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Santiago is Chile’s capital and largest city and is ideally located between both the Pacific Ocean, and the Andes. The diversity this position offers allows visitors to go from mountain to beach recreation activities all in the same day. From ski to swim, the possibilities are endless.
Santiago’s largest green space, the Cerro San Cristóbal park, offers the best views over the city. Here, you can observe towering skyscrapers contrasted with the natural majesty of the Andes, which beautifully frame this uncommon capital city.
Home to 40 percent of Chileans, the enduring appeal for residents and visitors is obvious. Santiago is vibrant and modern with a rich colonial history. These are our top picks for hotels in the area.
Best Overall: Hotel Boutique Castillo Rojo
The bright cheery scarlet facade of Boutique Castillo Rojo (which means “the red castle”) is easy to spot at the center of Plaza Mori in the heart of Bellavista. Known as the bohemian district, this area features market stalls, trendy boutiques and plenty of nightclubs, bars and restaurants. This No. 1 rated TripAdvisor hotel for value was originally built in 1923 as a private home and is well-known for its attentive friendly staff.
Each of the 19 individually climate-controlled guestrooms at the Castillo Rojo feature comfortable bedding, neutral relaxing decor, free Wi-Fi, and small flatscreen TVs.
Breakfast is included for all guests and is served in the Beppo café, where later in the day you can also order a selection of lunches and light meals. For more formal suppers or a candlelight romantic dinner, head to Don Carlos Restaurant, which serves the best Argentinean steaks and is sure to impress.
Best Budget: Andes Hostel
The Andes hostel offers a variety of rooming options, including dormitories, shared and private rooms. The accommodations are simple and basic as you would expect at this price point, but they are clean and comfortable. Breakfast is included each day, as are towels and free Wi-Fi. Pick up some groceries nearby and use the shared kitchen to prepare a low cost meal before spending the night hanging out in the common room.
It features a pool table, bar, and a large LCD flat-screen TV, allowing guests to make friends, socialize and plan their tours for the following day. The Andes hostel is an affordable option conveniently located opposite the Bellas Artes Metro Station, close to museums, churches and areas of interest.
Best Boutique: Le Reve Hotel Boutique
Located in the quiet district of Providencia, the Le Rêve Boutique Hotel is a Chilean national monument, designed with stylish French architecture and covered in a cloak of ivy. The 31 rooms are all equipped with Wi-Fi, air conditioning and flat-screen TVs. Select a room with a terrace or balcony to enjoy people watching on these upscale Santiago streets.
Buffet breakfast is served daily and in summer you can enjoy your eggs in the inside garden. It's the little touches here that really make the difference (there's a complimentary midnight snack served to guests from the night kitchen and an honesty bar where you can fix yourself a drink and simply write down your room number to be charged later). Although the Le Rêve Boutique Hotel is in a peaceful neighborhood, it’s only a short walk to restaurants, theaters and places of interest.
Best for Families: Renaissance Santiago Hotel
After a day of visiting the local sights, including getting a 360 degree view of the city from the nearby Sky Costanera, the tallest observatory in South America, retire to your comfortable suite at the Renaissance Santiago Hotel.
Kids will love the outdoor pool with jets, while adults can unwind at the gym and spa.
The contemporary, elegant rooms here typically have either views of the Santiago skyline or Andes Mountains and feature complimentary Wi-Fi, 24-hour room service and 55-inch flat-panel TVs with premium channels for the perfect family movie night.
Choose to upgrade to a larger suite, and not only will have you space for the whole family to spread out, but you’ll also gain access to the club lounge that offers free snacks and cocktails. Ask the friendly staff to organize a babysitter and enjoy a romantic dinner in the hotel’s flagship restaurant Catae. You’ll be served fresh Chilean fish dishes before retiring to the Olas Terrace, which is the perfect retreat for a cocktail after dinner while you enjoy the magnificent panoramic views of Santiago.
Best Romance: The Aubrey Boutique Hotel
The British and Australian owners of The Aubrey have created a romantic and intimate retreat from an original private mansion built in 1927. Situated in Bellavista, and close to Park Metropolitano, this boutique hotel is only minutes away from many fine restaurants and cultural attractions.
