Yes it is a modern nice building. As you expect from any W's - it is artsy, classy and chic. Beautifully adorned with modern art paintings and sculptures. Rooms are good size. Buffet breakfast has a good offering. We also tried the restaurant at the basement call Coquinara (i think) - it is a grocery/restaurant - nice ambience, excellent menu range and good food, nice service. Location - it is located in the modern spanking new and chic chic part of the city. That means - safe to walk around. lots of cool bars and restaurants within walking distance.
Downside? - I am all for modern artsy look. However it must be matched by practicality. Obviously someone overlooked this when designing the rooms and corridors. The corridors are dimly lit and depressing. The rooms were so dim and you cannot do anything meaningful. For the ladies - good luck in trying to put on your makeup. Simple reading is a challenge.I have never a room with so many mirrors yet most are of little use - too dark. The other pet hate is - why can't they have a door between the room and the bathroom? It means when you are done with showering, you feel cold from the aircond draft from the room.
I am not impressed with the front desk service either. Maybe someone told them that to be chic and cool they have to be haughty.
Oh yes before I forget - they advertise afair bit about their roof top bar and their rooms with a view of the Andes. They've some excellent pictures to show. The reality is this - you can only see the Andes during the very clear days of winter. Most of the other time - it is hazy. You won't miss much staying somewhere without the so-call Andean view.
Would I recommend this W? - No. I have been others, they are much better all around incld practical stuff and service level. In Santiago, if I am back, I probably pick a location closer to Bella Vista - that area is more bohemian, and much more character then the sterile environment of W and its surrounds.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- W Santiago reinvents the style and sophistication, becoming an icon for fashion and tendency in the city. Enjoy the WET(R) (swimming pool) with panoramic view of Santiago. Embrace yourself with the exuberating unique colors and flavors that our restaurants and bars offer. ... more less
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