Owned by a Chilean family with Swiss origins, the Singular Santiago was a new addition to the charming streets of Barrio Lastarria in October 2014. The hotel brings a sense of style to this traditionally bohemian neighborhood. Upon entering through the brass-handled doors, guests are greeted by an elegant concierge bearing a box of chocolates. The lobby leads to the Merced 294 bar, which is decorated with stylized French paintings and run by waiters in white jackets and black bow ties.
Built from scratch, the Singular Santiago took 22 months to construct. It now stands tall with wonderful roof-terrace views of both Cerro San Cristóbal and Cerro Santa Lucía. As well as the essential sundowner bar (open midday to midnight), the roof terrace also sports an outdoor swimming pool and sun loungers. A French feel runs through the hotel, although a handful of rooms have an Oriental theme. The Singular Santiago delivers a sense of formality and occasion—even in the way breakfast is served à la carte.
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Step out of the Singular Santiago and find yourself on the cobblestone streets and gargoyle-decorated houses of the Lastarria neighborhood, an area perfect for wandering, browsing the book and antiques market, and stopping for a coffee or glass of wine in one of the many cafés and restaurants. If you want some green underfoot, then Parque Forestal skirts the neighborhood with its tree-lined avenues and contemporary statues. One of Santiago’s city hills, Cerro Santa Lucía, is on the other edge of Lastarria from the park, and makes for a nice walk up to the turreted top (visited by many famous figures, including Charles Darwin). Santiago’s largest cultural center, the GAM, is within easy walking distance, as is the fine arts Museo de Bellas Artes.
Need to Know
Rooms: 62 rooms, from $250. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The ground-floor and rooftop bars both serve sandwiches and snacks, but fancier cuisine is found in the street-level restaurant. Here the chef cooks Chilean delicacies like Patagonian lamb, guanaco carpaccio, king crab, and the best Camembert sourced from Valdivia in southern Chile. There’s also a wine list with 50 Chilean wines, which are best enjoyed in the wine cave private restaurant with the guidance of a winemaker. Spa and gym details: The spacious spa is found two floors below street level and includes steam and sauna rooms, a Jacuzzi, and four treatment rooms (two for couples treatments and one designed especially for facials). With a "seven chakras" theme, the massages aim to balance your body, mind, and soul. There’s also a gym with 15 machines, plus a yoga studio and facilities for TRX training.
Who's it for: Luxury travelers with traditional tastes. Suitable for families, business travelers (there are meetings rooms), and couples who want to stay somewhere with a sense of occasion. Our favorite rooms: There are four categories of rooms. The largest (Singular category) has bathtubs and balconies, while the patio rooms are small but perfect for travelers just looking for somewhere to rest their head in the evening. The best views are facing Merced and overlooking Parque Forestal. For couples:Book a therapy for two in the spa—treatments begin with a Jacuzzi and are followed by a chakra massage.