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About Santiago

Santiago is the beating heart of Chile. Over 40% of Chileans call this vibrant and cosmopolitan city their home, with its elegant colonial architecture, burgeoning arts scene and top-of-the-range restaurants. With the snowcapped peaks of the Andes looming in the backdrop, Santiago makes the ideal destination for a city break. The choice of accommodation is broad; our collection of the best places to stay in Santiago range from chic boutiques to family-friendy options.

Its delightful streets teem with designer shops, handicraft markets, art galleries and fabulous gourmet restaurants. Indeed, Santiago is a shopper's paradise. At La Costanera, the tallest building in South America, you will find a gigantic shopping mall full of hip and luxury brands; at the Central Market, a gourmet's Mecca, you will come across stalls selling everything from rare objet d'art to regional wines, while at La Vega Market, you will find custard apples and delicious Chilean seaweed.

Be sure to wander through the Bellavista neighbourhood, one of the trendiest places in the city. Full of Bohemian airs, it brims with exhibition halls, jewellery shops, museums and theatres, while it also boasts the Cerro San Cristobal, the largest green space in the city, where you can find the national zoo and the botanical gardens.

At the centre of the city is the Plaza de Armas, a fascinating historic setting dominated by the impressive cathedral, and here you can find vendors selling the traditional "Mote con Huesillo", a peach-based non-alcoholic sweet drink, perfectly refreshing after a long day of sightseeing. Afterwards, consider checking out the Santa Filomena Parish, a 19th century neo-Gothic church with ornate carvings and a snow-white spire that can be seen for miles around.

What not to miss

  • Sample some fresh fruit at either the La Vega market or the Central Market.
  • Check out the art gallery scene in Bellavista.
  • Drink in the spellbinding views atop the highest building in South America, La Costanera.
  • Walk through the beautiful and lush botanical gardens.
  • Find some solace in the cathedral in the Plaza de Armas.
  • Marvel at the ornate carvings and snow-white spire of the neo-Gothic Santa Filomena Parish.

Charming, sophisticated and brimming with life, Santiago is the cultural heart of Chile and makes for a fantastic holiday. Browse through our collection of the best places to stay in Santiago to start planning your trip.

The Best Places to Stay in Santiago

Romantic retreat

  • The Hotel Luciano K is a glamorous, lively hotel in an iconic Luciano Kulczewski building. Downstairs is a 1920s Art Deco wonderland of geometric patterns and bright colours, while upstairs there are contemporary rooms and an elegant rooftop bar.
  • The Casa Bueras Boutique Hotel is in a beautifully converted 1920s era mansion. There are 14 large rooms with enormous sash windows, dark, polished wood floors and luxurious bathrooms. There’s also a glamorous courtyard pool and an impressive rooftop terrace.

City break

  • The Meridiano Sur Petit Hotel is a nine room boutique hotel in trendy Providencia. The rooms have whitewashed walls, wooden floors and French windows, and there’s a communal terrace and indulgent breakfasts on offer. Homely and great value.
  • The Hotel Altiplanico is a smart, contemporary, boutique hotel in the heart of town. The 18 rooms have parquet floors, whitewashed walls, plenty of natural light and enormous beds. You’re within a walking distance from many of the city’s main attractions and you’re surrounded by a good range of restaurants and bars.
  • La Reve is an elegant and sophisticated stay. The building features large sash windows, soft hues and large terraces. Afternoon tea is served in the leafy courtyard, and the property is ideally located near shops and restaurants.
  • Noi Vitacura is a sleek and trendy hotel in an upmarket and residential district, boasting a rooftop pool, spacious rooms and a cocktail bar. Perfect for a city break in style!

Value for money

  • The Vilafranca Petit Hotel is a small, boutique hotel in a great location in the Providencia district. There are seven charming rooms and a tranquil, leafy terrace. Rooms start from around $90 per night.
  • Mathilda’s Hotel is a refurbished Patrimonial Palace in central Santiago. There are just 13 rooms, all elegant and quite spacious, with colourful paintings. They do a great breakfast and you’re close to the Palacio de La Moneda, Constitution Square and O'Higgins Memorial. Rooms start from around $95 per night.

