La Matriz

Santo Domingo 30, Valparaiso, 2370163, Chile

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  • A Treasure Hotel in Valparaiso


    Just opened in September 2005. It is located on the side of La Matriz Church, the place where Valparaiso was founded, in a former school from 19th century renovated by an austrian architect. In 6 minutes walk are the funiculars and other main atractions of Valparaiso; even one block from a stop of the Trolebuses and bus line O that takes to Nerida´s house..

    In certain times of the day (mainly 12 PM - 3 PM) there is pickpockets in the nearby Echaurren Square. Just use common sense and during the night prefer lighted areas.

    The rooms are huge (40sq meters/400 sq ft) in two levels and includes beds with duvet cover. Each room have kitchenette, private bathroom, shower, hot water, furnitures. They told me that from october they will also have wireless internet for free.

    It costs app. $55-65 per room (1-3 persons), but in september 2005 have $35 as a special opening rate.

    I would recommend absolutely to stay there, the closest lodging to the main attractions and even to the market, where to find fresh fruits. But it is also a unique way to experience the feeling of a old city still alive it ´s customs; at two blocks you can find flags from around the world.

    And a room of 400sq. mt it is a experience difficult to refuse.

    Unique Quality: Each room have natural light coming either from the main windows or windows in the roof. Internet Wifi. In most of the rooms fantastic views of the church La Matriz.

    The main characteristic it is how huuge are the rooms (400 sq. ft) incompletely equiped kitchen

    Directions: Between Aduana (Ascensor Artilleria) and Plaza Sotomayor/Muelle Prat, at two blocks from Plaza Echaurren Square. Buses stops in Blanco esq. with Marquez, then 3 small blocks to Church La Matriz. Trollle´s stop at Bustamante/Serrano with Clave.

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Forum Posts

Cost of transportation from cruise line to hotel & then airport

by rjeubanks

We are looking at a cruise that ends in Valparaiso. We will have to get a hotel for a couple of days before the cruise and then get transportation to the cruise ship, Celebrity cruise line. The agent we talked to said that it would cost over 600 USD for each of 2 adults and 1 child to get from the airport to the hotel then to the cruise ship. This seems very high. Does anyone have an idea about what the cost should be? Thank you very much. We want to go but 600 each for transportation is a real deal killer. Jerry, Susan & Karen

Re: Cost of transportation from cruise line to hotel & then airport

by Huentetu

Only if it includes the Ritz! Airport to hotel in of the official taxis, about US$30. Hotel in Santiago to cruise ship in Valparaiso by taxi..........about US100-120. If you all fit in one taxi, and I don't see why not, those would be the costs. If the hotel is in Valparaiso, US120 from the airport to there and about US10 from hotel to cruise port. Try emailing your hotel to ask what they would charge for the transport you need. There are a lot of companies which do transfers.

Re: Cost of transportation from cruise line to hotel & then airport

by kiwigal_1

If you want to you could travel from the airport in Santiago or the hotel in Santiago by bus to Valparaiso. Check out my Santiago or Valparaiso pages for the travel details.

Re: Cost of transportation from cruise line to hotel & then airport

by planes

Just change your travel agent. The total cost in a van from Santiago to a hotel in Valparaiso currently (it changes depending of rate of exchange and toll/oil prices) goes around US$160-220 for the full van. The cost from Hotel in Valparaiso to Cruise Terminal is app. US$20 for a van.

Travel Tips for Valparaíso

Take a walk around the hills...

by canguru

Take a walk around the hills of Valparaiso. This is what makes it such a lovely place. The streets are narrow and windy and lined with some beautiful (often precarious) old houses. Take one or two of the 'ascensores' to go up the hills. These are lifts built and used by the locals to save them from having to walk up the hills all the time. If you come across a restaurant at the top of one of these ascensores, stopping in for lunch is a great idea. You can dine while looking out over the city.

If you like souvenirs, you can find street vendors selling paintings of various steet scapes within Valparaiso. Some of them are charming and would look great framed on the wall. Bargain with the vendors for a good price though.

Golfing in Valparaiso

by maddogrick

Golfing in Chile is not easy to do. Very few public courses are available to tourists and to get on private courses either requires an invite from a member or an introduction from selected hotels. Most of the best of the 68 golf courses in Chile are in the Santiago area and we didn't bother while there because of the limitations noted earlier. There are a couple of golfing options in the Valparaiso area but neither of them are cheap. The Marbella Golf course ($83.00) is located in Zapallar, a small coastal resort town located about an hours drive north of Valparaiso. Unless you have a car, it's pretty much inaccessible although because it is a resort, you could probably make arrangements to stay there. It's pretty isolated though and I suspect it's basically a retreat for well-to-do Santiagons. I would rate the course about 5 out of 10. A better option is the Club De Campo Granadilla located in Viña del Mar, the adjoining community just north of Valparaiso. Green fees are $100.00 and can be paid by credit card, caddies are required and run about $20.00 + tip in cash. It's very well maintained in every respect, not that long but very tight. The greens are very small by modern standards, not excessively undulating but quite quick on the stimp. No carts are available and there are a few hills to negotiate but if you are reasonably fit, you won't be panting too much! Some of the views from the course and the clubhouse of Valparaiso Bay are outstanding. If you're into the game, this place will test you and I recommend it to the avid player. We took our clubs with us as we always do. I imagine rentals are available but I'd call to be sure.

Churches and Spiritual themes..dos

by marsistanbul

Inglesia La Matriz;
The time was the end of evening,and it was second day in Valparaiso,my soul still was somewhere in Istanbul,my body was trying to adopt to hot Chilean summer,therefore I just followed my dear friend's simple commands,such as go in,walk,stop,sit down properly,finish your lunch...jajajajaja..just stayed one or two minutes,and very quick's real pit stop:) She gived me very few information..just the name of church:) Inglesia la Matiz..and go in the car !!! jajajaja Mattita,saludos bambina:)
But thanks god.. we have tourismochile:)....."construction of the current building was started in 1842,when its appearance was quite primitive,but the origin of the church dates back to the year 1559,as it stands today,there have been few modifications since it construction.The 1906 earthquake made repairs essential,when the changes which can now be seen ,were effected.The towers which was originally 25 meters high,was lowered in 1620.It became a parish with the name of Nuestra Senora de Puerto Claro and in 1872 the name was changed to Matriz del Salvador del Mundo(tourismochile)"
Chile is traditionally Catholic nation,with an estimated 70% of Chileans belonging to that church,Jewish 1%,Atheist 9% and less than 0,1% other Orthodox or Muslim.

amazing view

by marsistanbul about CAFE MIRADOR

I haven't being inside of the restaurant,maybe next time..I just had some pictures..
It has amazing terrace and you can see an other picturesque view of Valparaiso but when you look at the sea,you'll see thousands containers and remembered a part of job:) Sorry for "satisfaction,price" know..

Cerro Concepcion

by kiwigal_1

Most of the time I have spent in Valparaiso I just wandered around the hills surrounding the town. It is a good way to see the colourful buildings and narrow winding streets. The great thing about this activity is that it doesn't cost you a cent!

The hill I spend the most time up is Cerro Concepcion which is located in front of the old Turri clock. You should take the Asensor (Cable Car) from here to the top of the hill and then walk around the area from here. There are plenty of restaurants, cafe´s and shops to entertain for at least 1/2 a day.


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