The first question Walter asked when he picked us from the airport (after warm, welcoming graciousness) was "Why have you come to Santiago?". I told him we wanted to understand Chile's contemporary society by finding out about its political history.
And off he went. We got a colourful, personal view of what makes Santiago and Chile tick now and how the past 40 or so years of political upheavals have shaped the psyche of today's sophisticated younger people who never experienced the dictatorship and those damaged souls who survived it.
Everyday Walter and Marcello and young Canadian Kenna (who came to teach English for a short while and three years later is still there) gave us their enthusiasm, insight and pointers for places to visit while enjoying hearing our discoveries of this fabulous city.
We stayed four nights in a comfy king ensuite bedroom, spacious and artistic with wonderful photos by Connie Imboden. Quiet too, even though our outlook was onto the street. Yes, our room had real windows that we could open and watch the locals washing their cars, which they seemed to do non-stop.
It's a homely feel with the sounds of the adjacent school's children laughing and its bells ringing to mark the day and 4 dogs lounging on the sofas, their very passiveness forcing us to unwind.
The casa is an eccentric art gallery, lovingly curated by its artist owners, and its doors hang at angles, the bedroom cornices don't match. Floor levels and step sizes are irregular.
I spent time collecting my thoughts in the mid-storey patio, surrounded by curios, birds, plants and 3 cats drifting through, just checking with me in case I needed to pat them.
In spite of the casual home-like ambiance the casa is a professional operation. Breakfasts are a highlight and every morning there is some kind of surprise food. Our laundry was efficiently done and the room well cleaned.
Santiago was the first stop on our South American trip and Casa Moro was a truly excellent beginning. Thanks to all the people and animals for taking care of our needs.
We enjoyed Santiago so much, it is a very cultured, serious/fun city and very easy for independent tourists to get around. Don't miss the free museum of the disappeared and bring plenty of tissues for your tears.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are located in the heart of downtown Santiago just three blocks from the Presidential Palace and metro. The street is charming and tree lined and very safe for late arrivals. We are great cooks and offer dinners on request. Along with our four legged friends, we will do our best to ensure you have a pleasant experience here at Casa Moro. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Casa Moro Hotel Santiago