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About Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is located in the Colchagua Valley some 110 miles from Chile's capital, Santiago. With a population of just over 30,000 this municipality was formally established in 1891 and has traditionally been an agricultural centre; the local economy has long been focused around wheat, tomatoes and wine. But Santa Cruz is now one of Chile’s premier wine growing areas and a thriving tourist industry has grown over the last few decades with wine tours and tastings. The best places to stay in Santa Cruz provide a relaxing base to discover this scenic region of vineyards and farms framed by the dramatic Andes Mountains.

The town itself has some fine restaurants and the feel is very laid back. Sightseers can enjoy the colonial architecture - Santa Cruz church, Santa Cruz hotel and the Carillon clock, which is now an interactive information centre. The Museum of Colchagua is full of interesting things and there is a casino. Wine tourism is the main draw with many places to visit, and many different wines to be sampled!

The town is a busy and popular destination for tourists. So if you want to guarantee a room in one of Santa Cruz's best hotels, get organised and book early.

The best places to stay in Santa Cruz:

For a peaceful haven in the country

  • Noi Blend Colchagua is a charming hotel located a few miles out of town in the heart of vineyard country. The rooms are light and airy - rustic decor with a contemporary twist! It is a great place to either relax by the pool or stroll through the surrounding countryside.

For a stylish escape

  • Barrica Lodge is a two bedroomed boutique hotel in a lovely tranquil spot. The rooms are simply designed with floor to ceiling windows, wood panelled walls and parquet floors. There is a large terrace and pool. This is total relaxation and escape in a blissful rural setting.

For the wine

  • Vina Vik Millahue is surrounded by its own vineyard, and offers private tours, so the perfect place for wine tasting enthusiasts. Contemporary rooms and suites, some with floor to ceiling windows and an infinity pool with jaw-dropping views. Plus there's a spa and fine dining.

  • Hotel TerraVina is also set amid acres of vines (though not its own), but here you'll find very affordable chic accommodation. Rooms start from just £123 per night.

Still not sure which to book?

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Best Hotels in Santa Cruz

  • Noi Blend Colchagua 13 rooms from £85

    Santa Cruz (Comuna de Palmilla)

    Noi Blend Colchagua is located a few miles outside the town of Santa Cruz in Chile's wine region. There's a contemporary twist to the rustic décor and the rooms are decorated in light hues. Relax by the pool or head for a walk around the garden and enjoy the rural setting. A quiet and charming stay.

    Great walks  -  Take in the beautiful scenery with a leisurely walk around the surrounding vineyards
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Full of character
    Back to Nature
    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels
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  • Hotel Bellavista de Colchagua 9 rooms from £71

    Santa Cruz

    This boutique hotel is located within verdant grounds in the Colchagua Valley, Chile. Guestrooms are named after types of wine and feature classic interiors with handmade furniture and local linens; book a luxury suite for a private jacuzzi. Unwind by the pool or in the pretty gardens; a chic hotel.

    Country Escape  -  Set in the lush countryside just outside of Santa Cruz, this hotel makes an ideal break from the city
    Romantic Break  -  Couples love this understated country getaway; book a couples' massage for a romantic night in
    Families  -  There are good options for family accommodation here; kids love the outdoor pool, too
    Great walks  -  Discover the beautiful natural landscape surrounding the hotel on a long walk; ask at the hotel for the best routes
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  • Hotel Casa de Campo 11 rooms from £117

    Santa Cruz

    This hotel offers accommodation in a traditional country house in Santa Cruz, Chile. The boutique rooms feature bespoke furniture, local textiles and exposed beams; book the loft suite for split-level living space and a terrace. Sample the hotel cellar with a wine tasting; a stylish country escape.

    Romantic Break  -  Couples love the romantic, bespoke suites at this hotel; book the loft suite for a terrace with vineyard views
    Local exploring  -  This hotel is a great base for visiting the many wineries in this part of the Colchagua Valley
    Country Escape  -  Located in the verdant Santa Cruz countryside, this hotel makes a great escape from the city
    Surfing  -  Renowned surfing destination Pichilemu is just an hour's drive from this hotel; book a transfer through the hotel
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  • Hotel Viña La Playa 11 rooms from £121

    Santa Cruz

    This boutique wine hotel is set on a vineyard in the heart of Chile's Colchagua Valley. Guestrooms are bright and airy with wicker accents and splashes of floral print; book an executive room for a patio with garden views. Unwind with a drink or a game of pool in the bar; a charming rural getaway.

