The 196-room W Santiago, which opened in 2009, was designed to emphasize the surrounding landscape. That applies especially to the 21st-floor rooftop pool area, where guests can enjoy views of Santiago and the Andes while slurping oysters and sipping pisco sours served in champagne glasses.
W Santiago. From $329. Isidora Goyenechea 3000, 56/(0) 2-770-0000. This appeared in the May/June 2012 issue.
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El Golf is Santiago’s financial district, and when the clock strikes one the streets fill with office workers looking for a bite to eat. Travelers eating lunch around here during the week should try to go just before 1 p.m. or after 2 p.m., otherwise finding a table, especially at local favorite Pizzeria Tiramisu, can be a challenge. The street Isidora Goyenechea is lined with restaurants, and the W Santiago is also within easy reach of Vitacura, another neighborhood brimming with high-end restaurants. The leafy Plaza Peru is the little green lung of El Golf, and it’s just a short walk down to the River Mapocho. El Golf metro station is on the red line and well-connected to downtown Santiago.
Need to Know
Rooms: 196 rooms, 20 suites; from $329. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The W Santiago has a few very good dining options, including the Peruvian Oriental restaurant Osaka with its sushi-style bar serving Lychinis and Cinnamon Chilcanos (a pisco cocktail made with ginger ale). The menu has typical Peruvian dishes like causa (mashed potato layered with different seafood toppings) as well as ceviche, sushi, and sashimi. To finish, there are fresh sorbets and the signature Osaka Volcano—a chocolate soufflé filled with green tea and molten chocolate. The Mediterranean restaurant Noso has a great weekend brunch. The hotel also has the Whiskey Blue nightclub, and the building is home to Chile’s first gourmet market, Coquinaria. Spa and gym details: The wellness area is run by an external company, O2 Balance & Wellness Club, but entrance is free for guests. The well-equipped gym is popular among workers from surrounding offices, and classes include yoga, Pilates, and spinning. The spa has gender-segregated steam and saunas, plus a good selection of massages and facials.
Who's it for: High-end travelers who don’t want to miss a beat. Popular among a range of business and leisure travelers, families, and couples. Our favorite rooms: Some rooms and suites face the Andes, a view well worth enjoying when in the Chilean capital. Indulge yourself:Head to the rooftop pool at sunset, and watch the sun sink away behind the Andes.
Rooftop Paradise in Sanhattan
The W Santiago has one of the most incredible rooftop pool decks that I have ever visited. The pool is located on the 21st floor and looks out at the mountains which ring the city, along with the neighborhoods that make up "Sanhattan." Locals refer to the area of Providencia where the W is located as Sanhattan because of the modern design and density of all the skyscrapers. Being in Sanhattan is distinctly different than the area of Providencia where the Bellavista neighborhood is located, for example. Where much of Santiago is old world and bohemian, this area of Santiago is trendy, modern, and much like a European or American city. The W is in the center of it all and is an incredibly fun spot to hang out, eat sushi, and lounge at the pool.
The W Santiago is where the cool kids stay. Which other hotel would dare to have a sign reading “WHATEVER” at the entrance? Since opening in 2009, the hotel has earned a strong following, both from locals and visitors. Dimly lit with a color scheme of purples, greens, and black, the rooms are modern, with full-length windows overlooking the city. Located in Santiago’s financial district, officially known as El Golf, the W is part of a large skyscraper (hotel reception is on the fourth floor) filled with restaurants and shops. The 196 rooms reach to the 21st floor, and the W has arguably the best roof terrace in town (Hotel Noi Vitacura being a close contender). The roof terrace has an infinity pool, knockout city views, and a heli-pad for those who want to whiz off to wine country or hit the ski slopes in speedy style.