In the heart of Barrio París-Londres, this mansion-turned-hotel has old-fashioned, clean rooms with the basic furnishings. Those in the more comfortable half, which you reach via a marble staircase, are more spacious and cost just a few thousand pesos more. There's a large lobby and a quaint courtyard garden.
Compact, with wooden bed and desk, patterned bedspreads, high ceilings, fans and heating. Glass-shaded wall sconces and framed prints complete the old-world feel.
There are three different categories of rooms at different price points. Splurge for a nicer room if your budget allows.
Basic and tidy with bathtub.
Along with the entrance (and location), the most regal part of this hotel, with high ceilings and wooden floors, and a few places to sit and wait for traveling companions.
This hotel, ensconced in Santiago's adorable Paris-Londres neighborhood is steps from the Santa Lucía and Universidad de Chile metro on the red line (Linea 1). For late night returns to the hotel, especially after the metro closes (approximately 11 pm) consider Uber/Cabify/taxi.
For quick snacks and renowned ice cream, walk over to Emporio La Rosa (19-minute walk), or at their other location (only ice cream) in Lastarria (15-minute walk). Also in Lastarria, try sandwiches and beer at José Ramón Chopería & Sanguchería (16-minute walk), or Liguria (18-minute walk) for Chilean and more continental favorites in a bistro atmosphere in an old mansion. For hearty, Chilean downtown lunches with a modern touch (and a three course set menu with vegetarian options), try Salvador Café & Cocina (10-minute walk), or go a little further to the Mercado Central (18 minute walk) to have a heaving plate of fish or seafood (try Donde Augusto). Or go a bit farther to the neighborhood of Bellavista to Patio Bellavista (12-minute drive) choosing among many restaurants, or to Jardín Mallinkrodt (9-minute drive) for a beer garden and food truck atmosphere.
For a downtown atmosphere that can get rowdy, but has an unusually good beer selection for the area, try the El Mesón Beer Garden (12-minute walk) on the pedestrian street of Bulnes. Or head further into downtown to Bar Nacional 3 (7-minute walk) for an authentic Chilean experience. If you like a beer-garden atmosphere, think about heading to Jardín Mallinkrodt (9-minute drive) in Bellavista for informal, alfresco dining. Or if wine is more your thing, head to the very popular Bocanáriz (16-minute walk) wine bar. Or head to Bar Berri, (17-minute walk), which on weekends opens their very quirky second floor with ornate furnishings. For more upscale drink options, try a nightcap at the Singular Hotel, (19-minute walk), either in their lobby bar or on the rooftop.
WHY WE LIKE IT
This hotel allows visitors to imagine the Santiago of yesteryear in a beautiful, photogenic location that could scarcely be better situated to the historical center of town. it's kind on the budget without a lot of bells and whistles, but the ornate lampposts and clickety-clack of shoes on the cobblestoned street make up for it.