The Aubrey

Bellavista, Santiago, Santiago & Central Valley, Chile Book from

Santiago’s first boutique hotel: a neglected mansion brilliantly transformed into a designer haven
The words Santiago and sophisticated city break rarely used to appear in the same sentence but The Aubrey has rewritten the rules. What was once the decayed grandeur of a Spanish Mission-style mansion is now a classy hotel that houses 15 splendidly designed rooms. The 3-year multi-million dollar revamp has kept the 1920s dark wood panelling, exposed beams and parquet flooring but added crystal chandeliers, mosaic tiling, velvet wingback chairs and long leather sofas in the salons. Rooms range from Japanese-style lofts to vast Art Deco suites - and many have terraces overlooking the bohemian Bellavista barrio.

A sleek outdoor pool is edged by Ionic columns and lush landscaped gardens climbing up Cerro San Cristóbal, Santiago’s stunning mirador. There's a fabulous restaurant serving Chilean cusine with an international twist, as well as a stylish Piano Bar, set within the cobble-stoned courtyard with its cascading fountains. If the Great Gatsby had visited Santiago, he would have stayed here.


  • Great location in buzzy Bellavista, which has attractive tree-lined streets and a plethora of great restaurants and bars; close to the metro, too
  • Designer touches in all rooms, from Tom Dixon lamps to Hansgrohe showers
  • Delightful smiling bar service to pool and patios
  • Heated spa pool with water massage jets and built-in Jacuzzi; massages and manicures offered in one of the turreted towers alongside
  • Friendly English-speaking staff will make restaurant reservations, book wine tours and arrange all sorts, from cell phone rental to gym passes; 24-hour gated security entrance with valet parking


  • Near the parking lot for Cerro San Cristobal, often busy with tour and school buses
  • A few of the cheapest street-facing rooms experience late-night noise from nightclubs (weekends only), though they have been double glazed since our stay
  • Taller guests might want to avoid the loft rooms as they may feel a tad claustrophobic
  • The hotel's restaurant will be closed for renovations during the 2016 low season but should be back open again by around October

Best time to go

Santiago is a year-round destination but the most pleasant months to visit are November to February - although it is hot then, breezes disperse the smog that shrouds the city for most of the year and there is lots of sunshine.

Our top tips

  • If you’ve brought a laptop, mobile phone and other electrical devices that need charging, look for the power bar in your room that has multiple outlets, including one for UK sockets
  • For those who like privacy, choose the Art Deco Suite, which has a separate entrance from the rest of the hotel
  • The bathroom in the San Cristobal Suite has a completely clear glass door which may or may not appeal!
  • Great for...

    City Style
    • = Recommended
    • = Best in region
    • = World favourite
    • Boutique Hotel
    • 15
    • Restaurant and bar
    • Allowed but not ideal
    • Open all year
    • Heated Pool
    • Spa Treatments
    • WiFi
    • Pet Friendly
    • Disabled Access
    • Beach Nearby
    • Off-street Parking
    • Restaurants Nearby
    • Air Conditioning
    • Guest Lounge
    • Terrace
    • Garden
    • Gym
    • Concierge Service
    • Bicycles Available


    Once owned by a Chilean railway magnate, The Aubrey still feels like a patrician’s sprawling manor house, with hidden corners of exquisite Chinese ceramics or avant-garde sculptures, collected by Australian co-owner Mark Cigana. You might reach your room by a sunny patio or via a hemp-covered staircase. We had a private entrance: a stained-glass door with the initial ‘A’ - for namesake Aubrey Beardsley, the Victorian illustrator whose Art Nouveau style has influenced Mark and partner Will Martin’s vision.

    The door opened to a lobby (our own!) with a white sofa, swivel purple leather chairs, copper globe lighting and an impressive distressed wood drinks cabinet. Tudor-style black beams on white walls continued into the bedroom (with a massively comfortable kingsize bed), where they were offset by a mauve mural of tree-blossoms and cream taffeta curtains. We were in the Art Deco Suite, one of 2 - the other, the San Cristobal, is equally striking, with pink-and-olive colouring, a square bathtub in the room and a terrace overlooking the pool.

    There are 2 Terraza rooms - the Venetian and Parque Metropolitano - that have long balconies and modern designer chairs to sit and admire the green vista. The 3 Loft rooms are on the top floor, each one with distinctive décor; we especially liked the good use of space in the Japanese one with its tatami mat and bright cushions. One of the 2 Mannarelli rooms has an ebony 4-poster bed; a blue leopard painting hangs above the other, both are kingsize. Pavillion rooms are best for couples as the bedroom is separated from the bathroom by a glass wall; one of these rooms (#12) has a Jacuzzi on its patio. The remaining Habitaciones Constitución rooms have queensize beds, pop-art pillows and small patios. All beds are dressed in 300-thread cotton linens.

    Bathrooms are smart and clean with walk-in rainforest showers, night lighting and upmarket terraSpirit Chilean toiletries that are replenished daily.

