Santiago, Chile — The Hotel Palacio Astoreca in Valparaíso, which recently celebrated its 1st anniversary, has been recognized as one of the best hotels in the world by the highly selective association Relais & Châteaux. The Palacio Astoreca’s elegance and distinction as an historic national monument, its exceptional service, and its superlative gourmet cuisine served at the hotel’s restaurant Alegre, are several of the factors that led to the hotel’s designation by the prestigious association.
The Hotel Palacio Astoreca’s new membership status was announced at the Relais & Châteaux International Congress in Berlin on November 17. The Palacio Astoreca is the first hotel in Valparaíso and only the third hotel in Chile to be chosen by Relais & Châteaux. Established in France in 1954, Relais & Châteaux’s mission is to spread its unique “L’Art de Vivre” across the globe by selecting outstanding properties with a truly unique character. Relais & Châteaux currently claims as members an exclusive collection of 520 of the best hotels and gourmet restaurants in 60 countries.
The Hotel Palacio Astoreca is located on Cerro Alegre in the heart of Valparaiso, a one-hour drive from the capital city Santiago. The design-driven, 23-room hotel offers luxe accommodations, a chic spa, a wine cava, and a outdoor terrace with utterly breathtaking views of the city’s “amphitheater” of colorful urban landscapes and the Valparaiso Bay. Restaurant Alegre, the hotel’s award-winning restaurant, was recently named “Best Restaurant Outside of Santiago” by the country’s leading newspaper, El Mercurio.
Valparaíso was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its historical importance, and the city is one of the most eclectic, artistic, and fascinating cities in South America. The Palacio Astoreca strives to integrate the rich cultural heritage of Valparaíso into the hotel experience, and can organize city tours for guests to explore the labyrinth of the city’s crooked streets.
New Year’s Eve at the Hotel Palacio Astoreca
Valparaíso is home to Chile’s most spectacular New Year’s Eve party, with one of the largest fireworks displays in the world that draws thousands of revelers every year. To celebrate the hotel’s designation as a Relais & Châteaux member and to ring in the New Year in style, the hotel will offer a special three-day package that includes lodging, breakfast, daily city tours, wine tasting, access to the hotel’s spa, and a New Year’s Eve Gourmet Dinner and Party with an open bar. Rates for two guests sharing a double room start at USD $2,549 for the three-day package.