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Day 92- 6.50am. First one here for my 9am flight. Got the usual go through my bag check. I don't blame them this time. I got a solid beard now and I was wearing like 3 jumpers and my jacket over the top had like 15 pockets. Waiting before I get on the plane about 30 school kids came out of no where and sat next to me. They're all laughing and taking pictures. There was this white boy sitting about two seats down from me. I say to him, "hey, hey". He ...
... and other countries were “happy” to overlook a few blunt “misdemeanors” or “unsavory rumours”. He was eventually deposed in general elections which he claimed he championed and whilst in the UK in the 1998 he was put under house arrest, at the orders of a Spanish Judge.The British Government were reluctant to have Pinochet extradited (Chile had been an important ally in the Falklands War) .Eventually Jack Straw sent him back on the ...
... Next onto the fish, meat and veggie market. The fish market has some great little restaurants to eat at and the market building, which is made out of steel, was made in Glasgow and shipped over in the late 1860's. There was actually two of the steel structures made and thankfully for Santiago they were sent the wrong one. The building they got has a higher ceiling and loads of ventilation, perfect for a fish market. It is great to walk around and support the markets as ...
... we talked to Ed and Betty whom we had met on Cruise Critic. Decided we were too tired to exercise so we just relaxed until dinner. Saw part of the Elton John impersonator show before dinner. Met Peter, Arlene and Leonard for dinner. Food was nothing special. Listened to the lounge singer after dinner. ...
... the largest private wine collection in South America. The second stop was a small family owned vineyard named after one of the owners Laura Hartwig. It was beautiful and the real highlight was taking a tour of the vineyard on a horse-drawn carriage. The third vineyard, Viu Manent, was where we ate our 3 course lunch under a large pergola topped with grape vines and an equestrian track behind us. Each course came with a different wine. After lunch we also got to try ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Bonaparte Santiago
A little way out of town but highly recomended
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Bonaparte Santiago
Una cómoda estancia
Nos alojamos tres noches en diciembre. Éste era un hotel cómodo y tranquilo. Las habitaciones parecían un poco desgastadas por el uso, pero todo estaba muy limpio. Cuartos de baño reformados y modernos. El desayuno era apropiado e incluido en el precio de la habitación y el personal muy ,muy bueno, desde el conserje hasta, la señora de la limpieza, los camareros del desayuno, y el personal de recepción. El acceso a Internet gratis fue también un toque agradable, me gustaba mandar un mensaje de correo electrónico rápido a casa. Este hotel también se convirtió en una magnífica plataforma durante nuestros días y noches tan ajetreados en Santiago. Por el día o íbamos en coche al campo para pasar el día haciendo senderismo en los Andes o pasábamos el día en el centro de la ciudad para visitar la zona del parque de San Cristóbal. Aunque estaba ubicado en una zona tranquila, se hallaba a tan sólo cinco minutos del barrio de Bellavista, donde cenábamos siempre, una zona de moda muy divertida. Podías andar por sus pintorescas calles sin problemas, pero estaba a 7 interminables manzanas de la calle principal donde puedes ir de compras. Probamos hacerlo una vez, pero teníamos tan poco tiempo que la mayoría de tiempo conducíamos por allí. Disfrutad.
Un gran hotel
Nos quedamos en el hotel Bonaparte al principio y final de nuestro viaje a Chile. El hotel está enclavado en la zona de Provedencia, lo que significa que dispones de una gran gama de bares y restaurantes donde elegir. El personal del mostrador principal de este hotel es de lo más amable que jamás hemos conocido en todos nuestros viajes. Nos facilitaron consejos, nos consiguieron coches, intentaron enseñarnos algunas palabras en español y se portaron realmente bien. Las habitaciones están un poco desvencijadas y el aire acondicionado es ruidoso pero lo mantienen todo muy limpio. El acceso a Internet es gratuito, la zona de la piscina muy agradable aunque pequeña. Sólo tomábamos el desayuno allí, que lamentablemente no era de calidad, sólo mediocre, pero no dejes que esto te haga cambiar de opinión a la hora de quedarte aquí. Está muy bien ubicado, a cinco minutos andando de la parada de metro de Los Lyons y junto a todas las tiendas y cafeterías de Provedencia. Si andas durante 5 minutos más llegarás a los parques a la orilla del río y si sigues al Parque Metropolitano, donde puedes montarte en el funicular que te llevará hasta el Cerro de San Cristóbal. Es un recorrido muy divertido pero, si eres como yo que te asustan las alturas, te dará un poco de pavor.
