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Thursday, 31 August 2006

Vila Franca, Santiago, Chile - Page 2

Written by Christina Kay Bolton
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Vila Franca is a small, affordable guest house in downtown Santiago that exudes comfort and style.  After greeting us, its friendly owners immediately made us feel at home in their cushy living room and relaxing courtyard.  The rooms, uncluttered and spotless, had comfortable beds, fine linens, and nice furniture.  They weren't big, but what they lacked in size, they made up for in design.  Large, shuttered windows looking over a pleasant street made the experience complete.


We visited the gorgeous cathedral. We took the funicular up to the park where a large statue of the Virgin Mary towers over the city, and we watched the sunset. At dusk, we scrambled down the winding path that descends the mountain, along with a large group of others who also missed the last funicular down.


There is a popular street of upscale restaurants a few blocks from the inn called Orrego Luco.  Unfortunately, we didn't try any of them as we were across the city at dinnertime.  You can get almost any kind of food in Santiago, restaurants have diverse menus, and al fresco dining is common.


Vila Franca also has a computer with high speed internet that you can use for free and security boxes in each room.  It only has 4 rooms, though, so book early to avoid disappointment.  I wanted to extend my stay in Santiago partly just to be there longer.



Vila Franca

Perez Valenzuela 1650,,Providencia, Santiago, Chile, Tel:  (56 2) 235 1413

Doubles cl 30.000 (about $62 US, depending on the exchange rate).

If you're coming from the airport Rita can arrange transfers for you (about $22 US).

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©Christina Kay Bolton


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