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While a reputation for being Latin America’s most conservative capital isn’t exactly a sexy moniker, Santiago de Chile is often passed over by visitors for hipper cities such as Buenos Aires or São Paulo. Until now.

Running parallel to the Andes, a mountain range that stretches the considerable length of the 2,670 mile-long country and is the continent’s backbone, Santiago has suddenly become a whole lot cooler.

A gentle influx of boutique hotels in recent years has ensured stylish and comfortable respite while big players in the food scene are focusing on creative Chilean cuisine and produce; last year Saveur magazine named Santiago the next great culinary city. And while pisco is key to a banging night out in Chile, craft breweries and cool wine bars are welcome additions to the nightlife scene.

There is an abundance of historical and modern culture that’s being boosted by foreign investment (Chile’s economy is stable and generally thriving, unlike neighbouring countries) which has created swish upmarket districts such as Las Condes and tasteful regeneration in neighbourhoods such as Lastarria, Bellavista and Barrio Italia. Santiago’s location is also ideal for exploration: visitors can check out vineyards, go skiing and even catch some waves – all activities an hour away from the capital. So what’s stopping you?

To Stay

The Aubrey

A stunning 15-room property, The Aubrey is an eclectic urban retreat where history fuses seamlessly with contemporary design. This former home, which belonged to a prominent political family, has spacious suites that are all unique, with some benefiting from private outdoor jacuzzis and terraces. Need some downtime? Kick back by the stunning outdoor pool in the landscaped garden before tucking into the complimentary high tea, available daily. Tip: Drop by the Piano Lounge, open Monday to Saturday, for a cucumber sour.

The Singular Santiago

Sister hotel to The Singular Patagonia, this neo-classical French new-build opened in 2014, giving a sophisticated boost to the trendy Lastarria barrio. Stylish comfort reigns across the 62 rooms, with comfortable king-sized beds and crafted leather and wooden design elements throughout. Don’t miss the spa and the rooftop pool and bar.

The W Santiago

A contemporary Santiago icon, the smart set looking for good times stay at The W. Home to 196 stylish rooms and suites, this urban playground in Las Condes is home to Osaka restaurant, El Mundo Del Vino wine bar and Whiskey Blue bar, while the rooftop infinity swimming pool is the place to be come summer. Tip: Take a lift to Red2One on the 21st floor for a fantastic cityscape teamed up with cocktails.

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  • Isidora Goyenechea 3000
    Las Condes
    Santiago

Loreto Hotel

Despite its location on the main drag of boho Bellavista, Loreto’s ambience is surprisingly calm. Original features from the 1902-constructed house have been preserved – laze around fruit tree-lined courtyard or check out the views from the rooftop terrace. With 24 rooms to choose from, friendly staff round off the Loreto experience.

  • +56 2 2777 1060
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  • Loreto 170 Comuna de Bellavista
    Santiago

The Aubrey

The Singular Santiago

The W Santiago

Loreto Hotel

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