We stayed for 3 nites in December. This was a quiet and comfortable hotel. The rooms seemed a bit worn but all was very clean. Modern redone bathrooms. B-fast was ok and free, the service very very good: From the door man, cleaning lady, b-fast servers and front desk. The free internet was a nice touch too, It was great to send a quick email home.
This hotel was also a great launching pad for our busy filled days and nites in Santiago. By day we would either drive out to the country side for a day hike in the Andes or we were off to the city center to view San Cristobal park area. It was in a quiet area but only 5 mins to get to the Bellevista hood where we had all our dinners, a fun trendy area. You could walk the streets no problem as it was quaint, but it was a long 7 blocks to the main street for shopping. We tried that once but our time was so short we mostly drove about. Enjoy.
Great hotel in a quiet location. Staff is fantastic.
We stayed in the Hotel Bonaparte at the start and again at the end of our trip to Chile. The hotel is set in the Provedencia area which means you have a huge range of bars and resturaunts to choose from. The front desk staff in this hotel are amongst the friendliest we have ever met in all our travels. They gave us advice, arranged for cars, tried to teach us some spanish and were genuinely great! The rooms are a bit on the tired side and the air con is noisy but it is all kept really clean. Internet access is free, the pool area is very pleasant although small. The breakfasts were the only meals we ate there. sadly they weren't great, just mediocre, but don't let that stop you staying here. It is so well placed, a five minute walk takes you to Los Lyons Metro stop and all the shops and cafes of Provedencia. Another five minutes will lead to the parks beside the river and onwards again to the Parque Metropolitano, where you can take a cable car up to the Cerro San Cristobel. Great fun but mega scarey, if like me you aren't that good with heights.
Great value hotel
Great value hotel in santiago. We paid 70 USD a night and that includes a good breakfast with wide choice of hot food, cereals, fruit, toast and yoghurts. Staff are exceptionally friendly and the hotel is located in a good neighbourhood. Only downside is that its a 15 minute walk to the main shopping street, restaurants and metro (Los leones or Pedro de Valvidia). Closer hotels to the main street to consider are Torremayor and Hotel Neruda. However I would stay again at Hotel Bonaparte:good sized rooms, air con, outdoor pool and even a sauna. We stayed in Santiago for three and a half days and that is adequate. Must visit Pablo Neruda´s house called La Chascona. A day trip to the port town of Valparaiso is easily done and provides a good contrast to Santiago.
Great value for your money
We booked our hotel through Octopus Travel agency for $67.50 a night with a good buffet breakfast included, the rack rate listed was $104 per night, and a Canadian couple had paid $115 per night through their travel agent. The rooms, though small, were clean and comfortable, and the "free" internet was a plus. The service staff were excellent and there is a taxi for hire on the premises, reliable and reasonably priced (we used it for the city tour and drop off to airport). Highly recommend it.
Very Pretty, The Bonaparte Hotel
Very Pretty, The Bonaparte Hotel
It really was unforgetable destination, beautiful Santiago Chile. It will be kept in my and my friends' memories the small but happiest hotel on the road Mar Del Plata ,
the Bonaparte Hotel.
