“Friendly, family-run hotel with 8 stylish rooms, set on a quiet street in trendy Providencia”
On the house's 2 middle floors, a mix of small standard rooms and slightly larger Meridianos await (although none are particularly big). There are also 2 top-floor rooms, Double Classic and Double Premium Rooms, which are more spacious and light. The Double Classic has balcony whilst the Double Premium has a kingsize bed and 2 singles (or 4 singles) so is a better option for families. Views are over the neighbourhood.
Most rooms are named after regions in Chile - we stayed in Cerros de Valparaíso, a white and airy room with windows opening to a partial view of Cerro San Cristóbal. Bright red alpaca rugs were draped over the foot of a kingsize bed decked out in crisp white cotton with a thick duvet. We liked the economical use of space, with bedside cabinets to stash our stuff, individual reading lights, little mirrors and a luggage rack.
The bathroom was squeaky clean, with all-white décor, a shower (no bath, though some rooms do have a tub), basic hotel-brand toiletries and thick white towels. All the rooms have satellite TV, ecological air conditioning, heating, and safety deposit boxes big enough to store a laptop in.
Meridiano speaks proudly of its breakfast - describing it as ‘tasty, abundant and healthy’. The food on offer is vegetarian (owner Carolina is vegan) so don’t expect fried eggs or sausages, but you will find some tasty and unnusual daily choices. We tucked into pancakes, honey and carrot cake, homemade bread, cheese and loads of fresh fruit. Energising ginger and green tea juice added a definite healthy feel - but don’t worry, there are chocolate and candy-flavoured cereals with strawberry milk if you have kids (or a fussy adult) in tow.
Tea, coffee and juice are free throughout the day. but for lunch and dinner you’ll need to eat out. We walked to Liguria, a well-known bohemian hangout where waiters drag checkered tableclothed tables onto the pavement as diners arrive. We tried 2 Chilean specialties: machas con parmesan (baked pink clams with cheese) and pastel de jaiba (crab pie with creamed spinach) and waddled back to the hotel full and content. For lunch, we enjoyed more seafood at the Mercardo Central (central market), avoiding the touristy restaurants in the middle and slipping into the little eateries off to the side, which are filled with locals. We feasted on ceviche (raw seafood salad in a lime and chili dressing) - it’s the Latin American equivalent of sushi and is rather addictive.
Children are welcome, and accommodation for those under 8 years of age is free provided they stay in the room occupied by their parents and use existing beds.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Extra beds are available, but families tend to hire the Double Classic or Premium Rooms, which have a kingsize bed plus one or 2 single beds. As they're on the top floor, however, they're more suited to older children and teenagers than toddlers.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The kitchen staff are happy to heat up bottles and food for kids, and there are good child-friendly restaurants close by.