Santiago, Chile is just awesome. We would like to say it's the "up and coming" South American capital to hit, though to say that would be to have Santiaguinos argue that they've up and been there; it's just the US is late to figuring this out. And they'd be right, with one exception: the hotel scene. The vast majority of hotels in Santiago are bland 2-star tourist class or large-and-in-charge chain hotels in the least zesty neighborhoods. There's one major exception: The Aubrey.
Claiming the title of "Santiago's first boutique hotel," The Aubrey sits pretty with the double appeal of having an excellent location in the lively quarter of Barrio Bellavista and occupying a stunning piece of the city's architectural history. Even better: there's only 15 rooms, they begin at $240 per night, WiFi is fast and free, the breakfast spread is included as is afternoon tea, and the hotel boasts a pool, alfresco terrace, restaurant and evening bar/lounge.
We stayed in a loft room, amongst the angled ceilings of the top floor of the main building. Two desks faced out windows that looked upon the start of the Cerro San Cristobal and the entrance to both the city's zoo (no, you can't smell any of it) and the funicular that goes up the mountain.
The linens are Marimekko, the minibar snacks skew organic and the bathroom amenities are about as eco-friendly as are available for hotel toiletries. In fact, it's surprising how hidden Hollywood The Aubrey feels, as if you've been given a key to a guest room at a private residence in the hills, versus a hotel here in the cultural heart of "Santi."
Disclosure: Cynthia stayed as a guest of the hotel while in town for Jaunted.com, however all photos and opinions are completely her own.