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.
Inside and out, Magnolia is a museum-quality mash-up of Renaissance Revival and modern that is natural and sexy. Rooms – some with a balcony, some done in Scandi-style blonde wood – are simple yet stylish, while shared common areas are eclectic. Both the restaurant and terrace bar serve great meals and drinks. And a spot in Lastarria, next to Santa Lucía Hill, means museums, shopping and loads of eateries are on the doorstep.
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.
Sitting on a piece of prime real estate in Lastarria, the Singular makes for an elegant stay. Smart rooms are designed for comfort, which extends to the private-club atmospheres of the well-regarded restaurant and bar. Book full treatments at the spa, then check out the Visual Arts Museum (MAVI) just behind the hotel.
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.
The Spanish Colonial style of Hotel Altiplánico conceals the cool Scandi design of the rooms within, while the common areas are a happy marriage of the two. Well located in Bellas Artes, opposite the MAC contemporary art museum and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, it’s also just a 10-minute walk to Plaza de Armas.
Enter this bright-red Bavarian-style mansion in Bellavista and you’ll think you’ve stepped into an Agatha Christie novel thanks to the chic 1920s decor. The bistro serves throughout the day, and you can have meals or a glass of wine in the lovely garden. Nearby sights include Pablo Neruda’s Chascona house and the funicular to San Cristóbal hill.
The ivy-covered façade of this French-style hotel in Providencia anticipates the old-world elegance and ambience within. The rooms, some of which have a balcony or terrace, are as plush and inviting as the shared spaces. Located across the river from the Sculpture Park Museum, it’s a short walk from Costanera Center, the tallest building and largest shopping mall in South America.
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.
Elegant 1927-built features combined with modern elements create comfortable spaces at Casa Bueras in Lastarria. After a comfy night in well-appointed rooms, take your breakfast or, later, cocktails from the bar to the serene leafy garden with a plunge pool. Parque Forestal is a stone’s throw away, and a short walk takes you to the Visual Arts Museum, Museo de Bellas Artes and Santa Lucía Hill.
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.