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La Joya Hostel is Valparaiso’s best kept secret, with first class facilities that do not clash with the port city’s charismatic magnetism.
What is the first image that appears in your head when you hear the word “hostel”?
Thanks to the infinite number of horror stories told by disappointed backpackers, it is probably of overcrowded spaces, bad attention and shitty food. It makes anyone think twice about staying in one of those places.
La Joya Hostel, however, breaks with this bad mold to bring you one of the better surprises of the fifth region. Thanks to the hard-work and dedication of its administration and staff, La Joya Hostel can convince even the biggest skeptic to stay with them rather than any other hostel in Valparaiso.
In the first place, the rooms are large even if you are with a bigger group. This is thanks to their making use of the duplex concept, which allows for the maximization of the space and for a good level of privacy without crossing into the anti-social. The rooms are ideal for couples that want to escape for a weekend to a relaxed place. And they have achieved acoustic insulation despite being in the middle of one of the most trafficked areas of the port.
Another plus of La Joya is that you are close to all the important sites that will make you fall in love with the immortal port city of Latin America. You are just steps away from the bus terminal, at the bottom of Cerro Baron and close to the fish market in addition to other emblematic points in the city that showcase its culture and typical architecture. The hostel is around the corner from Avenida Argentina, where there is a flea market on the weekends, and from Avenida Pedro Montt, one of Valparaiso’s main thoroughfares.
The surroundings can be taken in from the terrace of the hostel, where there is no excuse not to try the incredible food coming out of the hostel’s kitchen. They offer exquisite national and international cocktails in addition to high-quality burgers with fresh ingredients and original recipes. Recommendation: whatever you decide to eat, take it down with a nice pitcher of sangria.
The outdoor terrace has heating, so winter is no obstacle to sitting down and enjoying with other travelers, both Chilean and foreign, in a charming environment.
With regards to the staff, there is someone available 24/7 to help you arrange an activity, such as bike trips to Viña del Mar and Concon. There are other benefits like the free continental breakfast which includes juice, fruit and toppings for the classic pan batido.
Overall, La Joya fulfills the role of the new, fresh, friendly place but without falling into the stereotype of the “hip” hostel that just uses spanglish to attract “cool” clients. It maintains and respects the magic of the port, promoting Valparaiso with its incomparable decoration and ambiance. It does justice to Valparaiso by demonstrating its true possibilities.
La Joya Hostel is located at Quillota #80, Valparaiso, one block from Avenida Argentina. Learn more about the hostel on their website or through their page on Facebook.