Le Rêve rises up like a dollhouse from a street lined with bars and restaurants in the leafy neighborhood of Providencia. Completely renovated in 2011, this pretty boutique hotel works on a B&B basis, the idea being that guests make the most of the surrounding eateries. However, tea, coffee, and snacks are always available, and there is an open kitchen so guests can poke their head in the fridge when peckish. This gives the hotel a unique, homey feel.
Behind the white shuttered windows, communal areas include a lounge area with an honesty bar and a library stocked with international books. The dollhouse feel continues inside with details such as an elegant green velvet sofa, blue and white ceramics, and waitresses dressed in French maid outfits. Internet is free in the communal areas, but works on a paid basis in the bedrooms.
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Le Rêve is situated in Providencia, a great part of town for a range of interests. Just a short walk from the Mapocho River, you'll find a long, thin park that runs all the way from the Costanera Center (South America’s tallest skyscraper) to downtown Santiago. Cross the river to find the Parque de las Esculturas (sculpture park), a leafy park doubling as a permanent outdoor museum with over 20 sculptures from mostly Chilean artists. Visitors can also find Chile’s famous monkey puzzle trees here. As for food options, Baco is a charming wine bar, while California Cantina caters to the younger, sports-watching crowd.
Need to Know
Rooms: 28 rooms, 3 suites; from $239. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: There’s no restaurant in this boutique hotel, just breakfast, which is served in the living room and consists of ham, cheese, eggs, fruits, jam, fresh juices, and croissants. There's no shortage of restaurants and bars surrounding the hotel. Spa and gym details: No gym or spa, but in-room massages are available on request.
Who's it for: Most popular with families and couples but also tailored to business travelers. Our favorite rooms: The Deluxe King rooms, as they have balconies or terraces. Late-evening nibbles:A complimentary “midnight snack” of dried fruits, juice, and biscuits is available from 8 p.m. to midnight.