A simple and stylish hotel in a converted 1920s townhouse, Lastarria Boutique Hotel opened in 2011 on a sleepy corner of its namesake Santiago neighborhood. The 14 bedrooms have an old-school feel with classic furniture and creaky parquet floors. Here you can get away from the city's hustle and bustle but still be within easy walking distance of the bars, restaurants, and galleries of Lastarria.
The leafy internal courtyard with a small swimming pool has a “secret garden” feel and offers a nice dose of privacy in the city. A small terrace at one end is serviced by the Deli Lounge Restaurant and makes a fine spot for breakfast or afternoon tea. The 14 rooms were decorated with colonial times in mind, and the hotel as a whole reminds one of days gone by with its old floorboards, sash-covered windows, and dark wooden furniture. A perk for families: Lastarria Boutique Hotel offers childcare services.
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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 and its pretty boutique shops.
Need to Know
Rooms: 14 bedrooms, from $199. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The Deli Lounge Restaurant is open until 10:30 p.m., and the menu ranges from meat and cheese boards with a glass of Chilean wine, to pizza, salads, and the house special of prawns in garlic oil. Spa and gym details: The hotel has a massage room and a small gym with a treadmill and stationary bike.
Who's it for:Luxury travelers with traditional tastes who want to be in an arty part of town. Childcare services attract families. Rooms have desks for business travelers. Our favorite rooms: Four suites are spread across the first and second floors. Guests who want a bit more privacy should request the second-floor suites. Dine by the pool:If you’re on a romantic trip, ask the Deli Lounge to arrange a poolside dinner for two.