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The charming and colourful Zero Hotel suits the vibrant personality of Valparaíso perfectly. The quaint historical building recalls a time when the city was the glittering pearl of the Pacific, thanks to the nitrate boom of the late 19th-century. The bright blue exterior fits in well with Valparaíso’s new identity as a city of street artists and poets. Although at times rough around the edges, this only adds to Zero Hotel’s charm.
The hotel has a small winter garden, home to a contemporary seafood restaurant, while from the terrace you have wonderful views of the harbour and the sparkling Pacific stretching into the horizon. Within walking distance from the city’s main tourist attractions, Zero Hotel is the ideal place from which to explore the intriguing history and exciting future of ‘Valpo’.
A delicious breakfasts are served at Zero Hotel everyday in the winter garden, which has open views of Valparaíso Bay. It’s worth nothing that breakfast can sometimes be served a little later, which is ideal for those who want to lie in but may bother some early risers.
The hotel is also home to Apice. The first restaurant in Valparaíso’s heritage area to be dedicated exclusively to seafood, the menu offers contemporary twists on French-inspired dishes, celebrating the fresh flavours of the Pacific.
Wooden floors, bricks, stones and original doors blend beautifully with the contemporary furniture that has been carefully chosen throughout. An alpaca bed spread is provided in each room, perfect for the chillier nights. Some rooms overlook the bay, whilst others give views over the streets. It’s worth noting that due to the historical nature of the building, some rooms can come up rather small, but we think this only adds to the charm.
The terrace has comfortable wicker chairs, so take some weight off with a glass of Chilean wine from the well-stocked honesty bar, and enjoy the spectacular views.
The hotel's position on Cerro Alegre means it is perfectly placed to explore Valparaíso’s steep cobbled streets, lined with characterful, crumbling, old buildings and bright murals. Palacio Barburizza, just a short stroll from the hotel, is an extraordinary mansion that appears to have been transported from Germany’s Black Forest and has stunning views over the harbour. Lovers of poetry will want to make a pilgrimage to the house of Pablo Neruda, perched high on a hill some distance from the harbour, and eclectically designed and decorated by the Chilean poet himself.
No visit to Valparaíso would be complete without taking a ride on one of the cable-cars, built during the city’s heyday. Clattering, faded relics of a bygone era, the cable-cars make it easier to ascend the steep hills but are really an attraction in their own right. Each has a distinctive personality, but Ascensor Artilleria is particularly recommended thanks to its spectacular views, both from the cable-car itself and the charming boulevard it ascends to.