Chic Boutique

  • CasaSur is a quiet spot of calm in a bustling sea of city life. With lovely cleanly designed rooms decorated with local artefacts, a wonderful terrace with great views and cooking classes in traditional Chilean cuisine on offer.
  • Hotel Magnolia is a centrally located property blending contemporary chic styles with traditional aesthetics. The glass roof restaurant is divine and the cocktail bar is the perfect place to relax after a day of sightseeing.
  • The Aubrey is a fantastic hotel, blending contemporary and traditional styles effortlessly. Boasting individually-designed rooms with plush leather sofas and French doors, the restaurant serves sumptuous local cuisine. A pure delight!
  • Hotel Castillo Rojo is a bright boutique hotel set in a historic red building. The rooms have an eclectic range of styles, from Tudor to Moorish, and are individually-styled, complete with antiques, chandeliers and parquet flooring.

For an apartment or villa

  • Our partner Booking.com has a wide range of villas and apartments in the nearby area.

Travel information

  • Fly to Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport, on the outskirts of Santiago, and get public transport in to the centre.
  • If you want to rent a car, contact our partner Rentalcars.
  • Go between November and February, when the temperature ranges between 9 and 30 degrees, and there is little rain.

Still not sure?

Best Hotels in Santiago

  • Mathildas Hotel 13 rooms from £76

    Santiago

    This refurbished Patrimonial Palace is situated in central Santiago. It offers spacious, elegant rooms decorated in light hues with colourful paintings above the bed. Wake up to a wonderful breakfast before setting off exploring around the city. An extremely classy place to stay.

    Restrictions on children  -  Children cannot be accommodated at this hotel
    Sights nearby  -  The Palacio de La Moneda, Constitution Square and O'Higgins Memorial are all within walking distance
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  • Vilafranca Petit Hotel 7 rooms from £68

    Santiago (PROVIDENCIA)

    A small boutique hotel that's both light on the purse and centrally located. Charming rooms feature heavy polished furniture, white washed walls and parquet flooring. A tranquil leafy terrace offers the ideal place to sit and unwind after a days exploration. A winning spot.

    Local exploring  -  Well located in Santiago’s fashionable Providencia district boasting easy access to the city.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the historic buildings and churches on Plaza de Armas and soak in the buzzing atmosphere.
    Full of character
    Traditional
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Meridiano Sur Petit Hotel 9 rooms from £92

    Santiago (Región Metropolitana)

    A quaint boutique hotel in trendy Providencia. White washed rooms are cleanly designed with light wooden floors, french windows and traditional bed throws. Curl up with a book on the shady communal terrace; dine on indulgent breakfasts and let the friendly staff advise on city trips. Charming.

    Local exploring  -  This warm and homely hotel is the perfect base for city exploring, with staff knowlegeable on their city.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the magnificent 18th-century Catedral Metropolitana in the atmospheric historical heart of Santiago.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Hotel Altiplanico 18 rooms from £92

    Santiago

    A smart boutique hotel well located in the cultural and artistic heart of the city. Contemporary rooms feature parquet flooring, white washed walls, plenty of light and enormous beds. Walking distance from some of the city's main attractions and surrounded by restaurants and bars. Very chic.

    Local exploring  -  Well located close to the trendy Lastarria district and with many of the city's main attractions within walking distance.
    Great walks  -  Walk up Santa Lucía Hill and admire the stunning views from the top.
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  • Solace 108 rooms from £95

    Santiago (Providencia)

    A chic contemporary hotel boasting a glorious rooftop pool and bar offering impressive city views. Rooms are spacious, modern and tastefully decorated. The Zafferano restaurant serves sophisticated cuisine and has a well-picked wine list. For after dinner, there are also two bars to choose from.

    Business meetings  -  Large meeting rooms, modern facilities and a great urban setting make Solace Hotel ideal for corporate events
    Local exploring  -  Get to know the hip Providencia district of Santiago where the hotel is located
    City Style  -  Enjoy the panoramic views of Santiago from this amazing central location
    Sights nearby  -  Situated just one block from Pedro de Valdivia Metro Station, Solace is a great base from which to explore Santiago
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  • Hotel Orly 47 rooms from £117

    Santiago (Providencia)

    This boutique hotel offers accommodation in the leafy Providencia neighbourhood of Santiago, Chile. Guestrooms have classic interiors with comfortable beds and rich linens; book a family apartment to accommodate children. Dine at the stylish Cafetto restaurant after sightseeing; a chic city hotel.

