Casa Patrimonial Little Castle
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Sorry for the swarm of updates here. Our true coordinates at this moment is Mendoza, Argentina and are spending Christmas here. Everything in Mendoza is closed, which gives a great opportunity to catch up on my blog. I wanted to touch base with the Northern part of Chile where we visited both Vina Del Mar and Valporaiso. Our home base at …
We have been quite lazy whilst in Vina.
We've stayed in bed, slept loads, eaten ice creams, sunbathed on the beach and played in the huge waves that crash onto the steep beach here. The waves were so big and the drag even bigger is was quiet scary at times. One minute you'd be stood in ankle deep water and the next it's up to your waist …
We took the bus out to Vina Del Mar from Santiago (about 2 hrs) to escape the hustle and bustle for a few days.
The place we were staying at was a massive old building up on Cerro Castillo, a hill for the rich and famous - the president's summer residence is up here somewhere. We met Paul and Kim from our tour who were staying in the same …
... but after a bit if research he found that we could get a direct bus so we decided to 'go it alone'. The bus proved to be a great way to travel, with great reclining seats, DVD, water and toilets. The journey was 2 hours each way and cost just over £10 each return. When we got off the bus an official tourist information person spoke to us, provided us with a map and pointed out where the key areas ...
... to be carried out). We are staying on hill called Cerro Alegre one of the "tourist hills" where there are a lot of nice bars, cafes and restaurants.
Apart from looking at views, nice houses and cool graffiti around the hills we also went to visit La Sebastiana, another one of Pable Neruda, (the most famous Chilean poet of modern times) house. I think that this house was his favourite. Must admit it was very cool indeed with a lovely view.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsCasa Patrimonial Little Castle Vina del Mar
We read loads of great reviews of this place before booking and think it was a little over egged. It's not the best hostel in SA and neither is it the best breakfast either. Maybe we were expecting more due to the great reviews.
As soon as you go through the front door you are straight onto a steep set of stairs which take you into a living room. Off this room are bedrooms, a kitchen and bathroom. Another set of narrow stairs take you down to another floor - toilet, bathroom, more rooms, a seating area and kitchen.
We had to cancel our first night because of buses and we phoned and emailed Patricio - however when we arrived there was some confusion and we weren't sure at first if he was going to try and charge us. he didn't. We arrived at 9am and if we had taken a room at that time he said he would charge us. But then decided we go into the room after all.
The first room we were given had no windows to the outside - only high up windows into the corridor - these windows did not have a curtain across them, so if the light disturbs you, this isn't the room for you. The room was large with a decent sized bed, but there was a damp smell.
We asked to change room as we wanted a window. This one wasn't ready so we waited a short while. It was a smaller room but had 2 windows. The bed was smaller, the mattress was very thin - so thin that when you sat in bed you could feel the slats of the bed through it.
The shared bathroom was always clean and the shower was hot and strong.
The kitchen on the lower floor was not as well equipped as the one on the first floor - we had to go up for a shape knife, pan big enough for pasta and a decent sized frying pan. There was no hot water in this kitchen, so to wash up we boiled the kettle. The teatowel was always wet so it was difficult to dry your dishes.
The breakfast was available between 9am and 10am and it consisted of warm bread, meat, cheese, sometimes avocado and jam with tea and coffee. OK, but nothing out of the ordinary. If you got there near 10am you generally only had the pick of the biscuit style bread.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.