Cityscape Delight

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Von Schroeders 273 Dpto. 1506, Vina del Mar, Chile

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Good value apartment near Miramar metro station. Jan 22, 2017
My wife and I stayed at Cityscape Delight for 4 nights during our visit to Viña del Mar in November 2016.

Cityscape Delight is a private rental apartment located on the 15th floor of a tall residential tower; Condominio Santa Maria de Los Reyes.

We first saw this property on airbnb.com, but ultimately booked it through www.booking.com where the price was slightly cheaper and the booking process was more straightforward. We paid £38 ($US49) per night for a one-bedroom apartment with kitchenette and balcony. Payment was taken in full at the time of booking; a couple of months before our stay.

This price included 19% VAT which wasn’t shown in the originally quoted price. Foreign visitors to Chile are exempt from paying VAT on hotels and some other accommodations, but this seemingly doesn’t apply to private rentals.

Having made the booking through booking.com, I then received direct communications from Vacasa; the company that manages this apartment rental. After confirming our expected arrival time, I received a lengthy email with check-in instructions and other useful information. The instructions included a “lockbox code”. I wasn’t entirely sure what it was for, but all became clear when we arrived to check in. We made our way to the building’s reception and told the gentleman at the desk that we had a reservation for apartment #1506. He confirmed that we had a lockbox code and then sent us up to the 15th floor in a lift. The lockbox was a small box mounted on the wall outside the apartment door. We keyed in the code that we had received, opened the box and found the keys for the apartment.

Location

Cityscape Delight is located on the 15th floor of Tower B of the Condominio Santa Maria de Los Reyes residential building on Von Schroeders.

The apartment is conveniently located just a minute’s walk from Miramar station on the Valparaiso Metro line. From there, it is just a 15 minute train ride to Puerto station in Valparaiso; the final stop on the line. A one way journey costs just 400-500 CLP (£0.50-£0.60) depending on the time of day.

A 5 minute walk brought us to Puente Casino (Casino Bridge) and Calle San Martin with its large selection of international restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. Just beyond that is the long Playa El Sol beach.

Just around the corner from the apartment block is Calle Valparaiso; lined with shops and markets and bustling with shoppers during the daytime, and home to fast food outlets and several lively bars at night.

A 10 minute walk brought us to Reloj de Flores (Viña del Mar’s famous flower clock), the sandy Playa Caleta Abarca beach and the seafront Castillo Wulff.

There is a mini-market at the entrance of the apartment block and several more close by, including one which was still open at 11:30pm on the Sunday evening that we arrived.

We arrived at the apartment from Santiago’s Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport via bus and taxi. As there are no direct buses from the airport to Viña del Mar or Valparaiso, the journey involved a bus ride from the airport to Santiago’s Alameda station, followed by a bus ride from there to Viña del Mar’s Rodoviario bus station and a short taxi ride from there to the apartment. The bus ride from Santiago to Viña del Mar took around 1 hour and 50 minutes (cost 4,900 CLP (£6) per person on a bus operated by Tur-Bus). The 2km taxi ride from Rodoviario bus station to the apartment cost 4,200 CLP (£5.25).

At the end of our stay, we caught a taxi back to Rodoviario bus station, paying 3,500 CLP (£4.40).

Apartment

The apartment, #1506, is located on the 15th floor of a 17 storey tower block. I always felt a little queasy when venturing out onto the narrow balcony. There are great views from there, but I certainly couldn’t imagine sitting at the provided chairs and table and relaxing with a glass of wine!

The apartment consists of two rooms; an en-suite bedroom and a lounge/kitchenette. The two rooms can be separated by means of a slide-along door, but we tended to keep it open plan. The balcony can be accessed from both rooms.

The bedroom contained a comfortable double bed with lots of pillows and cushions, good sized wardrobes, bedside cabinets and lamps on either side of the bed and colourful artwork on the wall. A small flat screen TV was mounted on a bracket in a corner of the room at the foot of the bed.

The lounge contained a sofa, a large flat screen TV and some sort of intricate music system (which we never attempted to use). The TV picked up dozens of Spanish-language local and satellite channels, as well as BBC World News in English. A small unit, on which the TV stood, contained lots of useful maps, guides and magazines.

Free wi-fi was provided (the password had been included in the email that I received prior to arrival, but was also written down on a card in the apartment) and it was 100% reliable and fast enough for our needs.

There were enough electrical sockets for charging batteries and devices overnight. Although Chilean sockets contain 3 round holes, we were able to use European-style 2 round pin plugs without needing an adaptor.

The kitchenette included a fridge, an oven with hobs, a microwave, a kettle and a breakfast bar with stools. Several cupboards and drawers were filled with all the necessary cooking utensils, cutlery, crockery and glassware.

The en-suite shower room contained a shower over a small bathtub. There was always plenty of hot water and the water pressure in the shower got Emma’s seal of approval. A generous supply of toiletries and towels were provided upon arrival, but they were not replenished or changed throughout our stay. We knew this would be the case when we booked the apartment.

The apartment didn’t have air-conditioning or heating, but the evening temperature was generally comfortable in November and we were able to open the balcony doors in both rooms to let fresh air in.

General

Security levels are very high at Condominio Santa Maria de Los Reyes. Although the main gate is open during daylight hours, after dark you must press a buzzer just to get into the 24-hour manned reception area. Once in reception, the gentleman on reception had to grant us access to the lifts by way of thumbprint recognition. The sturdy wooden door of our apartment had three locks which required three separate keys.

Rental of the apartment includes use of the communal pool. We ventured up to the rooftop one day, expecting to find it there. We discovered a gym, a laundry room and a spacious terrace with lots of tables, chairs and sofas laid out, but no pool. We didn’t make any further efforts to locate the pool; it may have been on the rooftop of the building’s other tower.

Summary:

We enjoyed our 4 night stay at Cityscape Delight. The apartment was clean, bright and modern and contained everything that we needed for a comfortable stay. The location was perfect for our needs, being right next to the Miramar metro station for our day trips into Valparaiso and within easy walking distance of the many restaurants along Calle San Martin. We would happily recommend this apartment to anybody wanting a reasonably priced base for exploring Viña del Mar and Valparaiso.
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