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Casa Higueras is a stylish hillside boutique hotel in Valparaiso. One of our favourite Chilean hotels, Casa Higueras has a lovely infinity pool and spectacular Pacific Ocean views, and is a great base for cultural and culinary explorations in Valpar
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Definitely our choice of the hotels in Valparaiso, Casa Higueras is a wonderful property that commands outstanding views out across the port. Located on Cerro Alegre, in one of the best parts of town, Casa Higueras is a cleverly designed and beautifully decorated place to spend a few nights. Every box is ticked in our view with a great rooftop lounge, a stunning pool, and one of the best restaurants in the area. Originally a 1920s mansion, it has been converted into a chic and intimate boutique hotel whose 20 rooms and suites are supremely elegant and fitted out with all the contemporary facilities one could wish for. Rooms themselves vary quite widely in size and location which adds to the sense of originality, but in general terms the higher the price the better the view, with the best rooms having balconies to enhance the enjoyment of your lofty position.
The public areas at Casa Higueras are really lovely. Landscaped terraced gardens, filled with figs, elms, palms, umbrella-shaped ombu trees and a monkey-puzzle tree, cascade down to an infinity pool with sensational views of the port area. The living room with its panoramic windows is great for indoor games, while the superb bistro-style restaurant Montealegre draws local cognoscenti for its spanking fresh seafood, amazing desserts and excellent wine list. Spa treatments are available by appointment.
Valparaiso is a treasure trove of naval history, and Casa Higueras is ideally positioned for exploring the city. Look in on the Naval and Maritime Museum as well as quirky La Sebastiana (one of three homes built by Chile’s beloved Nobel Poet Laureate Pablo Neruda). You can cruise around the bay, shop for local crafts, then grab a launch at the lively Muelle Prat wharf. In the evenings, head for Valparaiso’s famously bohemian pubs and bars, where poets, writers, tango aficionados, sailors, university students and just about everyone else drink, dance and socialise until the small hours.
When to go
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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Tease your taste buds on this gourmet itinerary as you journey to Latin America's most revered wine lands and culinary cities in Argentina and Chile. We have carefully handpicked the most exclusive and indulgent hotels to enhance the quality of your stay.