In a city the size of Santiago, with its buzzing barrios and dramatic Andean backdrop, you need to choose the perfect place to rest. Happily, Chile’s capital brings spoonfuls of spirited South American energy when you want it and sleep-ready boutique hotels when you don’t. Here’s the best of the bunch in superlative Santiago.
This bastion of old-world comfort in the heart of high-rise ‘Sanhattan’ (aka chic Las Condes), offers white-gloved service, refined dining and a rooftop pool and spa. Opened in 2003, this stalwart of South American hospitality has stayed the test of time. Tee-up a round of golf at the nearby Country Club, followed by an al fresco lunch in the upscale eatery Estró. Clinch the deal in the lounge bar with one of more than a dozen varieties of Pisco sour and unwind in the jacuzzi as the sun kisses the snow-capped Andes.
Part of the French architectural tradition that shaped much of Santiago in the 20th century, Le Rêve (the dream) is a charming 31-room gem in cosmopolitan Providencia. For the full experience, bag one of the deluxe king suites with a balcony overlooking the hotel’s leafy gardens. The honesty bar and the free midnight snacks from the well-stocked kitchen are there to make you feel en casa.
Located strategically between the bohemian barrios of Lastarria and Bellas Artes, Casanoble Hotel Boutique is an eight-room treat for eco-conscious lovers of art, design and architecture. Clean, crisp and fresh, the stripped back, upcycled interiors and pot plants throughout are part of the mission of this urban retreat to keep its environmental impact to a minimum. Freshly roasted coffee will set you up for a day of exploring the arty attractions on the doorstep.
Shaped from a lovingly-refurbished 1912 mansion, the photogenic interiors and airy gardens of this Belle Epoque palace in Barrio Brasil make it a popular option for Santiago’s high-society soirées. The dreamy, floral watercolor murals in the rooms add to the property’s charm and that special feeling of having found an oasis in Santiago’s urban sprawl.
Being in the bohemian barrio of Lastarria is possibly the best of a bunch of reasons for staying at Casa Bueras. The stylish interiors and the pool (a rarity for most Santiago boutique hotels) are two more good reasons to stay put. But resist the temptation to hunker down entirely at your luxury retreat; with Santiago’s Parque Forestal and Cerro Santa Lucía on the doorstep, as well as the city’s best dive bars, restaurants, galleries and hipster hangouts, this is a brilliant base camp.
The bohemian and artsy neighborhood of Bellavista is home to the Tinto Boutique Hotel; inside a 1927 art deco exterior, eight luxurious rooms reside. Guests can enjoy a relaxing stay while exploring the flavors of Chile, since the hotel focuses largely on national gastronomy. With its own restaurant and exclusive rooftop bar, you’ll find everything and more required for a perfect stay.
Situated in the heart of the fashionable neighborhood of Alonso de Córdova is the Noi Vitacura. This hotel offers premium luxury to all its guests, with rooms equipped with divinely comfortable beds and other facilities. Benefit from the spa – a heavenly place for relaxation – before heading out onto the spectacular rooftop bar to enjoy views of Santiago and the Andes.
Alongside the Parque Forestal resides The Singular Santiago, a hotel whose architecture is a mix of the early 20th-century and French neoclassical style. The interior recalls the palaces of past centuries and the atmosphere is one of elegance and sophistication. There are endless surprises here, including a spa, the fantastic Singular Restaurant, the Singular Rooftop Bar and the rooftop swimming pool.
Located in the centre of Plaza Mori is the Castillo Rojo (Red Castle). This eye-catching house was originally built in 1923 and 90 years later was transformed into a lovely boutique hotel. Original furniture remains, while other features were altered to return the house to its original style. The restaurant flies the flag for national gastronomy. This boutique hotel has 19 rooms, each with unique decor and luxury facilities.
Carménère Hotel is an environmentally-minded retreat that aims to minimize any negative impact involved in running the hotel. Charming and rustic, the interior design of the five rooms recall the valleys of Chile, while still providing metropolitan comforts. The included breakfast, all-organic coffee bar and wine-cellar are the perfect example of great Chilean cuisine.
Step into the lobby of this remodeled house and feel at home. Quiet, bright and well-equipped rooms welcome guests, offering them the utmost comfort for a peaceful night’s sleep. Since there are only nine rooms, there’s a friendly degree of familiarity among guests and staff to make the stay even more enjoyable. The price includes a satisfying buffet-style breakfast, which can be served in the restaurant or outside on the terrace.
In the heart of Providencia stands the rather special Hotel Orly. This architecturally French mansion promises a heavenly night’s sleep in its beautifully furnished rooms. Don’t miss out on the free breakfast or on-the-house parking for those who arrive on wheels.
Adequately named, CasaSur Charming is the perfect place for jet-setters who enjoy the little things in life. Having explored the world, owners Catalina and Eduardo wanted to create the perfect hotel which they would have liked to have found on their travels. The luxury here is in the simple things: the owners take pleasure in personalizing details to suit every guest.