When traveling to Chile, vacationers will find plenty of options for things to do in the capital city of Santiago, including a busy nightlife, museums, and monuments. It follows that there are also many Santiago hotels to choose from, ranging from inexpensive rooms at hostels to luxury hotel suites. Nestled in the heart of wine country, the metropolitan capital of Chile plays host to many visitors who come to enjoy the city's rich cultural atmosphere while touring the surrounding area.
Choosing accommodations at one of the Santiago Chile hotels near the historic district provides tourists with several opportunities for sightseeing very close to where they're staying. For instance, the Plaza de Armas is close to many hotels and is a popular attraction in its own right. Within the plaza, buildings include the eighteenth-century Cathedral Metropolitana, Palacio de la Real Audencia, Museo Historico Nacional, Museo Del Arte Sagrado, Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, and Museo de Santiago.
The plaza is typically the starting point in determining traveling distances to Santiago Chile hotels farther from the city center or to other regions such as the Atacama Desert in the north or Torres del Paine in the south. The Plaza de Armas is a focal point for local artisans, food vendors, painters, and musicians and is near Paseo Ahumada, the busiest shopping district in the city. Vacationers will have no difficulty in finding a hotel in Santiago conveniently located in this part of the city, and as the plaza is the central point for distances in the city, Santiago itself is often point zero for measuring the mileage to other areas in the country, as most travelers to Chile arrive via the capital.
It's well worth it for any traveler to spend time in this interesting destination before embarking on a journey to Patagonia or Tierra del Fuego, and options for where to stay range from inexpensive rooms in area hostels and furnished apartments to three- and four-star hotels and upscale luxury accommodations.
While staying at one of the Santiago Chile hotels, tourists can often take advantage of special vacation packages for multi-day tours to Easter Island, home to stunning ancient statues and one of the most popular attractions in the country. Trips to the vineyards of Valparaiso and Vina del Mar are also available by booking wine tours through many of the Santiago hotels and hostels in the city, and relatively extensive packages are often available.
Many of the best hotels in Santiago are located in the downtown and business district. A quality hotel in Santiago with a suburb reputation for sophistication, the Ritz-Carlton is located in the El Golf neighborhood, where guests have access to upscale boutiques and fine-dining establishments. Amenities at the Ritz-Carlton include beautifully decorated rooms, in-room dining, internet access, king-size beds, fitness center, Jacuzzi, heated indoor pool, four restaurants, private parking, nonsmoking rooms, and a fully equipped business center.
If luxury is what you seek, consider the Grand Hyatt (pictured), located in the exclusive Las Condes district. This hotel is convenient to the heart of the city and to the airport. Beautifully appointed rooms featuring views of the Andes Mountains and recreational facilities including a lagoon-style pool, spa, golf, and first-class restaurants make the Hyatt a complete vacation accommodation in Santiago.
Another excellent option among the Santiago hotels is the Hotel Plaza San Francisco. This internationally known five-star hotel is located near the financial district and convenient to local attractions including the Museum of Fine Arts, Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago, and the Teatro Municipal opera house, and it is also within walking distance of the subway, making it a good choice for lodging if you plan to explore different neighborhoods of Santiago.
For home-style or long-term accommodations, the San Marino Apart Hotel is a good choice. This quality three-star hotel in Santiago is located downtown and near the metro station. Apartments can be rented by the day, week, month, or longer, and they are fully equipped and furnished. Guests enjoy 24-hour security, laundry facilities, and maid service.
A popular option for accommodation in Santiago caters to travelers—such as students and backpackers—wanting inexpensive accommodations providing basic amenities. Two hostels in Santiago, the Amazonas Hostal and the Americano Hostal, provide just what those traveling light require. Both are located in the downtown vicinity near shopping areas and the Santa Ana Metro Station. The Amazonas Hostal has private baths, TV, internet and fax, laundry facilities, and car rentals. Hostal Americano also has private baths, laundry service, and cable TV, and breakfast is included in the room rates.