Need to know
42, including three suites.
Noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.
Double rooms from $189.55.
Rates include a buffet breakfast of bread, home-made cakes, fruit salad and hot dishes like bacon and eggs any-which-way.
Creative Smiths can seek out the black-lacquered piano in reception; it’s topped with a couple of gleaming brass trombones, too. If you’re more fitness-focused than musically-minded, there’s also a small but modern gym kitted-out with high-quality machines from treadmills to cross-trainers.
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout, gym, roof terrace, two meeting rooms. In rooms: TV, air-conditioning, minibar, safe, Damana bath products and a vanity set containing a toothbrush, toothpaste, sewing kit, shoe-shining pad and shaving utensils.
Our favourite rooms
Bag one of the three large, luxurious and impeccably designed suites, which have eucalyptus wood-clad walls, soft under-lighting and modern furniture. After a day pounding Santiago’s streets, sink sightseeing-worn toes into monochrome-patterned shagpile rugs, stretch out on cotton-covered sofas and flop into the seriously bouncy bed. If you’ve blown your budget on Chile’s famous lapis lazuli, book into a more modest room on the third floor, where the original stained-glass windows will cast a blue glimmer to match your new gems.
Leave anything black at home: Santiago was made for road-testing your brightest, boldest outfits. Make like traditional locals and mix as many prints, cuts and fabrics as you can fit in your case.
On balmy summer evenings, head to the wooden-and-glass-floored rooftop terrace (ice-cold cocktail in hand) and sit pretty on padded rattan sofas flanked by steel-potted shrubs.
Children over two are welcome, but there’s not much to occupy them. If you can, we recommend you leave little ones at home, as this is more of a couples’ stay. Baby cots can be added to all rooms free of charge.