“A 1920s mansion turned stunning boutique hotel in Santiago’s most boho-chic barrio”
Originally built as a family mansion, the rooms still have the feeling of being part of a grand, if divided up, home. No two are the same, but all feature warm-hued parquet floors and wonderfully thick wooden doors made from local rauli wood, along with the contemporary comforts of iPod docks, large flat-screen TVs and minibars.
Like all rooms, our street-facing first-floor Suite was thoughtfully soundproofed to ensure peace and quiet. Coupled with the blackout curtains and the extraordinarily comfortable kingsize bed clad in high-thread count linens, we had to book a daily wake-up call! The bathroom (with a tub and overhead shower) featured the mansion’s original blue and white tiles; really wonderful.
In all rooms, cream walls are offset with thick, colourful rugs and cosy embroidered bed throws (sadly not for sale - I checked). There are also antique armoires and delicate desks plus modern paintings: in our room we had close-ups of Valparaíso doorways. Granite-tiled bathrooms have powerful glass-walled rain showers (or baths), white fluffy towels, soft robes and lots of space for your toiletries.
The 2 Junior Suites on the top floor sacrifice room space for balconies with fabulous views over the neighbourhood; perfect for the summer months and well worth the upgrade. Deluxe Rooms face the garden. We loved the one with a private terrace and jacuzzi tub in the bathroom (#9), and another one has direct access to the pool, which kids will appreciate (#3). Cheapest are the Superior Rooms. Superior Bs are actually the same size as a Deluxe, just with less-inspiring views; The Superior A is a disabled-adapted room, and the Standard Single is as you'd think!
A buffet breakfast - from 7-10am during the week and until 10.30am at weekends - is served in the dining area and on the terrace overlooking the garden. Load up on fresh fruit juices (we particularly liked the raspberry), yoghurt, cereals, pastries, cold meats and cheeses, plus eggs to order.
If you’re feeling peckish post-sightseeing, you’ll find complimentary cakes and pastries set out from 4pm, and light bites such as Caesar salads and club sandwiches are available 24 hours a day. Pasta e Vino - a restaurant that had rave reviews in its former home, The Aubrey - is due to open in-house soon.
Meantime, there are plenty of restaurants nearby. In Plaza Mulato Gil de Castro you’ll find gourmet salads and sandwiches at Café del Museo and fusion sushi at Zabo. For heartier fare, head to Sur Patagónico where we dined on homemade polenta and tender Magellan lamb, washed down with artisan beer.
Sophisticated Opera offers 3 dining options in one location. You’ll need to book in advance for the French-influenced restaurant, where we feasted on lamb with ratatouille gratinee, rounded off with a ganache of dark chocolate and cardamom sauce. Upstairs, minimalist Catedral serves up a modern take on Chilean classics, while around the corner the Opera Café offers an inexpensive range of burgers, pasta and salads.
And don’t miss an exotic ice cream from Emporio La Rosa, just around the corner from the hotel. The dark chocolate with chilli is amazing.
Children of any age are welcome and under-12s stay free of charge.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
An extra bed/baby cot can be added to Suites. Rooms 7 and 8 (a Superior and a Suite) can be connected for large families.
Available on request.