    All rooms are soundproofed, have free WiFi and LCD TV with cable, and come with central heating and air conditioning. Actually our Art Deco Suite is the one room without A/C but this corner room with its thick stone walls was very cool, in every sense of the word.

    Features include:

    • Air conditioning
    • Bathrobes
    • Central heating
    • Cots Available
    • Extra beds
    • Minibar/fridge
    • Phone
    • Safe box
    • Satellite tv
    • Terrace
    • Toiletries
    • WiFi
    • Wifi internet


    Don’t make the mistake we did and sleep in till noon, only to find we had missed breakfast in The Dining Room (we were half an hour too late). Freshly squeezed orange juice and a bowl of fruit is brought to your table, followed by yoghurt and granola, then hot homemade buns and shortbread with jams and chunky marmalade. Ask if you'd like eggs too, cooked any way. Coffee is refilled frequently and for tea drinkers, a range of teas from Earl Grey to Lapsang Souchong, steeped in a teapot - certainly one way you can tell there is an Englishman behind the scenes.

    On weekends there’s a little more freedom; brunch is available from 11am, expect British favourites like eggs benedict, a full English breakfast, omelettes and fresh juices on the side. Lunch is also served daily.

    The Aubrey’s restaurant, The Dining Room serves dinner from 6.30pm until 11.30pm 7 days a week - particularly useful for those adjusting to a new time zone. Executive chef Mauricio Valdivino has created a menu of Chilean and international cuisine, constructed with locally sourced, seasonal produce. Menus include creations such as abalones Carpaccio with avocado cream and crispy abalones with homemade mayonnaise, and grilled beef fillet with Carménère wine sauce, creamy corn paste with rosehip and sautéed rocket. You can choose to dine indoors or outside in the charming cobbled courtyard. Please note that The Dining Room will be closed for renovations during the 2016 low season but should be back open again by around October.

    If you’re not in the mood for a formal dinner, the Piano Bar fits the bill. A baby grand piano takes centre stage amongst chic wooden furniture and whimsical art and there are scrummy summer cocktails and tasty tapas to choose from. Sparking pear Mojito anyone?

    For nights where a change of scene is in order, walk along the row of restaurants on Calle Constitucion - Ciudad Viejo has gourmet sandwiches and a pretty balcony, La Boheme is cheap and cheerful and La Barandiarán is a good Peruvian restaurant that backs onto the Patio Bellavista, a complex of even more restaurants, bars, and craft shops. Ask for suggestions from the helpful front desk - we were directed to a charming neighbourhood, Lastarria, and The Patagonia, where we had delicious spinach polenta and lamb magallanico. We walked back to the Aubrey for a late afternoon swim and a cooling drink by the pool, brought to our deckchair by the ever-smiling staff.

    Features include:

    • Bar
    • Breakfast
    • Minibar/fridge
    • Restaurant
    • Restaurants nearby
    • Room service


    Santiago is full of sights - staff will be happy to arrange tours of the city, but there are plenty within walking distance:

      Take the funicular up to Cerro San Cristobal - the view is stunning and you can walk back down, practically right to your room (The Aubrey’s garden merges into the mountain)

    • Saunter along the colourful street of Constitucion and take your pick of restaurants or check out the bars of Pio Nono, where lively drinking is a yes-yes

    • Visit the eclectic collection of poet Pablo Neruda. His house La Chascona is round the corner and full of fascinating things (he called himself a ‘Thingist’), including his Nobel Prize medal - try for a guided tour from Salvador Dali lookalike, Gonzalo

    • Stroll around Patio Bellavista - food stops range from sushi to falafel to ice-cream, bars play live rock or folk music and jewellery boutiques display alluring Lapis Lazuli necklaces

    • Rummage amongst the trinkets at the weekend Lastarria flea market when the Belle Epoque barrio blooms with outdoor cafes and strolling street musicians

    • Hire a bicycle from the hotel and pedal around next-door Parque Metropolitano, which has a zoo and pathways amongst a huge variety of eucalyptus trees

    • Book a massage or manicure in one of the turreted towers by the heated pool or relax under the Jacuzzi jets

    Activities on site or nearby include:

    • Cycling
    • Hiking
    • Historical sites
    • Museums / galleries
    • Plantlife / flora
    • Private guided tours
    • Shopping / markets
    • Well being


    The Aubrey is really a grown-up place although children are allowed. Older ones might appreciate the eclectic room decorations and playful furniture like the giant velvet pouffs and swing seat by the pool. There are no reductions for children. A cot can be provided in the Pavilion rooms or Terraza rooms free of charge. An extra bed can be put in the Art Deco Suite only.

    Family friendly accommodation:

    A cot can be provided in the Pavilion rooms or Terraza rooms free of charge. The Art Deco Suite is the only one that can fit an extra bed. The Pavilion Rooms can be set up as twins.

    Kid Friendly:

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