By night the lights of Santiago, Chile’s capital, twinkle from the rooftop bar at the chic Singular Santiago Lastarria Hotel, one of the smartest addresses in town. By day, the pool, also on the ninth floor, is perfect for a dip after a busy bout of sightseeing. Located in the vibrant arts area of Lastarria, the elegant 62-room hotel is just a short stroll from the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Visual Arts and the Gabriela Mistral Centre.
Eclectic artworks adorn the hotel walls especially in the bar area where you can sink into the black-leather winged chairs as you sip a pisco sour – the country’s national drink. Rooms and suites are spacious and uncluttered with attention to detail – some have balconies overlooking the green oasis of the nearby Parque Forestal skirted by the Mapocho River. Take time out at the spa that offers massages, facials and floral baths aimed to soothe jetlag woes.
Dining is an adventure in the Singular Restaurant with a French and seasonal inspired menu featuring traditional dishes such as liebre a la royal, foie gras and canard a la presse as well as local specialties such as chanaral, penca, arope, hedgehog, guanaco and black-edged oysters from Chiloe. Breakfast is served in the dining room and lunch in the shady courtyard or inside, no matter where you choose, the hotel oozes style and comfort.