Fodor's Expert Review El Castillo Rojo

Constitución 195, Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan, 7520360, Chile See on Map

This boutique hotel in a red castle just off the beaten path in Bellavista is a step back in time, in all the right ways. There are ornate fixtures, art, and original pieces from the building's 1920s heyday throughout the rooms and lounge where you eat breakfast. Adjoining family rooms are available as well as some with views of Cerro San Cristóbal. The building dates to 1907 and there were renovations following the 2010 earthquake.


No two rooms are alike at this boutique hotel, but are all stylish and impeccably-appointed with stately wooden furniture, writing desks, accent lamps and sealed windows to keep outside noises outside. Details like chair-height rail, period wallpaper and leaded glass as well as nooks and interesting architecture in some of the more deluxe rooms.

There are a couple of rooms that can be connected to make a kind of suite, behind an additional door, which are perfect for families.


Perfect mix of an antique feel with modern performance. Decorated, and with a combination of wooden and marble features.


Stylishly ornate, with handsome wooden upholstered and leather furniture to sit on. Archways, wainscoting, wooden details, crystal chandeliers, etc.


Adjoining Beppo Bistro serves breakfast to guests and is also open to the public. They also serve lunch and dinner, including salads, wraps and sandwiches for lighter fare, and steaks, risotto and pasta for heartier dishes.


Cocktails available at adjoining Beppo Bistro, including many versions of sours such as Pisco sour, mango sour, passionfruit sour, etc.


Getting Around

Nestled towards the back of the Bellavsita neighborhood makes it great for exploring Bellavista or Cerro San Cristóbal on foot. However, it is not terribly convenient to the metro (12 minute walk). So most guests will take Uber/Cabify or a taxi, especially late at night.


In Bellavista, which is right at the hotel's front door, there are many good restaurants, including Peumayén (1-minute walk) which serves ancestral food, 040 (1-minute walk) which has innovative tasting plates. Galindo (2-minute walk) is known for traditional Chilean food, Ciudad Vieja (2-minute walk) has traditional sandwiches all grown up for sophisticated palates. Or walk to Patio Bellavista (4-minute walk) to pick and choose something else. Serious foodies may also want to book in at Boragó, (12-minute drive), the award-winning Chilean restaurant up in Vitacura.


Peumayén (1-minute walk) recently opened a bar that is getting great reviews, and 040 has its Room 09, a private speakeasy bar with views over Bellavista. Azotea Matilde (1-minute walk) is popular, and the drinks at Siete Negronis (2-minute walk) are very well-reviewed. If you'd like to get out of the neighborhood, try uptown La Misión (14-minute drive) for Chilean and French wines, or Les Dix Vins (11-minute drive) for French wine. One of the hottest new rooftop decks is at the Hotel Magnolia (10-minute drive) downtown.


This lovingly-restored old mansion has something for everyone, with quirky rooms and alcoves, excellent attention to design detail and lots to ponder of the building's old history and its restoration. It also has very good service, and is well-located for winery visits, restaurants and bars and neighborhood wandering. There is always something happening in Bellavista, and when you're done with it and just need to get away, this high-end boutique hotel provides the perfect place to rest your head.


19 rooms
Bar yes
Cafe yes
Room Service yes
throughout hotel
Parking Lot


Phones: 2-2352–4500

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