The hotel is on the Cerro Mariposa. This Cerro (hill) is in the middle of all 42 Cerros in Valparaiso and therefore has a wonderful view of the whole city as far as the sea. For this reason and several others, the decision to build the hotel was made of the Cerro Mariposa.
The Cerro Mariposa was originally named after the abundance and biodiversity of the insect of the same name in Valparaiso. Today the Cerro Mariposa is a quiet neighborhood where you can relax for a few days and feel like a “Porteño”. However, this does not mean that it is boring and there is nothing to visit. Quite the opposite. Due to its central location, there is quite a lot that you can see right in front of your eyes. From the house of the famous chilean poet Pablo Neruda to the famous Cerro Alegre, everything is within walking distance.
And best of all, on the way from the centre to the hotel, the colorful wine trail full of graffiti from artists from all over south America awaits you. This wine route to the hotel was initiated by the WineBox Valparaiso itself in the form of a graffiti festival. Popular artists from different countries in South America were invited to immortalize their works of art on the Wine Trail.
Grant launched the WineBox project in 2013 with the help of architect Camila Ulloa. Once the site had been found, the land purchased and the building permission obtained, the project could begin.
The recycling of old ship containers turned out to be a challenge for the time being. How do you create a respectable hotel with containers stacked on top of each other? And not only that, but also the question of how the guests can actually spend the night? Containers reverberate, they insulate and the Wifi connections from one container to another are cut. So in order for the 25 containers to become a hotel, a lot had to be thought of.
Despite challenges, the basic aspect was to create the whole hotel by recycling if possible. For example, newsprint in the walls, plants and wood are used to reduce noise. Colors and graffiti on and in the containers provide beautiful views. And last but not least, furniture and decorative items are made from recycled pallets, bottles and bathtubs.
To learn more about our recycling, please click on this link and you will be redirected to our “Recycling” page.
The beginnings of the hotel
The winery in the hotel
Grant came to Chile over 18 years ago as a winemaker. It is his great passion. So he didn’t just want to give it up when he built the hotel. Therefore the hotel became, a hotel with an urban winery. It is the first hotel in Valparaiso and probably the whole southern hemisphere with its own urban winery. The wine is produced with the WineBox Valparaiso guests in the transition months to winter. This makes it the first hotel (probably ever) to produce wine with the help of hotel guests. For more information, see the “Urban Winery” page.
Mission of the WineBox
The WineBox consists of recycled containers, as well as the tables, chairs and other props inside. The mission is therefore clear: to pursue the theme of recycling in all WineBox Valparaiso operations and productions. Furthermore, the hotel wants to spread the message all over the world. The footprint of the WineBox Valparaiso is intended to improve the world by at least a little bit in terms of sustainability.