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Located in the heart of Cerro Alegre, one of the oldest and most charming residential zones of Valparaiso; the Mm450 Boutique is one of the sweetest finds in town. In Chile, there are few places that have as many options for accommodation as Valpo. They can range from dirt cheap deals to top of the line luxurious offers. It’s been less than a year since it first opened, and the Mm450 offers an excellent combo: top quality service in a beautiful setting at affordable prices.
Cerro Alegre is one of the areas in Valparaiso that has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its impressive architecture and unique character. Within walking distance there are many trendy shops and cute cafés and restaurants. This place makes a great base to explore the area.
When I first walked into this classic Valparaiso-style house, all my senses became all mellowed as I took in the zen vibe of the place. The spaces are big, the ceilings are high and there are no superfluous decorations. Inside, everything is a harmonious mix of glass, wood, stone, leather and flowers; it all feels very essential. However, what impressed me the most was the use of recycled furniture and materials. It was so well done that you wouldn’t know they were recycled unless you really pay attention to details.
The guys at the reception were very helpful all the time, they always had great suggestions for what to do and see in Valparaiso. They were always super friendly and warm. The other guests were also cool and a bit older than the usual hostel crowd, something that I enjoyed :)
There are private rooms
and dorms (with lockers); some have shared bathrooms others are en suite. All rooms are spacious, spotlessly clean and bright; and all beds have crisp white sheets. It felt like heaven taking a warm shower and then lying in bed after my long walks in Valparaiso.
On the second floor, there is a kitchen available for guests. The space is bright and clean; but it’s only set as a cold kitchen. That means that it’s not made for any serious cooking; it’s more for fixing snacks or eating something that’s already been cooked. That was all the encouragement I needed to go looking for the best food in Valpo.
The Common Area
There are plenty of spaces for socializing in the hostel: there’s an outdoor patio, a couple of living rooms, a dinning area and a bar. There are enough places to sit and relax, with nice chilled music in the background and a strong wi-fi signal all over the house ;)
The Best: Breakfast
One of the best things of staying at the Mm450 is the included breakfast, which to be honest is one of the best of any hostel I’ve ever stayed at. It starts with a nice glass of fresh fruit juice (made with whatever is in season) and some fruits. Then you get eggs, a selection of cheeses, warm bread and decent coffee. The perfect start for a busy day of walking in Valparaiso
If you’re visiting Valparaiso, this is one of the best options around for accommodation, so make sure to check them out! Also, have a look at their Facebook page; they publish offers and promotions regularly. And if you want to see more photos from my stay at the Mm450 Boutique in Valparaiso, visit my gallery.