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Chile - DESTINATIONS & HOTELS

Santiago

Founded in 1541 in a natural basin surrounded by the Andes, Chile’s capital Santiago is a modern, cosmopolitan city and one of the key gateways to South America. Unlike its more glamorous counterpart Buenos Aires, the city has fewer acknowledged attractions but still offers world-class restaurants, museums and galleries as well as access to rolling vineyards and the spectacular mountains of the Cajon del Maipo.

At its heart, the grand government palace “La Moneda”, offers an insight into the infamous 1973 coup which deposed the former president Salvador Allende, while a short distance away, the central Plaza de Armas boasts the city’s impressive cathedral built at the end of the 18th century. Elsewhere remnants of colonial facades compete with modern tower blocks, much of the original architecture destroyed by a series of devastating earthquakes.  

Santiago sits in the shadow of the distant snow-capped Andes, best viewed from either the pretty Cerro Santo Lucia hill awash with ornate stairways, fountains and colonial facades or alternatively the larger Cerro San Cristobal. Cerro San Cristobal looms high over the city and visitors flock to the funicular railway which leads to the statue of the Virgin Mary at the top. The hill also presides over the vibrant, bohemian suburb of Bellavista home to an impressive array of bars and restaurants that come alive at night. Close by, the Casa La Chascona is former home to Chile’s most famous son, the poet Pablo Neruda.

Overlooked and unloved for years, a new generation of bars, boutique hotels and vibrant culture is sweeping through the capital and Santiago is rapidly becoming one of the most dynamic cities in South America. 

Santiago Hotels

$$$$ Lastarria Boutique Hotel Santiago

Character Boutique

Nestled amidst the bars, restaurants and galleries of Santiago’s most up-and-coming bohemian neighbourhood Lastarria, the Lastarria Boutique Hotel is a lovingly converted, historic town house dating...

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$$$$$ Singular Santiago Santiago

Luxury

Following on from the success of their sister property in Patagonia, the Singular Santiago threw open its doors in October 2014 to offer discerning travellers the height of style and comfort within...

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$$$$ Le Reve Boutique Hotel Santiago

Character Boutique

A new addition to Santiago’s growing collection of boutique hotels, Le Reve is charmingly restored townhouse tucked amidst the leafy avenues of Providencia, one of Santiago’s most attractive suburbs...

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$$$ Hotel Orly Santiago

The classic city boutique hotel, the Orly is a charmingly renovated mansion, and once family home, nestled amidst the bustling streets of Providencia close to a number of bars and restaurants. French...

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$$$$ The Aubrey Hotel Santiago

Character Boutique

The first true boutique hotel in Santiago, The Aubrey rose from the ashes of a decaying 1920’s family mansion and is perched at the foot of the city’s iconic hill Cerro San Cristobal at the heart of...

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$$$$ Hotel Su Merced Santiago

Nestled amidst the bars, restaurants and galleries of Santiago’s most up-and-coming bohemian neighbourhood Lastarria, the Hotel Su Merced is a chic, urban retreat fashioned from the dilapidated shell...

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$$$$$ W Hotel Santiago

Luxury

The iconic “W Hotel” arrived in Santiago in 2009, housed in a super-stylish sky-scraper that towers above the elegant El Golf suburb with breath taking views over the distant, snow-capped Andes....

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$$$ Hotel Galerias Santiago

Nestled amidst the hustle and bustle of downtown Santiago, Las Galerias is a modern, comfortable, city hotel in each reach of Santiago’s main attractions. Santa Lucia Hill and Park is a short stroll...

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