Santiago is a gorgeous city, fringed by the Andes and filled with shiny skyscrapers, leafy avenues and shady parks. There’s no shortage of luxury hotels and top restaurants in the capital of Chile, though sadly our time here was short. By opting to stay in two Awasi properties for the rest of our trip (Atacama and Patagonia), we were able to take advantage of a special offer that gave us a discount plus two free nights in a connecting city including Santiago, Punta Arenas, Buenos Aires or El Calafate. There are four five-star Santiago hotels included in this deal: Ritz Carlton Santiago, Renaissance Santiago, W Santiago and Le Reve. With our nights in Santiago being split, we tried two of these hotels.
Ritz Carlton Santiago
We really loved the location of The Ritz-Carlton Santiago in the Las Condes district. It was an easy walk to lots of other bars and restaurants and for those staying longer it’s within easy reach of the ski resorts and beach in the city.
The style is that real-old school type luxury that to some can be a little old-fashioned but service is of the highest level and there is great attention to detail. I love the huge chandelier in the foyer, the gorgeous fresh flowers and you could help yourself to a local Chilean red.
The Ritz-Carlton lounge is utterly classic too in the style of a gentleman’s club, all dark wood, deep sofas and antiques.
We didn’t get a chance to try the farm-to-table Chilean cuisine at the hotel restaurants, Estro but terrace was gorgeous and the breakfast was of a very high quality.
There is also a glass-roofed spa and indoor pool overlooking the Andes but we didn’t see this due to a private event. With 202 rooms it’s quite a big hotel and our deluxe room with a city view was just right for us.
As we were doing the deal with Awasi we had our room allocated but there is also the option of having a club room with lounge access on the hotel’s club level. This option allows VIP check in, complimentary food in the lounge and business facilities.
The Renaissance Santiago is Vitacura isn’t quite as luxurious at The Ritz-Carlton but it is a comfortable place to stay during a layover in Santiago.
Our entry-level room had a view of the city and the size wasn’t too bad for a city hotel.
Restaurant and lounge spaces can be found in the basement of the hotel; Restaurant Catae is the hotel’s signature restaurant for a taste of South America while at D-Bar & Lounge guests can enjoy wine and cocktails. Arriving to the hotel late and feeling hungry we sampled Restaurant SHINSEI which serves delicious Nikkei cuisine.
There’s a pretty terrace to enjoy the warm Santiago sun as well as an outdoor pool. Again we didn’t glimpse the wellness centre but it includes Elential Fitness and Spa.
We also took a peek at the SkyBar Cofa to admire the incredible views and I imagine it being perfect for private parties or big nights out.
We’d decided against the W Santiago as I find W hotels can be little hit and miss but we checked it out as it’s only a short walk from The Ritz-Carlton Santiago. The hotel has a lounge terrace, rooftop pool, a Nikkei restaurant and a European restaurant. The decor is modern and trendy and I preferred the location; overall I preferred it to the Renaissance but The Ritz-Carlton is the most luxurious choice of the three.
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