This boutique hotel in Santiago is sensational.
With direct flights from Sydney most days of the week that only take around 12 hours, a lot more Aussies are going to be heading to South America.
And the key when you land in Santiago is staying in the right hotel, and for me, this is it.
Singular Hotels is a boutique group of just two five star hotels, and the one in Santiago has only been open two years.
It is located in the old part of town, which means that from the moment you arrive, you have the feel of old South America – think grand Spanish buildings with shuttered windows, wide streets, and plenty of restaurants with outdoor courtyards.
It’s a safe area, even for a woman travelling solo.
The Singular hotel itself is just gorgeous. It has been architecturally designed to blend in with the old-style feel of the area, as it too has an old-world feel, with every modern facility you could hope for from a five star boutique hotel.
In the entrance, a gorgeous black, white and gold lobby bar awaits, filled with gold framed antique images of Santiago and South American memorabilia. I spent time here both winding up and winding down during each day.
The restaurant is on the ground level too, and is filled with large, stately mostly opulent leather Spanish style chairs, huge chandaliers and has an elegant, graceful feel.
Breakfast is complimentary with every room, and that even includes an extensive a la carte menu so you don’t even have to stand up if you don’t want to, a relief when challenged by jet-lag.
The gym and spa facility was a highlight of my stay. There is both a hammam and dry sauna, extensive spa menu of massages, facials and beauty treats, and the feel is relaxed with beautiful calming music and large showers.
The gym is excellent. It offers both good quality cardio equipment and weights abound – and great music is played there too. A unique stretching machine is awesome, even if you do nothing else ( an it’s easy to use). This is the single best way to hit jet lag in the eye – if you have the energy.
The roof-top of the hotel is pretty special too, with a plunge pool, huge bar, and Santiago city views.
Santiago as a city can be hard work if you don’t speak Spanish – and I don’t know a word, so I was particularly demanding on the staff at the hotel who were truly amazing, and most were very young and willing to help.
From helping me book restaurants to uber drivers and jogging routes, nothing was too much trouble or too difficult for them. They made my stay.
The roof top area tops it off. A huge bar has sweeping views of the city, and there’s a plunge pool to cool off. Santiago has temperate weather, so this is a brilliant way to kick off any night out or to enjoy a night cap.
I really loved this hotel – it is not over-the top but has everything you need to kick off – or end a brilliant South American stay. Gorgeously elegant.