    Local exploring  -  With a central location in the pretty Providencia district of Santiago, this hotel is a good base for sightseeing in Santiago
    City Style  -  With classic interiors and good facilities, this hotel has lots of city style
    Families  -  Book a self-contained apartment for great family living space
    Great walks  -  Climb the San Cristóbal Hill and visit the landmark statue of the Virgin Mary at the top
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Maison Italia 1029 5 rooms from £123

    Santiago (Providencia)

    A stylish hotel seamlessly blending the old and the new with the exterior of a 20th-century townhouse and contemporary interior design. Guests can enjoy views of the mountains whilst eating breakfast on the rooftop which doubles up as a bar. The restaurant downstairs serves good local cuisine.

    City Style  -  Conveniently located in Santiago's hip Barrio Italia neighbourhood
    Local exploring  -  Explore Barrio Italia, start with the Plaza Italia
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • CasaSur 6 rooms from £123

    Santiago (Providencia)

    A small family-run boutique hotel in a quiet district of Santiago. Cleanly designed throughout, rooms feature soft hues, crisp white linen and local artefacts. A pretty patio is the ideal spot to unwind with a good book. The excellent city links makes this a lovely tranquil city base.

    Local exploring  -  Excellent transport links makes city exploration a breeze.
    Cooking classes  -  Learn the art of Chilean cooking in a class.
    Traditional
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  • Hotel Luciano K 38 rooms from £124

    Santiago (Región Metropolitana)

    A glamorous lively hotel housed in an iconic Luciano Kulczewski building in Santiago. Downstairs you are plunged into a 20's Art-Deco wonderland with geometric patterns and brightly coloured lanterns. The rooms are more contemporary but still pack plenty of velvet, and the rooftop bar is a must!

    City Style  -  Designed by famed Chilean architect Luciano Kulczewski this Art-Deco masterpiece is brimming with style and vintage glamour
    Close to nightlife  -  Right in the heart of the boho Lastarria neighbourhood, within striking distance of all the best dining and drinking spots
    Hotel Entertainment  -  Grab a pisco sour at the rooftop bar, hop in the plunge pool and admire the fabulous views
    Great walks  -  The hotel faces onto Parque Forestal, great to escape the buzz of the city
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Hotel Magnolia 42 rooms from £127

    Santiago

    A centrally placed property beautifully mixing traditional charm with contemporary style. Smart rooms boast clean design, modern fixtures and plenty of style. An elegant bar is the perfect spot for evening cocktails and the glass roofed restaurant serves modern Chilean cuisine. Very chic.

    City Style  -  A sleek urban property just steps from the old town.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the striking Catedral Metropolitana de Santiago.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Traditional
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  • Hotel Castillo Rojo 19 rooms from £137

    Santiago (Bellavista)

    A bright boutique property standing proud in the lively district of Bellavista. A heady mix of styles from Tudor, Moorish and Colonial all creating a grand feel. Smart rooms, all individually styled, feature chandeliers, wood panelling and parquet flooring. The perfect base for city exploring.

    Local exploring  -  Well located in a lively district ideal for exploring the city's artistic and culinary scenes.
    Sights nearby  -  Be sure not to miss La Chascona, the hillside villa of famed poet Pablo Neruda.
    Full of character
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  • Hotel Ismael 44 rooms from £143

    Santiago City Centre

    A hip designer hotel in downtown Santiago offering stylishly decorated rooms complete with private balconies. The rooftop terrace, featuring an outdoor pool and bar, is the perfect hangout spot. Guests are in a prime location to explore Santiago's finest restaurants and bars.

    Local exploring  -  Santiago's greatest attractions are within walking distance including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Parque Forestal and more
    City Style  -  Hotel Ismael is in the heart of Santiago next to the Universidad Catolica Metro Station in the bustling Lazarria neighbourhood
    Sights nearby  -  A wonderful location overlooking the iconic Parque Forestal
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Le Reve 31 rooms from £147

    Santiago (Providencia)

    An elegant boutique hotel situated on a quiet tree-lined street. Lovely light and airy rooms feature sash windows, soft hues and large terraces. Afternoon tea is served in a leafy courtyard and sumptuous breakfasts don't disappoint. Well located with shops and eateries within easy reach. Fabulous.

