The brightly colored Palacio Astoreca is a beautifully restored Victorian mansion and 23 room boutique hotel in the coastal UNESCO town of Valparaiso. The hotel has a superb location set up on the crest of Cerro Alegre overlooking the picturesque bay.
At a Glance
A Relais & Chateaux property
Stroll the city's steep streets and learn about the port's interesting history
Take in the stunning panoramic views from the rooftop terrace, sip on a cocktail and watch the sun go down over the bay
Indulge in one of the spa treatments on offer and revitalise your senses
Sample some of the fresh local produce on the contemporary menu and venture down to cellar to handpick wine to accompany your meal
Take a quiet moment to yourself to read the literature on offer in the library, or go for a higher tempo evening in the Piano Bar with live music most evenings
To start planning your vacation to Palacio Astoreca
Valparaiso is the cultural city of Chile, home to what was once a key port before the Panama canal was built. It is dotted with colored houses, cobbled streets and bursting with history making it an interesting and beautiful destination.
The palace itself has been restored to encompass its previous glamour with modern amenities, once a national monument its history has not been lost in its transformation into a luxury boutique hotel and member of prestigious Relais & Chateaux. The palace has an elegant and cosmopolitan essence with stunning views across the hills and restored local antiques found throughout.
The rooms are all uniquely designed and have custom wallpaper, and elegant en-suites. For additional luxury, opt for a suite and enjoy the panoramic views your room offers from the bath tub at the end of your bed! The palace is home to an eclectic mix of Chilean art and foreign contemporary art, and the energetic zest of late Baroque is present in the facade.
The palace is famous for its cuisine, with a fantastic Spanish chef, a constantly evolving menu and locally sourced food you will not need to look any further to please your appetite. Afternoon tea served on the terrace is not too be missed; delicate cakes and stunning views make for the perfect break to a busy day exploring the historic town. There is also a wine cellar, open for guests to pick their wine, and stacked with carefully selected wines from the region giving your dinner experience an added authentic Chilean charm.
When the evening draws in find a spot in the Piano Bar, grab yourself a malt whiskey and enjoy live music from the jazz band or solo pianist. Alternatively head out onto the terrace for a cocktail and gaze over the bay at the twinkling lights of the ships bobbing in the harbor below.
The spa at the palace offers a variety of treatments, all of which are guaranteed to be a treat for all the senses and leave you feeling rejuvenated. There is a pool, hammam room, massage salon and traditional Chilean wood-fire heated hot tub all for use at your pleasure. The spa looks onto a vertical garden which climbs to the top of the building which provides a calming natural environment.
All the rooms have kept an old charm yet all the modern comforts you'd hope for, including; luxury en-suite, flat screen TVs, mini bar, room service and WiFi. There is also the option of the Master Suite which has panoramic views and a bath tub in the bedroom.
There are 9 standard rooms (20-25m2), 8 premium rooms (20-25m2), 4 junior suites (35-40m2) and 2 Suite Deluxe 35-40m2).
Children are welcome at Palacio Astoreca however there aren't any particular facilities however in each room they can accommodate an extra bed for a child.
Restaurant Alegre (restaurant closed every Sunday night and all day Monday), Piano Bar Lounge, library, wine cellar, spa with heated pool, hammam, jacuzzi and massage room and terrace with ocean view.
There is plenty to see and explore in and around Valparaiso. A great way to see the highlights is to enjoy a walking tour through the heart of the UNESCO-designated area home to street art, colonial mansions, art galleries, coffee shops, bars and restaurants. For art lovers visit the Fine Arts Museum. Outside of the city head to the Casablanca Valley and Matetic Vineyard for some wine tasting, visit poet Pablo Neruda’s Isla Negra home and museum, enjoy a half-day sailing excursion around the Valparaiso bay on a traditional yacht or horse ride along Ritoque beach flanked by the wild Pacific Ocean.
Location & Directions
Situated in the heart of Valparaiso, Hotel Palacio Astoreca is within walking distance of Museo de Bellas Artes de Valparaiso, Casa Mirador de Lukas, and Monumento de los Heroes de Iquique. Also nearby are Estadio Playa Ancha and El Peral Lift.
When to go
Valparaiso is 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.