Fodor's Expert Review Santiago InterContinental

Av. Vitacura 2885, Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan, 7550024, Chile See on Map

With a living wall planted on the outside of one of its towers, and a few highly-regarded late-breaking restaurants inside, the Intercontinental has remade its image in recent years. It's still one of the city's top hotels, with superior service in every sense. Beyond the reception desk is a string of comfortable lounge areas with a modern take on midcentury furniture and a stained glass ceiling. In the rear is the excellent Teranée restaurant, and to one side, Temple, a pan Asian-fusion restaurant. Catering mainly to business travelers, the hotel has a separate executive tower, with express check-in and a sleek private dining area with open bar and an elegant meeting room on the 11th floor.

room

Stately and modern without being severe. Some midcentury design touches, ample lighting, mixed views of neighborhood below.

bathroom

Modern and sleek, large tubs and frosted glass shower door.

lobby

Very large and a bit of a throwback, with shiny marble floors, brought up to date with midcentury furniture, many different places to sit, order food, have a drink, etc. Popular meeting spot for business drinks or meetings. per

pool

Indoor, but well illuminated, long and narrow and sparkling clean.

spa

Immaculate massage rooms, they also offer facials, depilation, etc.

gym

Simple but adequate, with treadmills and weight equipment, with natural light.

dining

The Intercontinental stands out with several onsite restaurants, including Teranée with Chilean-fusion food, glitzy Temple, which serves pan-Asian food, including Ramen. Downstairs there is also Pasta Basta, a pasta and Italian restaurant, and in the lobby there are two cafés serving lighter fare.

Temple is a a fun space, with changing light, a pool (just for show) and an elegant, spacious atmosphere, and good food, with gyozas, ramen, sushi and other Asian dishes making the menu.

drinking

Bar Benatino in the lobby serves drinks from late afternoon on, specializing in local and international cocktails, but they serve local wines as well. It's more of a business meeting than date atmosphere, but there's room for both.

LOCATION

Getting Around

There is good metro connectivity here, at the Tobalaba metro station about 11 minutes' walk, but most hotel guests will chose Uber, Cabify or a taxi.

Restaurants

The nearby street of Nueva Costanera (5-minute drive) has several notable restaurants, the most famous of which is Boragó (13-minute walk, 3-minute drive)which consistently places in the top 50 restaurants in the world. Think innovative presentations of unexpected versions of Chilean food. Closer to the hotel is Don Carlos (4-minute walk) for meat and several other restaurants on Isidora Goyenechea, which cater to an upscale clientele. For an authentic Chilean experience, try Ciro's, (6-minute walk), which is a second location of a downtown watering hole that is now also uptown. And don't discount the possibility of taking a taxi down to Bellavista (12-minute drive) for many more food options including Peumayén, (10-minute drive) with ancestral preparations of Chilean foods.

Bars

Les Dix Vins (2-minute walk) is a wine bar with French food and wines by the glass not far from the hotel. Flannery's Irish Geo Pub (8-minute walk) is also close by, with a pub-grub environment but a good beer selection. Downstairs from the W hotel, Gracia Tapas and Bar (8-minute walk) also has a good selection of wine, and the W Hotel (8-minute walk) has two notable bars, Red2One on the roof the Whiskey Blue on the 4th floor.

WHY WE LIKE IT

This elegant hotel is an easy place to stay, both for its location, and the good services they offer. It feels stately, secure and elegant without being over the top. It is frequented by business travelers and foreign visitors, who know what to expect when staying at an Intercontinental Hotel.

QUICK FACTS

Business
281 rooms, 15 suites
Bar Yes
Cafe Yes
Room Service Yes
$$$
Gym, Pool
Throughout the hotel
Parking Lot
No

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 2-2394–2000

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