Stay in one of Santiago's most interesting design neighborhoods at this cozy B&B in Barrio Italia, a newly vibrant part of Providencia known for its design shops and antique stores. Viviana and her husband Felipe run this cozy nine-room hotel, receiving guests with their quiet small brown dog. It's an old brick house with polished wood floors and airy rooms with comfortable beds and tasteful, modest furnishings, including one two-room suite that sleeps three. Breakfast includes local bread, jam, cereal, milk, fruit, and coffee. There are loads of shopping and restaurant options nearby, and it is seven blocks from the closest metro.
Wooden floors, cozy bed with thick duvets and bedskirts. Framed posters on the wall.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Wooden floors makes for creaky sounds in this quirky old house. An external hallway on the first floor with no carpet is immaculate, but can add to the echo.
Airy and clean, with tubs with colorful shower curtains.
Comfy couches, a coffee table and a few Santiago-based books on hand are all you need in the lobby here. There are other places to sit as well outside of the rooms, in a long Alice in Wonderland black and white checkered hallway.
It's a 12-minute walk to the nearest metro station, Irarrázaval on the green line (linea 5). There's plenty of food and shopping within walking distance here, or if not, Uber/Cabify or taxi are your best bet for getting connected with the rest of Santiago.
Nearby Silvestre (4-minute walk) serves delicious, fresh food with foraged and wild-harvested ingredients. Their lunch specials are hearty and a very good deal. Delicious Silabario (3-minute walk) is also close by and serves great Chilean food to high acclaim. Bar Rapanui (15-minute walk) is more of a hole-in-the-wall, serving informal meals like empanadas and fried fish, but considered a classic in the neighborhood. Or take a taxi to Patio Bellavista (13-minute drive) and try a restaurant there or on nearby Constitución, where most of the better eateries are, including Como Agua Para Chocolate (14-minute drive) and Peumayén (16 minutes) which serves ancestral food.
One of the hippest bars in Santiago, Ruca Bar (15-minute walk) has outdoor patio seating and inexpensive mixed drinks, while Mossto Brewfood (7-minute walk) serves local beers and pub grub both inside and in their outdoor backyard. Drive to Bellavista (13-minute drive) to try out White Rabbit, (12-minute drive) rumored to have the best Moscow Mule in town or to Siete Negronis (13 minutes) for a little bit of everything, drinks-wise, with kooky glasses and presentations for each.
WHY WE LIKE IT
This place is a treasure, a real B&B in one of the last remaining centrally-located, traditional neighborhoods in Santiago. It has great access to the shopping and nightlife of Barrio Italia and is interesting to architecture and antiques lovers for the high density of interesting buildings and some of the finest antiquing in the city nearby. It's also family-owned, which means great service. And they know the city well, so they can easily point you in the right direction.