Santiago, Chile

The Singular Santiago

Rates from (ex tax)$349.00

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD349.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

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Style

Masculine charm

Setting

Bohemian art city

Set in the heart of the buzzing bohemian borough of Lastarria, luxury hotel The Singular Santiago is a stylish hideaway in the centre of the Chilean capital. Get a bird’s-eye view of the city’s bustle below – and the mighty Andean peaks beyond – from the rooftop pool and bar, Chilean pisco sour in hand. Come down from on high to dine at the Singular Restaurant, where French fare, and decor that incorporates candelabra and tapestries – and still looks modern – will satisfy your hunger for sustenance and style.

 

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

62, including one suite.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible subject to availability and at an extra cost. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $349.00.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD349.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include à la carte breakfast at the Singular Restaurant (eggs any way, salmon and cold meats, fresh pastries with home-made jams and dulce de leche honey, cereals, yoghurts, fresh fruit and a variety of teas and coffee).

At the hotel

Spa, fitness centre, rooftop pool and bar, on-site parking and a laundry service. In rooms: LCD TV and DVD player, an iPod dock, black-out curtains, WiFi, Singular toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, hairdryer, safe, minibar, free bottled water, air-conditioning and tea- and coffee-making facilities.

Our favourite rooms

The suite has singular charm: ink drawings adorn the walls of its large double bedroom and separate seating area, both decorated in elegant shades of white and cream with gold accents. In contrast to this light and airy space, the separate living area is styled to match the public areas of the hotel; black-and-white walls, emerald-leather chairs and dark-wooden tables add a more masculine feel. Floor-to-ceiling windows look out onto the Parque Forestal next door. Because one tub just isn’t enough, the suite has two marble-panelled bathrooms, both with a walk-in shower and large bath tub.

Poolside

The rooftop pool is the height of sun-seeking sophistication. Take a dip then catch some Santiagan sun, reclining on one of the surrounding day-beds. The pool is open daily from 10am to 8pm, between November and March.

Spa

The Singular Wellness Spa has a hydro-massage room, sauna, steam bath and relaxation area to rest and recuperate in after a ‘oh-so fatiguing’ facial or ‘terribly tiring’ Thai massage. There are three single treatment rooms and one for couples; tick off one, two or all 13 therapies during your stay. Select the length of your treatment to suit your schedule; fit in a 30-minute foot massage in between your museum marathon, or for the slower-going sightseer, a two-hour Four-Hands Massage. There’s also a gym, open round the clock for guests.

Packing tips

Inspired by the Singular’s artsy surroundings, pack a thick sketchbook for hours spent in local galleries. The Santiaguinos are a cosmopolitan lot – if you’re combining your stay with a mountain trek, pack something more stylish than sturdy for this leg.

Also

All public areas are wheelchair-accessible and one of the Singular Rooms on the first floor is adapted for guests with mobility issues. All lifts have braille.

Children

Children of all ages are welcome, though with lots of fine fabrics and artworks on display, it’s best suited to teens. Baby cots are available on request. The Singular Restaurant has a menu tailored to tots, and has highchairs and changing facilities.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

When the weather’s fine, dine outside in the courtyard; opening onto the bustling Merced, it’s a great spot for people watching.

Dress Code

Best Blahnik forward: fashionable frocks and suave suits.

Hotel restaurant

Having perfected Singular’s restaurant in Patagonia, chef Laurent Pasqualetto has set to work creating an equally appetising menu at the Singular Restaurant in Santiago. Using local ingredients and flavours to reinvent traditional French recipes, the menu includes lots of delicious dishes such as Chiloé black-edge oysters with lemon foam and hot jalapeños. Sit back in an emerald-green leather chair and savour a glass of syrah as a chef carves a shoulder of Puerto Natales lamb before you. The bold chequered floor, lacquered tables and dark-wooden accents give the space a dash of gentlemanly sophistication.

 

Hotel bar

The hotel has two bars, Bar Merced 294 on the ground floor and a rooftop bar. For a cocktail that comes with a cityscape, head upstairs. Take in the views of Parque Forestal and Santa Lucía Hill next door and San Cristóbal Hill in the distance as you sip on a Calafate mojito. If you start to feel chilly, indoors there are floor-to-ceiling windows. Bar Merced 294 has the Singular’s signature masculine style: dark wooden furniture, charcoal-coloured walls, brown parquet floors and brass lighting. Sink into one of the plush, green-velvet sofas and eye-up the artworks on the walls while mixologists in white tuxedos prepare your drink.

