In summary a very nice place to stay for 2-4 days.
We booked our stay for the new year fireworks on the coast of Chile very late due to being so busy. There was very little available and what there was had poor reviews. So we were happy one day when seemingly a cancellation occurred at the Alto Mirador so we booked from 27 Dec to 5 January. We later regretted not booking until just 1st January and then booking somewhere on the beach further north for the remainder. But hey-ho.
This is a hotel that will not wow you too much upon arrival. The word "Boutique" is used somewhat liberally for smaller hotels these days and it is often hard to pin down a definition of what this should mean in terms of expectations. We arrived very late at night (past midnight) and were delighted that a night receptionist was there to receive us. They have a fairly strict policy of keeping the front metal door to the street closed but they always have someone on reception 24 hours to come and open it.
The hotel grew on us as the days went by. It is quite a practical place to stay if you have a small baby as we did (11 month old). They put us in room 5 on the ground floor, which is right next to the breakfast/dining room, which has a kettle for boiling water. They were always happy to microwave baby food for us and use it to sterilise our bottles. It's such a small hotel that everything is just a very short walk away, handy if you have a baby.
Room 5 has a practical layout if you are a couple with a baby. They provided a baby cot that just about handled our 12kg baby and it sits right next to the bathroom so very convenient. The view from the room was ok, though we think views from similarly situated rooms upstairs must have better views. The terrace on the floor above has a great view.
Other real positives were:
The breakfast - I am a breakfast enthusiast and it's one of the things I always look hard for in a hotel choice. What I liked was their approach of doing a small number of things well with high quality, versus the mistake too many hotels make of trying to offer everything but with a lower quality. Each morning there was a lovely fruit plate of fresh fruit, very nice scrambled eggs delivered on request, bread for toast, yoghurts, and some cheeses and hams. A few things differed each day, which provided some nice variety. By the time we left, we had perfected the technique of asking for the scrambled eggs at the optimal moment once we had eaten our fruit and just about made the toast that we wanted to put the eggs on that they served! (Another breakfast bug bear of mine is hotels that deliver everything all at once)
Very friendly service - all of the staff made the effort to help with things and were always asking if there was anything more they could do. A very hard-working guy helped by parking our hire car in their parking spot nearby and diligently cleaned the swimming pool each day. That said we didnt use the swimming pool as it didnt seem so great.
All in all a nice place to base yourselves in Valpo for a few days and chill out using the terrace to read a book.
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