“Intimate, warmly welcoming B&B-style hotel on a quiet residential street, in Santiago’s fashionable Providencia district”
Eight individually decorated rooms - marked by hand-painted ovals - encircle the stairs and gleaming wood landings on 2 floors. Tan and ivory walls are hung with historic photographs and etchings. Bunches of pastel straw flowers hang upside down; lace runners cover rich dark wood antique chests.
Our third-storey room had a vaulted ceiling and period attic windows overlooking the street. One of 4 rooms with a double bed (only 2 have queensize beds), it was snug, but quaintly cosy. Along with romantic floral prints, sheer white curtains and silk tassels, expect basic mod cons such as cable TV, reading lamps, a bedside fan and a (tiny) key-locking safe box.
Honeymooners and couples celebrating milestone anniversaries are treated to crisp white sheets and plush towels with hand-sewn ribbon and eyelet trim, a pair of red roses, chilled champagne and chocolates.
If you need more space, choose the twin room (1 of 2 in the hotel) overlooking the patio on the second storey.
Bathrooms are small, but adequate. Our counter was tiled in cobalt blue; others have pedestal or hand-painted ceramic sinks. One has a skylight. All are stocked with shampoo, shower gel, soap, a shower cap and a hairdryer.
A buffet breakfast is set on the dining room’s antique sideboard from 8-10am on weekdays; 8.30-10.30am on the weekend. Pop some bread in a retro-style toaster alongside a large bouquet of fresh-cut flowers. Choose from 2 kinds of dry cereal. The staff will bring you orange juice, a dish of sliced fresh fruit, yoghurt, sliced ham and cheese, and a plate of Chile’s superb soft white cheese (quesillo); you'll find something a little different each day. The coffee is weak and frothy with milk, but you can ask for a cup of stronger brew.
If the weather's nice, take your plate through the paned double doors to the patio. During cooler months, there may be a fire going in the adjacent living room.
Room service (a selection of simple sandwiches, salads, beers and wines) is available at any time.
Gloria is happy to recommend a handful of neighbourhood restaurants - ranging from reasonably priced to internationally renowned. Depending on your preferences, she’ll sketch you a map to the best pizza or pisco sour. Or direct you to critically acclaimed Astrid y Gaston, a gourmet restaurant with a lengthy wine list and on-site sommelier, located just around the corner from the hotel.