The Aubrey sits at the edge of Barrio Bellavista, a few steps from Santiago’s bottle-green 1925 funicular (which takes visitors up to chile">Cerro San Cristóbal) and just below the zoo (sometimes guests can hear the animals when they're lying by the pool). Open since 2010, this 15-bedroom boutique hotel is housed between two 1920s mansions built by the same architect. The larger of the two houses once belonged to famed Chilean railway magnate Domingo Durán. Today, the hotel is owned by a Brit and an Aussie who spent $3 million and several years transforming it into its current state.
The bedrooms are split between the two mansions, and there's also an outside block housing a few pool suites. A cobbled terrace runs between the restaurant and piano bar, where a set of arches frame cascades of water flowing to the dining area from the swimming pool above. The interiors are inspired by the early 20th-century art deco movement and feature statement art deco furniture, printed fabrics, and elaborate wallpaper.
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Santiago’s bohemian neighborhood, Bellavista, is right on the Aubrey’s doorstep, so plentiful sights lie within walking distance of the hotel. La Chascona, the home of Chile’s famed poet Pablo Neruda, sits just a few streets away. There are endless options for bars and restaurants nearby, from student-packed spots on Pio Nono street to more upscale offerings on Dardinac. Located at the foot of San Cristóbal Hill, the Aubrey is right on the edge of the city. Guests can easily hop on the funicular, walk, or rent a bike and enjoy Parque Metropolitano and its wonderful views of the city. The Mapocho River is a 10-minute walk, and downtown Santiago, as well as pretty areas like Barrio Lastarria and Parque Forrestal, lie just across the bridge.
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Rooms: 15 rooms; from $252. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon Dining options: The restaurant is located in an internal cobbled patio with indoor and outdoor seating. The food is international with a Chilean twist. The smoked rainbow trout with squid ink risotto is especially good. And artisan ice creams beckon for dessert. Weekend brunch includes freshly squeezed orange juice, pastries, eggs, and freshly brewed coffee. Spa and gym details:No gym or spa on site.
Who's it for: Families with older children (who can make the most of the buzzing Bellavista neighborhood), couples of all ages, and friends. There’s a family feel to this boutique hotel, which is filled with character and history. Our favorite rooms: The two suites, the Art Deco Suite and San Cristóbal Studio; although if you want a Jacuzzi you’ll have to go for Pavilion Room no. 12. The rooms in the main houses feel more upscale than the pool suites. Indulge yourself: Order a poolside pisco sour, and enjoy having your own haven of peace and quiet away from the city bustle.