Overlooking a quiet, cobbled street and the leafy Parque Forestal—a charming city park inspired by its Parisian counterparts—this modern boutique hotel opened in October 2013, becoming one of the latest additions to Santiago’s bohemian chile">Lastarria neighborhood. There are many more hotels opening in this burgeoning “barrio,” including the Singular Santiago, which opened its doors in October 2014.
Guest rooms in this tall, thin building are spread throughout nine floors, while communal areas include a basement restaurant, street-level café and lounge, and rooftop terrace with great views of Cerro San Cristóbal, as well as a modest-sized pool.
With its monochrome color scheme and modern artwork, Ismael 312 wouldn’t look out of place in New York's Meatpacking District. The original artwork includes a stylized map in the entrance lobby, and a mural by Chilean artist Ramuntcho Matta, which creeps up the wall from the lobby, spreading up all nine floors. Breakfast is continental with croissants and coffee, plus a good assortment of newspapers. Tables spill out onto the patio, so guests can watch the world go by.
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From the pathways through Parque Forestal to the hike up Cerro Santa Lucía, the historic Lastarria neighborhood provides visitors endless sights right at their doorstep. Art galleries and cultural centers also lie within easy walking distance, including the GAM and Museo de Bellas Artes. Coffee lovers should refuel at Café Wonderful, and Emporio la Rosa scoops up the crème-de-la-crème of homemade ice cream. Anyone interested in politics and Pinochet should stop for a beer at the Clinic. Lastarria is also within easy walking distance of Barrio Bellavista, site of Chilean writer Pablo Neruda’s house La Cascona, and Barrio Italia with its pretty boutique shops.
Need to Know
Rooms: 44 rooms, 2 suites; from $185. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Most guests book Ismael 312 on a B&B basis; continental breakfast is available all morning, served from the café-style deli bar. There is also a Sparkling Wine Bar on the lower floor. The idea at Ismael 312 is to make the most of the location and get out and about, exploring Santiago and enjoying the huge variety of restaurants and wine bars in the Lastarria neighborhood. Spa & gym details: There's no spa or gym.
Who's it for: For couples, business travelers, and art lovers (the hotel is just a short walk from the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes), this compact hotel provides a comfortable, convenient, and trendy base for exploring the city. Our favorite rooms: All 44 rooms are en suite with minibars; 42 are "standard," and the two top-floor suites are Ismael and Parque. Whichever category, go for a park-facing view; rooms facing this way are also quieter. Getting around: Make the most of the location by renting bikes from Bicicleta Verde (available via the hotel concierge), and explore Santiago on two wheels.