Viña del Mar, on Chile’s central Pacific coast, is quieter than neighboring Valparaíso but still packs a punch with its beaches and nightlife. To avoid missing out, choose one of these excellent places to stay, bookable on Culture Trip.
Right next door to Valparaíso is the less touristy, quieter, more aesthetically pleasing town of Viña del Mar. The comparison between the two is similar to that of the tattooed, loud, wild child, always attracting attention that is Valparaíso, and the quiet, well put together, organized sibling happy to fly under the radar somewhat unnoticed that is Viña del Mar. People are shocked of its tranquil beauty and stunning green spaces, and you will be disappointed if you only visit on a day trip. So, enjoy one of these great places to stay, and make Viña del Mar your temporary home that you will not want to leave.
The imposing ship-like Sheraton Miramar Hotel sits right on the waterfront, so you can enjoy the breezy feel of a cruise while docked firmly on Viña del Mar’s shores. Polished interiors, luminous rooms and sweeping sea views are all in the cards here. Start your day with a yoga class in the fitness center before taking a dip in the indoor or outdoor heated swimming pools for some seafront laps.
Set atop sea-splashed rocks is the subtly showstopping Hotel Oceanic. Anything you do here, whether it’s waking up nestled in crisp white sheets, tucking into the continental breakfast or pampering yourself with an invigorating massage, will be done with grandiose views out over the lapping waves. Las Salinas Beach, a Viña del Mar staple, is a short walk away if you’re keen to feel the sand between your toes.
Just a dice-throw from the Municipal Casino, you’ll find the swanky Pullman Viña del Mar San Martín. Neutral tones and soft, wooden furnishings feature throughout the spacious rooms, so you can have some down time after hitting the casino by night, or the vivacious Acapulco Beach and its picturesque Vergara Pier by day.
Enjoy Viña del Mar isn’t just a hotel name but an imperative – book a stay here if you’re looking for a good time. Ovo Nightclub is on your doorstep for wild weekends of live music and dynamic dance moves. You can also head to the on-site casino to try your luck at some poker, bingo or game tables. If you’d prefer to line your stomach rather than your pockets, tuck into some Mediterranean-inflected seafood or freshly made pizzas at Santerra restaurant.
Hotel North South brings together the varied landscapes of Chile, with each room featuring panoramic shots of mountains, coastlines and lakes. To continue your Chilean culture fix, head to the Fonck Museum next door for a dose of history and archaeology (including an Easter Island Moai statue) or Carrasco Palace, the French château-style architectural beauty that today houses Viña del Mar’s cultural center and library.
Cassinetta Hotel sits in a bright, butter-colored French house dating back to the 1940s. It’s in the hushed neighborhood of Recreo, just a couple of blocks from iconic Viña del Mar sights like the flower clock and Caleta Abarca Beach. With only 12 rooms, you’ll be guaranteed tranquility and privacy here whether that’s while resting in the floral garden or tucking into a breakfast of fresh fruits, cured meats and an expertly whipped chocolate mousse.
180 Hotel Boutique lies in the impressive Cerro Castillo neighborhood that houses imposing castles and palaces constructed for Chile’s elite, including the Cerro Castillo Presidential Palace, the Chilean president’s summer residence. Give yourself the regal treatment by checking into this antique-adorned heritage house where you can watch the world go by from the picturesque terrace, or head to nearby Cerro Esperanza lookout point for a gander over the ocean.
If a salty sea breeze that reaches the greenery of a calming wood sounds like your idea of a flawless break, head to Hotel Bosque de Reñaca. The 84 spacious rooms look out onto the hotel’s lush gardens, and the on-site Abedul Restaurant will spoil your taste buds with its Chilean-Peruvian seafood delights, including juicy offerings of salmon steak and grilled octopus.