    City Style  -  An elegant hotel located on a quiet street lined with private mansions yet close to the city centre.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the imposing La Moneda Palace. Tours can be arranged with a week's notice.
    Great walks  -  Walk up Santa Lucía Hill and admire the stunning views.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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  • Hotel Cumbres Lastarria 70 rooms from £154

    Santiago City Centre

    This boutique hotel is located in the heart of the stylish Lastarrias neighbourhood in Santiago, Chile. Guestrooms incorporate art and contemporary design pieces; book a superior suite for extra living space. Dine at the sleek Punto Ocho rooftop restaurant after a dip in the pool; a chic city hotel.

    Local exploring  -  With a coveted setting in the Lastarria neighbourhood, this hotel is the perfect starting point for local exploring in Santiago
    Foodies  -  Foodies are spoiled for choice here, with a gourmet Patagonian restaurant on-site and hundreds of local restaurants in the area
    City Style  -  With boutique interiors and a chic, central location, this hotel has reams of city style
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Santa Lucía Hill, a charming sculptured garden a stone's throw from the hotel
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  • The Aubrey 15 rooms from £173

    Santiago (Providencia, Región Metropolitana)

    A chic boutique hotel that blends contemporary style with original charm to great effect. 15 individually styled rooms feature polished parquet floors, plush leather sofas and French doors. A smart restaurant serves superb Chilean and international fare. Well located in a lively district. Fabulous.

    Local exploring  -  Boasting an excellent location in the lively Bellavista district and with easy access to the metro.
    Local markets  -  Search for a steal at the fun Lastarria flea market.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, I Escape
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  • Casa Bueras Boutique Hotel 14 rooms from £176

    Santiago (Barrio Lastarria)

    A gorgeous boutique property set in a converted 1920s mansion. Large rooms feature enormous sash windows, dark polished wooden floors and luxurious bathrooms. A courtyard pool looks fit for a Gatsby party and the rooftop terrace is utterly tranquil. Ideally placed for city exploring. Superb.

    City Style  -  A chic boutique hotel in Santiago's trendy arty district.
    Great walks  -  Admire the view of the city and the Andes from the top of the Cerro Santa Lucía.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the historic and lively Plaza de Armas for a dose of culture.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Great Small Hotels , Tablet
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  • Noi Vitacura 87 rooms from £179

    Santiago (Vitacura)

    A chic contemporary property in an upmarket residential district. Spacious rooms offer fabulous city views from the floor to ceiling windows. A rooftop pool is the perfect spot to sip a cocktail by. The regional cuisine is exemplary (particularly the seafood) and wine collection spot on. Fabulous.

    City Style  -  A sleek hotel boasting an enviable locality, rooftop pool and chic bar.
    Great walks  -  Stroll through the Bicentennial Park and marvel at sculptures by some of Chile's finest artists.
    Sights nearby  -  Palacio de La Moneda - 4 miles away. The seat of the president of the Republic of Chile.
    Private Hot Tub  -  Book one of the Cosmopolitan suites for your private terrace with jacuzzi
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  • The Singular Santiago 62 rooms from £280

    Santiago City Centre

    This luxury hotel is located in the bohemian Lastarria neighbourhood of Santiago, Chile. Rooms are dressed in a neoclassical style and feature a blend of classic and contemporary design pieces; book the suite for plush living space. Sample a signature cocktail at the Merced Bar; a chic city hotel.

    Local exploring  -  With a coveted location in the stylish Lastarria neighbourhood, this hotel is a great starting point for local exploring
    City Style  -  With neoclassical design inspired by the city's architecture, this hotel is styled on Santiago itself
    Romantic Break  -  Couples love the elegant suites at this hotel; book a couples' massage for a romantic evening
    Great walks  -  Take a walk up Cerro San Cristóbal and visit the landmark statue of Virgin Mary at the top
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • Hotel Casa Real 16 rooms from £379

    Santiago

    A charming historic property set in the Santa Rita winery. Hotel Casa Real has sprawling luscious green gardens featuring a lagoon, black-necked swans and Roman baths. Guests can dine outside in the garden or in the restaurant. Rooms are beautifully decorated and in keeping with the colonial decor.

    Romantic Break  -  The breathtaking views, elegant decor and top service make for a great romantic break. Start with a picnic-for-two in the garden
    Country Escape  -  This neoclassical property located in Chile's Maipo Valley at the foot of the Andes is perfect for a country break
    Great walks  -  The Maipo Valley and surrounding mountains are best explored on foot
    Restrictions on children  -  Children cannot be accomodated at this property
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