All of the 15 bright, modern and spacious rooms come complete with hardwood flooring, free Wi-Fi, LCD TVs, complimentary mineral water and Hansgrohe rain showers in the luxury bathrooms. Most rooms also come with a terrace or balcony to enjoy the beautiful mountain views. The rate includes breakfast with eggs cooked to your specifications, as well as freshly ground coffee.
A highlight of this property is the stylish outdoor heated swimming pool, complete with lounge chairs where you can relax with your love and enjoy complimentary afternoon tea.
Best Luxury: Solace Hotel Santiago
A work out in the rooftop gym followed by a dip in the uber modern plunge pool with views over the Cerro San Cristobal is just one of the luxurious experiences available at the Solace Hotel Santiago.
The 108 premium rooms include 20 beautiful and spacious suites, all of which feature 47-inch LCD TVs, King-sized beds, complimentary beverages and free Wi-Fi.
Breakfast is included in the rate and features a vast array of delicious options. For dinner, check out the hotel’s Zafferano restaurant, which offers mediterranean inspired dishes and a selection of fine Chilean wines. Two cosmopolitan wine bars, one on the ground floor and the other on the rooftop, are the perfect place to spend an upscale evening as you enjoy all the flair of Santiago by night.
The attention to detail and professional, courteous staff elevate the Solace from other comparable four-star hotels in the area.
Best Nightlife/Best for Singles: CasaSur Charming Hotel
Located in the safe and stylish neighborhood of Barrio Italia, close to antique shops, art galleries, markets, cafes and restaurants and bars, the CasaSur Charming Hotel is well positioned for you to explore the city by foot or public transit.
The CasaSur has a responsive team of genuine staff who really care about the guests. Consistently described by TripAdvisor reviewers as “like staying with family,” the friendly service is especially appreciated by those traveling alone. With just six charming rooms, you won't be overlooked or forgotten like in a big corporate chain hotel. Each room is clean and decorated in a minimalist style. TVs are available on request and there is free WiFi throughout the hotel. Expect a delicious typical Chilean breakfast each morning, then visit the lounge to plan your tours by reading the selection of guide books available.
Best Business: The Singular Santiago Lastarria Hotel
Don’t expect boring, stuffy meeting rooms at the Singular, here they are reinventing the business travel experience and injecting it with a whole lot of personality.
Choose from four meeting spaces, each with their own unique design and character; one comes complete with a private terrace and space for up to 40 delegates. Another is an elegant boardroom connected to a cozy lounge. The Singular also provides business services, including equipment rental, high speed Internet access and catering.
After a hard day of work, you can retire to your classically designed room with LCD cable TV as standard. You can also expect luxury marble bathrooms, refreshments in the mini fridge and plush bedding to ensure you get a great night's sleep.
Thoughtful touches such as Euro/American universal power sockets to keep all your devices charged and ready to go do not unnoticed. The spa and gym provide ample opportunities to relax and recharge, take a moment to yourself, sip some cucumber water and reset.
Feeling hungry? French trained executive chef, Laurent Pasqualetto, creates delicious meals in the hotel restaurant with a strong commitment to using local produce. A cozy lounge bar is a great place to enjoy a nightcap after your meal or head on up to the rooftop bar for a cocktail with amazing views of the city.
Best Views: Noi Vitacura
Santiago is home to some of the most luxuriant rooftop terraces with fantastic views of the Andes Mountains and the downtown skyline. At Noi Vitacura there is no exception to this trend. Here on the rooftop, a large expansive deck, pool and bar invite you to float and stare up at the endless sky. Those views continue from your room, where floor-to-ceiling windows give an amazing frame to those natural vistas. Imported European bedding and design choices help these five-star rooms sparkle. Premium sound systems, complimentary Wi-Fi and large HDTVs are standard.
Book a massage at the hotel’s spa, sauna and fitness room and enjoy a swim in the second indoor pool before your treatment.
If you are feeling peckish, room service is available 24 hours a day, but there are also two cafes on-site, as well as a bar offering snacks. For a gastronomic experience, reserve a table at Fronterizo Restaurant and enjoy their signature white trout stuffed with shrimp sauce.