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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.