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Inside The Aubrey Boutique Hotel Santiago: The Pool and More

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  Site Where: Constitucion 299, Santiago, Chile
September 28, 2012 at 5:31 PM | by | ()

Now that we've already shown you inside one of the Loft Rooms at The Aubrey, it's time to venture back downstairs to the guest lounges and out onto the patio for the restaurant, bar and pool. For having only 15 guest rooms, the amount of amenities may be surprising, but then the English-Australian owner has managed to make The Aubrey feel more like an expansive private home than a hotel with requisite extras.

For example, the complimentary afternoon tea time is not formal; table service is eliminated in favor of imparting the feeling that you're just grabbing a cup and some sweets from your own pantry and heading out to sun on the pool terrace. It's a quiet place, almost like a retreat, save for the fact that stepping outside and into the Barrio Bellavista ratchets your pulse back up to party level (in a good way).

This was, after all, a private home at one time. The parlors are now little lounges that welcome guests to each floor, and the furnishings are more modern than traditional, but the woodwork and stonework and individual architectural details of the building and its surrounds have been preserved. A new, small wing was constructed to house some suites and their Bisazza-mosaiced bathrooms, but it doesn't block the sun nor the views, which include the taller buildings nearer Las Condes on clear days.

Head up the mountain (the Cerro San Cristobal) right behind The Aubrey if you desire a ridiculously awesome vista of the snow-capped Andes mountains with all of Santiago at their feet. From The Aubrey's front gate it's a very quick drive up, a short funicular ride (if it's working), or about an hour's good hike and so worth it.

After a hike like that, you'll wish that Santiago was 90 degrees year-round for a dip in the pool. Sadly, it does experience all the seasons and so be sure to hit Chile during the southern hemisphere's summer...which should be starting any week now.

Disclosure: Cynthia stayed as a guest of the hotel while in town for Jaunted.com, however all photos and opinions are completely her own.

[Photos: Cynthia Drescher/HotelChatter]

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