Palacio AstorecaBuilt in the 1920s by a Croatian businessman, Palacio Astoreca underwent two years of refurbishment and restoration before opening its doors as a boutique hotel in 2012. The work was carried out to a meticulous degree, maintaining the original parquet floors, and adding splashes of color with art deco furniture and modern art, including one piece by Switzerland’s Frédéric Clot. The stucco-and-brick mansion rises up from the streets of Chile’s port city, Valparaíso, like a piece of red-and-white confectionary.
A statement staircase winds up to the 23 rooms, some of which have stand-alone bathtubs. And the basement level is home to a small spa with an open-air, wood-fueled hot tub set alongside a living wall. The reception level and entrance hall open out onto a terrace where lunch, tea, and cocktails are served, allowing guests prime views over the hilly city and Pacific Ocean. There are quiet corners for those seeking a solitary moment, including a library and a piano bar, which comes to life in the evenings with live music.
Slumber in Valparaíso's Hippest Hotel
Restaurant Alegre (at the Hotel Palacio Astoreca) specializes in seafood, with preparations trending toward modern and even edgy approaches to the local bounty. Guests are offered the opportunity to visit the restaurant's wine cellar to select just the right bottle to accompany their meal. Lunch (1:30–3:30 p.m.) and dinner (8:30–10:30 p.m.); Sundays, lunch only. Closed Mondays.