daily and chocolate truffles left as gifts in your room serve as a lovely touch.
Housed in the Casa Higueras hotel overlooking the picturesque bay of Valparaiso, the majestic Restaurant Montealegre enjoys a reputation for its gourmet menu. Chef Oscar Tapia delights diners with grilled lamb chops stuffed with figs, Mediterranean risotto peppered with shellfish and saffron, and desserts like lucuma mousse and cream cheese and dulce de leche ice cream - all guaranteed to make you come back for a second visit. End with a coffee in the next door lounge overlooking the twinkling lights of Sotomayor Plaza and the bay and you'll understand why you're encouraged to make reservations in advance.
The genteel new boutique Hotel Casa Higueras was once a palatial house at the end of a quiet street. The setting is chic, with a sun-drenched terrace, and the restaurant menu (fig-stuffed lamb with garbanzo pure) mixes Mediterranean flavours and Latin ingredients.
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Location & directions
Valparaiso, Santiago and Central Valley, Chile
Located in Valparaíso, on top of Cerro Alegre (Cheerful Hill), one of the city's most fashionable areas. Steps from the Yugoslavo Walkway and the century-old El Peral ascensor (funicular).
How to get there
14-hour international flight to Santiago International Airport, followed by a 90-minute transfer to Casa Higueras.
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