Last orders

The Singular Restaurant serves breakfast from 7am–10.30am, lunch from 12.30pm–3.30pm and dinner from 7.30pm–10.30pm. Drinks are served at the rooftop bar from 5pm–12.30am and at Bar Merced 294 from 10am–midnight.

Room service

A selection of salads, sandwiches, pastas and light snacks can be ordered to your room anytime, day or night.

Location

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Address
The Singular Santiago
Merced 294, Región Metropolitana
Santiago
8320128
Santiago
Chile

Planes

Santiago’s Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (www.nuevopudahuel.cl) is less than 30 minutes from the hotel: there’s a taxi rank at the airport (www.viacontrolada.com), or the hotel can organise your transfers, costing US$55 for a standard vehicle or US$69 for a Chrysler, each way.

Automobiles

You won’t need a car in Santiago; the hotel is within walking distance of lots of the city’s best attractions, bars and restaurants. If you really want your own car, there are car-hire booths at the airport; the hotel has on-site parking.

Worth getting out of bed for

The cultural hub of Santiago, Lastarria boasts art galleries, theatres and music halls showcasing the best of Chile’s cultural scene. Soak up Santiago’s natural and man-made beauty in Parque Forestal: have a leisurely lunch among the flowers before an afternoon of art appreciation in Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. The Neoclassical Palacio the collection’s housed in, built in 1910, is as beautiful as the works it contains; below a glass roof, the atrium holds a classical Chilean sculptures. Within the galleries, works by famed Chilean artists – such as abstract painter Luis Vargas Rosas – are displayed alongside Netherlandish art, African sculpture and Italian artworks from the 15th century. Fans of contemporary work should head to Museo de Artes Visuales (Mavi, for short), which houses works by more than 300 currently active Chilean creatives. Whether to watch a play, attend a dance performance or listen to a music concert, Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center is a must-visit. It’s hard to miss – the utilitarian square blocks and weathered-steel frame of this modern feat of architecture are a stark contrast to the smaller, stone buildings that surround it. Walk back to the hotel via calle José Victorino Lastarria to view some of the area’s charming traditional buildings. Escape the bustle of the streets with a hike up Santa Lucía or San Cristóbal Hill; both have exceptional views of the city for prime holiday pics, but the former has a far easier ascent.

 

Local restaurants

From the street, Casa Lastarria’s (+56 (02) 2 638 3236) 1930s, Tudor-style stone façade may look rather traditional, but step through the door and you’ll realise you can’t judge a restaurant by its rustication. Charcoal-coloured walls plastered with posters, exposed concrete ceilings, rustic wooden floorboards, contemporary lighting and simple wooden tables and chairs create an interior so hip you’ll want to add braces to your skinny jeans; it’s no surprise the restaurant’s a favourite of Lastarria’s bohemians. A gourmet spin on traditional Chilean cuisine, the menu is packed with delicacies such as fish-filled pulmay Chilote (a dish with mixed seafood and meat) and pulpo asado (octopus stew). On the second floor, there’s a bar serving the best pisco sours in the area; above that, there’s a rooftop terrace.

Local cafés

Traditional Patagonian eatery, Café Sur Patagonico (+56 (02) 26645341) is less than a five-minute walk from the hotel on José Victorino Lastarria. Books, bellows, beakers and paddles from Patagonia are interspersed between the rows and rows of wine bottles lining the wood-panelled walls of this down-to-earth drop-in. Service can be slow, but your patience will be rewarded with delicious rustic dishes: carnivores ready your steak knives for seared lamb, venison and other meaty treats.

 

Local bars

Since opening in 2011, Bocanáriz (+56 (02) 2638 9893) on José Victorino Lastarria has been named one of the best wine bars in the world not once, but three times. Sommeliers are on hand to guide you through the very long wine list, which stars a cast of more than 400 bottles from wineries around Chile. Hop on a wine flight to explore current trends in Chilean viticulture and sample some of the country’s venerable vintages.

 

Reviews

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After walking through the colourful streets of Lastarria – past traditional buildings with ornately carved wooden balconies, elegant white-stone structures with classical ornamentation and a mock-Tudor castle – luxury hotel the Singular Santiago holds its own as a lofty, modern style-setter. Strong, dark and handsome; the hotel’s interiors are an aesthetic amalgamation of a members’ club with heavy leather chairs and dark-wooden fixtures and fittings; a glamorous bar with sleek brass lighting and large mirrors; and an art gallery displaying prints, fashion-inspired drawings and photographs. Looks-wise, it may be a man’s world, but there are no glass ceilings (just beamed ones in the lounge) when it comes to everyone’s comfort here. 

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