    Local exploring  -  Located in the heart of Chile's most renowned wine valley, there is lots of exploring to do local to this hotel
    Country Escape  -  Located on a vineyard in the green Colchagua Valley, this hotel makes a tranquil escape to the country
    Romantic Break  -  Couples love the bright suites at this hotel; book an executive room for a cosy patio
    Great walks  -  Explore the beautiful natural landscape surrounding the hotel on a long walk; take a hotel picnic basket with you
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  • Hotel TerraVina 19 rooms from £123

    Santa Cruz

    An elegant property sitting pretty amidst acres of vineyards framed by the Andes. Smart rooms are light and airy with white washed walls, polished wooden floors and large balconies. While away peaceful hours by the stunning pool and find numerous outdoor pursuits in the region. A chic choice.

    Active Holiday  -  Find an abundance of activites in the Colchagua Valley from wine tours to horse riding.
    Value chic  -  Stylish lodgings at a great price.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool.
    Cooking classes  -  Check for timings.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Barrica Lodge 2 rooms from £123

    Santa Cruz (Colchagua)

    A small boutique hotel in lovely tranquil surrounds. Simply designed rooms feature floor to ceiling windows, parquet flooring and wood panelled walls. A large terrace and pool are the ideal way to while away a lazy afternoon. For the active there's plenty of outdoor pursuits on offer. Rural bliss.

    Country Escape  -  The hosts encourage total relaxation (without TVs) in the tranquil countryside.
    Restrictions on children  -  Children over 12 are welcome.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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  • Hotel Plaza Santa Cruz 116 rooms from £129

    Santa Cruz

    This charming boutique hotel is located in Chile's Colchagua Valley. The colonial-style rooms feature antique furnishings, local textiles and natural accents; book a suite for a cosy separate living area. Sample traditional Chilean cuisine at the hotel's acclaimed restaurant; a smart, stylish hotel.

    Local exploring  -  This hotel has a great central location, just off one of the main city squares, making it the perfect base for local exploring
    Romantic Break  -  Couples love the romantic atmosphere at this hotel; book a couples' massage for a cosy evening in
    City Style  -  With beautiful, colonial-style interiors, this hotel has lots of local Santa Cruz style
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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  • Casa Silva 7 rooms from £192

    Santa Cruz

    This boutique hotel is located within a heritage winery in San Fernando, Chile. The colonial-style guestrooms boast antique furnishings, classic wallpaper and original features; book a luxury suite for a four-poster bed. Unwind by the pool before a wine tasting at the bar; a refined country escape.

    Local exploring  -  Nestled in the midst of Chile's wine country, this hotel is great for local exploring - particuarly for wine lovers
    Country Escape  -  Situated on a vineyard in the heart of the San Fernando countryside, this hotel makes a great escape from the city
    Romantic Break  -  Couples rate this heritage hotel highly; book a suite with a four-poster bed for added grandeur
    Full of character
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  • Viña Vik Millahue 22 rooms from £691

    Santa Cruz (Millahue Sin Numero)

    Viña Vik Millahue is situated amidst the mountains in Colchagua's Valley. It offers luxurious, contemporary full board accommodation and two restaurants as well as being surrounded by its own vineyard. Enjoy the glorious views from your room or from the infinity pool. A top-notch country escape.

    Views  -  The views are simply stunning - over the lake to the mountains beyond.
    Great walks  -  Head off for stunning hikes around the mountains and through the vineyards
    Back to Nature  -  Bask in the beautiful location amidst Colchagua valley's mountains
    Swimming Pool  -  Infinity pool with panoramic views of the hills & mountains.
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller
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  • Clos Apalta 4 rooms from £729

    Santa Cruz (Colchagua)

    This luxury hotel offers accommodation in mountainside villas close to San Fernando, Chile. Guestrooms feature antique furnishings, plush linens and a balcony with beautiful views; each suite also boasts a private spa bath. Unwind in the sleek infinity pool with vineyard vistas; a spectacular stay.

    Country Escape  -  With a remote setting in the Colchagua Valley, this hotel makes a tranquil escape to the country
    Local exploring  -  This hotel is perfect for wine lovers, with plenty of vineyards local to the hotel to explore
    Romantic Break  -  Couples love the discreet, luxurious accommodation on offer at this exclusive residence
    Restrictions on children  -  Adults-only hotel
    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux, Kiwi Collection
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