Santiago, the capital of Chile, is home to a dazzling array of eclectic neighborhoods, so book a room in a boutique hotel to get a feel for the area. Head to Bellavista for nightlife, Providencia for dining and Bellas Artes for the museums; other worthy stays can be found in Lastarria and Barrio Brasil. Here’s our guide to the best boutique hotels in Santiago, all bookable on Culture Trip.
A contemporary hotel in the Jardín del Este neighborhood, Bidasoa has Art Deco rooms with rich textile touches and large windows. Upgrade to the Presidential Suite for a fully equipped kitchen you’ll truly want to cook in. The pool and sundeck are true summer treats. It all sits a short walk from the Parque Arauco shopping mall and two golf courses.
Unlike the stark-white hyper-modern façade, the contemporary interior spaces here stick to warm earth tones. Rooms house oversized reproductions of artworks found in the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, a 10-minute walk away. The restaurant is a good choice for light meals and drinks, while the rooftop is kitted with a sundeck, plunge pool and a bar with indoor and outdoor seating.
Located in the Pedro de Valdivia Norte neighborhood on the eastern side of San Cristóbal Hill, the Ladera Hotel is sleek and contemporary. Nearly all rooms have panoramic views of the city or of San Cristóbal and the mountains. The long, shallow rooftop pool and sundeck are perfect for summer lazing. Rejuvenate at the spa with a beauty treatment; spa basics include the horizontal shower, sauna and jacuzzi, available around the clock. A slew of restaurants are a short walk across the Mapocho River.
Located in a quiet part of Providencia, the cosy Carménère is a short walk from the Italia, Lastarria and Bellavista neighborhoods. Aside from the 800-count bedding and pillow menu, you’ll also have use of an iPad mini. Breakfast is prepared using locally sourced organic ingredients, plus there’s a complimentary 24-hour coffee/tea bar with fresh fruit and pastries, not to mention a wine cellar stocked with organic wines. The tranquil garden is perfect for having an al fresco breakfast or enjoying a glass of carménère.
Each of the rooms at Matildas in Barrio Brasil has a distinct but charming color scheme along with polished wood floors and period paned windows. The tidy garden is a quiet place for breakfast or coffee. A 10-minute walk west leads to a cluster of museums such as the Artequin Art, Memorial and Human Rights, Contemporary Art and Natural History. The honesty bar back at the hotel is welcome after a day’s adventures.
A former Spanish colonial mansion, the Aubrey has more than a hint of Tudor, a look that extends to the airy, comfortable rooms. Extensive outdoor spaces almost qualify it as a resort; enjoy the pool and sundeck, or have a drink on the terrace. Looking for a special evening? Book a table at nearby Restaurante 040, one of the best restaurants in Latin America.
Mary Katherine Gwynn contributed additional reporting to this article.
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