From Relais & Chateaux luxury to family-run guest houses, Chile’s hotel scene is more dynamic, and eclectic, than ever. Regular visitor Peter Richards MW recommends top Chile hotels.
Where to stay in Chile’s capital: Santiago
There is a wide range of places to stay in Santiago, from basic B&Bs to top-dollar hotels by the usual international names. The following are recommended as places with a bit of character and which might appeal to wine lovers.
■ W Santiago (Las Condes)
Trendy, sizeable, bedecked with various restaurants and lounges and a sauna, this elegant five-star hotel also has a wine-tasting room and an El Mundo del Vino wine shop. US$285-$790;
■ The Aubrey (Bellavista)
Australian/ English owned, The Aubrey has 15 en-suite rooms and a spa, with elegant architecture and a bijou feel. US$240- $550;
■ Noi (Vitacura)
Elegant, imaginative decor with a healthy accent on fine food and drink. US$309-$1,109;
■ Hotel Galerias (downtown)
Linked to the Almacruz empire of local magnate Carlos Cardoen (see text). US$156-$444;
Chile’s hotels: Address book
Hotel Casa Real (Maipo)
Hotel La Casona, Matetic (San Antonio)
Hotel Casablanca Spa & Wine (Casablanca)
Hotel Plaza Santa Cruz (Colchagua)
Lapostolle Residence (Colchagua)
US$600 (double); $780 (single) (inclusive packages)
Hotel Viña La Playa (Colchagua)
US$150-$215 (ex tax)
Hotel Casa Silva (Colchagua)
Hotel Casa Decampo (Colchagua)
Hotel Terraviña (Colchagua)
NB: these are guide prices only, covering a range of options on a per-night basis, provided at the time of writing (as published in the Decanter Magazine December 2013 issue), and are subject to change.