Meridiano Sur Petit Hotel

Providencia, Santiago, Santiago & Central Valley, Chile Book from US$46

Friendly, family-run hotel with 8 stylish rooms, set on a quiet street in trendy Providencia
‘Live Chile’ is the ethos of the eco-friendly Meridiano Sur Petit Hotel. The Yávar family have taken a tired old townhouse on a quiet street on the edge of Providencia and turned it into a small but perfectly formed bolthole, with 8 light-filled rooms: uplifting Chilean poetry adorns the walls, plants and wicker baskets fill the corners, woven textiles add colour. Jacaranda and silk floss trees shade the communal terrace, and the breakfast room is sparkling clean.

With its world-class restaurants, hip bars and wealth of fabulous museums, Santiago is a buzzy cosmopolitan city worth exploring, even though its stunning backdrop of snow-topped Andean peaks was hidden in cloud when we visited. Get inspired by flicking through the hotel’s well-selected library of local literature and photography, or ask the helpful English-speaking staff, who will be happy to create a tailored tour of the city of which they’re justly proud.

Highs

  • It’s well-placed for exploring fashionable Providencia and bohemian Bellavista, so you get the best of both worlds
  • You’re within minutes of popular bars and restaurants, and walking distance from the Plaza de Armas
  • Staff are keen for you to fall in love with Santiago, and will recommend their favourite things to do/see, so you’re instantly on the insider track
  • The attractive communal areas include sofas for lounging and a garden terrace
  • The hearty vegetarian breakfasts are just the ticket before a day’s sight-seeing

Lows

    • The rooms are fairly small, but they’re nice and light, and very clean
    • There's no restaurant, although some of Santiago's best eateries are close by
    • Parking is difficult; we wouldn't recommend bringing a car

Best time to go

Chile's seasons are the reverse of the northern hemisphere's. During summer, temperatures can get pretty high, but there’s lots going on. January is booming with cultural events, theatre, festivals and outdoor activities; February is quieter, perhaps less frenetic. In March and April the weather is nice, and the crowds smaller. Over winter you’ll see the Andes wreathed in snow and can go skiing, but the weather is chilly and rain can be an issue. September is national independence month, and is full of activity. After September, spring makes its entrance with beautiful flowers and a nice climate.

Our top tips

Many people miss Santiago’s easygoing charms and see Chile’s capital as somewhere to breeze through; an arrival point rather than a destination. But spend 2-3 days here and you’ll uncover a lively city with a strong sense of national identity. It’s small enough to explore on foot, and as you do you’ll discover Baroque churches, fascinating museums and leafy public parks.

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
Eco
Family
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 8
  • Breakfast only
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Bicycles Available
Room:

Rooms

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.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Terrace
  • Tv
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet

Eating

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.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Children meals
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Set halfway between the historic district and the residential areas, Meridiano Sur is well placed for exploring. Grab a map from reception or just follow the river through the park and you’ll reach most attractions within an hour. If you’d prefer to cycle around, hire a bicycle - enquire when booking

  • Plaza de Armas is the historical heart of Santiago. Admire its magnificent 18th-century Catedral Metropolitana then relax under a shady tree and watch portrait painters, street musicians, artists and old men playing chess. Keep your eyes peeled for the city map of Santiago, made of bronze in 1712, which is embedded in a pavement

  • The Palacio de la Real Audiencia on the north side of the Plaza de Armas is a beautifully preserved colonial building that houses the Museo Histórico Nacional. As you’d expect, this charts Chile’s history through the colonial era, independence and into the modern age, and has an excellent collection of portraits - including explorer Ferdinand Magellan and independence leaders Bernardo O'Higgins and José de San Martín

  • If you’re recovering from jetlag, spend a few hours on the peaceful Cerro Santa Lucía, with its beautiful landscaped gardens, fountains and city views (best avoided after dark)

  • Cerro San Cristóbal, an 860m hill in the centre of the city, also has fantastic views over Santiago, and on a clear day you can see the Andes in the distance. Walk up to the top or take the funicular railway

  • Palacio de la Moneda, the presidential palace, sits to the southwest of the Plaza de Armas, and is where President Allende was killed during the 1973 coup led by General Pinochet. There’s an impressive change of guard ceremony there every morning at 10am

  • The Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino houses a collection of art spanning 5,000 years from the pre-Columbian cultures of Latin America. Also worth visiting is the Museo Arqueológico de Santiago, featuring exhibits on Chile's indigenous people

  • La Chascona, the eclectic house of Chile's late poet and folk hero Pablo Neruda, is also very good (closed Mondays)

  • Back at the hotel, sit out on the tranquil terrace and flick through a Chilean photography book from the library

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Cycling
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Private guided tours
  • Shopping / markets

Kids

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.

Best for:

Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

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 equipment:

Baby cots are available on request.

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

The kitchen staff are happy to heat up bottles and food for kids, and there are good child-friendly restaurants close by.

Kid Friendly: Double Meridiano Room

Our guests' ratings...

8/
Rooms
9/
Food
10/
Service
9/
Value
9/
Overall

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