Actually, it isn't normal for me, an old Thai lady to go the very far distant country, the opposite side of the world, CHILE. In July 1-16, 2005, it was very happy duration, I had a chance to join the Expo Science 2005 ( ESI 2005 ) in Santiago. My friends and I did useful duties for our beloved country Thailand by displaying the Science Project " The Fossil Exploration " . We flew longer than 24 hours with 2 stops at Frankfurt and Sau Paolo to Santiago. More than 35 hours we had been fighting with so tired journey.Very much money , we paid for the plane tickets. First , we were fixed by the organizer of the ESI 2005 to stay at the Los Nogales Hotel, but when we were taken by the car from the airport we were dropped at the Bonaparte Hotel.The driver said us to get off, we were frightened, why it wasn't the Los Nogales as we'd heard before.What to do, we had to get off in front of a small house in the cold small fine drops of rain. It looked like a house, not a hotel.
" Hello! Madam " " May I help you?" There was a young plump man with smile all over his face came to us.
I said " We are the Expo Science participants from Thailand " " We don't know we are staying here ".
The young man continued hastening to touch our luggages as we were still getting hold of as we didn't trust him.
" Please don't carry it yourself, it's my duty " He reminded us kindly.
We had to defend ourselves by saying " Just want to help you, too many
We were push to do everything what they called " check in".
Finally we were taken to the lift to the second floor the room number 205. On the way to the room the young man explained us where and when to have breakfast, using internet was free 24 hours at the computer set in front of the room, contacting the reception anytime at the Z-floor,.......... He advised us about everything the hotel offered guests.
We were very happy to stay at the hotel on July 2-8. It was a lovely clean hotel. Everyone at the reception was very friendly.Every morning, after breakfast we were taken to the Exhibition hall or the places for excursions. We had a very good friend at the hotel
" Francesco", the young man that we met on the first day in Chile. We tought him to speak Thai, to greet by the way of Thai greeting "Wai". When we had any problems about going out, and places for shopping, we consulted with him. When he was off , we could ask everyone at the reception for help.
After the ESI 2005, we went to closed north of Chile for travelling on July 9-11. How wonderful the scenery along the way !!!! How nice the people we'd met !!! The places we visited were exellent !!! La Serena and Coguimbo were the cities visited.Thanks everyone who made us experienced such good things.
We returned back to Santiago on July 12 morning. We were taken by a lovely friend " Felipe " to travel at a closed city " ValpariZo" until July 12 night. It was one thing for sure we checked in at the Bonaparte Hotel once again. This time we stayed at the very pretty hotel for 2 nights July 12, and 13 and we asked for the same room 205. We'll never forget every good impression, and hope to come again.
On the occasion of National Mother's Day of Thailand, August 12, 2005,if I win the prize, I promise to my mum to take her to visit a very beautiful place in the north of Thailand.If I lose I'll go back to my home town to visit her and take her to travel at the near city
Great Great Great!!
I loved this place!! It was the first of nine hotels I'd be staying at within a 4 week period and it was my favorite of all nine.
The rooms were just adorable...lots of light from the huge windows, hardwood floors, tons of space, and the best bathroom ever!!
The service was equally as wonderful. The staff bent over backwards to be helpful. A few of the staff members spoke English and those that weren't that proficient couldn't wait to practice with us. They were great.
Breakfast was fantastic. The chef cooked whatever you wanted just the way you wanted it. Sweet!!
It was a bit tucked away, but not far from some good shopping and restaurants. It is a bit far from the city center, but this hotel is worth the taxi ride to get around town.
I can't wait to go back to Santiago, just so I can stay there.
I stayed at this hotel many different times for months at a time, and I have to say its a fantastic place to stay. The staff is OVERLY friendly and very accomodating. Very clean, room service, hot breakfast, cook will cook you wahtever you want. Nice wines. The location is near outside of the city centre and actually requires a taxi. Although I walked it once and it took me like an hour. Very quiet, shops near by. I took a taxi to the bazaars, city centr, etc etc and it worked out quite well.