We rolled into the W Santiago at about 6:30am after flying all night from the U.S. We had no guarantee of a room being ready, but as luck would have it, the two friendly staffers manning the fourth-floor reception desk got us squared away with early check-in so we could head straight up and fall into bed comatose. Not before snapping a few photos, though.
The first thing we noticed was that, like many a W, the lighting was fairly dim (so please excuse any obscurity in our shots). We were booked into a standard Wonderful Room with a short entry foyer passing the bathroom into the main living and bedroom area. It actually sported a bit more color than your average W, with patterned pillows and accent furniture, and wall tapestries featuring tribal art picked out by designers Tony Chi and Sergio Echeverria, as well as great views of the surrounding city through the floor-to-ceiling windows.
The room had a king-size bed with a pillow top mattress and two nightstands (one with the iPod-compatible alarm clock), and a chaise lounge along the windows. On the wall opposite the bed was a long, narrow desk with the telephone (and its signature Whatever/Whenever button) and a 42-inch flatscreen TV hanging on the wall above it with a DVD player connected in the desk. Next to the desk was the minibar stocked with the usual array of sodas, and unhealthy snack treats, as well as liquor and Chilean wines. The WiFi cost $15 USD a day, but we were on a low floor, so we managed to pirate the free signal from the lobby.
The bathroom was done in dark stone, making it rather cave-like. The lighting actually featured a sort of blue effect, so it was a bit hard getting groomed to our usual standards at the single sink. We didn’t have a bathtub in the room, which some Wonderfuls do have, but we did have an open walk-in shower with a floor-to-ceiling peekaboo window. Everything was stocked with the W’s signature lemony-scented Bliss Spa products.
We didn’t get to spend a huge amount of time at the hotel or go to its popular Whiskey Blue nightclub, but we did grab an espresso while sitting in the boho-chic W Lounge that forms part of the lobby, and grazed at the impressive breakfast spread at the NoSo continental restaurant. We also stopped by the rooftop Wet Pool on a clear evening to take in the view of the city and the Andes…before planning our evening out while surveying the city from on high at Red2One bar…and enjoying a Pisco Sour, of course.
Rates at the W Santiago start at $330 USD in September.
Full disclosure: Eric Rosen was a guest of the W Santiago for one night courtesy of Wines of Chile, but all opinions expressed are entirely his own.